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The Nebraska Bankers Association presented the Leaders in Financial Education (LiFE) Awards to several Nebraska banks and a banker at the 2023 NBA Annual Convention in La Vista. The awards are given in recognition of efforts to promote financial education in their communities.
The following banks and banker were awarded for their outstanding contributions to financial education:
LiFE Honors List
Banks that meet at least seven of a list of criteria including hosting interns, operating an in-school savings bank, giving financial literacy presentations and many others, are named to the LiFE Honors List.
One bank from each of the three deposit size categories is eligible for this award. The categories are: Small, $100 million or less; Medium, $101 to 350 million; and Large, $351 million or more. The banks that receive this award have made the largest number of Get Smart About Credit, Teach Children to Save and other financial literacy presentations.
Bank Innovation Award
This award is presented to a bank that implemented an innovative way to improve financial literacy.
Union Bank & Trust’s financial literacy efforts have impacted Lincoln, its citizens and nonprofit sector. The bank offers classes, workshops and financial coaching facilitated through partnerships with local nonprofits and community groups. In 2022, the bank conducted 30 workshops covering 15 financial topics, reaching a total of 352 community members either through traditional classroom settings or via Zoom. The topics included Budgeting 101, Banking 101, Understanding Credit and Consumer Protection.
This award is presented to a banker who has been an asset to leading the bank's financial literacy efforts for at least five years.
Clark has been actively involved in i3 Bank's financial literacy programming for 17 years and is a strong advocate for community outreach and engaging with schools. He is a long-time presenter of the Teach Children to Save program, delivering the program to third and fifth-grade students across four Bennington elementary schools. He has also presented to Bennington High School students and the bank’s elderly customers and recently collaborated with University of Nebraska Omaha students on a bank research project.
Nebraska banks are committed to improving financial literacy in the communities they serve. They sponsor programs and offer tools to help Nebraskans of all ages improve their financial decision-making and reach their financial goals. Individuals and families with a solid financial education foundation are more likely to purchase a home, save for college and invest which, in turn, helps Nebraska communities thrive.
The Nebraska Bankers Association paid tribute to seven Nebraska bankers and three banks that have marked significant milestones in the financial services industry. The following were recognized during the association’s annual convention in La Vista on May 4 - bios for each recipient are included below:
Bankers recognized for 50 years of service:
Bank recognized for 25 years of service:
Banks recognized for 125 years of service:
Randy's banking career began in July of 1972 at Tecumseh Building & Loan. When a new branch opened in Aurora a year later, he became the branch manager. In 1975 he returned to the home office, receiving a promotion to vice president in 1980.
Twelve years later he joined American National Bank as manager of both the Auburn and Falls City branches. Randy joined Countryside Bank in 1995 to manage a new loan production office in Tecumseh, with a concentration in mortgage lending. Just one year later, Countryside Bank opened a branch in Syracuse, where he currently serves as a mortgage loan officer.
As a native Nebraskan, John is a third-generation banker from a family that started in the banking industry in Humboldt in 1909. He will celebrate his 52nd year in banking this July. John began his banking career in 1971 as president of Home State Bank and Trust in Humboldt, which later became part of American National Bank. Currently John serves as the executive co-chairman/CEO of American National Bank for Nebraska, Iowa and Minnesota and as a member of the NBA Board of Directors. He previously served on the NBA BAnkPAC committee.
John earned his undergraduate degree from Harvard University and completed post-graduate studies at Westminster. He also obtained a law degree from the University of Nebraska Law School and completed the Stanford Executive Program.
Other accomplishments and service include becoming a Carver Bank Advisor in 2020 and serving on the boards of the following organizations: Bellevue University, Brownell-Talbot and Brownell-Talbot Foundation Executive Committee, Omaha Community Foundation, and Westside Foundation.
Dan is the bank president with First Interstate Bank in Atkinson. He celebrated his 50th anniversary in banking this past October. From 1972-1993 he worked his way up the ladder at The First National Bank in Atkinson as a teller, assistant cashier, president and later chairman of the bank's Board of Directors.
In 1993, The First National Bank became First Western Bank, N.A., where Dan added senior inter-banking committee member to his job duties. A few years later, the bank removed the "N.A." to become First Western Bank until 2002, when it was acquired by F&M Bank. IN 2003, F&M Bank was purchased by Great Western Bank, at which point Dan was promoted to market president. Last May, the bank changed its name once again to First Interstate Bank.
