First Federal Savings Bank employees participated in the Big Brothers Big Sisters Bowl for Kids' Sake on March 10th at Rainbow Lanes in Huntington. The team raised over $900 for the organization.
L to R: Daniel Hasler, Indiana Secretary of Commerce; Steve Zahn, First Federal Savings Bank Chairman of the Board; Michael Zahn, First Federal Savings Bank President and CEO.
The Indiana Historical Society (IHS), in partnership with the Indiana Economic Development Corporation (IEDC) presented 21 companies with its Centennial Business Award at its annual Founders Day Dinner on December 3, 2012. The presentations took place at the Eugene and Marilyn Glick Indiana History Center, located at 450 W. Ohio St. in downtown Indianapolis.
In 1992, the trustees and members of the Indiana Historical Society founded the Historic Business Register with three goals in mind: to provide special recognition to Indiana companies continually in business for a century or more, to encourage the preservation of historically significant business-related archival materials, and to develop increased awareness of our rich business and industrial heritage among Indiana’s citizens.
First Federal Savings Bank announces that Addey Hill has been named the Teller of the Year for 2012. Addey works at First Federal’s north office and has been employed with the institution since September of 2011. This recognition comes from accuracy, hard work, customer service, dedication, number of transactions and job knowledge.
The following people were recognized for their high transaction counts: Cietera Vogleman, Addey Hill, Janelle Gates and Carrie Shipbaugh. Newer tellers, Stacia Lewis and Jamie Hughes also received recognition as Rookies of the Year.
Also honored at First Federal’s Christmas Party, which was held on December 12th, were employees Lindsi Walker, Heather Dorsett, Janelle Gates and Andrea Nightenhelser for five years of service with the institution. Tara Hunnicutt, Jim Conner, Michelle Prus and Randy Sizemore were presented awards for 10 years of service. Cindy Krumanaker was honored for 25 years of service.
Teller of the Year, Addey Hill, poses with First Federal president and CEO, Michael Zahn.
First Federal Savings Bank hosted a ribbon cutting ceremony at their newest location at 10316 Maysville Road in Fort Wayne on Tuesday, June 26th at 1:00 p.m. The location officially opened on Monday, June 18th with Justin Carrell as the branch manager. The new facility offers traditional banking services including a full service lobby, drive-up and ATM access as well as brokerage and financial planning services through First Federal’s wealth management division, Innovative Financial Services.
First Federal Savings Bank’s board of directors as well as executive officers, employees and local community leaders gathered for the ceremony. First Federal presented Riley Hospital for Children representative, Barb Richards, with a check for the organization in the amount of $1,000.
Left to Right: Roger Diehm, Oasis Radio Group; John Buckley, Oasis Radio Group; John Mann, First Federal Savings Bank Advisory Board; Barb Richards, Riley Hospital for Children Representative; Alecia Crago, First Federal Savings Bank; Dee Ann Hammel, SVP/COO First Federal Savings Bank; Randy Sizemore, SVP/CFO First Federal Savings Bank; Stephen Zahn, Chairman of the Board First Federal Savings Bank; Dan Stephan, Board of Directors First Federal Savings Bank; Michael Zahn, President/CEO First Federal Savings Bank; Randy Rider, Board of Directors First Federal Savings Bank; Dr. David Carnes, Board of Directors First Federal Savings Bank; William Zimmer, Board of Directors First Federal Savings Bank; Satin Lemon, Marketing Director First Federal Savings Bank; Justin Carrell, Branch Manager First Federal Savings Bank; Sarah Dyer, First Federal Savings Bank; Mike Landrum, Fort Wayne Chamber of Commerce
2011 Chief, Rose Wall, pins 2012 Chief, Michael Zahn, with a Heritage Days pin and Chief's ribbon.
The 44th Annual Chief of the Flint Springs Tribe Breakfast was held Thursday morning, June 21, at the LaFontaine Golf Club. Michael Zahn, chief executive officer of First Federal Savings Bank, was named the 2012 Chief of the Flint Springs Tribe in recognition of his contributions to Huntington County.
Zahn is a second generation Chief of the Flint Springs Tribe. His father, Stephen Zahn, was named Chief in 1990. Zahn serves his community in many capacities including past president of the YMCA board of directors and chairman of the Capital Campaign, past president of the Huntington Optimist Club, a member of the Huntington County Hometown Improvement committee, active with the United Way, Chamber of Commerce board member, Lime City Economic Development member and much more. Zahn and his family are active parishioners of SS. Peter and Paul Catholic Church. Zahn is also a member of the Knights of Columbus.
Zahn referred to the community and his family, saying, “I am absolutely blessed and honored to live in such a great community.” He continued, “What we get when we give back – it’s the true reward.”
American Banker Magazine recently released the top performers among banks and thrifts with less than $2 billion assets. The top 200 institutions in this size range, that are either publicly traded or file with the Securities and Exchange Commission, are ranked based on their average return on equity (ROE) over the past three years. Out of 1,012 institutions fitting the criteria, there were only six from Indiana with First Federal’s parent company, Northeast Indiana Bancorp, Inc., weighing in at number 162.
Northeast Indiana Bancorp, Inc. is traded on the OTC Markets Group, Inc. (www.otcmarkets.com) utilizing the OTCQB platform under the symbol “NIDB”. The company web address is www.firstfedindiana.com.
