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May 4, 2017

Marti Rodamaker Joins ICBA for Meeting with President Trump

(Mason City, Iowa)- Marti Rodamaker, President & CEO, First Citizens Bank, joined 100 community bankers and the Independent Community Bankers of America® (ICBA) for a meeting with President Donald Trump and other top administration officials at the White House focusing on regulatory relief as part of the 2017 ICBA Capital Summit. In the meeting with President Trump, Vice President Mike Pence, NEC Director Gary Cohn and Small Business Administration chief Linda McMahon, Trump said the administration is focused on addressing regulatory burdens to help community banks lend to small businesses.

“First Citizens was deeply honored to be invited to attend today’s historic meeting, where the president reiterated his support for community banking,” said Marti Rodamaker. “First Citizens was proud to be in Washington to advocate on behalf of our industry so we can continue to serve our community and be a powerful job creator and economic engine right here in Iowa.

During the meeting community bankers presented President Trump with a red “Make Community Banking Great Again” cap. In attendance at the meeting were community bankers from ICBA’s Executive Committee, board of directors, Federal Delegate Board, and policy committees.

More than 1,000 community bankers were in Washington for ICBA’s Capital Summit to discuss critical issues facing community banks and their communities, such as excessive regulatory burdens that affect their ability to serve their customers, make loans and create jobs. The industry’s solution to the regulatory burden problem is a pro-growth platform to eliminate onerous and unnecessary regulatory burdens that inhibit lending and innovation.

“The nation’s community banks are dedicated to fostering local economic and job growth by serving the consumers and small businesses in their communities,” said ICBA Chairman Scott Heitkamp, president and CEO of ValueBank Texas in Corpus Christi, Texas. “Unfortunately, one-size-fits-all regulations are preventing community banks from lending and promoting prosperity at the local level. ICBA looks forward to continuing to work with President Trump, his administration and Congress to advance common-sense reforms that will help unleash the economic power of community banks.”


April 4, 2017

Braun and Rush named to Iowa Mortgage Association’s Winner’s Circle

(Mason City, Iowa)- Dawn Marie Braun, Vice President and Real Estate Private Banking Officer, and Kelly Rush, Vice President and Real Estate Lending Officer, were recently named to the Iowa Mortgage Association’s Winner’s Circle for their efforts as home loan originators.

The awards were given at the recent IMA Spring Conference in Cedar Rapids. Both Braun and Rush work at the west Mason City location of First Citizens Bank.

 

To achieve Winner’s Circle Status lenders must meet one of the requirements for lending in 2016. They had to have at least $15 million in loans or over 100 units of residential loan volume.

 

 

 


March 20, 2017

Hommez, Jung and Prebeck Earn Certificate from Consumer Credit School

(Mason City, Iowa)- Angie Hommez, Jan Jung, and Jon Prebeck of First Citizens Bank all successfully completed the Iowa Bankers Association Consumer Credit School held March 6-10 in Ankeny, Iowa.

The school is an intense one-week program sponsored by the Iowa Bankers Association. The purpose of the IBA Consumer Credit School is to prepare consumer credit personnel who want to broaden their consumer credit knowledge or who have not been exposed to formal consumer credit education, to serve effectively and profitable as consumer credit officers. This is accomplished by developing a better understanding of the consumer credit function, deepening the comprehension of the managerial aspects of consumer credit operations and developing and refining the administrative and human relations skills necessary to meet the credit needs of their customers.

 

Angie Hommez is a Private Banking Officer at the Osage location. She has been with First Citizens Bank since 1995. Hommez serves as Treasurer of Relay For Life of Mitchell County and volunteers for Meals On Wheels.

 

 

 

Jan Jung is a Private Banking Officer at the Charles City location. She has been with First Citizens Bank for 29 years. Jung serves as Treasurer of the Charles Theatre and the Comet Booster Club. She also serves on the board of the Floyd County Cancer Fund.

 

 

 

Jon Prebeck is Vice President of Retail Branch Management and is located at the west Mason City office of First Citizens Bank. He has been with the Bank since 2016. He is a member of Leadership North Iowa through the Mason City Chamber of Commerce.

