The Sand Lake banking office recently received the RMS decorating contest award. Banks across the U.S. competed to win $500 to donate to a charity of their choice. As the award winner, they chose the Grand Rapids Home for the Veterans to receive the gift of $500.

The Sand Lake team creatively used the items from the Winter Emergency Kit free gift for a fun fall display to win the award. As a winner, the entry was eligible to compete for the Annual Award against GreenBank's Clarksville-Cunningham Branch in Clarksville, Tennessee, and BNC in Linton, North Dakota. The judges chose the winner of 2010 Annual RMSY Award from those entries. Independent Bank’s Sand Lake office was selected as the winner based on their creative approach to using and organizing the incentives.

Sand Lake team member Sherry Long said, "Our theme was scary winter driving and we tied that into the gift by inviting customers to open a totally free checking account to get their free Winter Auto Emergency Kit. Our objective for the display was to show what we could do with all the items in the Winter Auto Emergency Kit. For example, we have a windshield with snow and we scraped the snow away with the ice scraper."

RMS, Inc. (Rennhack Marketing Services) is located in Grapevine, Texas, and is a leading provider of premium branded gifts to support acquisition programs for banks and retailers throughout the United States. RMS works with 230 clients nationwide and serves about 7,000 bank branches.