EAST ALTON – Bret Mayberry, vice president of retail banking at Liberty Bank, first learned of serving others through his time as a Bethalto Boy Scout.
Now he is carrying the torch as 2014 board of directors chair for the Southwest Illinois Division of the United Way. Mayberry follows Dave Stoecklin, executive director of Madison County Employment and Training Development, the 2013 chair.
“It was instilled in me early and it has been a part of me through my whole life,” Mayberry said.
Mayberry has been on the United Way Auxiliary Board since 2011. The Liberty executive is encouraged about the bank’s commitment to the Greater Alton Area in service projects.
“United Way and Liberty Bank have always had a great relationship, but when a member of the board asked him to volunteer three years ago, I was amazed just how much they do to help people in our community.”
Mayberry has been with Liberty Bank since 2006. He is active in the region serving on an advisory committee for Riverbender.com Community Center. He also serves as a member of the Alton-Godfrey Rotary.
The new chair of the United Way board of directors admits he has always been “very community-based.”
“I love being able to live and work in the same community, and as such, I want to see the best for it,” he said. “United Way impacts so many people for the better, and that is one of the many reasons I continue to grow with my involvement with the organization.”
He grew up in the East Alton and Bethalto area, then moved to Kentucky for several years during high school and college. He returned to the region after college and lives here now with wife, Sara, their daughter, Taylor, and son, Greg.
Mayberry oversees the deposit part of Liberty Bank, along with rate settings and branch personnel. He also plans community and special events for the bank and coordinates advertising and marketing.
He credits Liberty Bank President Dale Blanchford for being a significant influence in his steps to be part of the United Way.
“We really try to take the community bank name and put it to heart all over the community,” Mayberry said. “Dale Blanchford encourages us to get involved. We couldn’t do that without his commitment.”
After starting his time with the United Way, the Liberty Bank executive said he has learned an enormous amount about the organization and how it helps agencies.
“I bet most people around here know someone that a United Way agency has helped out,” he said. “That is a pretty big impact.”Mayberry new board of directors chair for area United Way