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For Additional Information Contact:   John Gardner, President and CEO   Phone:  (866) 670-3455

YMCA AFTER SCHOOL PROGRAM IN PANA BEGINS SECOND YEAR


Sarah Van Huss,  Chris Weittenhiller, YMCA Exec. Dir.; Joani Jones,

The Christian County YMCA is pleased to announce the second year of the After School child care program for Kindergarten to Fifth grade students in Pana.  The program is offered at Washington Elementary from dismissal of school until 6:00 p.m. daily, with district bus transportation provided for Lincoln Elementary and Sacred Heart students.  The program provides a positive environment with adult supervision offering healthy snacks and structured activities including homework assistance, arts/crafts, games, sports, free play and more.  The Site Coordinator for this year is Kiley Halbrook.  After School Counselors, Taylor Gibson, Madison Hilbert, Josie Semro and Whitney Voyles, will assist in carrying out daily activities and supervising the children. 

Recognizing the positive impact this program had on the youth and families in the community during the first year, Peoples Bank & Trust has agreed to be a major sponsor for this program again this year. In an effort to keep program fees as low as possible and encourage participation, Peoples Bank & Trust will be making a generous donation of $5,000 to the YMCA for the 2017-2018 school year.  Additionally, scholarships are available to those who qualify through the YMCA’s Financial Assistance program that supports the organizations practice of not denying services to anyone based on an inability to pay.

The YMCA also offers a “rural” membership to Pana residents.  This option offers facility access on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays at a reduced rate. Please call 287-7271 with any questions regarding the Pana After School Program or the membership option available to Pana residents.

Peoples Bank & Trust is an Independent Community Bank with ten offices located in Pana, Taylorville, Altamont, Tower Hill, Waverly, White Hall, Palmyra, Morrisonville, Charleston and Springfield.  Peoples is a full service bank offering outstanding customer service to consumers, small business, and farmers in Central Illinois. People First Bancshares, Inc., with corporate offices in Pana, Illinois, is the holding company for Peoples Bank & Trust.

 

PRESS RELEASE

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For Additional Information Contact:  John Gardner, President and CEO                   Phone: (866) 670-3455

PEOPLE FIRST BANCSHARES INC. RECOGNIZES LARRY BEATY AT ANNUAL MEETING

People First Bancshares, Inc. held its annual meeting of shareholders on March 29, 2017 at Peoples Bank & Trust in Pana, IL. During the meeting, George Hiler, David Slater, and Brad Davis were reelected to three year terms as directors of the Bank and Holding Company. Other directors of the Bank and Holding company are David R. Fines, James D. Randolph, David T. Dorn, Jr., Michael E. Beyers, John Gardner, and Michael M. Trexler.

During the report of operations, John Gardner, President and CEO, recognized the Board, Management and Employees for their contributions to the bank’s success. Gardner recognized Larry Beaty, who is retiring from the Board of Directors, for his exceptional contributions to the organization. Gardner thanked Beaty for 20 years of distinguished service, guidance, leadership and friendship to the organization and the communities it serves.

Gardner commented the Bank has provided balanced value for each of its stakeholder groups: its shareholders, its employees, and the customers and communities it serves. Gardner noted that the company had generated record earnings of over $6 million, while also providing a work place that was Satisfying or Very Satisfying to 97% of its employees and a customer experience that was considered Good or Excellent by 96% of its customers. Gardner was also proud to report that the company continues to be a good corporate citizen providing thousands of volunteer hours to its communities through its employees’ and directors’ involvement in more than 250 local organizations and activities.

Chairman Beaty’ addressed those in attendance.  Beaty thanked the shareholders and directors for their confidence and support during his years as Chairman of the Board.  He thanked the officers and staff for their loyal support and friendship.  He was grateful for the opportunity to work at Peoples Bank & Trust and serve as the Chairman of the Board of Peoples Bank & Trust and People First Bancshares.  He thanked John Gardner for his direction and guidance. He is confident that John and the Board of Directors will continue to provide excellent customer service and record performance in the future.  He thanked the Board for their support and loyalty over the years. He noted that this Board is the finest that he has ever had the opportunity to work with.  In closing, he thanked his wife, Nancy, for her support over the past 48 years he has been in banking.   

