The Pioneer Agent in Maleny has purchased the town’s BOQ Owner-Managed Branch, bringing the successful integration of the Bank of Queensland and Pioneer networks a step closer.
The new Owner-Manager of BOQ Maleny, Stephen Dittmann, said that as soon as he heard of the Pioneer and BOQ merger, he decided to have a chat with then BOQ Maleny Owner-Managers Sam Archer and Peter Lamb.
“I knew that Sam and Peter had another BOQ branch in Brisbane and I was hoping that they might consider selling the Maleny branch to me.
“BOQ has always had a fantastic reputation and I knew that my customers would really appreciate the extended product offering, but I also wanted to retain the relationships there and grow my business in the local area.
“Buying BOQ Maleny was the ideal scenario for me, and I’m absolutely delighted with how things have turned out.”
Pioneer General Manager Errol Bartle said the sale of BOQ Maleny to the local Pioneer Agent demonstrated how well the integration was progressing.
“I think it really does show that our Pioneer team are working closely with the BOQ team to ensure our customers receive the many benefits that BOQ can offer, while retaining the relationship they have with our Pioneer people.
“Sam and Peter had great success with their BOQ branch at Maleny and I am confident that Stephen will enjoy even greater success, given the additional customer base of Pioneer customers who will be moving over to the BOQ branch with him.
“We’re very lucky to have him on board.”
Mr Bartle also said that the amalgamation of the two branches into the BOQ branch was a prime example of how the BOQ/Pioneer merger was creating synergies.
“We always said that we would amalgamate where we had duplication of Pioneer and BOQ branches, and this arrangement in Maleny shows that it really can work in the best interests of all parties.”