Photo of a spoonful of salt

Letters From Leton: Be The Salt!

On a recent drive to Abingdon to speak to the Virginia Workforce meeting, I passed a sign on a church that said, “Be the Salt”.

Salt is such a basic thing, kind of like air – it doesn’t cost much and we assume it is always available. While we may not eat much of it at a time, it does make a difference when we cook or eat.

As important as salt is to us today (iodine for our bodies and flavoring for our food), at one time it was lifesaving – before refrigeration, there was limited ability to cure or save meat without salt.

In today’s world, local banks are fading away. Lots of competition and keeping up with technology is a challenge. These factors and others lead some banks to throw in the towel. That is why we must work hard and work together to chart our own future.

I would like to think that if our Bank was gone, we would be missed – like missing salt when it’s not available – you didn’t realize the value you had until it was gone. PVB wants to keep the “salt” in our communities.

Have a great week.
– Leton

“Letters From Leton” is a blog series comprised of the weekly updates that Leton Harding – President, Chairman, and CEO of Powell Valley National Bank, shares with the Bank’s team members. These newsletters are full of uplifting anecdotes and intriguing insights that are applicable beyond the Bank, so we want to share them with you.