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.