Press Releases


12/1/2020 - FNBT Supports Area Non-Profits

Beloit, WI – Committed to helping its customer and community families during the global pandemic, First National Bank and Trust (FNBT) donated nearly $70,000 in COVID-19 specific programs in 2020 to support area non-profit organizations through several initiatives aimed at supporting individuals in need.


11/9/2020 - Verna Neal Joins FNBT as Loan Services Manager and Officer

Beloit, WI First National Bank and Trust (FNBT) is pleased to announce that Verna Neal has joined the bank as loan services manager and officer.


9/11/2020 - FNBT Shares Impact of Financial Education Program Supporting Students with Distance Learning Amidst COVID-19 School Closures

Beloit, WI First National Bank and Trust (FNBT)has released annual impact data for the financial education curriculum it provides to high school students across Southern Wisconsin and Northern Illinois.


9/8/2020 - 5-Star FNBT | Thriving in the Face of Adversity

Beloit, WI – BauerFinancial, Inc., the Nation’s Premier Bank Rating Firm, has announced that First National Bank and Trust (FNBT), Beloit, Wisconsin has been awarded its highest (5-Star) rating for financial strength and stability.


8/12/2020 - Matthew Ennis Promoted to Branch Manager

Beloit, WI – First National Bank and Trust (FNBT) is pleased to announce that Matthew Ennis has been promoted to Branch Manager at the Beloit-Madison Rd location located at 1795 Madison Road in Beloit, Wisconsin. 


7/15/2020 - Ryan Renz Promoted

Beloit, WI – First National Bank and Trust (FNBT) is pleased to announce that Ryan Renz has been promoted to vice president and controller.


6/17/2020 - 5-Star FNBT | Doing Well While Doing Good

Beloit, WI – BauerFinancial, Inc., the Nation’s Premier Bank Rating Firm, has announced that First National Bank and Trust (FNBT), Beloit, Wisconsin has once again been awarded its highest (5-Star) rating for financial strength and stability. Earning a 5-Star rating indicates this bank excels in areas of capital adequacy, profitability, asset quality and much more. Earning and maintaining this top rating for 11 consecutive quarters, especially in this environment, makes its accomplishment even more impressive.


5/15/2020 - Centre 1 Bancorp, Inc. Reports Earnings for 2019

Beloit, WI – On May 15, 2020, the Annual Meeting of shareholders of Centre 1 Bancorp, Inc., the holding company for First National Bank and Trust Company (FNBT), was held in Beloit, Wisconsin. The meeting was the 38th for the holding company and the 138th for the family-focused bank, chartered in 1882.


5/4/2020 - FNBT Announces Promotion & Addition to Mortgage Banking Team

Beloit, WI, May 4, 2020First National Bank and Trust (FNBT) is pleased to announce the following officer promotion and addition to the mortgage banking team.


3/17/2020 - 5-Star FNBT | One of the Nation's Strongest Banks

Beloit, WI – BauerFinancial, Inc., the Nation’s Premier Bank Rating Firm, has once again commended First National Bank and Trust, Beloit, Wisconsin on its achievement of another 5-Star Superior Rating. Not only has First National Bank and Trust earned Bauer’s highest (5-Star) rating for financial strength and stability, it has maintained that top rating for 10 consecutive quarters. Earning this 5-Star rating indicates that the bank closed out calendar 2019 excelling in areas of capital adequacy, profitability, asset quality and much more.


3/11/2020 - Connie Adler Joins FNBT

Beloit, WI – First National Bank and Trust (FNBT) is pleased to announce that Connie Adler has joined the bank as assistant vice president and branch manager for the Beloit-E Grand Ave location.


2/11/2020 - Dave Zegunis Joins FNBT Mortgage Lending Team

Beloit, WI – First National Bank and Trust (FNBT) is pleased to announce that Dave Zegunis joined the bank as a Residential Loan Originator.
 


2/5/2020 - Steve Schou Joins FNBT Wealth Management Team

Beloit, WI – First National Bank and Trust (FNBT) is pleased to announce that Steve Schou has joined the bank’s Wealth Management team as a Trust & Investments Officer.


1/28/2020 - FNBT Announces Promotions & Additions to Commercial Banking Team

Beloit, WI – First National Bank and Trust (FNBT) is pleased to announce three officer promotions and an addition to the FNBT family.


1/27/2020 - FNBT Announces Promotions & Additions to Staff

Beloit, WI – First National Bank and Trust (FNBT) is pleased to announce three officer promotions and an addition to the FNBT family. Jessica Hernandez has been promoted to Vice President and Branch Manager; Laura Klockner has been promoted to Bank Secrecy Act (BSA) Officer; Victoria Ulman has been promoted to Loan Operations Manager and Officer; and Danielle Mirabal has joined the FNBT family as Loan Operations Manager and Officer.


