May 18 - 24
Bankers in the News
Marc Haggadone, Cornerstone Bank | York, celebrated his 30th anniversary with the bank this month. He is a senior vice president / chief information officer. (pictured)
Kyle Lenners, First State Bank Nebraska | Beatrice, recently graduated from the Leadership Beatrice program. He is a credit analyst / loan officer at the bank. (pictured)
Wendy Merritt, NebraskaLand Bank | North Platte, recently celebrated five years of service with the bank. She is a deposit compliance officer. (pictured)
Brittany Webber, State Nebraska Bank & Trust | Wayne, and Lynne Werner, First National Bank of Omaha | Grand Island, were selected for Leadership Nebraska's Class XIV. The nine-month program, run by the Nebraska Chamber Foundation, covers a broad range of key Nebraska issues: economic development, agriculture and environment, workforce and education, health care, and government and policy development. (pictured)
Photos, L to R: Mark Haggadone, Kyle Lenners, Wendy Merritt, Brittany Webber and Lynne Werner
Banks in the News
Cornerstone Bank | Henderson, visited first and second-graders at Heartland Community School in Henderson last month for Teach Children to Save Day on April 28.
Cornerstone Bank and York State Bank | York, and other local businesses are sponsoring the 2022 York County Development Corporation 17-County Leadership Program.
First National Bank of Omaha | Kearney, donated $10,000 to the Kearney Area Habitat for Humanity to help fund the construction of three new homes this summer.
First National Bank of Omaha | Lincoln, recently donated $5,000 to the Lincoln Symphony Orchestra to help make concert tickets more affordable for low-income, underserved, veteran, educator and/or student concert attendees this year. (pictured)
First National Bank of Omaha | Omaha, was the presenting sponsor for SHARE Omaha's "Do Good Days" on May 17-19. The event helps SHARE Omaha achieve their mission to meet the needs to community nonprofits. Each of the three days had a theme: Give on Tuesday, Wish List Wednesday and Volun-Thursday.
Frontier Bank | Falls City, recently donated $3,873 to Falls City Public Schools and $2,199 to Sacred Heart School in Falls City as part of the bank's Score School Support initiative. Each school earned funds throughout the year based on academic and athletic achievements.
NebraskaLand Bank | North Platte, held a free community shred day at the main branch on May 18. The bank also collected freewill donations for the Lincoln County Law Enforcement Memorial. The bank matched all funds raised up to $500.
Promotions & Appointments
Jacqui Nordstrom, Home Federal Bank | Grand Island, assistant vice president, risk management department (pictured)
Aaron Wardyn, Home Federal Bank | Grand Island, assistant vice president, IT manager (pictured)
Brent Blume, Arbor Bank | Omaha, market president (pictured)
Taylor Oltjenbruns, Midwest Bank | Pierce, market president (pictured)
Diane Chrisman, Cornerstone Bank | York, assistant vice president and vault manager (pictured)
Enio Gomez, Cornerstone Bank | York, assistant vice president and systems engineer (pictured)
Brenda Raile, Cornerstone Bank | York, assistant vice president in computer operations (pictured)
Brady Sikes, Cornerstone Bank | York, assistant vice president and information systems architect (pictured)
Mindy Wolf, Cornerstone Bank | York, assistant vice president and farm manager (pictured)
Photos, from top L: Jacqui Nordstrom, Aaron Wardyn, Brent Blume, Taylor Oltjenbruns, Diane Chrisman, Enio Gomez, Brenda Raile, Brady Sikes and Mindy Wolf
Evelyn Griego | North Platte (age 60), passed away on May 20. Previously she was a secretary and receptionist at NebraskaLand Bank in North Platte. (pictured)
Photo: Evelyn Griego
May 11 - 17
Bankers in the News
Tyler Albers, Cornhusker Bank | Omaha, was accepted as a member of the Sarpy County YMCA Advisory Board. He is a vice president / relationship expert at the bank. (pictured)
Roxanne Bergen, Cornhusker Bank | Lincoln, celebrated her 15th anniversary of service with the bank this month. She is a human resources specialist.
Josh Gossman, Midwest Bank | Pierce, and other local first responders were recognized by radio station US92 and received the First Responder Award for their service to Pierce and the surrounding communities. He works in the insurance / crop insurance area at the bank. (pictured)
Lanette Kroupa, Midwest Bank | Pierce, recently celebrated her 25th anniversary of service with the bank. She is a customer service representative. (pictured)
Photos, L to R: Tyler Albers, Josh Gossman and Lanette Kroupa.
Banks in the News
Arbor Bank | Nebraska City, hosted a free community shred day on May 14.
Cornerstone Bank | Franklin, hosted a free, hands-on Counterfeit Money Training on May 11 at the Franklin City Office.
Cornerstone Bank | Tilden, visited fifth-grade classes at Elkhorn Valley School in Tilden on April 28 for Teach Children to Save Day; representatives from the bank presented tips and tools for saving money, including a budgeting activity and the importance of protecting personal information.
Farmers & Merchants Bank | Milligan and Generations Bank | Exeter, recently visited the elementary school in Milligan to give financial literacy presentations.