During the organizational meeting of the Board of Directors of People First Bancshares, Inc which followed the annual meeting, Michael M. Trexler was elected Chairman of the Board and David Slater was elected Vice Chairman of the Board. Other officers include John Gardner, President & CEO, James Adcock, Secretary, Terry Schafer, Asst. Secretary and Craig Deere, Treasurer & CFO. Larry Beaty was elected Director Emeritus.

Peoples Bank & Trust is a locally owned and managed, independent community bank with ten offices located in Charleston, Altamont, Tower Hill, Pana, Taylorville, Morrisonville, Springfield, Waverly, Palmyra and White Hall. Peoples Bank & Trust is a full service bank offering outstanding customer service to consumers, small business, and farmers in Central Illinois. People First Bancshares, Inc., with corporate offices in Pana, Illinois, is the holding company for Peoples Bank & Trust.

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For Additional Information Contact:    John Gardner, President and CEO                 Phone: (866) 670-3455

                
                             Joani Jones, George Heintz, Sarah VanHuss, Chris Weittenhiller, Ashley Basso, Craig Deere

YMCA After School Program in Pana Highlights Outreach Plan

The Christian County YMCA is pleased to announce the launch of an After School child care program for Kindergarten to Fifth grade students in Pana.  The program will be offered at Washington Elementary from dismissal of school until 6:00 p.m. daily, with district bus transportation provided for Lincoln Elementary and Sacred Heart students.  The program will provide a postive environment with adult supervision offering sports, free play and more.  This new program will be under the leadership and direction of After School Site Coordinator, Joan Saatkamp.  "I am looking forward to beginning this program in Pana.  I feel like we have needed this and the families and children will benefit; I'm so exicted", said Saatkamp.  After School Counselors will assist in carrying out daily activities and supervising the children; thus far Ericka Crawford and Breanna Schoonover have been hired to fill this roll and applications are still being accepted.

Recognizing the positive impact this will have on youth and families in the community, Peoples Bank & Trust has agreed to be a major sponsor for this program.  In an effort to keep program fees as low as possible and encourage participation, Peopes Bank & Trust will be making a generous donation of $5,600 to the YMCA for the 2016-2017 school year.  "I've discussed the program with some of our key staff here in Pana and we believe this is a very important program to improve the Pana community", said Peoples Bank & Trust Chief Financial Officer, Craig Deere.  Additionally, scholarships are available to those who qualify through the YMCA's Financial Assistance program that supports the organizations practice of not denying services to anyone based on an ability to pay.

Just over a year ago, with input from community leaders thoughout Christian County, the YMCA developed a long-range strategic plan.  One of the primary initiatives of this plan called for assessing the needs in commmunites outside of Taylorville and developing a plan to meet them.  WIth Pana being the next largest community in the County, YMCA leadership decided to focus its efforts on learning how the Y could best serve those in this community.  Through this process, the YMCA's membership and Marketing Committee identified that the membership structure in place didn't fit well with the needs of those in Pana and the time to make the round trip created a significant obstacle to becoming involved.  This led the committee to develop an additional membership option for Pana residents which is currently being offered without a joiner fee.  This option offers significantly reduced rates, access to the YMCA facility on Fridays - Sundays with full member privileges, member pricing on all programs and use of other YMCA's nationwide. "The YMCA and our Board of DIrectors are thrilled to be in a position to better serve the residents of Pana", said YMCA Executive Director, Chris Weittenhiller.  "It has been a pleaseure getting to know so many great people through this process and I'm very appreciative of the support and assistance provided by Dr. David Lett and the staff of the Pana School District and Craig Deere of Peoples Bank & Trust who have all been instrumental in getting us to this point:, said Weittenhiler. The YMCA will also be participating in the Back to School Bash on August 20th and hope you'll stop by and take a turn in our bounce house as well as the Meet the Teacher Night on August 22nd.  Please call 287-7271 with any questions regarding the Pana After School program or the new membership option available to Pana residents.