1/10/2020 - FNBT Announces Promotions | Jury & Barwick

Beloit, WI – First National Bank and Trust (FNBT) is pleased to announce the promotion of two individuals in the Credit and Human Resources Departments.


1/7/2020 - 5-Star FNBT | A Bank You Can Trust

Beloit, WI First National Bank and Trust (FNBT) achieved another Superior 5-Star Rating in December 2019 from BauerFinancial, the Nation’s Premier Bank Rating Firm. Not only is the 5-Star Rating earned for financial strength and stability, but indicates that the bank excels in areas of capital adequacy, profitability, asset quality, and more.  FNBT has been awarded this highest possible rating for 9 consecutive quarters. Earning and maintaining Bauer’s highest 5-Star rating indicates First National Bank and Trust is one of the strongest banks in the nation.


1/3/2020 - David McCoy Named President & Chief Executive Officer

Beloit, WI – First National Bank and Trust Company (FNBT) is pleased to announce that David N. McCoy, CPA, has been appointed to President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of First National Bank and Trust Company, as approved by the Board of Directors of Centre1 Bancorp, Inc., the holding company of FNBT. Steve Eldred will continue as Executive Chairman of the Board of FNBT, Chairman and CEO of Centre 1 Bancorp, Inc., and will remain active leading the strategic direction of the bank.


12/23/2019 - FNBT Raises Money for Caritas

Beloit, WI – The holidays were made just a little brighter for Caritas Community Resource Center this holiday season. First National Bank and Trust (FNBT) raised $634 for the nonprofit organization as part of the annual Holidazzle event in downtown Beloit.


12/20/2019 - Shawn Murphy Joins FNBT

Beloit, WI First National Bank and Trust (FNBT) is pleased to announce that Shawn Murphy has joined the bank’s commercial lending team as Vice President Commercial Loan Officer.


12/10/2019 - Hassan Jamal Joins FNBT

Beloit, WI First National Bank and Trust (FNBT) is pleased to announce that Hassan Jamal has joined the bank as the Information Security Officer.


11/19/2019 - FNBT Announces Promotion of Two Branch Managers

Beloit, WI – First National Bank and Trust (FNBT) is pleased to announce the promotion of two branch managers.


11/15/2019 - David McCoy Represents Wisconsin Bankers in Washington DC

Beloit, WI, November 14, 2019 – The Wisconsin Bankers Association and 11 Wisconsin bankers recently traveled to Washington D.C. to meet with senior staff at four regulatory agencies.


10/30/2019 - FNBT Announces Promotions | Jordan, Toye & Ballou

Beloit, WI – First National Bank and Trust (FNBT) is pleased to announce the following promotions.
 


10/4/2019 - 5-Star FNBT | Doing the Right Thing

Beloit, WI – First National Bank and Trust has achieved another Superior 5-Star Rating from BauerFinancial, the Nation’s Premier Bank Rating Firm. Not only has First National Bank and Trust earned Bauer’s highest (5-Star) rating for financial strength and stability, it has maintained Bauer’s recommended rating (5-Stars or 4-Stars) for 71 consecutive quarters. Earning and maintaining Bauer’s highest 5-Star rating indicates First National Bank and Trust is one of the strongest banks in the nation.
 


9/30/2019 - Laurie Selvey Joins First National Bank and Trust as Residential Loan Originator

Beloit, WI, September 30, 2019First National Bank and Trust (FNBT) is pleased to announce that Laurie Selvey has joined the bank as a residential loan originator.
 


8/21/2019 - Dale Falconer Promoted

Beloit, WI, August 21, 2019First National Bank and Trust (FNBT) is pleased to announce that Dale Falconer has been promoted to network administrator and officer.


8/8/2019 - Jamie Hibbard Promoted to Branch Manager

Beloit, WI First National Bank and Trust (FNBT) is pleased to announce that Jamie Hibbard has been promoted to branch manager and officer at FNBT’s Elkhorn branch.


7/26/2019 - Sarah Berryman Promoted to AVP Branch Manager

Beloit, WI – First National Bank and Trust (FNBT) is pleased to announce that Sarah Berryman has been promoted to Assistant Vice President and Branch Manager of FNBT’s Darien office.


7/12/2019 - Michael Montgomery Joins FNBT

Beloit, WI – First National Bank and Trust (FNBT) is pleased to announce that Michael Montgomery has joined the company as Information Technology Supervisor and Officer.


6/24/2019 - First Time Home Buyers Guide | 5 Questions to Consider

Beloit, WI, June 24, 2019 – In recognition of American Housing Month, First National Bank and Trust (FNBT) is highlighting five questions first-time buyers should consider before purchasing a home.