Although the bank's name has changed multiple times over the years, Dan's commitment to his community and Nebraska's banking industry are constant. He continues his long banking career in the same location as he started 50+ years ago.
Brian reached his 50th year in banking this past fall. His long banking career began under the tutelage of his father, Edwin McHugh, at Corn Growers State Bank in Murdock. He learned a variety of bank activities, from teller duties to making loans, completing call reports and filing the bank's tax return. While starting his banking career, he also served in the Nebraska Air National Guard as a Command Post and Flight Operations NCO from 1972-1978. In 1981 Brian was elected president and CEO of the bank
During his career, he served on the NBA BankPAC Committee for 21 years and on the NBA Board of Directors from 2000-2003. In 2013, the Nebraska Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) awarded him with the Businessman of the Year award.
Semi-retired since 2020, Brian still serves as Chairman of the bank's Board of Directors. He also continues to be an active member of the Murdock Lions Club and the Murdock Volunteer Fire Department.
Brian and Marjorie will celebrate 50 years of marriage later this year. They have two sons, Jeremy and Brent. Jeremy and his wife Donielle have three children; Brent and his wife Sarah have four children. Brian still enjoys going into the bank almost daily to see the friends and customers he has worked with for over 50 years.
Bill is the vice president of business development and reached his 50th anniversary in banking at the beginning of May. His banking journey began at Equitable Bank, followed by First National Bank of Omaha - both in Grand Island. During First National Bank's acquisition by Norwest Bank, Bill was relocated to Omaha and worked as a correspondent lender. He moved back to Grand Island and joined Home Federal Bank, where he was instrumental in developing the bank's secondary mortgage program.
He continued to find success in the banking industry and was appointed the market president at United Nebraska Bank in Grand Island. Bill maintained his position through two separate acquisitions, first by TierOne Bank and then by Great Western Bank (now First Interstate Bank). He returned to Equitable Bank in 2012 as the vice president of business development and remained there until joining Bruning Bank in 2022. He played a key role in the opening of Bruning Bank's newest branch in Grand Island.
Paul entered the banking workforce 52 years ago. He began at Farmer's Home Administration in Martin, South Dakota, before moving to Production Credit Association, also in Martin. Upon moving to Winner, South Dakota, he became the president of the organization - at the robust age of 26! In 1977, Paul and his family moved to Broken Bow, where he served as the president of that branch of Production Credit Association. Paul has been with Nebraska State Bank & Trust Co. (NSB) in Broken Bow since 1985. He is the bank's longest-serving president in its history at 24 years!
During his time with NSB, he led the bank through the tumultuous '80s farm crisis, helping it become the largest financial institution in Broken Bow - and Custer County - as measured by total deposits. In 2009 Paul was promoted to CEO of the bank and served in that role until his retirement in 2017. He continues to serve as a valued and respected member of the bank's board of directors.
Outside of banking, Paul was on the board of directors for the Broken Bow Chamber of Commerce. He also participated in community activities such as the Custer Economic Development, Broken Bow Industrial Company and the Custer County Agricultural Society.
Doug has been with First Community Bank in Beemer for his entire 50-year career. After graduating with a bachelor's degree in business administration from Creighton University, he joined the bank in 1973. He currently serves as the executive vice president for First Community Bank and the manager for Steffensmeier Insurance Agency. During his long career, Doug helped both the bank and the insurance agency expand from one location to four.
Community involvement includes serving on the Village of Beemer's board for 39 years and the Beemer Volunteer Fire Department for 25 years. Doug also has served on the Indian Trails Country Club Board, the Franciscan Healthcare Foundation board, and the Independent Insurance Agents of Nebraska (with a term as Chairman). Additionally, he is a long-time Beemer Community Club member.
Doug has two children and two grandchildren. His brother, David, also received the Milestone Banker award in 2020. He credits David with their shared ability to manage through the past 50+ years.
NebraskaLand Bank - 25 Years
In 1998, NebraskaLand Bank opened their doors in a small storefront in downtown North Platte. Today, the bank has four North Platte locations, as well as branches in Kearney and Rock Springs, Wyoming. In 25 years, the bank has grown from three employees and $3 million in initial capital to over 100 employees and more than $900 million in total assets.
