Press Releases


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. 

7/29/2016 - ‘Back to School’ Supply Drive to Help Stateline Area Kids

Beloit, WI -First National Bank and Trust Company (FNBT) is excited to host its annual ‘Back to School’ supply drive to help Stateline area kids as they prepare for their first day of school. The drive will be held August 1 – August 23. Donations may be dropped off at any FNBT location between 9am and 5pm, Monday – Friday. 

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. 

5/25/2016 - Electronic Drives Announced for 2016

Beloit, Wisconsin – 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. 

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. 

4/25/2016 - Call for Nominations | 2016 Financial Literacy Champion

Beloit, WI – The Stateline area is full of teachers, volunteers and organizations working hard to improve the financial literacy of people within our communities – after all, it is just good Sound Advice to understand money management, budgeting, saving, credit, and goal setting. 

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. 

4/21/2016 - FNBT to Host 12 Free Shred Days in 2016

Beloit, WI – First National Bank and Trust (FNBT) will host 12 free shred days in 2016. 

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 First National Bank and Trust 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.

3/4/2016 - FNBT Launches Unique Online Peer Comparison Tools

Beloit, Wisconsin – First National Bank and Trust (FNBT) is excited to announce new interactive tools on its website for comparing mortgage rates and retirement savings. The unique mortgage tool offers a fast and easy way for consumers to compare mortgage rates with peers in their area and provides information for people interested in finding a better rate. The retirement savings tool allows users to compare retirement savings progress with others to see if they are on track with their goals.  

2/15/2016 - FNBT to Host Free First-Time Homebuyer Night

Beloit, Wisconsin – As part of its continued commitment to providing Sound Advice to its customers and communities through major financial milestones, First National Bank and Trust (FNBT) will be hosting a free First-Time Homebuyer Event on March 22 at its main location in downtown Beloit. 

2/3/2016 - First National Bank and Trust 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).

1/28/2016 - Sara Burns Promoted to Vice President, Retail Market Manager

Beloit, WI - First National Bank and Trust Company (FNBT) is pleased to announce that Sara Burns has been promoted to vice president, retail market manager for FNBT’s branches in Rock County, Wisconsin. In this role, Sara will serve as a retail management team member to develop sales and service plans, coordinate and manage strategic priorities that support bank-wide initiatives, as well as coach and develop branch managers. Additionally, Sara will be based at, and continue to serve as the branch manager of, the bank’s Beloit-Inman Parkway branch.

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 - Wisconsin Bankers Association Recognizes First National Bank and Trust with Financial 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 from Community to Benefit Goodwill

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 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 Timothy M. McKevett to the Board of Directors. 

10/2/2015 - First National Bank and Trust Named Among Top 8 Extraordinary 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®.

10/1/2015 - National Video Contest Call for Entries | FNBT Accepting entries until December 1

Beloit, WI – With rising college student loans, it’s more important than ever for teens to be financially fit. How much do today’s teens know about using money wisely? First National Bank and Trust’s (FNBT) participation in the Lights, Camera, Save! national video contest seeks to answer that very question.

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. 

9/17/2015 - Anna Toye Promoted to Assistant Vice President at First National Bank and Trust

Beloit, WI – Anna Toye was recently promoted to Assistant Vice President, Human Resources Manager at First National Bank and Trust (FNBT). 

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 Celebrates American Housing Month & Receives 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 - First National Bank and Trust Commercial 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 - First National Bank and Trust Partners with Goodwill Industries of Northern Illinois To Host Free Electronic Recycling Events

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.

6/22/2015 - Beloit Banker Completes American Bankers Association Stonier Graduate School of Banking

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.

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. 

5/29/2015 - First National Bank and Trust Hires Steve Stupec as Branch Manager

Beloit, WI  - First National Bank and Trust Company (FNBT) is pleased to announce that Steve Stupec has joined the company as assistant vice president and branch manager. He will oversee branch sales, service, and operational goals as well as provide sound financial advice to individuals, businesses, and organizations in the community. He will be based at FNBT’s office located at 218 North Walworth Street in Darien, WI.


5/27/2015 - Beloit Memorial High School and Teacher Win $1,000 Financial Literacy Champion Award

Beloit, WI - Mr. Tony Capozziello, Family Consumer Education teacher at Beloit Memorial High School in Beloit, Wisconsin is the winner of the 2015 Financial Literacy Champion Award presented by First National Bank and Trust (FNBT). Nominated by a fellow teacher for his commitment to financial literacy in the classroom, Capozziello received $100 individually and Beloit Memorial High School received a $1,000 grant from FNBT to continue financial education efforts at the school. The prizes were awarded at a student assembly on Wednesday, May 27 at the school.