6/17/2019 - Tips to Save for a Down Payment

Beloit, WI –When considering buying a home, the down payment you put upfront plays a major role in your future housing expenses. According to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, the amount you save can greatly influence your interest rate, monthly housing payment and also your need for mortgage insurance. As you prepare for the home buying process, First National Bank and Trust (FNBT) is highlighting six tips to help you cut the extra costs and save a substantial amount for your down payment.


6/5/2019 - 5-Star FNBT | Making a Difference in Your Neighborhood

Beloit, WI, June 5, 2019 – First National Bank and Trust has achieved another Superior 5-Star Rating from BauerFinancial, the Nation’s Premier Bank Rating Firm.


5/30/2019 - 2019 Electronic Recycling Events

Beloit, Wisconsin – First National Bank and Trust (FNBT) will be hosting a series of Free Electronic Recycling Drives in partnership with Goodwill Industries of Northern Illinois. Goodwill will have a mobile unit on-site at three FNBT branches to help community members securely dispose of electronic devices.


5/20/2019 - FNBT Announces Promotions | Miller, Sorenson & Stien

Beloit, WI First National Bank and Trust (FNBT) is pleased to announce the promotion of three individuals in the Cash Management, Commercial, and Wealth Management departments as approved at a recent board meeting.


2/19/2019 - Linda Kuchenberg Announces Retirement from FNBT

Beloit, WI, February 19, 2019 – Linda Kuchenberg, Residential Loan Originator at First National Bank and Trust (FNBT) has announced plans to retire effective February 28, 2019.


1/23/2019 - FNBT Announces Promotions | Gail Daer & Renae Stevens

Beloit, WI, January 23, 2019First National Bank and Trust (FNBT) proudly announces the promotion of two individuals as approved at a recent board meeting.


12/6/2018 - Relationship Banking at its Best

Beloit, WI – BauerFinancial, Inc., the Nation’s Premier Bank Rating Firm, is pleased to announce that First National Bank and Trust, Beloit, Wisconsin has once again been awarded its highest (5-Star) rating for financial strength and stability. Earning a 5-Star rating indicates the bank excels in areas of capital adequacy, profitability, asset quality and much more. First National Bank and Trust has earned and maintained Bauer’s recommendation (5-Stars or 4-Stars) for 68 consecutive quarters.


11/28/2018 - Lisa Churchill Promoted to Branch Manager

Beloit, WI, November 28, 2018First National Bank and Trust Company (FNBT) is pleased to announce that Lisa Churchill has been promoted to branch manager and officer of FNBT’s Delavan branch located at 1221 S Shore Drive, Delavan, WI 53115.


11/16/2018 - Janice Neufeld Announces Retirement

Beloit, WI, November 16, 2018 – Janice Neufeld, trust officer of First National Bank and Trust (FNBT) has announced plans to retire effective December 31, 2018.


10/31/2018 - Lisa Zeimetz Earns National Certification

Beloit, WI – Lisa Zeimetz, senior vice president and compliance officer, First National Bank and Trust (FNBT) was recently awarded the Certified Enterprise Risk Professional (CERP) designation from the American Bankers Association (ABA).


10/24/2018 - FNBT Collects Over 35,000 Pounds of Electronic Donations to Benefit Goodwill

Beloit, WI - First National Bank and Trust (FNBT) recently collected 35,176 pounds of unwanted electronics through three free electronic recycling events held at FNBT branches in Beloit and Clinton, Wisconsin and Rockton, Illinois.


10/12/2018 - Ryan Renz Completes Financial Managers School

Beloit, WI - First National Bank and Trust Company (FNBT) is pleased to announce that Ryan Renz, assistant vice president and controller, has successfully completed the Graduate School of Banking’s Financial Managers School in Madison, Wisconsin. The week-long curriculum is designed to provide financial managers of community banks the tools to build a solid foundation in asset/liability management, profitably manage a financial institution’s balance sheet, and develop effective strategies and communication skills.


9/7/2018 - FNBT Rated 5-Star by BauerFinancial

Beloit, WI – BauerFinancial, Inc., the nation’s premier bank rating firm, announced that First National Bank and Trust Company (FNBT) has once again earned its highest (5-Star) rating for financial strength and stability. Earning a 5-Star rating indicates that the bank excels in areas of capital adequacy, profitability, asset quality and much more. 
 


8/31/2018 - Lisa Zeimetz Graduates from Risk Management School

Beloit, WI - First National Bank and Trust Company (FNBT) is pleased to announce that Lisa Zeimetz, senior vice president and compliance officer, has successfully completed the American Bankers Association’s (ABA) Risk Management School. The curriculum is designed to provide bankers with comprehensive instruction in core regulations focused on risk management, and the knowledge on maintaining appropriate levels of governance, risk mitigation, monitoring, and reporting across each of the risk categories, including credit risk, operational risk, market risk, and several others.