NebraskaLand Bank is proud of their company culture and promotes six statements that define who they are, what they believe in and what they work hard to accomplish: Service, Win, Attitude, Community-Minded, Expertise, and Support. NebraskaLand Bank has been a recipient of the "Best Banks to Work For" by American Banker for four consecutive years.
Bank of Steinauer - 125 Years
The Bank of Steinauer was established in 1888 by Joseph Steinauer, one of the founding fathers of the Village of Steinauer. Since its official charter in 1898 until today, the bank has been owned and operated by a Steinauer descendant. Suzanne Borcher and Carol Schardt are fifth-generation Steinauers and great-great-granddaughters of Joseph. Carol serves as the bank's vice president. The bank also currently employs sixth-generation Steinauers.
Security First Bank - 125 Years
In 1898, Security First Bank began as Stockmens National Bank, founded by nine western Nebraska ranchers in Rushville. Today, the bank employs nearly 300 individuals and operates branches in 21 communities across Nebraska and southwest South Dakota. Over the decades, the bank acquired 16 locations and two others (Rapid City, South Dakota, and Chadron) thorugh de novo expansion.
The bank operated solely in Rushville until 1990, when Stockmens acquired a savings and loan in Cozad. In 1998, Security First launched the "Badlands Express," a 27-foot-long traveling bank on wheels that brought banking services to communities on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation for the first time. The Express still operates today to help bridge the geographic and digital divides that may hamper Nebraskans' access to banking services. Shareholders still privately own Security First Bank, most of whom have direct ties to Nebraska. The bank's owners and leadership team credit their 125 years of success to their employees' steadfast commitment to community banking, a dedicated board of directors and the support of each community they serve.
For more information about the NBA's Milestone Awards, contact:
Ron Arrigo, Executive Vice President/COO
Bradley Koehn, regional president for Midwest Bank in Lincoln, was elected as the chair-elect of the Nebraska Bankers Association during the Association’s Annual Convention, May 3-5 in La Vista. He will assume the position of NBA Chair in May 2024.
Koehn began his career in the financial industry as a national bank examiner with the Comptroller of the Currency in Omaha. He then served as vice president and cashier at Gretna State Bank before joining Pinnacle Bancorp, Inc. in Central City as vice president. In 1998, he became president, CEO and vice chairman of F&M Bank in West Point before joining Midwest Bank in 2009.
Koehn holds a bachelor's degree in business administration with a finance emphasis and an economics minor from the University of Nebraska at Kearney. In 2011, he completed the College for Financial Planning in Denver.
He has been actively involved in the NBA, serving on the NBA Executive Committee and Board of Directors. He has also served as a previous chair of the Government Relations Committee and Volunteer Employee Benefits Association Board of Trustees. Additionally, Koehn has served on the American Bankers Association Community Bankers Council and Government Relations Council, the Community Depository Institutions Advisory Council to the Federal Reserve Board of Governors, and the Nebraska Department of Banking Statutory Task Force.
Koehn is an active supporter of his community and has served several organizations.
Lydell L. Woodbury, chairman and CEO of First Nebraska Bank in Valley, was selected as the 2023-2024 Chair of the Nebraska Bankers Association at the Association's Annual Convention, May 3-5, 2023.
Woodbury has more than 40 years of financial industry experience. He began his banking career at a Production Credit Association in Iowa before joining First National Bank and Trust, now F&M Bank, in Falls City, Neb. He also worked as a commercial loan specialist for the U.S. Small Business Administration. In 1990, he joined First Nebraska Bank as president of the Emerson Branch. He eventually assumed oversight of all branch locations as the bank’s executive vice president before being promoted to chairman and CEO.
He has been active in the NBA, serving on the NBA Board of Directors, as chair of the Government Relations Committee and as a member of the NBA BankPAC and NBA Education Committees.
At the local level, Woodbury has also assumed many volunteer leadership roles that have allowed him to positively impact his community. He served as chairman of the Elkhorn Valley Economic Development Committee and led Stanton Economic Development, Inc. and the Emerson Development Corporation. He also has been actively involved with the Elks Club and the Knights of Columbus.
Following his honorable discharge from the U.S. Army, Woodbury studied agricultural banking at the Pipestone Area Vocational Technical Institute. He is also a graduate of the Kansas Bankers Association/Nebraska Bankers Association Schools of Banking.