General Press Releases | 06.04.2024
Bo Burnside, mortgage loan specialist at Clear Mountain Bank, has been named to the sixth annual ICBA 40 Under 40: Emerging Community Bank Leaders list for 2024.

The national award recognizes community bank innovators, contributors, and influencers who continue to step up, stand out, and power local communities through community banking excellence. Chosen from hundreds of entries, candidates are judged on character, leadership, community involvement, and innovation and were grouped in the following categories: hi-tech heroes, enthusiastic collaborators, thoughtful educators, community supporters, innovative strategists, and trusted advisors.

"We are very proud of Bo for being named to this list of outstanding community bankers,” states David M. Thomas, president and CEO of Clear Mountain Bank. "Bo exemplifies a strong and collaborative work ethic, providing exceptional customer service and a genuine commitment to his community,” Thomas added.

Burnside is featured in the cover story of the June 2024 issue of Independent Banker magazine under the Enthusiastic Collaborators category, which recognizes community bankers that are the first to raise or lend a hand. His profile can be found within the full magazine article online.

His magazine profile emphasizes that he “keeps the community top of mind, spearheading the creation of community engagement events, business development workshops, and targeted outreach programs. He motivates his team with his transparent and honest leadership, and he believes strong client relationships are the bank’s foundation for success.”

Burnside has been with Clear Mountain Bank since 2012. A native of Kingwood, he is a graduate of West Virginia University with a bachelor’s degree in finance. He serves his community in many capacities through volunteerism and leadership, currently serving as board president of the Preston County Chamber of Commerce since 2022 and a member for six years. Additionally, he also serves on the board of directors and is treasurer of Trout for Cheat and the Muddy Creek Recreational Club.

Burnside (NMLS #1062315) can be reached at Clear Mountain Bank’s Kingwood office at 330 East Main Street, Kingwood, WV or by phone at 304.329.7404 or email

"ICBA is thrilled to celebrate this year's honorees, who exemplify the ideals of community banking and represent the future of our industry,” ICBA President and CEO Rebeca Romero Rainey said. “These individuals are not only dedicated to their customers and communities, but they also bring innovative ideas and a passion for service that will drive the industry forward. We are proud to recognize their achievements and look forward to their continued impact and success.”

Clear Mountain Bank is a locally owned and managed community bank that has been serving North Central West Virginia and western Maryland for more than 130 years. With a focus on innovation and exceptional customer satisfaction, the bank offers a full range of financial products and services, including personal and business banking featuring checking, savings, loans, and credit cards; lending solutions for personal, business, and commercial customers; mortgage lending; financial advising services; as well as online and mobile banking solutions.

Widely recognized for excellence in financial services, Clear Mountain Bank has consistently earned a 5-star superior rating for financial strength and stability from BauerFinancial. Additionally, the bank has received several award-winning accolades including Best Bank in Morgantown, Best of Harrison, Preston Top Picks, and the Pillar of the Community Award. More information is available at

About ICBA
The Independent Community Bankers of America® creates and promotes an environment where community banks flourish. ICBA is dedicated exclusively to representing the interests of the community banking industry and its membership through effective advocacy, best-in-class education, and high-quality products and services. For more information, visit ICBA’s website at


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