8/16/2018 - 'Crack the Vault' Winner Announced

Beloit, WI – Renae Stevens, branch manager of the First National Bank and Trust (FNBT) branch in Winnebago, Illinois, presented the $2,500 grand prize to Amanda Insko of Winnebago, Illinois as part of the bank’s “Crack the Vault” customer appreciation event. Customers and community members were invited to visit one of three Winnebago County branches the week of August 4 through August 11 to play the interactive game and see if their unique code would “Crack the Vault”.


8/8/2018 - Steve Bamberger Joins FNBT

Beloit, WI, August 8, 2018 - First National Bank and Trust Company (FNBT) is pleased to announce that Steve Bamberger has joined the company as Assistant Vice President - Loan Production Manager for the bank’s mortgage teams in Rock and Green Counties in Wisconsin and Winnebago County in Illinois.


6/29/2018 - Questions to Consider Before Purchasing Your First Home

Beloit, WI – In recognition of American Housing Month, First National Bank and Trust (FNBT) is highlighting five questions first-time buyers should consider before purchasing a home.


6/25/2018 - Sound Advice to Save for a Down Payment

Beloit, WI – When considering buying a home, the down payment you put upfront plays a major role in your future housing expenses. According to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, the amount you save can greatly influence your interest rate, monthly housing payment and also your need for mortgage insurance. As you prepare for the home buying process, First National Bank and Trust (FNBT) is highlighting six Sound Advice tips to help you cut the extra costs and save a substantial amount for your down payment.


6/22/2018 - FNBT Announces Promotions | HR & Marketing Departments

Beloit, WI – First National Bank and Trust (FNBT) is pleased to announce the promotion of four individuals in the Human Resources and Marketing departments as approved at a recent board meeting.
 


6/15/2018 - First National Bank and Trust Announces Promotions

Beloit, WI, June 15, 2018First National Bank and Trust (FNBT) is pleased to announce the promotion of five individuals in the Accounting, Credit and Deposit Operations departments as approved at a recent board meeting.


6/7/2018 - FNBT Announces Wealth Management Promotions

Beloit, WI, June 7, 2018First National Bank and Trust (FNBT) is pleased to announce the promotion of two individuals in the Wealth Management department as approved at a recent board meeting.


6/6/2018 - FNBT Announces Promotions | Cash Management and Loan Departments

Beloit, WI, June 6, 2018First National Bank and Trust (FNBT) proudly announces the promotion of five individuals as approved at a recent board meeting.
 


6/4/2018 - BauerFinancial Gives First National Bank and Trust Secures 5 Stars

Beloit, WI – First National Bank and Trust (FNBT) is proud to announce that it has once again secured the highest 5-Star rating from BauerFinancial, a bank rating firm out of Coral Gables, Florida. (A five-star rating indicates the bank excels in areas of capital adequacy, profitability, asset quality and much more.) In fact, FNBT has earned and maintained Bauer’s Recommended Rating (5-Stars or 4-Stars) for the last 66 consecutive quarters.


5/10/2018 - Centre 1 Bancorp, Inc. Reports Record Earnings for 2017

Beloit, WI – On May 10, 2018, the Annual Meeting of shareholders of Centre 1 Bancorp, Inc., the holding company for First National Bank and Trust Company, was held in Beloit, Wisconsin. The meeting was the 36th for the holding company and the 136th for the family-owned bank, chartered in 1882.


4/9/2018 - FNBT Earns 5-Star Rating from BauerFinancial

Beloit, WI – First National Bank and Trust (FNBT) is proud to announce that it has once again secured the highest 5-Star rating from BauerFinancial, a bank rating firm out of Coral Gables, Florida. A five-star rating indicates the bank excels in areas of capital adequacy, profitability, asset quality and much more.


3/6/2018 - Tari Book Promoted to Assistant Vice President

Beloit, WI – First National Bank and Trust Company (FNBT) is pleased to announce that Tari Book has been promoted to Assistant Vice President, Loan Operations Systems Manager.
 


1/23/2018 - Marie Strombeck Joins Board of Stateline Boys & Girls Club

Beloit, WI First National Bank and Trust Company (FNBT) is pleased to announce that Marie Strombeck, senior vice president retail banking, has been appointed to serve on the board of directors of the Stateline Boys & Girls Club in Beloit, WI, a not for profit organization dedicated to serving youth between the ages of six to 18, by providing them with after-school and summer programs including education and career, character and leadership, health and life skills, as well as sports, fitness and recreation, to help support future success of the youth.


