Press Release

First National Bank and Trust Receives Education Award

Release date: 11/13/2015

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.

Photo of Barb SchultzAdditionally, Barbara Schultz, assistant vice president and branch manager for FNBT’s Janesville office, earned the WBA’s Certificate of Excellence Award for making 25 financial education presentations throughout the year.
“This is a great honor for Barb and the entire staff at First National Bank and Trust,” said Marie Strombeck, senior vice president of FNBT. “We are very proud of all our volunteer bankers who provide Sound Advice and guide young people towards lifelong savings habits.”
The association awarded 19 bankers from around the state with Certificates of Excellence on November 4 at an Awards Breakfast during the WBA LEAD360 Conference to honor their commitment to growing financial education in their communities. In addition, 35 banks earned awards in recognition of the efforts of their bankers.
"Consumer education is an important part of banking, no matter what the banker's role is at their institution," said Rose Oswald Poels, WBA president and CEO. "We commend these bankers for their dedication and commitment to improving financial education not only for the benefit of individual consumers, but also the community as a whole."
Throughout the state, from June 1, 2014 through May 31, 2015, 594 individual bankers made over 1,700 personal finance presentations to over 52,000 consumers. In addition, during the month of April, in conjunction with National Teach Children to Save Day, 160 Wisconsin bankers reported 629 presentations to over 14,000 children, teaching them the value of saving and spending wisely.
About The Wisconsin Bankers Association: The Wisconsin Bankers Association is the state's largest financial industry trade association, representing nearly 270 commercial banks and savings institutions, their nearly 2,300 branch offices, and 23,000 employees.

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