Press Release

Beloit Banker Completes American Bankers Association Stonier Graduate School of Banking

Release date: 6/22/2015

Beloit, WI – Theresa Wendhausen, CFMP, Assistant Vice President and Branding and Communications Officer for First National Bank and Trust (FNBT), recently graduated from the American Bankers Association Stonier Graduate School of Banking in Philadelphia and received a Wharton Leadership Certificate as part of the requirements of the school.

Photo of Theresa Wendhausen“Stonier has given me an unparalleled education from the best in the financial services industry as well as the chance to exchange information and ideas with my peers,” said Wendhausen.

Stonier is ABA’s national graduate school of banking, an intensive three-year program for bank executives.  Students are from the United States and international banks of all sizes, as well as state and federal regulatory agencies and other financial services organizations. This is the school’s 80th year, and it was held June 4 - 11, 2015 at the University of Pennsylvania.

“Theresa is a key member of FNBT and her training at Stonier will help us identify the challenges our community faces and create permanent solutions,” said Laura Pomerene, FNBT Marketing Director. “In today's world, leadership is what will create future success. What Theresa brings back from her time at Stonier will greatly influence the future success of FNBT as she continues to provide sound advice to our employees, customers and community members.”

Since its inception in 1935, more than 20,000 students have followed a curriculum of more than 45 courses and enjoyed networking opportunities with more than 600 fellow students. Between sessions, students keep up with trends by completing additional extension and online coursework. The program culminates with the Capstone Strategic Project, where students develop comprehensive business projects for their financial institutions.
As branding and communications officer for FNBT, Wendhausen is responsible for the bank’s internal and external communications including website content, intranet management, social media strategy and media relations. She also manages the bank’s corporate community relations and charitable giving initiatives to correspond with First National Bank and Trust’s brand of providing Sound Advice. Wendhausen has 16 years of financial marketing experience. She graduated from the American Bankers Association (ABA) School of Bank Marketing and Management (SBMM) in 2003 and received her Certified Financial Marketing Professional (CFMP) designation later that year. She joined the School's advisory board in 2008 and serves as a Between Session Advisor.  Wendhausen currently teaches Public Relations and Communications at the ABA’s School of Bank Marketing and Management and has presented at various financial industry conferences on public relations. Active in the community, Wendhausen is currently a board member for the Friends of the Riverfront in Beloit, Wisconsin, and she has co-chaired the Money Smart Week Kids Committee for the Northern Illinois Area for the past five years.

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