 

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For Additional Information Contact:    John Gardner, President and CEO                 Phone: (866) 670-3455


PEOPLE FIRST BANCSHARES INC. REPORTS INCREASES IN CUSTOMERS
People First Bancshares, Inc. held its annual meeting of shareholders on March 30, 2016 at Peoples Bank & Trust in Pana, IL. During the meeting, David R. Fines, James D. Randolph and David T. Dorn, Jr. were reelected to three year terms as directors of the Bank and Holding Company. Other directors of the Bank and Holding company are Larry D. Beaty, Michael E. Beyers, Brad Davis, John Gardner, George Hiler, David Slater and Michael M. Trexler.

During the report of operations, John Gardner, President and CEO, recognized the Board, Management and Employees for their contributions to the bank’s success. Gardner reported that during 2015, net income was $4.2 million. Net income per average share was $13.14, resulting in an increase in book value per share from $95.01 to $104.53. These earnings represented an 11.3% return on the bank’s equity capital. This return is higher than 67% of banks in the country of similar size.   Gardner stated, “With significant increases in customer relationships, solid customer satisfaction levels, and improved operations and credit quality, 2015 was a good year at Peoples Bank & Trust.” Gardner reported that the bank gained a number of new customers in 2015 with loan volume increasing $22 million and deposit volume increasing $27 million. Gardner added that based on surveys of customers in 2015, 96% of our customers consider their banking experiences with Peoples Bank & Trust to be Good or Excellent. Gardner announced that although loan volume had increased, problem loans had decreased. Non-performing loans were reduced to only 3.25% of bank capital in 2015. This level is a lower level of non-performing loans in 80% of similar banks in the country. Gardner concluded, “We’re very pleased with these results and plan to continue to improve in 2016 as we grow, improve profitability and improve bank operations.”

Peoples Bank & Trust is a locally owned and managed, independent community bank with ten offices located in Charleston, Altamont, Tower Hill, Pana, Taylorville, Morrisonville, Springfield, Waverly, Palmyra and White Hall. Peoples Bank & Trust is a full service bank offering outstanding customer service to consumers, small business, and farmers in Central Illinois. People First Bancshares, Inc., with corporate offices in Pana, Illinois, is the holding company for Peoples Bank & Trust.
 

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Peoples Bank & Trust Helps Keep Seniors Safe

Thanks to Peoples Bank & Trust, residents of Auburn Rehab and HCC in Auburn, IL  will live in a safer and even more secure environment.  Peoples Bank & Trust recently joined the Senior Housing Crime Prevention Foundation (SHCPF), and is helping to protect those seniors by funding the Senior Crimestoppers program for seniors residing in this care facility.

The Senior Housing Crime Prevention Foundation is a national organization that serves as a way for banks to fulfill their federally mandated Community Reinvestment Act (CRA) requirements through providing aid to low and moderate income individuals in their local community.  The Foundation's mission is to provide safe and secure living environments for our nation's senior nursing home residents, many of who are low and moderate income individuals, through the operation of the nationally acclaimed Senior Crimestoppers program.

Crime against the elderly in our society is a longstanding, constant battle that can be reduced and prevented through the operation of the Senior Crimestoppers program in nursing homes and assisted living facilities.  Senior Crimestoppers is a coordinated set of components that work together to create a zero tolerance to crime platform in senior housing facilities.  Components include personal lockboxes for the residents, cash rewards up to $1,000 paid anonymously for information about wrongdoing of any kind, and effective, on-going education and training for staff members and residents.  Senior Crimestoppers has reduced all aspects of crime in participating facilities by 94%.

"Senior Crimestoppers is a way for an administrator to further enhance the lives of the residents they serve.  They all work very hard to provide safe, secure, comfortable living environments and their desire to implement the program is just one more example of this.  Implementing this program does not mean that the facility currently has a crime problem, but that the administrator is proactively finding a way to keep problems from occurring in the future," said Terry Rooker, president of Senior Crimestoppers.

John Gardner, President and CEO of Peoples Bank & Trust said, "Since our founding in 1954, we've believed there is a commitment to not only our customers, but also the communities we serve.  We are glad to be able to be a part of the Senior Housing Crime Prevention Foundation program and provide added security for the residents of the nursing homes."