First Community Bank | Fremont, gave a $1,000 to the Fremont Area Art Association for the "Bank on It" bonus for most dollars raised between 4:00-6:00 a.m. during the Fremont Area Community Foundation Big Give Day on May 10.
First National Bank of Omaha | Fremont, recently donated $15,000 to the Fremont Area Habitat for Humanity to help fund the construction of new homes in 2022. (pictured)
Frontier Bank | Falls City, recently awarded two $1,650 scholarships as part of its Centennial Scholarship program, one in business and one in agriculture, to graduates from Richardson County High School who will attend a four-year college or university.
Homestead Bank | Howells, recently donated $7,500 to the Howells Ballroom Foundation for the Phase 2 renovation project. Phase 2 includes installing a drop-off/pick-up drive through lane and an easily-accessible handicap parking lot. (pictured)
i3 Bank | Bennington, was one of the winners in the Philanthropy category of the Greater Omaha Chamber's Business Excellence Awards. The bank received the award for its response during the COVID-19 pandemic, including being more intentional in recognizing first responders and service members in the communities the bank serves. Additionally, the bank gave monetary donations to over 50 organizations within the last year.
Lincoln Federal Savings Bank | Omaha, recently celebrated 25 years of serving the Omaha community - the first branch in Omaha opened in 1997. The bank hosted a Customer Appreciation week from May 2-6 that included refreshments for customers during business hours; guest could also enter to win one of five $100 gas gift cards.
Nebraska Bank | Alliance, Chadron, Hemingford and Hickman, recently awarded a $1,000 scholarship to one graduating senior from each location's local school.
NebraskaLand Bank | Kearney, hosted a Comm(unity) Shred Day on May 10, with a freewill donation for the University of Nebraska-Kearney (UNK) football team; members of the team helped during the event. The bank contributed $500 toward the total of $871 raised for UNK football. (pictured)
Union Bank & Trust Co. | Auburn, recently collected children's personal care items and donated them to Project Response, headquartered in Auburn. The organization provides free support and advocacy services to survivors of domestic and sexual violence, teen dating violence, stalking, and human trafficking. They also provide free services to families, friends, and loved ones of abuse victims. (pictured)
U.S. Bank, N.A. | Lincoln, recently awarded eight $500 scholarships to Nebraska high school seniors through the Believers and Achievers program. The state-wide program was designed by the bank and the Nebraska School Activities Association to give recognition to the state's future leaders.
Promotions & Appointments
Jacob Arendt, Heritage Bank | Aurora, president (pictured)
Cam Moyer, Heritage Bank | Hastings, chief executive officer (pictured)
Megan Froehlich, West Gate Bank | Omaha, vice president / business banking solutions officer (pictured)
Jacob Vacanti, American National Bank | Omaha, banking services product manager (pictured)
Brenda Anderson, CharterWest Bank | Papillion, mortgage lender (pictured)
Tami Paysen, Cornerstone Bank | York, senior vice president and auditor (pictured)
Photos, from top L: Jacob Arendt, Cam Moyer, Megan Froehlich, Jacob Vacanti, Brenda Anderson and Tami Paysen.
Kathy Moore, Cornerstone Bank | Edgar, retired on May 13 after a total of 29 years in the banking industry, with the last seven years as a branch operation clerk at Cornerstone Bank. The bank held an open house to celebrate her retirement. (pictured)
Photo: Kathy Moore
May 4 - 10
Bankers in the News
Baily Batenhorst, Midwest Bank | Lincoln, celebrated her fifth anniversary of service with the bank this month. She is a mortgage loan officer. (pictured)
Wende Kotouc, American National Bank | Omaha, was recently appointed to the Salvation Army of Omaha's advisory board. She is the executive co-chairman/CEO of the bank and has served on numerous boards for local organizations.
Photo: Bailey Batenhorst
Banks in the News
Arbor Bank | Omaha, recently helped sponsor the latest installment in the EmpowHER series, titled Negotiating Skills for Women - Redefining Negotiation to Self-Advocacy, with Bland & Associates and Goosmann Law Firm. The EmpowHER series was created to empower women in Nebraska and Iowa to start, grow and protect their own businesses. (pictured)
First National Bank of Omaha | Fremont, donated $5,000 to the Fremont Area Community Foundation (FACF) during the town's Big Give day on May 10. The Fremont Area Big Give is a 24-hour giving challenge to raise money for area nonprofits. (pictured)
First National Bank of Omaha | Lincoln, recently donated $10,000 to Habitat for Humanity of Lincoln to help fund four new homes this year. (pictured)
Homestead Bank | Chadron, hosted about 80 second-grade students at the bank last month. The bank's Ainsworth and Chadron locations are sponsoring the "Saving with Mandy and Randy" program that teaches calculating the value of mixed coins, differences between "wants vs. needs" and the importance of saving.
i3 Bank | Bennington, visited fifth-grade students at Bennington Elementary and Pine Lake Elementary last week to share lessons on saving money. (pictured)
NebraskaLand Bank | North Platte, held a graduation ceremony on April 25 for 41 students who completed the bank's six-month NebraskaLand University Financial Literacy Scholarship Program. Each graduate received a certificate and a $250 academic scholarship. Additionally, students were required to write an essay to be judged by a bank committee; the top three students with the highest scores received $1,000, $750 and $500. Since the program's inception in 2014, the bank has awarded close to $74,000 in academic scholarships.