 

 

 


January 30, 2017

Jung & Osier Promoted at First Citizens Bank

(Mason City, Iowa)- First Citizens Bank is pleased to announce the promotions of Jan Jung and Jan Osier to Private Banking Officers at the Charles City office.
Jan Jung is originally from Charles City. She began her career at First Citizens as a teller before becoming a brokerage assistant/personal banker, then as a full time personal banker. She has been with First Citizens for 29 years. In her spare time Jung is Treasurer of the Charles Theatre and the Comet Booster Club. She also serves on the board of the Floyd County Cancer Fund. Jan and her husband, Justin, have been married for 38 years. They have two sons and one grandson.

 

 

Jan Osier is originally from Greene. She began her career at First Citizens in customer service, and then became a personal banker. She has been with First Citizens for 25 years. In her spare time Osier serves on the board of St Peter Lutheran Church in Greene, and is also a board member for the Floyd County Cancer Fund and with the Charles Theatre. Jan and her husband, Dan, have been married for 44 years. They have two children and five grandchildren.

 

 


January 23, 2017

Marson Joins First Citizens Bank

(Mason City, Iowa)- First Citizens Bank is pleased to announce the hiring of Jessica Marson as Private Banking Officer at the Mason City office.

Jessica holds an Associate’s degree from NIACC and a Bachelor’s degree from Iowa State University with an emphasis in business management/entrepreneurship, with an additional focus in banking and finance. Prior to joining First Citizens Jessica worked at Principal Financial Group and other financial institutions in North Iowa.

Jessica volunteers for the Floyd and Cerro Gordo County 4H Programs. She is an active member and volunteer with various horse associations including: Horseman of Iowa, National Barrel Horse Association, North Iowa Saddle Club Association, and the Iowa High School Rodeo Association. She also recently joined the newly formed Cerro Gordo Mounted Horse Search and Rescue Team. Jessica and her husband, Tony, live on a farm outside of Mason City.


 

January 12, 2017

Carey Promoted at First Citizens

(Mason City, Iowa)- Roxanne Carey, Trust Officer at First Citizens Trust & Investment Services in Charles City, was recently promoted to Assistant Vice President.

Carey is a graduate of Charles City High School and Canon Financial Institute. She has been at First Citizens for 17 years, is a certified Farm Succession Coordinator, and is CTFA certified.

Carey sits on the Charles City Community Excellence in Education Foundation Board. She is an active member of St. Michael’s Catholic Church in Nashua. She also volunteers for the Salvation Army, Meals On Wheels, Big 4 Fair, and the Jolly Blue Bells 4H Club.

Roxanne and her husband, Curt, live in rural Nashua with their two children, Emarae, age 12, and Jackson, age 10.


December 29, 2016

First Citizens Charitable Foundation, Inc. Announces Year-End 2016 Donation Recipients

(Mason City, Iowa)- First Citizens Charitable Foundation, Inc. is pleased to announce that 25 area organizations are the recipients of over $86,000 in donations for the second half of 2016.

Recipients are: Above + Beyond Cancer $4,000; Charles City Booster Club $1,000; Chickasaw County Public Health and Home Care Services $1,500; Coulter Public Library $10,000; Hospice of North Iowa, $250; Immanuel United Church of Christ $2,500; ISU Extension Service (Blue Zones/Mason City) $5,000; Kanawha Community Pool $1,500; KCMR Radio $3,500; Mason City Chamber of Commerce Foundation $5,000; Mason City Family YMCA $1,000; Mercy Medical Center Foundation – North Iowa $1,000; Mitchell County Memorial Foundation $1,000; Mora Area Youth Recreation Association $10,000; NIACC Foundation $25,000; North Iowa Domestic and Sexual Abuse Community Coalition $2,000; Northern Lights Alliance for the Homeless $1,00; River City Society for Historic Preservation $1,500; Riverside Lutheran Bible Camp $1,000; Salvation Army $1,000; The World Food Prize Foundation $10,000; University of Northern Iowa Department of Music $1,000; WellSource $5,000; West Hancock Ambulance Service $1,000; and YRC (YMCA & Rehabilitation Center) $2,000.

First Citizens Charitable Foundation Inc. was organized to distribute funds to charitable, religious, educational and health care institutions in North Iowa and Minnesota. Application deadlines are June 1 and November 15 of each year. Since 1995, over $5.3 million has been donated to our North Iowa and Minnesota communities. Organizations wishing to apply for funding should click here for the official application form and criteria.