The Senior Housing Crime Prevention Foundation and Peoples Bank & Trust will be holding a charter presentation at Auburn Rehab and HCC on March 23, 2016 at 2:30 p.m. located at 304 Maple Ave. in Auburn, IL  62615.  Members of the media and public are encouraged to attend.

Peoples Bank & Trust is a locally owned and managed, independent community bank with ten offices in Pana, Taylorville, Charleston, Altamont, Springfield, Waverly, White Hall, Morrisonville, Palmyra and Tower Hill.  Peoples Bank & Trust is a full service bank offering customer service to consumers, small business and farmers in Central Illinois.  People First Bancshares, Inc., with corporate office in Pana, Illinois, is the holding company for Peoples Bank & Trust.

Senior Crimestoppers is a multi-faceted, crime prevention program that protects the elderly from theft, abuse, neglect and financial exploitation, and is administered by the Senior Housing Crime Prevention Foundation.  For more information about the program, visit www.SeniorCrimestoppers.com or call 800-529-9096.

Not only does the Foundation impact the lives of the elderly in long-term care facilities, we also impact the community outside of the long-term care industry through the CRA-qualified securities we purchase on behalf of our bank partners.  As of June 30, 2015, the community impact has reached approximately $183 million which goes to provide affordable home mortgages for low-to-moderate income families, affordable healthcare services, small business development, providing job creation, as well as other economic development projects.  For more information about the Foundation, visit www.SHCPFoundation.org or call 877-232-0859.

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For Additional Information Contact:         John Gardner, President and CEO      Phone: (866) 670-3455

Pana, Illinois: Peoples Bank & Trust, and its holding company, People First Bancshares, Inc. are pleased to announce that Brad Davis has been appointed as a Director.

Brad is an Owner Operator of the McDonalds in Pana, Shelbyville, Taylorville, and Vandalia. He began his McDonalds career in 1983 as a crewmember. Brad is a graduate of Taylorville High School and also attended Millikin University, where he received a degree in Finance. Brad is a member of the Taylorville United Methodist Church, volunteers with the YMCA and has coached various youth sports including baseball, basketball, soccer, and football. Brad and his wife, Karol, live in Taylorville. They have three children, Matt (wife Laura), Paige and Tyler. They also have a granddaughter, Nora Sally Davis.

Other members of the bank and holding company board include: Larry D. Beaty, Chairman, Michael M. Trexler, Vice Chairman, Michael E. Beyers, David Dorn, Jr., David R. Fines, John Gardner, George Hiler, James D. Randolph and David W. Slater.

Peoples Bank & Trust is an Independent Community Bank with ten offices located in Pana, Taylorville, Charleston, Altamont, Morrisonville, Tower Hill, Waverly, Palmyra, White Hall and Springfield. Peoples Bank is a full service bank offering outstanding customer service to consumers, small business, and farmers in Central Illinois. People First Bancshares, Inc., with corporate offices in Pana, Illinois, is the holding company for Peoples Bank & Trust.

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For Additional Information Contact:         John Gardner, President and CEO      Phone: (866) 670-3455

Pana, Illinois: David Sprigg recently joined Peoples Bank & Trust as Community Bank President.  In his role with the Bank, David will assume responsibilities in business banking in the Charleston area with particular emphasis on attracting branch customers for business lending and deposits solutions.

“David is a great addition to our Charleston banking team. We believe he will be a tremendous asset to our Bank and to the Charleston community”, said John Gardner, Peoples Bank & Trust President and CEO. “He has shown professional leadership in every position that he has previously held and is an experienced bank executive. We are very pleased that he has agreed to join us”.

Prior to joining Peoples Bank and Trust, David was associated with Old National Bank as the Market President in Marshall, IL. David began his banking career as an investment broker and commercial lender with Terre Haute First National Bank from 1991-1995. He started an in-bank brokerage at Citizens Bank in Paris in 1996. David then served as a branch manager and commercial lender with Fifth Third (formerly Citizens Bank) from 1996-2002 in both Terre Haute and Sullivan, IN. He returned to Citizens National Bank, which later became First Farmers Bank,  as a commercial lender from 2002-2013.