1/3/2018 - Stephanie Larson Joins FNBT

Beloit, WI – First National Bank and Trust (FNBT) is pleased to announce that Stephanie Larson has joined the company as Assistant Vice President and Retail Branch Manager at the bank’s Elkhorn location.  


12/28/2017 - FNBT Earns BauerFinancial 5-Star Rating

Beloit, WI, December 28, 2017 - First National Bank and Trust Company (FNBT) is proud to announce that it has secured a 5-Star rating from BauerFinancial, the Nation’s Premier Bank Rating Firm. A five-star rating indicates the bank excels in areas of capital adequacy, profitability, asset quality and much more. FNBT has earned Bauer’s Recommendation (5-Stars or 4-Stars) for 64 consecutive quarters.


12/21/2017 - Nick Purkapile Joins First National Bank and Trust

Beloit, WI, December 21, 2017 - First National Bank and Trust Company (FNBT) is pleased to announce that Nick Purkapile has joined the company as account services manager and officer.


12/19/2017 - FNBT Announces Promotions

Beloit, WI, December 19, 2017First National Bank and Trust (FNBT) proudly announces the promotion of four individuals as approved at a recent board meeting.
 


12/18/2017 - Don O’Day Joins FNBT as EVP/Chief Lending and Retail Officer

Beloit, WI, December 18, 2017 – Steve Eldred, President and Chief Executive Officer of First National Bank and Trust Company (FNBT) is pleased to announce that Don O’Day has joined the company as Executive Vice President Chief Lending and Retail Officer. In this role, O’Day will lead the commercial and retail banking teams in serving our communities with Sound Advice, excellent customer service, and innovative financial solutions to fit the individual needs of consumers, families and businesses throughout the bank’s footprint.
 


12/7/2017 - FNBT Announces Plans for New Operations Center

Beloit, Wisconsin – First National Bank and Trust (FNBT) is pleased to announce plans to build out a new Operations Center in downtown Beloit, WI. The new facility will be located across the river from the Beloit-Grand Ave office, at 525 Third Street, Suite 300, in the IronWorks campus.
 


11/16/2017 - Keith McCormick Earns CRC Designation

Beloit, WI, November 16, 2017 - First National Bank and Trust Company (FNBT) is pleased to announce that Keith McCormick, Commercial Banker in the Monroe, Wisconsin market, has recently earned the Credit Risk Certification (CRC) designation from the Risk Management Association (RMA), a professional association serving the financial services industry.


10/30/2017 - YWCA Northwestern Illinois Partnership Announced

Beloit, Wisconsin – First National Bank and Trust (FNBT) and the YWCA Northwestern Illinois recently announced a partnership to provide financial education opportunities focused on promoting economic self-sufficiency for women throughout the community. 


10/23/2017 - Jarod Schut Joins First National Bank and Trust

Beloit, WI - First National Bank and Trust Company (FNBT) is pleased to announce that Jarod Schut has joined the company as a Trust Officer serving the bank’s Walworth County market. 


8/22/2017 - Jose Moreno Promoted to Branch Manager

Beloit, WI – First National Bank and Trust (FNBT) is pleased to announce that Jose Moreno has been promoted to branch manager of the bank’s Clinton office.


7/26/2017 - Margaret Palubinski Retires from FNBT

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. 


7/3/2017 - Dawn Fields Promoted to Commercial Banking Officer

Beloit, WI - First National Bank and Trust Company (FNBT) announces the promotion of Dawn Fields to the position of commercial banking officer. 


6/22/2017 - Ryan Renz Joins FNBT as Controller and Officer

Beloit, WI - First National Bank and Trust Company (FNBT) is pleased to announce that Ryan Renz has joined the company as controller and officer. 


6/9/2017 - First National Bank and Trust | 5-Star rating from Bauerfinancial

Beloit, WI, June 9, 2017First National Bank and Trust is pleased to report it has earned a coveted 5-Star rating from BAUERFINANCIAL, the Nation’s Premier Bank Rating Firm. (A five-star rating indicates the bank excels in areas of capital adequacy, profitability, asset quality and much more.)


5/24/2017 - FNBT Receives USDA Rural Development Award

Beloit, WI, May 24, 2017 – USDA Rural Development State Director, Dave Schwobe, named First National Bank and Trust Company as a recipient of the 2016 Silver Million Dollar Lender Award.


5/22/2017 - FNBT Partners with HOPE

Beloit, Wisconsin – First National Bank and Trust (FNBT) and HOPE Fair Housing Center, Inc. (HOPE) announced a partnership to help expand lending and other consumer and business banking services in Rockford areas that may have previously been underserved by local financial institutions.  


