Press Release

Margaret Palubinski Retires from FNBT

Release date: 7/26/2017

Beloit, WI – After an impressive 48 year career at First National Bank and Trust (FNBT), Margaret Palubinski, Assistant Vice President and Branch Manager of the Clinton Branch has announced plans to retire. 

Photo of Margaret PalubinskiMargaret began her journey with the bank in 1969 as a Bookkeeper. In her employment application, she wrote, "Bank work, I understand, is interesting, progressive and there is always a demand for efficient tellers. I am interested in working with the public and I think a career in banking will help me to understand 'money' a little better."

There couldn't have been a better fit than FNBT for Margaret. She quickly transitioned into the role of proof operator and also spent time as a switchboard operator, accountant and teller before being promoted to her first branch manager position in 1985. She moved to the Beloit-Inman Parkway branch in 1988. In June 1994, Margaret was named the branch manager of FNBT's Clinton branch where she has truly become the face of the bank among her customers in the community. An avid learner herself, Margaret led a group of employees dedicated to bringing financial literacy into schools throughout FNBT's branch footprint and helped the company earn the "Bankers Promoting Financial Literacy" award from the Wisconsin Bankers Association for the past several years.

An open house reception honoring Margaret is scheduled for Monday, September 11 from 11am to 2pm at the Clinton Branch. Community members are invited to stop by to wish Margaret well in her retirement. 

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 nearly 30,000 households in 13 communities and 16 locations in Southern Wisconsin and Northern Illinois with assets of approximately $1.2 billion.  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