JOPLIN, Mo.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Feb. 2, 2005--The Continental Auto
Group, based in Joplin, Mo., has named U.S. Bank Vendor of the Year
for 2004. The group recognized U.S. Bank for its service and pricing,
all of which have contributed to Continental's success in 2004.
Frank Reahr, a 33-year employee of U.S. Bank, is the relationship
manager for Continental and accepted the award on behalf of U.S. Bank
at Continental's employee recognition banquet on Saturday, Jan. 22.
Reahr is part of the U.S. Bank Dealer Commercial Services group,
Midwest region, and is based in St. Louis. He covers Missouri, Kansas,
central and southern Illinois, Nebraska and northwest Arkansas.
Continental has been a customer of U.S. Bank since 1999. It
operates five stores Joplin Ford and Continental Chrysler in Joplin,
Mo., Neosho Ford and Neosho Chrysler in Neosho, Mo. and Aurora
Chrysler. U.S. Bank recently implemented a 401(k) program for
Continental employees at all stores effective on Jan. 1, 2005. They
also chose U.S. Bank for their merchant card program.
"We are very proud of the work Frank has done to serve the
Continental group and be a trusted financial partner," said Bill
Cichoski, who manages the Midwest division of U.S. Bank Dealer
Commercial Services. "He demonstrates U.S. Bank's commitment to Five
Star Service every day and is truly a champion for his customers. We
are grateful to Continental for this recognition."
U.S. Bank is a subsidiary of U.S. Bancorp (NYSE:USB). With assets
of $195 billion, U.S. Bancorp is the 6th largest financial services
holding company in the United States. The company operates 2,370
banking offices and 4,620 ATMs, and provides a comprehensive line of
banking, brokerage, insurance, investment, mortgage, trust and payment
services products to consumers, businesses and institutions. U.S.
Bancorp is home of the Five Star Service Guarantee which assures
customers of certain key banking benefits and services or customers
will be paid for their inconvenience. Visit U.S. Bancorp on the web at
CONTACT: U.S. Bank Media Relations
Teri Charest, 612-303-0732
SOURCE: U.S. Bank