State Nebraska Bank & Trust | Wayne, awarded two FFA scholarships worth $1,000 each to Wayne High School (WHS) students. Additionally, the bank awarded three full freshman year tuition scholarships to WHS students who will attend Wayne State College. The bank also took 18 student tellers from the Wayne Elementary School in-school savings bank branch on a field trip to Lincoln on May 2; the trip included a tour of the State Capitol, a counterfeiting session taught by the Nebraska Department of Banking and Finance, and a presentation of certificates to the students for their hard work. (pictured)
Washington County Bank | Blair, Fort Calhoun and Tekamah, recently hosted their annual shred days. This year, over 15,000 pounds of paper was shredded at the free community events. (pictured)
West Gate Bank | Lincoln, helped the Friendship Home of Lincoln with the "Un-Stuff the Bus" event last week. Friendship Home helps domestic violence survivors find physical and emotional safety. (pictured)
Promotions & Appointments
Ryan Groteluschen, Flatwater Bank | Gothenburg, vice president
Mark Ellerbeck, First Westroads Bank | Omaha, president and CEO (pictured)
Renee Zacharia, Frontier Bank | Omaha, vice president-residential lending (pictured)
Denise Callihan, Nebraska State Bank | Oshkosh, operations
Hannah Rockafellow, Nebraska State Bank | Oshkosh, general operations
Robert Eller, Cornerstone Bank | York, vice president and farm manager (pictured)
Jeramy Fowler, Cornerstone Bank | York, vice president of network administration (pictured)
Denise Gruber, Cornerstone Bank | York, vice president of customer service (pictured)
Pepper Papineau, Cornerstone Bank | York, vice president and assistant manager of the trust department (pictured)
Kelly Sinsel, Cornerstone Bank | York, board of directors
Lynn Vodvarka, Cornerstone Bank | York, senior vice president and manager of human resources and training (pictured)
Photos: Mark Ellerbeck, Renee Zacharia, Robert Eller, Jeramy Fowler, Denise Gruber, Pepper Papineau and Lynn Vodvarka
Craig Barta, Nebraska State Bank & Trust Co. | Callaway, retired last month after eight years with the bank. He most recently served as a loan officer. The bank held an open house on April 19 to celebrate his retirement.
Julie Kielty, Cornerstone Bank | Tilden, retired on May 6 after 20 years with the bank. She served as a teller; the bank held an open house on May 6 and requested a card shower in her honor. (pictured)
Photo: Julie Kielty
April 27 - May 3
Bankers in the News
Kay Bartek, West Gate Bank | Lincoln, celebrated five years of service with the bank at the end of April. She serves as a senior vice president, Lincoln market retail manager. (pictured)
Aaron Miller, Horizon Bank | Waverly, was sworn into the Nebraska Bar on April 26. He is a equity loan specialist at the bank. (pictured)
Cindy Petz, First Community Bank | Beemer, recently celebrated her 40th anniversary of service with the bank, where she works as a vice president/loan operations. (pictured)
Photos, L to R: Kay Bartek, Aaron Miller and Cindy Petz
Banks in the News
Cornerstone Bank | York, held two free, hands-on Counterfeit Money Training sessions for area business people on April 27 at the Holthus Convention Center.
Cornhusker Bank | Lincoln, and 100 other Lincoln businesses collected 34,000 shoes and $6,500 for the People's City Mission for this year's "One Day Without Shoes" event.
F&M Bank | South Sioux City, held a free community shred event in the downtown bank parking lot on April 27.
First State Bank & Trust Co. | Fremont, sponsored the Back the Orange & Blue BBQ Lunch at The Milady Coffeehouse in Fremont. The free-will donation fundraiser benefitted the Midland University's chapter of Professional Business Leaders.
Flatwater Bank | Gothenburg, visited local schools in honor of Teach Children to Save Day (April 28). The bank also hosted kindergarten and preschool students for an educational treasure hunt. Additionally, the bank held a free community shred event on April 29. (pictured)
i3 Bank | all branches, raised money through their employee jeans fund and recently donated it to the Capital Humane Society in Lincoln. Christine Volcek, Lincoln branch manager, also adopted a kitten named Opal. (pictured)
State Bank of Table Rock | Pawnee City, visited with 51 preschool, kindergarten and first-grade students and staff at Pawnee City Elementary School for Teach Children to Save Day on April 28.
Julie Allison, Cornerstone Bank | Stromsburg, retired on May 2 after 16 years of service with the bank. She has been in the banking industry for over 33 years and ended her career as assistant vice president and assistant manager. The bank held an open house to celebrate on May 2. (pictured)
Mark Sorensen, State Nebraska Bank & Trust | Wayne, retired at the end of April after 37 years of service with the bank. He ended his career as a vice president and loan officer. The bank held a retirement party on April 28 to celebrate. (pictured)
Photos: Julie Allison and Mark Sorensen
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