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For some 50 years, the Upper Peninsula Regional Blood Center - a service of UP Health System - Marquette - has played a critical part in saving lives by providing blood when needed in the local community. The center provides blood to 13 hospitals in the U.P. and all donations received through the center stay in the community.

In celebration of First National Bank & Trust's 130th anniversary, bank employees wanted to do something special for the nurses who volunteer at the UP Regional Blood drives in Kingsford. Their existing blood pressure cuffs were old and not always accurate. This prompted many of the ladies to bring in their personal cuffs from home. About a dozen bank employees who regularly donate every eight weeks at the mobile UP regional Blood collection site at Our Savior's Lutheran Church in Kingsford noticed their problem. They also had the solution: Donate a new BP cuff to them as part of their community focused year-long anniversary celebration. The first thing they did was to reach out to their friends at the TDS Pharmacy to find the most reliable and precise monitor on the market. Steve Roell hooked them up with two Omrom 10 Series Blood pressure monitors just in time for the next mobile drive on February 20th.

Two Promoted at First National Bank & Trust

First National Bank & Trustannounces the promotion of two employees, according to an announcement fromDave Kashian, President and CEO. 


“We are pleased to announce these promotions and to recognize theseindividuals for their outstanding performance and commitment to the Bank,” saidKashian. 


Russ Kassin has been promoted to Senior Vice President, BusinessBanking Manager. 


He is responsible for overseeing the business banking department in allareas, from supervising work load, coaching existing bankers, and handlingcustomer and employee issues. He willalso be watching expenses and fee collection along with helping grow thecommercial loan portfolio. 


Kassin graduated from Northern Michigan University with a degree inpersonal finance. He has obtained aSeries 7, Series 66, health and life insurance licenses, and has obtained theCFP® designation. He previously workedwith Lincoln Financial and Wells Fargo. He has been with First National Bank & Trust for five years and hasmost recently graduated from the Graduate School of Banking at the Universityof Wisconsin. This is a three yearintensive program that includes classroom time each August in Madison, WI andseveral projects each year. 

He enjoys his time with his wife, Joy, and their four children (Carter,Lucas, Brayden and Noah), and plays a very active role in the community. He is involved with several non-profitorganizations, e.g. Dickinson Area Chamber Alliance (board member), EconomicDevelopment Alliance (Chairman), Junior Achievement (board member and teacher),Care Free Dental (board member), Kiwanis (past President), Iron Mountain Road& Trail (board member), Bay West Advisory Board (board member) andDickinson College Community Access Network (board member). 


Jean O’Dette has been promoted to Assistant Vice President, BusinessBanking. 


Along with continuing to provide high qualityfinancial services to new and existing commercial customers, in her newposition O’Dette will assume additional responsibilities including implementingnew software and bank security officer. 


O’Dette joined the company in January 2010 asthe bank’s first credit analyst. Usingher extensive background in the financial industry, she quickly streamlinedmany processes and procedures within the organization. She was instrumental in establishing variousinternal committees which focus on customer or employee needs and currentlyorganizes many of the internal and external bank related events. O’Dette was previously with MFC FirstNational Bank/Wells Fargo Bank and served in the capacities of customerservice, branch manager, mortgage department manager and Vice President ofRetail Lending. 


She received her Associates Degree from Bay deNoc Community College and is a 2015 graduate of the MBA Commercial LendingSchool. Over the years she has completedmany courses including the Robert M Perry School of Banking, College of SalesManagement, Advanced Leadership Seminars and Successful Money Management toname a few. She is very active in thecommunity volunteering her time to many groups and events. She currently serves on the Board ofDirectors for the Dickinson Area Chamber Alliance, Carney Lake Association andCarney Lake Board. She has been marriedto her husband, Larry, for 30 years and they have two children: Ryan who works in Indianapolis and Jaimee(Matthew) Brouillette of Breitung Township. They are anxiously awaiting their first grandchild in a few weeks.


“These promotions reflect the continuous contribution Russ and Jeanhave made toward the success and growth of the bank and they are very welldeserved,” said Dave Kashian, President and CEO of First National Bank &Trust.


130th Anniversary Cookbook

Rooted in Your Community


In celebration of their 130th Anniversary, theemployees of First National Bank & Trust once again gathered together acollection of their favorite recipes. Theslogan for this milestone is “Rooted in Your Community Since 1887” and there isno better way to kick off the yearlong celebration than by releasing anothercookbook.

