As we wrap up spring planting season, we start thinking of new opportunities as well as remembering what has made us successful. Our past success at Heartland Bank has been based on our talented and dedicated team of associates.
Since the end of 2017, we have had many well-deserved retirements. We have already celebrated these retirements, but once again I would like to thank each of the retiring associates for their dedication, commitment to customers and tireless focus on making Heartland Bank a great place to work and bank.
A huge “Thank You!” goes out to Jim Bodyfield, Cheryl Myers, Deb Novak, Marie Ortgies and Betsy Wilkins. While we can never replace you, we wish you the best.
Our future success will also be based on our talented team of associates. As many of you know, we were named one of the Best Banks to Work For in 2017 by American Banker magazine.
To start off 2018 with a big “Thank You!” to our associates, we distributed $1,000 bonuses to full-time, non-executive associates as well as $500 bonuses to part-time associates. We think it’s important to share our savings as a result of the recently passed tax reform with our associates. We are proud to be one of three Nebraska-based banks who paid these special bonuses.
Additionally, we have added a couple of new benefits assisting our associates with the costs of expanding their families as well as enhancing their education. We added paid Parental Leave and Tuition Assistance as important components of our comprehensive benefits plan. We firmly believe the best way to take great care of our valued customers is to make sure we are taking great care of our tremendous associates.
Thank you again for doing business with Heartland Bank and trusting us as your banking partner.
We are humbled by the trust you place in us, and you have our commitment we will work tirelessly to continue to earn your trust each and every day.
John is Chairman and CEO of Heartland Bank. He is the third generation of the Wilkins family to lead the bank. John has over 30 years of banking experience in various lending, wealth management, and branch leadership roles. In his free time he enjoys traveling and spending time with his family.
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