4/24/2017 - Centre 1 Bancorp, Inc. Reports Record Earnings For 2016

Beloit, WI – On April 21, 2017, the Annual Meeting of shareholders of Centre 1 Bancorp, Inc., the holding company for First National Bank and Trust Company, was held in Beloit, Wisconsin. The meeting was the 35th for the holding company and the 135th for the family-owned bank, chartered in 1882. 


4/13/2017 - New Mobile-Friendly Mortgage Loan Application

Beloit, WI – First National Bank and Trust (FNBT) recently launched a new mobile-friendly mortgage loan application process. This next-generation solution meets the increasing expectations from consumers that anything traditionally done in the bank branch or over the phone should also be enabled on a mobile device. 


3/30/2017 - Chelsea Ballou Joins NHA Board

Beloit, WI – First National Bank and Trust (FNBT) is pleased to announce that Chelsea Ballou, marketing innovations and analytics officer, has been appointed to serve on the board of directors of Nutrition and Health Associates (NHA) in Janesville, WI, a private, not for profit organization dedicated to maternal and child nutrition and health.


3/22/2017 - FNBT Earns 5-Star Rating as Top Performer

Beloit, WI – First National Bank and Trust proudly announces it is a top performer, earning a coveted 5-Star rating from BauerFinancial, the Nation’s Premier Bank Rating Firm. A five-star rating indicates that the bank excels in areas of capital adequacy, profitability, asset quality and much more.


2/20/2017 - Paul Page Joins FNBT as Mortgage Loan Originator

Beloit, WI – First National Bank and Trust (FNBT) is pleased to announce that Paul Page has joined the company as a Mortgage Loan Originator serving the bank’s Walworth County market.  


2/10/2017 - FNBT Promotes Two New Branch Managers

Beloit, WI – First National Bank and Trust (FNBT) is pleased to announce the promotion of two new branch managers.


12/5/2016 - FNBT Compliance Officer Earns National Certification

Beloit, WI, December 5, 2016 – Lisa Zeimetz, vice president and compliance officer of First National Bank and Trust (FNBT), was recently awarded the Certified Regulatory Compliance Manager (CRCM) designation from the Institute of Certified Bankers (ICB), a subsidiary of the American Bankers Association.


10/7/2016 - Local Banker Presents at Wisconsin Financial Institutions Summit

Beloit, WI – An employee of First National Bank and Trust (FNBT) recently participated on a panel at the 2016 Financial Institution Strategic Forum in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. 


9/8/2016 - First National Bank and Trust Company Announces New Hires

Beloit, WI – First National Bank and Trust (FNBT) welcomes Steph Abel and Tim Pagel to the FNBT team in the bank’s Walworth county market. 


8/26/2016 - Million Dollar Lender Award

Beloit, WI – USDA Rural Development State Director, Stan Gruszynski, named First National Bank and Trust as a recipient of the 2015 Silver Million Dollar Lender Award.
The Award is presented each year to lenders who have partnered with, and made a significant contribution to, supporting Wisconsin rural residents looking to become homeowners through the USDA Guaranteed Rural Housing (GRH) Program. 


8/12/2016 - FNBT Partners with Friends of Riverfront to bring “Rio!” to Beloit

Beloit, WI – In partnership with Friends of Riverfront (FOR), First National Bank and Trust Company (FNBT) is excited to bring the 2011 animated movie “Rio!” to Riverside Park in Beloit on Friday, August 19. Movie on the Big Lawn is one of Friends of Riverfront’s biggest events of the year and families are encouraged to join the fun at Riverside Park and see the movie on a 50-foot inflatable big screen. The free event is open to the public. 


7/13/2016 - Meet the Walworth County Retail Banking Team

Beloit, WI, – Marie Strombeck, Senior Vice President, Retail Banking, announces an enhancement of the Retail Banking Team in First National Bank and Trust’s Walworth County Market. 


5/6/2016 - Erica Strohm Joins FNBT

Beloit, WI - First National Bank and Trust Company (FNBT) is proud to welcome Erica Strohm as a Residential Loan Production Manager. In this role, Strohm is responsible for business development and building relationships in the community. She will also oversee the residential loan originators in the Walworth County, Wisconsin market.


4/27/2016 - Darcy Rallo Completes Training Certification

Beloit, WI - First National Bank and Trust Company (FNBT) is pleased to announce that Darcy Rallo, Human Resources Specialist, has successfully completed the four-day MHI Global Trainer Certification Program. 


4/22/2016 - Centre 1 Bancorp, Inc. Reports Record Earnings for 2015

Beloit, WI – On April 22, 2016, the Annual Meeting of shareholders of Centre 1 Bancorp, Inc. the holding company for First National Bank and Trust Company, was held in Beloit, Wisconsin. The meeting was the 34th for the holding company and the 134th for the family-owned bank, chartered in 1882. 