According to Jean, the original idea came to them more than sixyears ago from employees bringing food to work and then sharing their favorite recipes. One day, Tanya said “what a great idea itwould be to pull them all together in a book to celebrate our 125thAnniversary. We could publish therecipes and sell the books donating the money to local food pantries.” We ran with the idea, published 550 books and soldout of them within six months.

Approximately 150 sought after recipes from past and presentemployees are divided into eight categories: Breakfast Favorites, Appetizers, Soups & Salads, Side Dishes, MainDishes, Desserts, Beverages and a catch all category called “Other” which youwill find recipes for dog treats, repellents, laundry soap and more. Theyalso shared some of their favorite photos scattered throughout the pages. According to Jean “It was a lot of funputting this book together. Whiletyping and proofing the recipes, I couldn’t decide what I wanted to try to makenext.”

The Anniversary Cookbooks are available at any of FirstNational Bank & Trust Co.’s seven locations (Downtown, Kingsford, North,South, Econo Foods, Iron River or Menominee) for $10 each. The proceeds will be shared with food pantriestheir employees support within each community. The cookbooks make great gifts for thosewho love to cook, recent graduates, students leaving for college, birthdays,anniversaries, weddings or just about any occasion. Books will be available for sale whilesupplies last.

Annual Tree Lighting
Downtown, Iron Mountain




5th Annual Community Shred Fest


First National Bank & Trust held its 5th Annual Community Shred Fest on Saturday, September 17, 2016. Approximately 150 individuals and businesses turned out for the event. Country Mile Document Destruction Inc., of Stephenson, MI brought their state-of-the-art mobile shredding truck to the parking lot across from the Main Branch on Stephenson Avenue this year. There were 8,640 pounds of shredded documents. During the event, donations of cash were accepted to support the Dickinson County Veterans Assistance Fund. Once again, the local businesses and individuals were very generous, with $1174 being raised.


First National Bank & Trust volunteers and their families were honored to be working alongside 93 year old Merlin Hicks, a WWII Veteran. “We would like to thank Country Mile for providing this service, the Bank employees and their families who volunteered their time, and our wonderful community for their support. The event continues to grow; we are pleased this has become an annual event and are looking forward to next year” stated a bank representative.


Shred Fest

Saturday, September 17th 

9:00am-12:00pm

The First National Bank & Trust Co. of Iron Mountain is sponsoring their 5th Annual Shred Fest on Saturday, September 17th from 9 am to 12 pm (noon), in the parking lot of the former Timbers Motor Lodge located on US 2 across from the Main branch of First National Bank & Trust in Iron Mountain. 

The First National Bank & Trust has once again retained Country Mile Document Destruction, Inc. of Stephenson, MI to have their state-of-the art, mobile shredding truck and staff at the shred site. On-site and in your presence, you will over see your confidential documents shredded immediately. After all data has been destroyed, Country Mile recycles the paper residue.

This service is FREE for everyone in our community:residents, home office workers, community organizations and small businesses. To make the process efficient, please bring only paper documents with personal information to the shred site, in paper bags or cardboard boxes. CD’s/DVD’s, credit cards, staples and small clips can also be put through the shredder, but please make sure that there is no large binder clips, metal ring binders, plastic covers, books(phone books, catalogs, etc.) or other contaminates in your papers.   If you are unsure if it can be destroyed at this event, just separate it from your paper documents so a “Shred Fest Crew” member or Country Mile staff member can evaluate it. First National Bank & Trust reserves the right to refuse materials that will jam or damage the shredder.

Due to heavy volume, guests may bring a maximum of five boxes of personal documents per vehicle to shred, and you will receive a number when you arrive for order of shredding.

Donations will be accepted during this event. All proceeds will be given to the Veterans Assistance Fund. According to the Office of Veteran Affairs for Dickinson County, this fund fills the gap for local Veterans that served in peacetime and do not qualify for the Michigan Veterans Trust Fund. This program is funded solely by local donations and Super One/Econo Foods receipts. Veterans who need help with past due utilities, rent/mortgage, auto payments or repairs and other unforeseen household repairs are provided interest free loans with monthly payments they can afford. All principal repaid is used to help additional Veterans.

Don’t miss this incredible opportunity to protect yourself from identity theft by safely destroying your personal documents in the mobile shredding truck.

If you want additional information on the event, you can contact Jody Beauchamp at (906)776-2917.

Four Promoted at First National Bank & Trust

   

First National Bank & Trust, a hometown independent bank, announces the promotion of four employees, according to an announcement from Dave Kashian, President and CEO.

