Press Release

Mark Leach Joins FNBT

Release date: 3/17/2016

Beloit, WI - Steve Eldred, President and Chief Executive Officer for First National Bank and Trust (FNBT) is pleased to announce that Mark Leach has joined the company as Executive Vice President, Trust and Investment Officer. In his new role, Leach will provide Sound Advice and manage a team of trust and investment professionals in the bank’s Wealth Management group, which settles estates, performs agency services, and administers trusts and guardianships for clients.

Photo of Mark Leach“Mark brings a fresh perspective and a deep understanding of investment strategy to First National Bank and Trust,” said Eldred. “His proven management and leadership skills make him a great fit for the company and he is well-suited to lead the talented team of professionals in our Wealth Management group.”

Formerly the Managing Director for Castle Bank’s Wealth Management Group based in DeKalb, Illinois, Leach joins FNBT with more than 30 years of experience in the financial services industry. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Economics, Business Administration, and Marketing from MacMurray College in Jacksonville, Illinois and went on to earn a Master of Business Administration (MBA) with a concentration in finance from St. Ambrose University in Davenport, Iowa in 1992. Leach has completed several industry courses, including the Cannon Financial Institute’s Personal Trust Schools, and he graduated from the Personal Trust Graduate School in 1993. In 1998, he earned the Certified Retirement Services Professional (CRSP) designation.

Active in the community, Leach has contributed countless hours to several non-profit and civic organizations including, the Kishwaukee Family YMCA, the Ben Gordon Center and Foundation, and the DeKalb Police Pension Board. Within the banking industry, Leach has served as the committee chair of the Illinois Bankers Association’s Trust and Investment Management School and has served as a guest lecturer for industry conferences. 

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 $1.1 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