Press Release

First National Bank and Trust Named Top 8 Banks in U.S.

Release date: 10/2/2015

Beloit, WI – First National Bank and Trust, a local Beloit icon, was just named one of the top eight extraordinary banks in the United States by The Institute for Extraordinary Banking®.

Extraordinary Banking AwardFirst National Bank and Trust Company was recognized with the Institute’s Money Smarts Banky® Award for Financial Literacy Education as a result of its extraordinary service to its customers and communities through a commitment to financial literacy programs.

The bank’s annual Financial Literacy Champion award honors one hard-working individual and their organization. This unique program earned FNBT the award from the institute.

“Money management is an important skill for people of all ages,” said Theresa Wendhausen, branding and communications officer for FNBT. “As a community bank, we recognize that there are many teachers, volunteers, and organizations working with us to improve financial literacy throughout the Stateline area.”

The Extraordinary Banking™ Awards exist to highlight the vital, yet often overlooked, role that local, community banks play in our economy. The Extraordinary Banking™ Awards recognize the best of what community banks offer to our cities, towns and our nation.

First National Bank and Trust Company is a family-owned, community bank headquartered in Beloit, Wisconsin. Chartered in 1882, First National Bank and Trust Company now serves more than 27,000 households in 9 communities and 12 locations in Southern Wisconsin and Northern Illinois with assets of approximately $820 million. Commitment to full service banking, investments, asset management, exceptional service, and Sound Advice has positioned First National Bank and Trust Company as a Stateline leader in the industry. For additional information, visit