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Our Trust Company Staff

Local and Dependable Associates



Lucas Swartzendruber, J.D., CTFA

Vice President & Trust Officer

Lucas was raised in Shickley, Nebraska, and attended the University of Nebraska at Kearney, ultimately graduating Summa Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Science degree in political science and business. Following college, Lucas attended the University of Nebraska College of Law and graduated with a Juris Doctor degree in 2005. He received his Certified Trust and Financial Advisor (CTFA) designation through the American Bankers Association in 2017.

Before joining Heartland Trust Company, Lucas spent five years practicing law with Germer, Murray and Johnson in Hebron, Nebraska. Lucas currently works as a Trust Officer.


Aaron Schardt

Senior Vice President, Chief Financial Officer & Trust Officer

Aaron is a native of Deshler Nebraska. After completing his high school education, Aaron attended Doane College, where he majored in Business Administration with an emphasis in Marketing and Finance, graduating in 1998.

After college, Aaron spent five years working as a Research and Investment Manager at the prestigious brokerage firm of Kirkpatrick Pettis in Omaha, Nebraska. Aaron moved closer to his hometown when he joined MetalQuest Unlimited as their Chief Financial Officer in 2003.

Aaron currently serves as Senior Vice President, Chief Financial Officer and Trust Officer of Heartland Bank. Aaron also serves as a director of Heartland Bank as well as Secretary and Treasurer of the Geneva State Holding Company.


Tim Hecke

Trust Administrator

Originally from Glenvil, Ne, Tim graduated high school from Sandy Creek and joined the U.S. Army in 2006. Tim served seven years on active duty deploying to both Iraq and Afghanistan. Upon completing his contract with the military Tim pursued his A.A.S. in Financial Services at Kirkwood Community College in Cedar Rapids, IA, which he received in 2015.

After working for Ohnward Bank & Trust as a personal banker, Tim joined our Heartland Trust Company as a Trust Administrator in 2016.