ComInvestBank head: Service the key

ComInvestBank was founded when Ukraine gained its independence in the early 90s, and has provided a quality service ever since. World Finance speaks with Myroslav Hisem


First of all, congratulations on your Best Private Bank, Ukraine 2012 award.
Thank you. This is, first and foremost, a recognition of the fact that ComInvestBank is moving in the right direction. We are always trying to reach our goals.

What inspired the decision to locate the company’s head office in the Transcarpathian region, as opposed to Kiev?
It should be mentioned that Transcarpathia is one of the most geographically well-connected regions of Ukraine. It borders four EU states – Hungary, Slovakia, Romania and Poland.

Transcarpathia is a multinational region (more than 30 nationalities) with all the uniqueness, character and mentality that comes with such a mix. Industrious people who want to preserve their traditions and develop their region live there. We have been doing business with such people for 20 years already, because every business, even the smallest one, needs not only ideas, but financial support, too. We see no reason to move to the capital.

What are the principles and values you use in the banking business?
First of all we keep our promises. Fair dealing and transparency cost nothing. These principles helped us during times of crisis, and became the true stability test for the banking system of Ukraine. We survived thanks to the belief, transparency, and responsibility of our team of specialists.

What is ComInvestBank’s development strategy? What goals do you plan to accomplish?
Let us briefly come back to the uniqueness of our region. Our strategy evolves directly with the continued development of Transcarpathia region. Under the conditions of changing economic relations, the focus is on the development of key branches of the economy such as timber and the processing of timber, winemaking and agriculture, trans-border cooperation, recreation and tourism. Attention must be paid to involving and servicing domestic and foreign investments to the economy of the region, effectively utilising the natural environment and its resource potential.

Nowadays, besides the Transcarpathian region, our bank is also represented in Kiev, Lviv and Odessa. We strive to continue moving in our present direction: increasing our  client base and working to develop our banking services across the board.

What do you think has been the basis of ComInvestBank’s success?
The main goal of a bank is to earn the trust of its clients and partners, and to build a team of like-minded people who work toward the same goals. ComInvestBank has now accomplished this. We are open to cooperation and the implementation of new ideas, and we try to build our relationships on mutually beneficial conditions, with respect to al parties involved.

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