December 21, 2016

Prebeck Joins First Citizens Bank

(Mason City, Iowa)- First Citizens Bank is pleased to announce the hiring of Jon Prebeck as Vice President of Retail Branch Management. He will serve all First Citizens offices but will be primarily at the at the west Mason City location.

Jon holds a Bachelor’s degree in communication studies and a minor in business administration from the University of Iowa. He is originally from Fort Dodge. Prior to joining First Citizens, Jon worked as a teller, personal banker, service manager, assistant branch manager and branch manager at two financial institutions in Rochester, Minnesota.

Jon has previously volunteered for Habitat for Humanity, Junior Achievement, Salvation Army, Ronald McDonald House, and was a Rotarian. Jon and his wife, Tia, live in Mason City with their two children, Stella and Lulu.


October 25, 2016

Lathrop Joins First Citizens Bank

(Mason City, Iowa)- First Citizens Bank is pleased to announce the hiring of Bryan Lathrop as a Personal Banker at the west Mason City location.

Bryan has a degree in small business management and entrepreneurship from NIACC. Prior to joining First Citizens, Bryan was an assistant manager at Godfather’s Pizza in Mason City and also worked as a service technician at Titan Machinery in Clear Lake.

At First Citizens, along with being a personal banker, Bryan is a Notary Public. Previously he co-founded the NIACC Investing Club and looks forward to participating as an alumni member. Bryan lives in and is a native of Mason City.


October 24, 2016

First Citizens Bank Announces Promotion

(Mason City, Iowa)- First Citizens Bank is pleased to announce the promotion of Lynn Peters to Personal Banker at the Mora  location.

Lynn Peters has been a teller at First Citizens Bank since 2014. She holds a BS degree from the University of Wisconsin – River Falls. Prior to joining First Citizens she was a teller at another financial institution. Lynn and her fiancé, Bryan, live in Hinckley, Minnesota.

 


October 10, 2016

Fleming Completes ICBA Course

flemingjoleen111(Mason City, Iowa)- First Citizens Bank in Mason City is pleased to announce that Joleen Fleming, Senior Vice President of Retail Banking, has recently completed the BSA/AML Institute, a professional certification program sponsored by Community Banker University through Independent Community Bankers of America.

To earn certification, Fleming successfully completed the requirements of a comprehensive Bank Secrecy Act/Anti-Money Laundering training program and passed two certification examinations associated with this program.


September 30, 2016

First Citizens Power Saver Club Donates Books to Local Schools & Libraries

psbooks4cl(Mason City, Iowa)- For the past 21 years, First Citizens Power Saver Club has donated over 4,100 books to local organizations as part of its “Check It Out” book program. The program is designed to encourage children ages 14 and under to read.

This year’s donated books were: Let’s Play! by Herve Tullet; Are We There Yet? by Dan Santat; Disney’s Gravity Falls: Dipper and Mabel and the Curse of The Time Pirate’s Treasure by Jeffrey Rowe; and The Imagination Box by Martyn Ford.

“This year is all about imagination,” said Marti Rodamaker, President of First Citizens Bank.  “Kids spend so much time in front of a television or video game screen, and we wanted to counteract that with these books. Our choices this year encourage kids to use their imagination and think a little differently, and we hope they enjoy these books as much as we do.”

The Power Saver Club at First Citizens Bank is the complete banking program for children ages 14 and under and features a free savings account (with a $5 minimum opening deposit), rewards for depositing money, and special events throughout the year. Children interested in joining the club can stop by the bank (with their parents and their social security number) or call the bank toll-free at 800-423-1602 for more information.


September 26, 2016

Midtgaard Joins First Citizens

midtgaardmike111(Mason City, Iowa)- First Citizens Trust & Investment Services is pleased to announce the recent hiring of Mike Midtgaard as Trust Officer.

Midtgaard holds a degree in finance from the University of Iowa and an MBA from the Carlson School of Management at the University of Minnesota. Prior to joining First Citizens, he spent the past 15 years as a finance and operations independent business consultant in Minnesota and Iowa, and before that, he served as a business consultant with Arthur Andersen LLP in Minneapolis.