4/11/2016 - Gregg Rice Joins FNBT as Commercial Banking Officer

Beloit, WI – First National Bank and Trust (FNBT) is pleased to announce that Gregg Rice has joined the company as vice president and commercial banking officer. 


3/28/2016 - Linda Kuchenberg Joins FNBT as Residential Loan Originator

Beloit, WI – First National Bank and Trust (FNBT) is pleased to announce that Linda Kuchenberg has joined the company as a residential loan originator. In this role, Kuchenberg will assist clients with the homeownership process, pre-approvals, and mortgages.


3/23/2016 - 5-Star FNBT Forging Community Partnerships for over 130 Years

Beloit, WI – First National Bank and Trust (FNBT) is honored to announce it has once again earned BauerFinancial Inc.’s highest 5-Star Superior rating. A 5-Star rating indicates that FNBT is one of the strongest banks in the nation, excelling in such areas as capital, loan quality, profitability and much more. What’s more, FNBT has earned this highest rating for 19 consecutive quarters. 


3/17/2016 - Mark Leach Joins FNBT

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.


2/3/2016 - FNBT Company Announces Completion of Merger with Walworth State Bank

Beloit, WI – Center 1 Bancorp, Inc., the holding company of First National Bank and Trust Company (FNBT) announced today the closing of its acquisition of Walworth State Bank (WSB). 


1/29/2016 - Lights, Camera, Save! Video Contest Winner Announced

Beloit, WI, January 29, 2016 - First National Bank and Trust Company (FNBT) recently awarded a South Beloit High School class as the first-round local winner in the “Lights, Camera, Save!” national video contest presented by the American Banking Association (ABA).


1/7/2016 - Scott Zimmerman Joins FNBT as Vice President Commercial and Agricultural Banking Officer

Beloit, WI - First National Bank and Trust Company (FNBT) is pleased to announce that Scott Zimmerman has joined the company as vice president, commercial and agricultural banking officer covering the bank’s Clinton and Darien, Wisconsin branches. With over 35 years’ experience in the banking industry, Zimmerman is well known in Rock and Walworth counties and will provide Sound Advice to the bank’s clients. He is skilled in tailoring financial products to meet borrower’s needs and specializes in working with agricultural and commercial customers as they expand their production or consider transferring their business to the next generation.


12/23/2015 - First National Bank and Trust Earns Bauer’s Elite 5-Star Rating

Beloit, WI – BauerFinancial Inc., Coral Gables, Florida announced recently that First National Bank and Trust, Beloit, Wisconsin has once again earned its coveted 5-Star Superior rating for the 18th consecutive quarter. “A 5-Star rating indicates that First National Bank and Trust is one of the strongest banks in the nation, excelling in such areas as capital, loan quality, profitability and much more. Earning Bauer’s 5-Star designation proves that First National Bank and Trust is getting it right,” expressed Karen L. Dorway, president of BauerFinancial, the nation’s bank rating firm.


12/10/2015 - William DeLong Appointed to Board of Directors of Centre 1 Bancorp, Inc.

Beloit, WI – Steven M. Eldred, Chairman of the Board for Centre 1 Bancorp, Inc., the holding company of First National Bank and Trust, is pleased to announce the election of William (Bo) DeLong to the Board of Directors.


11/19/2015 - First National Bank and Trust Company to Acquire Walworth State Bank

Beloit, Wisconsin – Centre 1 Bancorp, Inc., the holding company of First National Bank and Trust Company (“First National”), announced today an agreement to acquire Walworth State Bank, subject to shareholder approval and the approval of regulatory authorities. This acquisition allows First National the opportunity to enhance and strengthen its footprint in Walworth County, Wisconsin and the entire Stateline area.


11/13/2015 - First National Bank and Trust Receives Education Award

Beloit, WI – The staff of First National Bank and Trust (FNBT) earned recognition recently for their outstanding financial education efforts with an award from the Wisconsin Bankers Association (WBA). 33 employees of FNBT made 90 presentations throughout the year reaching nearly 3,100 students in the Stateline area.


11/9/2015 - Wanda Moucha Earns Banking Industry Certification

Beloit, WI – First National Bank and Trust (FNBT) is pleased to announce that Wanda Moucha, deposit operations manager, has recently earned the Accredited ACH Professional (AAP) designation through the National Automated Clearing House Association (NACHA) Electronic Payments Association. 


10/19/2015 - Sound Advice to Protect Your Identity

Beloit, WI – According to the Federal Trade Commission, identity theft has topped its list of consumer complaints every year, for the last 15 years. Identity theft occurs when a criminal obtains and misuses someone’s personal information without permission, typically for economic gain. For many victims, it can result in drained bank accounts, poor credit, and a damaged reputation. 


