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Phillip Kleekamp Named Outstanding Young Professional

Phillip Kleekamp portraitPublished in the Missourian on October 7, 2020
Phillip Kleekamp keeps a full calendar. 
The 35 year old Credit Officer at Bank of Washington is a born and raised Washingtonian - and it shows in his volunteer efforts. 
Kleekamp is currently serving as the president and campaign co-chair for the Franklin County Area United Way. He's also involved with the Athletic Association at his alma mater, St. Francis Borgia Regional High School, and is a member of Knights of Columbus, Sons of the American Legion, and the Elks Club. 
He also coaches for American Legion Post 218 and has coached for the Washington Junior Football League, the Washington Soccer Association, and the YMCA.
"While all of the organizations in which I am involved do great things for the community, the most rewarding experience has been my association with the Franklin County Area United Way. " Kleekamp said. "To see the local community come together to raise significant money for all of the various local agencies is truly impressive, especially in our current climate. I am proud to be a small part of it."
Buzz Eckelkamp, Kleekamp's boss at Bank of Washington, said the bank values Kleekamp's commitment to both the bank and the community. 
"He projects a positive and professional approach and actively seeks to anticipate and understand customers' circumstances, then responds quickly to meet those needs and develop solutions."
Kleekamp comes from a family that valued service and involvement. His grandfather was the principal at St. Vincent de Paul for 33 years, and his dad was a volunteer coach for as long as Kleekamp can remember. 
His wife, Mary, is due any day with the couple's third child. 
He encourages everyone in the community to get involved, even if it just means joining one organization. 
"You can start small, pick one thing and just go with it," Kleekamp said. "The number of volunteers in this community make it what it is. They really work hard."