BCT Wealth Advisors Announces News of Clearstead Advisors' Acquisition of Willbanks, Smith and Thomas

July 2, 2024
Charles Town, WV, July 2, 2024 — BCT Wealth Advisors, a division of Bank of Charles Town, recently announced the news about Wilbanks, Smith, and Thomas Asset Management (WST), BCT Wealth Advisors’ investment management partner, being acquired by Clearstead Advisors, LLC, a leading registered financial advisor (“RIA”).

Clearstead Advisors and its subsidiaries have approximately $44 billion in total assets under advisement, 225 employees, and offices in nine cities.  Former WST partners and employees will remain in place and continue to serve BCT Wealth Advisors and its clients with a significant increase in capabilities as a result of the merger.

“Having Clearstead’s expanded capabilities adds tremendous value for our clients,” stated Leslie Crabill, Executive Vice President, Director of Wealth and Investments at BCT.  “The seamless transition from WST will result in clients seeing no change in the positive experiences they have come to appreciate and expect.” 

About Clearstead

Founded in 1989, and headquartered in Cleveland OH, Clearstead is an independent financial advisory firm serving wealthy families and leading institutions across the country. As a fiduciary, it provides wealth management services and investment consulting to enable clients to meet their financial objectives, achieve their aspirations, and build strong futures. Learn more at: https://www.clearstead.com.

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About the Company

Founded in 1871, BCT - Bank of Charles Town, also known as The Community's Bank, is a wholly owned subsidiary of Potomac Bancshares, Inc. (OTC:PTBS). With approximately $855 million in assets as of March 31, 2024, the Company conducts operations through its main office, an additional eight branch offices, and two loan production offices.  BCT’s offices are located in Jefferson and Berkeley Counties (WV), Washington County (MD), and Loudoun and Stafford Counties (VA). The Bank provides various banking products and services including free access to over 55,000 ATMs through the Allpoint® network plus  another approximately 675 free access ATMs through another partnership.  The Bank provides convenient online and mobile banking for individuals, businesses, and local governments. The Bank also offers commercial lines and term loans, residential and commercial construction loans, commercial real estate loans, agricultural loans, and government contractor loans.  The Bank is also a Small Business Administration (SBA) Preferred Lender.  The Residential Lending division offers secondary market and portfolio mortgage loans, one-time close construction to perm loans, as well as home equity loans and lines of credit.  For over 70 years, BCT Wealth Advisors has provided trust services, growing into a premier financial management, investments, and estate services provider.  In 2023, American Banker selected BCT as a “Top 200 Community Bank,” an annual listing of the best performing banks in the United States with assets under $2 billion.  BCT was voted a “Best of the Best” winner in the 2023 Journal-News Readers’ Choice Awards in four categories:  Bank, Mortgage Company, Loan Services, and Financial Planning.  In 2023, 2021, 2020, and 2019 the Bank was named a “Best Bank To Work For” by American Banker.


The Company's shares are quoted on the OTC Pink Sheet marketplace under the symbol "PTBS." For more information about Potomac Bancshares, Inc., and the Bank, please visit our website at www.mybct.bank.