“These well-deserved promotions mark significant milestones in these employees’ careers. They also illustrate the amount of talent within the Bank,” said Kashian.

Matt Lutz has been promoted to the position of Controller.

He is responsible for maintaining the Bank’s system of accounting records and a comprehensive set of controls designed to mitigate risk, enhance the accuracy of the Bank’s reported financial results, and ensure reported results comply with generally accepted accounting principles. This includes preparing financial statements, reports for the Board of Directors, management, and regulatory agencies, as well as managing the Bank’s cash position, reconciling Bank investments, and managing accounting accruals and reserves.

Mr. Lutz graduated from Albion College with an undergraduate degree in Economics and Management. He then earned a Master of Science in Accounting Degree from Marquette University before passing the Certified Public Accountant (CPA) exam. Prior to working for First National Bank & Trust, Mr. Lutz worked for Baker Tilly Virchow Krause as a Tax Associate and Leaf, Dahl and Company as a Senior Accountant. He and his wife, Stacy, lived and worked in Chicago for six years before moving back to Iron Mountain/Kingsford in the summer of 2014. He began working for First National Bank & Trust as a Credit Analyst prior to his promotion to Controller.

Russ Kassin has been promoted to Business Banking Manager.

He is responsible for overseeing the business banking department in all areas, from supervising work load, coaching existing bankers, and handling customer and employee issues. He will also be watching expenses and fee collection along with helping grow the commercial loan portfolio.

Mr. Kassin graduated from Northern Michigan University with a degree in personal finance. He has obtained a Series 7, Series 66, health and life insurance licenses, and has obtained the CFP® designation. He previously worked with Lincoln Financial and Wells Fargo. He has been with First National Bank & Trust for four years and has most recently graduated from the Graduate School of Banking at the University of Wisconsin. This is a three year intensive program that includes classroom time each August in Madison, WI and several projects each year.

He enjoys his time with his wife, Joy, and their four children (Carter, Lucas, Brayden and Noah), and plays a very active role in the community. He is involved with several non-profit organizations, e.g. Dickinson Area Chamber Alliance (board member), Economic Development Alliance (Chairman), Junior Achievement (board member and teacher), Care Free Dental (board member), Kiwanis (past President), Iron Mountain Road & Trail (board member)and Dickinson College Community Access Network (board member).

Sandy Meier has been promoted to Vice President.

She is responsible for supervision and oversight of the Accounting/Operations area of the bank. She joined the bank in 1977 and has held many positions, including, Assistant Head Bookkeeper, Assistant Internal Auditor, Chief Internal Auditor, and Assistant Vice President, most recently performing the duties of the Controller. 

Mrs. Meier is an Iron Mountain native. She holds two professional credentials, a Certified Community Bank Internal Auditor (CCBIA) designation from the ICBA organization, where she trained over the course of three years in Minneapolis, MN, and a Certified Fiduciary and Investment Risk Specialist (CFIRS) designation, with three years of training and testing by Cannon Financial Institute held at the University of Notre Dame, IN.

In her free time she enjoys spending time with her husband, Jim, mother, Jeanette Granquist and grandchildren, Austin, Lux and granddaughter, Gatsby. She loves to flower garden and truly enjoys volunteering at church and other Christian organizations.

Mikki Hall has been promoted to the position of Personal Trust Administrator.

She joined the bank in 2011 and is responsible for the administration of assigned accounts, usually involving one or more of the following: estates, trusts or agencies. She serves as primary customer contact with customers, attorneys and beneficiaries related to these accounts. She resolves problems, responds to inquiries, and performs non-investment services for customers and beneficiaries. This position may be responsible for business development activities. She will also be in charge of assuring compliance with all Bank policies and procedures, as well as applicable regulations.

“Mikki has been an integral part of our Trust & Wealth Management Department for a number of years now. She has a wealth of knowledge in the Trust business and an even better relationship with our clients. It was an easy decision to promote her in recognition of her talents and what they bring to our department and our clients,” Vice President and Fiduciary Manager Mike Morgan said.

Ms. Hall obtained an Associate’s Degree in Business from Auckland University of Technology. Before joining First National Bank & Trust, Ms. Hall held a client services role at Public Trust, New Zealand’s largest trustee organization. She will be attending Cannon Personal Trust School through Cannon Financial Institute in the spring.

“These employees bring a significant amount of experience and knowledge of financial services and products to our organization and will continue to be invaluable assets as we continue to grow and expand,” said Dave Kashian, President and CEO of First National Bank & Trust.