First Federal Savings Bank received a Five Star Award from the Indiana Bankers Association at the Association’s Mega Conference held April 30th – May 2nd. First Federal Savings Bank was one of 51 banks statewide granted the Five Star Award in recognition of its commitment to the Association in the areas of political awareness, issue advocacy, life-long learning, volunteerism and community involvement. The mission of the Indiana Bankers Association is to work collectively to improve the business environment for banking to a far greater extent than any single institution could accomplish on its own. The success of this mission is wholly dependent upon the support and participation of each member institution.
First Federal employees who attended sessions at the Mega conference were: Steve Zahn, Tom Mills, Michael Zahn, Randy Sizemore, Satin Lemon and Lupka Baloski. Employees could earn continuing education credits while strengthening their areas of expertise at the bank. Sessions were offered for Operations & Technology, Human Resources, Business Lending, Trust, Compliance, Directors, Marketing, Sales & Customer Service, Mortgage Lending and Financial Management.
In addition to receiving a 5 Star Rating, First Federal Savings Bank also took home a MAXI award in the Campaign category. MAXI Awards recognize excellence in bank marketing and advertising. The competition is coordinated by the Indiana Bankers Association, in cooperation with the Indiana Chapter of the ABA Marketing Network.
Chairman of the Board, Stephen Zahn, accepts the 5 Star Award on behalf of First Federal Savings Bank from IBA President and CEO, Joe DeHaven, on Tuesday, May 1st.
Marketing Director, Satin Lemon, accepts a MAXI Award from IBA President and CEO, Joe DeHaven, during the MEGA luncheon on Wednesday, May 2nd.
Huntington Mayor Brooks Fetters (left) shakes hands with Michael Zahn, First Federal's CEO and president, after reading a proclamation declaring April 15 as First Federal Savings Bank Day. The bank is celebrating 100 years of service to the community and Fetters read his proclamation during a Chamber After Hours event on Thursday, April 12.
First Federal Savings Bank employees, along with friends and family, participated in the Big Brothers Big Sisters Bowl For Kids' Sake on Sunday, March 18th. The two participating teams raised over $1300 for Big Brothers Big Sisters! L to R: Helena Lacey, Addey Hill, Laura Lacey, Cietera Vogleman, Doug Conner, Satin Lemon and Ryan Lemon.
First Federal Savings Bank was recognized as the number one SBA Lender in Northeast Indiana in the most recent issue of the Greater Fort Wayne Business Weekly. First Federal Savings Bank made SBA loans to businesses totaling $8,634,000 which was 57% higher than the 2nd place institution. President and CEO, Michael Zahn, states, “As a community bank, we are committed in partnering with small businesses to provide them the capital to succeed and grow.” Zahn continues, “I’m very proud of our commercial team and their efforts as we continue to provide a funding source to small businesses in northeast Indiana.” Results were taken from October 2010 to September 2011, covered a 12 county area; and include 7A, 504 and ARC loans.
Premier Capital Corporation out of Indianapolis recently named Senior Vice President Tom Mills as their Most Active Banker Award recipient. This award is given to the banker that refers the most 504 projects in the fiscal year. Each year Premier Capital also recognizes bankers that generate 504 projects totaling over one million dollars with an award known as the Super Star Award. In addition to winning the Most Active Banker award, Mills received one of eight Super Star Awards. The fiscal year began October 1, 2010 and ended September 30, 2011. The Small Business Administration (SBA) 504 loan program provides permanent financing to eligible businesses for the purchase, renovation or expansion of owner occupied commercial real estate.
Premier Capital has empowered more than 800 Indiana businesses by serving as one of the state’s leading Certified Development Companies. The primary mission of the 504 program is to create jobs. Premier Capital approved 42 SBA 504 projects in Indiana last year. Those loans are estimated to create 240 new jobs over the next two years.
Pictured L to R: David Amick, Executive Director Premier Capital Corporation; Tom Mills, Senior Vice President Commercial Lending; Steve Fountain, Chairman of the Board for Premier Capital Corporation.
First Federal Savings Bank’s Chairman of the Board, Stephen (Steve) Zahn, was honored with a Distinguished Hoosier Award from the office of Governor Mitch Daniels during Northeast Indiana Bancorp’s 16th Annual Board Meeting on April 26th. The Distinguished Hoosier Award is one of the highest tributes given out by the State of Indiana to its citizens. It is solely granted at the discretion of the Governor to Hoosiers who have uniquely brought admiration and respect to the state through their character and accomplishments.
Steve has served on 22 community boards, is a past Chief of the Flint Springs Tribe and also earned the Huntington Jaycee’s Sam Ridel Award and Huntington University’s Distinguished Service Award. Steve has also devoted his time and efforts to professional and community organizations and has served on boards of the Indiana Bankers Association, American’s Community Bankers and Federal Home Loan of Indianapolis. He is also past chairman of the Indiana League of Savings Associations and has worked on committees for the FDIC and American Bankers Association. “He is truly selfless when it comes to service in his community and his industry.” said Vice President Dan Quayle in a letter recommending Steve for the honor.
In addition to the letter from Quayle, Daniels received letters of recommendation from State Representative Dan Leonard, American Bankers Association President Diana Casey-Landry, and Indiana Bankers Association President and CEO, S. Joe DeHaven.
One Friday per month, First Federal employees are allowed to dress in casual clothes for a small contribution to a local charity or organization. First Federal employees have made donations totaling over $6,000.00 to benefit our community. Below is a short list of the organizations that benefited from Fun Fridays.