10/19/2015 - FNBT Collects Over 35,500 Pounds of Electronic Donations

BELOIT, WI - First National Bank and Trust (FNBT) recently collected 35,573 pounds of unwanted electronics through three free electronic recycling events held at FNBT branches in Rockton, Illinois and Beloit, Wisconsin. 


10/13/2015 - Timothy M. McKevett Named Board of Directors of Centre 1 Bancorp, Inc

Beloit, WI, – Steven M. Eldred, Chairman of the Board for Centre 1 Bancorp, Inc., the holding company of First National Bank and Trust, is pleased to announce the election of Timothy M. McKevett to the Board of Directors. 


10/2/2015 - First National Bank and Trust Named Top 8 Banks in U.S.

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®.


9/21/2015 - First National Bank and Trust Earns Bauer’s Elite 5-Star Rating

Beloit, WI - First National Bank and Trust Company (FNBT) proudly announces it has once again earned BauerFinancial, Inc.’s highest (5-Star) rating for strength and stability. 


9/3/2015 - Lisa Zeimetz Joins First National Bank and Trust as Compliance Officer

Beloit, WI - First National Bank and Trust Company (FNBT) is pleased to announce that Lisa Zeimetz has joined the company as vice president and compliance officer. 


8/14/2015 - Sound Advice Money Tips Every Freshman Should Know

Beloit, WI – College students are heading to campus for the fall semester, and money management should be on their personal syllabus, according to First National Bank and Trust (FNBT).  The bank has released ten Sound Advice money-saving tips to help college students get an early start on securing their financial future.


7/24/2015 - First National Bank and Trust Company Announces Promotion

Beloit, WI - First National Bank and Trust Company (FNBT) announces the promotion of Dawn Fields to the position of senior credit analyst and officer. 


7/23/2015 - FNBT Employees Earn National Certifications

Beloit, WI – First National Bank and Trust (FNBT) is proud to announce that two employees have recently earned national certifications. 


7/22/2015 - First National Bank and Trust Plaza Re-Opens in Beloit

Beloit, WI - First National Bank and Trust (FNBT) is pleased to announce that construction work is complete on the FNBT Plaza on Grand Avenue in Beloit. The park has been rebuilt into a more user-friendly setting for Fridays in the Park and other community events. 


7/16/2015 - First National Bank and Trust Receives 2014 Million Dollar Award

Beloit, WI – First National Bank and Trust was recently recognized as a 2014 Million Dollar Lender Award recipient by the USDA Rural Development Guaranteed Rural Housing (GRH) Program in Wisconsin. The award recognized lenders throughout Wisconsin that approved more than $1 million in GRH loans during 2014, helping more than 3,200 households in Wisconsin purchase a home of their own. This announcement comes as national American Housing Month wraps up.


7/13/2015 - Banking Manager Recognized as Rising Star in Banking

Beloit, WI – Jennifer Kruchten, senior vice president and commercial banking manager for First National Bank and Trust Company (FNBT) was recently honored by NorthWestern Financial Review magazine as a 2015 Rising Star in Banking. Each summer, the publication recognizes bankers under the age of 45 who have worked in banking for at least 10 years and have made significant contributions to their bank, industry, and community. Seven bankers were honored in 2015 from banks throughout the Midwest.


7/9/2015 - FNBT and Goodwill Hosting Free Electronic Recycling Event

Beloit, WI – First National Bank and Trust will be hosting a series of Free Electronic Recycling Drives in partnership with Goodwill Industries of Northern Illinois. Goodwill will have a mobile unit on-site at three FNBT branches to help community members securely dispose of electronic devices.


7/2/2015 - 6 Money Mistakes Newlyweds Should Avoid

Beloit, WI – Summer wedding season is in full swing and newlyweds will soon be managing their finances as a pair. First National Bank and Trust (FNBT) is encouraging couples to waste no time addressing how they will handle money issues as spouses and financial partners.   


6/29/2015 - 5-Star First National Bank and Trust Helping Customers Succeed

Beloit, WI - First National Bank and Trust Company (FNBT) proudly announces it has earned BauerFinancial, Inc.’s highest (5-Star) rating for strength and stability. Achievement of this coveted 5-Star Superior rating puts FNBT in an elite category as one of the strongest banks in the nation.


6/11/2015 - First National Bank and Trust Announces Promotions

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.


6/1/2015 - Local Banker Presents in Virtual Learning Lab

Beloit, WI – An employee of First National Bank and Trust (FNBT) recently presented in a virtual learning lab for St. Meyer & Hubbard, a banking industry sales and training consulting firm in the Chicagoland area.