Press Release

First National Bank and Trust Announces Promotions

Release date: 6/11/2015

Beloit, WI – Brian Bisbey, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer for First National Bank and Trust (FNBT) proudly announces an enhancement of the business banking team and the appointment of an operations manager.

Photo of Steve SchneiderSteve Schneider has been promoted to Senior Vice President, Senior Agricultural Banking Officer. In this role, Schneider is responsible for the bank’s agricultural and agri-business banking initiatives across the bank’s corporate footprint. With 34 years of commercial banking and management experience Schneider will continue to lead all commercial team responsibilities in Green and Lafayette counties, which includes generating new commercial business and direct responsibility for the overall performance and profitability of the Agricultural banking group. Schneider is active in the community serving as the current Co-President of Monroe Area Rebels Soccer, and a past board member of the Monroe Chamber, Big Brothers Big Sisters, and the Monroe Lions.

Photo of Jennifer KruchtenJennifer Kruchten has been promoted to Senior Vice President, Senior Commercial Lending Officer. With over 21 years of banking and financial experience, she is responsible for managing the commercial banking team and initiatives for the bank’s corporate footprint outside of Green and Lafayette counties. Additionally, Kruchten will assume responsibility for the entire bank’s Treasury Management function. Along with her management duties, she will also generate new commercial opportunities and help develop the annual budget and operating plan. As an active member of the community, Jennifer has volunteered her time to the City of Rockford Community Development Loan Committee, Boys and Girls Club, CONTACT, Junior Achievement, Agency Resource Center, and the Rockford Area Arts Council. She is currently a board member of Edgewood Lakes Condo Association and a member of the Rockford Chamber’s Lead 360 group.

Photo of George HausermannGeorge Hausermann has been promoted to Senior Vice President, Senior Technology and Operations Officer. Hausermann has over 25 years of banking experience, previously working as Executive Director with JPMorgan Chase supporting the investment banking and cash management businesses. In his newly expanded role, Hausermann will oversee all activities of information technology, deposit operations, loan operations, and the customer care center. He is responsible for evaluating technology, equipment and outside service providers to improve the productivity of the bank, managing the development and maintenance of information services and operations policies and procedures, as well as planning, organizing, and directing the activities and staff in the study, design, development, and utilization of information systems. Additionally, Hausermann will chair the bank’s technology business managers group and compliance committee as well as act as a member of the product development committee.

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