In 1908, William J. Dancer organized Stockbridge State Bank (now known as SSBBank). It was started with capital of $20,000. WJ was the first president, Orville Gorton was first vice-president, and John Hubert was cashier. Directors were Dr. Christopher Brogan, Edwin Farmer, A. A. Hall, S. L. Cobb, Emanuel Hawley, Charles Gaylord, N. E. McCann, William J. Dancer, and Orville Gorton.
The bank was organized in 1908 to save the Stockbridge community from financial chaos. In 1907, the Commercial Bank of Geo. P. Glazier & Gay (a bank in which the Michigan state treasurer had an interest) had been closed. The community was without a bank and the people had had their confidence shaken in banking. The show of confidence and trust that the organizers of the new Stockbridge State Bank had shown to the community, and in each other, quieted the fears of those who had been hurt in the Commercial Bank closing. Shortly, a feeling of confidence replaced the gloom of the banking disaster and Stockbridge began to prosper.
Stockbridge State Bank opened for business in the former offices of the Commercial Bank located in the 100 block of West Main Street, Stockbridge in the far southeastern corner of Ingham County and is the second oldest bank still operating in Ingham County. In 1942 W.J. Dancer’s son Paul C. Dancer became the second President/Chairman of the Bank. The Stockbridge office serves customers in Ingham, Jackson, Livingston, and Washtenaw Counties. In 1966, the Stockbridge office moved to a larger, newly built facility, designed and constructed by John T. Dancer, located just across the street from the original bank. (The old bank is now the location of the Abbott & Fillmore Insurance Agency.)
The bank opened its second office in Gregory on the western edge of Livingston County in 1964. It was in 1985 that John T. Dancer; W.J. Dancer’s grandson became the third President/Chairman. In 1991, a third office was opened in Eaton Rapids on the eastern side of Eaton County. In 2000, J. Benjamin Dancer became the fourth Chairman of the bank. In preparation for even more branches in the future, the bank decided in 2002 to officially change its name from Stockbridge State Bank to SSBBank.
SSBBank continues to be a family-owned business after more than 100 years of service to its customers. The current SSBBank Board of Directors are comprised of Chairman J. Benjamin Dancer, Vice Chair Jeffrey Caskey, and Directors, Mark R. Haubert, Rich Greiner, Thomas Ford, Robert C. Dickins, and Thomas W. Schroeder.
SSBBank’s management team consists of Chairman/CEO J. Benjamin Dancer, President Robert C. Dickins, Vice President & CFO Jamie Bennett, Executive Vice President & CLO Thomas W. Schroeder, Vice President & CBO Trisha Klingbeil, VP & COO Kristi L. Brewster, Retail Banking & Compliance Officer Heather Marks, IT Manager Amber Grace, Loan Compliance Officer Crystal Farr, Loan Administrative Officer Pia Allen, Eaton Rapids Branch Manager Kodee Adkins, and Gregory Office Manager Kristi Bennett.
Customers have always been of utmost importance to the management and staff of the bank. Former President, Paul C. Dancer said, “You can have a great Board of Directors and a wonderful list of services, but it’s the customers that make the bank”.
This was also emphasized by former President, John T. Dancer who said, “Our customers have always been the primary focus of this operation. We want them to be comfortable here and we want them to be very secure in their financial dealings”.
“We are very dedicated to the communities we serve. My family and the family I work with have been taking care of the financial needs of our customers for the past 100 years and would like to continue meeting their every need for another 100.” J. Benjamin Dancer.