David graduated from Boonville Mo HS in 1974, attended the University of Missouri with a focus on Agricultural Economics and Marketing and graduated from Tarkio College in Missouri with a degree in Business Administration.

David is Vice Chairman of the Greater Wabash Valley SCORE Chapter and Vice Chairman of the Clark Edgar Rural Water District. He is a 10 year board member of the Enerstar Electric Coop Board and a past elder at the Marshall First Christian Church. David is married to Paula Sprigg, who is Director of Human Resources at Sisters of the Providence in West Terre Haute, IN. They have three grown children and their youngest son is a senior in High School at Marshall. David and Paula plan to continue to reside in the Marshall, IL area.

Peoples Bank & Trust is a locally owned and managed independent community bank with ten offices located in Altamont, Charleston, Chatham, Morrisonville, Palmyra, Pana, Taylorville, Tower Hill, Waverly and White Hall. Peoples is a full service bank offering outstanding customer service to consumers, small business, and farmers in Central Illinois. People First Bancshares, Inc., with corporate offices in Pana, Illinois, is the holding company for Peoples Bank & Trust

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PEOPLES BANK RECOGNIZES LONG TERM EMPLOYEES

Peoples Bank & Trust would like to recognize the following employees for their continuous service to the bank.  The bank recognizes its employees for each five year increment of their service with a plaque and an award.

Maggie Zahradka celebrated 20 years of service to the bank on April 10.  Maggie is currently the Vice President, Operations (Technology).  In this role, Maggie serves as the bank's Technology Officer, Contingency Planning Coordinator, and Network Administrator with primary responsibility for the administration and implementation of the bank's network, software systems. and IT hardware.  She began her career at the bank as a Teller, Advanced to Assistant Network Administrator and then Network Administrator.  She is the Treasurer of the Pana Quarterback Club and Member of the Women of the Moose.  She has three children: Raustin, a sophomore at MacMurray College; Rhett, a junior at Pana High School and Madelyn, a freshman at Pana High School.  Her main hobby is watching her children's sports activities.  She also enjoys spending time with her family and friends, camping and kayaking.

Edrie Walton will celebrate 15 years of service on June 19.  Edrie works in the Taylorville branch as a Credit Administrator.  Edrie is the Treasurer of the Stonington United Methodist Woman. She also helps at the Blue Mound/Stonington Food Pantry and participates in the Edinburg Community Choir.  She lives in Stonington.  Her mother is Vi Walton and she has three siblings: Ramie Walton, Dee Marron and Julie Chapman along with several nieces and nephews.  Edrie enjoys traveling and reading.

"Our bank is fortunate to have long term, dedicated employees like Maggie and Edrie.  Their experience is invaluable to the bank's daily operations." said John Gardner, Peoples Bank & Trust President and CEO.

Peoples Bank & Trust is a locally owned and managed independent community bank with ten offices located in Pana, Taylorville, Altamont, Tower Hill, Charleston, Springfield, Morrisonville, Palmyra, Waverly and White Hall. Peoples is a full service bank offering outstanding customer service to consumers, small business, and farmers in Central Illinois.  People First Bancshares, Inc., with corporate offices in Pana, Illinois, is the holding company for Peoples Bank & Trust.

 

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For Additional Information Contact:  John Gardner, President and CEO  Phone: (866) 670-3455   

PEOPLE FIRST BANCSHARES INC. REPORTS 8th CONSECUTIVE YEAR OF RECORD INCOME

People First Bancshares, Inc. held its annual meeting of shareholders on March 25, 2015 at Peoples Bank & Trust in Pana, IL. During the meeting, Michael E. Beyers, John Gardner and Michael M. Trexler were reelected to three year terms as directors of the Bank and Holding Company. Other directors of the Bank and Holding company are James D. Randolph, David Fines, Larry D. Beaty, George Hiler, David Slater, and David Dorn, Jr.

During the report of operations, John Gardner, President and CEO, explained that 2014 was a busy year for Peoples Bank & Trust and recognized the Board, Management and Employees for their contributions to bank’s success.

