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Trust and Investment Management Group

As the investment and fiduciary services arm of First National Bank & Trust, the Trust and Investment Management Group serves the financial needs of individuals, families and businesses throughout the Upper Peninsula of Michigan and Northern Wisconsin. With community banking experience in mind and the ability to meet with you anywhere, our Investment Management Group offers a wide range of services to provide for your needs and exceed your expectations. Our varied services are: 

  • Trust Services
  • Investment Management Services
  • Retirement/Employee Benefit Plan Services
  • Rollover IRA Services
  • Estate Settlement Services

Trust Services

If you spent a lifetime building your wealth, protecting it is a priority.  A trust is an account set up by a trust administrator to ensure funds are distributed to beneficiaries according to your wishes.

First National Bank & Trust advisors work with you to develop your estate plan to insure that your wishes are fully addressed.  Benefits of setting up a trust are: 

  • Helps ensure that the instructions specified in your estate plan are carried out.
  • Protects your beneficiaries from expensive mistakes.
  • Gives you control over how your assets are managed and distributed.
  • Designates an individual who will manage your assets and financial affairs when you cannot.
  • Offers strategies for maximizing your wealth and minimizing estate taxes.

Some examples of trusts are Revocable Living Trusts, Irrevocable Trusts, Testamentary Trusts and Charitable Trusts.  We work with you to set up a trust that works to fulfill long term goals that benefit you and your family.

Investment Management Services

Proper management of your investments over time can mean the difference between a comfortable living and just getting by.  Investment management services provide insight into the market and which investment choices align with your long-term and short-term goals.

At First National Bank & Trust, our Investment Management Group provides customers with sound financial solutions. Our investment management philosophy is to invest according to a proven and disciplined investment process.  To do this we are committed to the following principals: 

  • We base our decisions on sound principals, not on predictions.
  • We will not chase the latest fad or hot investment.
  • We manage volatility through asset allocation and invest in securities with high financial quality and strength.
  • We manage risk through portfolio diversification.
  • We use high quality financial instruments in portfolio construction to create a comprehensive investment program based on your needs and objectives.

Meet Your Wealth Management Team 

Chris L. Johnson, Vice President and Trust Officer

Chris is committed to serving both the bank and the communities the bank serves.  Chris joined First National Bank & Trust in June of 2008, moving from DeKalb, Illinois where he spent most of his life.  He has been in the banking industry since 1995 with the majority of that time spent in client service positions at the Northern Trust Company of Chicago, Ill., The National Bank and Trust Co. of Sycamore, Ill., and Castle Bank, DeKalb, Ill., a subsidiary of The First National Bank of Nebraska, Inc.  He received his bachelor's degree in finance and master's degree in business administration from Northern Illinois University.  He is a graduate of the American Bankers Association (ABA) National Trust School.  Chris is a proud member of the Kiwanis Club of Iron Mountain-Kingsford.

Michael L. Morgan, AFIM, Vice President & Investment Officer

Michael is responsible for investment management, research, and account administration.  He has earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Finance, accompanied with minors in Economics and Mathematics, from Northern Michigan University in 1987.  Additionally, he is an Accredited Fiduciary Investment Manager by the Cannon Financial Institute and has over twenty five years of experience as an investment analyst and investment manager.  He has extensive experience in the banking and trust industry with Wells Fargo & Co. (fka Michigan Financial Corporation).  Michael is a proud member of the Kiwanis Club of Marquette and is currently serving as its President Elect.  Michael also serves on the Board of Directors for Marquette Little League and the Articatz Volleyball Club.

Kitty Helwig, Trust Operations Officer

Kitty started her career in the financial services industry in 1987.  She has served First National Bank & Trust in various positions.  Kitty received certification from the American Bankers Association (ABA) "Building Trust Expertise".  She also completed the Professional Financial Planning Specialist Program.  Her experience in trust and asset operations along with her dedication to service helps make the Trust and Asset Management department a place of excellence. 

Cindy Gustafson, Trust and Investment Administrator

Cindy brings a wealth of knowledge and experience.  Cindy began her career in financial planning and client services in 1995.  Prior to joining the trust team, she worked as a paraplanner at Ameriprise Financial.  In addition to her many years in the brokerage area, she also holds an associate's degree in Accounting.

Please contact us online or toll-free by phone at (800)779-2259 and allow us to find better ways to serve you.

Investments made in trust accounts are not deposits or obligations of, or guaranteed by First National Bank & Trust, are not insured by the FDIC or any government agency, and may lose value.

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