Midtgaard volunteers at Second Harvest Heartland, a member of Feeding America, a nationwide network of more than 200 food banks that help feed people across the country. He holds his pilot’s license and in his spare time enjoys flying and restoring airplanes. Midtgaard lives in Mason City.


September 6, 2016

First Citizens Announces Promotions

(Mason City, Iowa)- First Citizens Bank is pleased to announce the following promotions: Jenna Krueger to Personal Banker and Angie Hommez to Private Banking Officer.

KruegerJenna111Jenna is located at the west Mason City office while Angie is located in the Osage office. Jenna Krueger has been with First Citizens Bank since February, when she was hired as a teller. Jenna is a member of the Mason City Jaycees where she serves as Treasurer. She also volunteers at the Humane Society of North Iowa. Jenna lives in Clear Lake.

 

 

 

HommezAngie111Angie Hommez has been with First Citizens Bank since 1995. She began as a customer service representative in Charles City before moving to the Osage office in 2004. She was promoted to Personal Banker in 2001. Angie is a native of Charles City and attended NIACC and the University of Iowa. She recently received her Credit Life & Disability license. In her free time Angie volunteers as Treasurer of Relay For Life of Mitchell County. She and her husband, Mark, live in St. Ansgar.

 

 


August 3, 2016

Gov. Branstad and Lt. Gov. Reynolds Honored First Citizens Bank for winning 2016 Give Back Iowa Volunteer Challenge

GiveBackIowaChallenge(Mason City, Iowa)- First Citizens Bank and its employees were honored by Iowa Governor Terry Branstad and Lieutenant Governor Kim Reynolds for winning the 2016 Give Back Iowa Volunteer Challenge in the medium size business category.

Employees of First Citizens Bank competed in the Give Back Iowa Challenge in April and May, 2016. Employees completed the most number of volunteer hours per person in the medium-sized business category. Size was based on the total number of employees. First Citizens’ 213 Iowa employees completed 1,421.35 volunteer hours during the two month time period. That averages out to over 6.6 hours of volunteerism per employee. The Give Back Iowa Challenge was open to all businesses in Iowa to encourage volunteerism.

Staff representing the Iowa branches of First Citizens were in attendance, as were local dignitaries. The Governor and Lieutenant Governor presented First Citizens President and CEO Marti Rodamaker with the certificate.


August 2, 2016

Manson Promoted at First Citizens Bank

(Mason City, Iowa)- First Citizens Bank in Mason City is pleased to announce the promotion of Tara Manson to Private Banking Officer.

She has been a Personal Banker at First Citizens since 2010. A native of Mason City, Tara attended NIACC with studies in accounting and business management. She is also a graduate of Leadership North Iowa, a program through the Mason City Chamber of Commerce. Tara and her husband, Cameron, live in Mason City with their family.

 


 July 25, 2016

Peters Achieves President’s Club Status at Cetera Conference

PetersJeremy111(Mason City, Iowa)- Jeremy Peters of First Citizens Investment Center was recently recognized for attaining President’s Club status at Cetera Investment Services’ annual Connect conference for his stellar performance during the previously concluded year. President’s Club status is for Cetera Investment Services’ elite circle of advisors that achieve the highest level of performance and service.

“The conference is a fantastic opportunity to celebrate our successes, big and small, and to connect with my peers from around the country,” said Peters. “I left inspired and ready to apply what I learned at Connect 2016 to my business, so I can continue meeting my clients’ financial needs and help them realize their dreams.”

Peters has worked as an investment executive with First Citizens Investment Center for the past 16 years, and has worked for First Citizens for the past 20 years. He and his wife, Angela, live in Mason City with their three children.

Securities and insurance products are offered through Cetera Investment Services LLC, member FINRA/SIPC. Advisory services are offered through Cetera Investment Advisors LLC. Neither firm is affiliated with the financial institution where investment services are offered. Investments are not FCIC insured, may lose value, not financial institution guaranteed, not a deposit and are not insured by any federal government agency. Located at: 2601 4th Street SW, Mason City, IA 50401


 July 11, 2016

Conroy Joins First Citizens Bank

(Mason City, Iowa)- First Citizens Bank is pleased to announce the hiring of Tony Conroy as a Personal Banker at the west Mason City location.