Gardner reported that the bank generated record earnings and maintained and improved its fundamental strengths in a challenging environment. Gardner explained, “Despite the challenging interest rate environment and the costs of regulatory change, credit quality improved, customer satisfaction levels were maintained, and new technology and processes were implemented.”

Gardner also reported that during 2014, net income increased from $5.475 million to $5.547 million. Net income per average share also increased from $16.80 to $17.14, resulting in an increase in book value per share from $77.23 to $95.01.

Gardner concluded, “We’re very pleased with these results and hope to continue to improve on them in 2015 as we continue to improve our efficiencies, gain additional customers and offer new and improved products."

Peoples Bank & Trust is a locally owned and managed, independent community bank with ten offices located in Charleston, Altamont, Tower Hill, Pana, Taylorville, Morrisonville, Springfield, Waverly, Palmyra and White Hall. Peoples Bank & Trust is a full service bank offering outstanding customer service to consumers, small business, and farmers in Central Illinois. People First Bancshares, Inc., with corporate offices in Pana, Illinois, is the holding company for Peoples Bank & Trust.

PRESS RELEASE

For Immediate Release: October 2014

For Additional Information Contact:         John Gardner, President and CEO  Phone: (888) PBT-1954

 

 

Pana, IL:  Peoples Bank & Trust is proud to announce the promotion of a key employee, Ashley Basso, and changes in Consumer Banking responsibilities.

Ashley Basso has been promoted to Vice President, Consumer Banking. Ashley will lead the department to deliver exemplary quality banking services to consumer banking customers in the Pana-Tower Hill, Altamont and Charleston branches. Ashley joined the Bank as a part time teller in 2007 and has been promoted to full time teller, Consumer Banker, Consumer Banking Officer and most recently, AVP, Consumer Banking. Ashley lives in Taylorville with her husband, Andrew. She is a member of the Taylorville Memorial Hospital Auxiliary and serves as a Board member of the United Way of Christian County. Ashley is completing her final year of Graduate School of Banking at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She is a graduate of Athens High School and the University of Illinois with a degree in Business Administration and History.

Jennifer Nagle, Vice-President, Consumer Banking will oversee the Consumer Banking departments in the Taylorville, Morrisonville, Chatham, Waverly, Morrisonville and White Hall branch areas.

 

The current Consumer Banking Officers and Consumer Bankers in each branch will continue to provide exemplary quality banking services to the consumer banking customers in their areas. They include Kathleen Anderson and Kacie Rankin in Charleston, Terri Beal in Altamont, Kristi Hard and Joani Jones in Pana, Judy Prasun, Len Hempen and Sarah Van Huss in Taylorville, Marty Kerns in Chatham, Jeff Grimmett, Melissa Fairless, Susan Palliser and Jodi Vollmer in Waverly and Lori Doolin and Kathy Schnettgoecke in White Hall.

 

There have been some new additions and changes in the Teller departments as well. Carole Gensler and Jessica Bland have recently accepted full time teller positions in Taylorville; two new part time tellers have been added to the Pana branch, Natalie Cloe and Mariah Inman; two new part time tellers, Molly Holthaus and Becky Nelson, have been added to Charleston and Kimberly Tarrant will be joining the Altamont branch as a full time teller. Emily Rubio has accepted a full time position in the Waverly branch. Other new faces in the Waverly branch are Maygun Terrill, Mackenzie Stewart and Zach Beaty, who have all recently joined the bank as part time tellers.

 

"With recent bank growth, staffing needs have changed within our organization,” said John Gardner, Peoples Bank & Trust President and CEO “and I’m very pleased Ashley, Carole, Jessica and Emily have agreed to assume even greater responsibility in our organization and Natalie, Mariah, Molly, Becky, Maygun, Mackenzie, Zach and Kimberly are great additions to our banking team,”        

                     

Peoples Bank & Trust is a locally owned and managed independent community bank with ten offices located in Pana, Taylorville, Altamont, Tower Hill, Charleston, Springfield, Morrisonville, Palmyra, Waverly and White Hall. Peoples is a full service bank offering outstanding customer service to consumers, small business, and farmers in Central Illinois. People First Bancshares, Inc., with corporate offices in Pana, Illinois, is the holding company for Peoples Bank & Trust.