Prior to joining First Citizens, Tony worked as a Personal Banker at Wells Fargo in Mason City and Burnsville, MN.

In his free time, Tony helps out with his daughters’ sporting and other activities at Clear Lake Schools. Tony and his wife, Jen, live in Clear Lake with their three daughters, Lexus, Robyn and Scarlett.


June 8, 2016

Miller Named Investment Executive at First Citizens Investment Center

(Mason City, Iowa)- First Citizens Investment Center is pleased to announce that Holly Miller has been named Investment Executive at First Citizens Investment Center in Mason City. In her new role, Holly offers full service brokerage services to clients including IRA rollovers, retirement planning, mutual funds, stocks, bonds, life insurance and annuities.

Holly joined First Citizens as a Brokerage Assistant in 2003. She received a BA from the University of Northern Iowa. She holds her Series 7 and 66 registrations along with an Iowa Life Insurance license. Holly and her husband, Mark, live in Mason City with their two sons, Ean and Bennett.

Securities and insurance products are offered through Cetera Investment Services LLC, member FINRA/SIPC. Advisory services are offered through Cetera Investment Advisors LLC. Neither firm is affiliated with the financial institution where investment services are offered. Investments are not FCIC insured, may lose value, not financial institution guaranteed, not a deposit and are not insured by any federal government agency. Located at: 2601 4th Street SW, Mason City, IA 50401


May 23, 2016

Nonnweiler Named Assistant Vice President, Lending Officer

NonnweilerTiffany111(Mason City, Iowa)- First Citizens Bank is pleased to announce that Tiffany Nonnweiler has been promoted to Assistant Vice President, Loan Officer at the west Mason City location. She joined First Citizens in in 2009 and most recently held the position of Private Banking Officer. Tiffany is licensed to sell credit life and disability insurance.

Tiffany graduated from the University of Northern Iowa with a degree in Public Relations. She is a member of St. Paul Lutheran Church. She also serves as a member of the Iowa Bankers Association Consumer Credit School Advisory Board. She volunteers with the Newman PTA where she serves as Secretary.

Tiffany and her husband, Jeff, live in Mason City with their four children, Elizabeth, Weston, Annalise, and Hazel.


May 16, 2016

Helgeson Joins First Citizens Bank

(Mason City, Iowa)- First Citizens Bank is pleased to announce the hiring of Andy Helgeson as a Vice President, Lending Officer at the west Mason City location. He has joined the ag lending department, and continues to be active in his family farm operation near Kensett.

Prior to joining First Citizens, Andy worked as a Vice President at another financial institution in North Iowa.

Andy is a member of the Iowa Bankers Association’s Agriculture Committee, serves on the Board for NIACOG, and serves on the board and as Treasurer for the Strand Scholarship Committee. In his free time Andy enjoys hunting, fishing, and golfing. Andy and his wife, Amber, live in Northwood with their two sons and one daughter.


May 2, 2016

First Citizens Bank Receives Iowa Bankers Association Best of Iowa Marketing Award

LauraIBAAward2016(Johnston, Iowa) – First Citizens Bank in Mason City recently received a Best of Iowa Award from the Iowa Bankers Association (IBA) for excellence in bank marketing. The award was presented to Laura Downs at a reception during the IBA’s Marketing Conference, held at the West Des Moines Marriott on April 28, 2016.

The bank earned a Gold (first-place) Award for its deposits campaign, “Get Ready, Be Set, They’re Grown!,” which encouraged customers to open a Power Saver (kids) savings account. Approximately 98 percent of the banks in Iowa are members of the IBA and are eligible to participate in the Best of Iowa Awards competition. A panel of judges from the Indiana Bankers Association selected the award winners based on their objectives, strategy, execution and results.

About the Iowa Bankers Association
The Iowa Bankers Association represents Iowa banks and savings institutions. Iowa bankers are committed to the values of honesty, hard work and community service, and have been a trusted resource for Iowans for more than 100 years. Iowa banks offer FDIC insurance and lend more than $52.7 billion to help individuals, business owners and agriculture. More than 18,000 Iowans work at an Iowa bank, and Iowa banks donate more than $28.6 million and 784,000 volunteer hours to support local communities each year. To learn more, visit iowabankers.com.