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Kellen Completes Commercial Lending Program

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Cornhusker Bank is proud to announce Christopher Kellen has recently earned his diploma from the Commercial Lending School in Manhattan, Kansas.   The Commercial Lending School is sponsored by the Kansas and Nebraska Bankers Associations and in partnership with the Colorado, Iowa, Louisiana, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wyoming Bankers Associations.

The school provides bankers intense instruction in the entire commercial lending process.  Barry Lockard, Cornhusker Bank President/CEO, noted, “Chris is a valuable part of our lending team, and the completion of this program has further developed his skills, allowing him to better serve Cornhusker Bank’s customer’s multiple financial needs.”

Lockard Elected to FHLB of Topeka Board of Directors

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Federal Home Loan Bank of Topeka has announced newly elected members to their board of directors.  Barry Lockard, President/CEO of Cornhusker Bank, is the Nebraska member representative and will serve a term from January 1, 2019 through December 31, 2022.

FHLBank Topeka is a privately owned, federally chartered corporation which promotes housing and homeownership by providing wholesale products, services and programs that help member financial institutions expand the availability of mortgage credit, compete more effectively in their markets and foster strong and vibrant communities. With approximately $51.8 billion in assets and more than $2.4 billion in capital, FHLBank serves 722 banks, thrifts, credit unions and insurance companies throughout Colorado, Kansas, Nebraska and Oklahoma. FHLBank is located in Topeka, Kansas.

Congress established the system of home loan banks in 1932 to relieve financial strains on thrift institutions and to promote homeownership.  There are 11 Federal Home Loan Banks located throughout the United States and they are regulated by the Federal Housing Finance Agency in Washington, D.C. 

Barry noted, “I am honored to serve all the members of the FHLBank Topeka and am humbled by the trust instilled in me by the community banks, credit unions and insurance companies in Nebraska.  It is a privilege to serve and represent our team at Cornhusker Bank and all of the members of our great state.”  Mr. Lockard currently serves on the NBISCO board of directors, has previously served on the NBA Board of directors, and  is a trustee on the board of the Colorado Graduate School of Banking. 

Cornhusker Bank Welcomes Perkins

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Cornhusker Bank is pleased to announce the addition of Jay Perkins to its staff as Vice President/Relationship Manager. “Jay’s ability to relate to people will make him an excellent fit with our staff and our concept of developing financial road maps for our customers to help them achieve their goals.  Jay will also be a great representative for the bank in community affairs,” reported Barry Lockard, President/CEO.

Jay has 15 years of banking experience and in addition to a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration with an emphasis in accounting from the University of Nebraska- Lincoln, he holds a Graduate Certificate from the Colorado Graduate School of Banking in Boulder, Colorado.  Mr. Perkins sits on the board for the Child Advocacy Center in Lincoln and is President of the Lincoln Downtown Athletic Club.  Jay noted, “My personal passion for working with teams and building strong relationships with clients fits perfectly with Cornhusker Bank’s culture and commitment to helping both our clients and our associates reach their goals.”  

Cornhusker Bank is the oldest family owned bank, demonstrating stability, soundness, and investing in the future growth of the community, its valued customers and associates throughout its 115 year history.  For more information, please visit www.CornhuskerBank.com.

Cornhusker Bank Institutes Emerging Leaders Program

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Cornhusker Bank recently launched an Emerging Leader Program.  The program was created in-house to utilize the bank’s operating model, beliefs and values, with an emphasis on servant leadership.  The robust curriculum includes MBA and PhD level content and is applicable to all levels of emerging leaders throughout the bank.

Barry Lockard, Cornhusker Bank President noted, “The Emerging Leader Program is one of the premiere programs Cornhusker Bank offers to selected candidates to help them grow professionally and personally as a leader.  I believe individuals in the program will benefit from their key learnings and outcomes in the program, which will translate to benefits bank-wide.”

“Cornhusker Bank is committed to investing in the growth of our associates and I am thrilled about the opportunity Cornhusker Bank is creating for candidates accepted into the Emerging Leader Program”, reported Sherla Post, SVP, HR/Talent Management.  The inaugural class accepted into the program includes Rob Bethel, Matt Biggs, Matthew Brase, Taylor Jensen, Amanda Larabee, Ginger Malousek and Emily Steinhoff.

Cornhusker Bank remains the oldest family owned bank, demonstrating stability, soundness, and investing in the future growth of the community, its valued customers and associates throughout its 115 year history.  For more information, please visit www.CornhuskerBank.com.

Cornhusker Bank’s Kids Carnival Draws a Crowd from the Community

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The annual Cornhusker Bank Kids Connection Carnival was held on August 18th and drew a large crowd.  The carnival is open to the entire community and is totally free to attendees.  When Cornhusker Bank began the event eight years ago, it was conceptualized to help give kids a positive and “fun” experience with banking, in the hope financial literacy would be easier for families to encourage as youngsters grow.  Some banking and financial concepts are introduced at the carnival with a financial workbook activity and an attraction that features on-line games, which can be found on the bank’s website at any time.

The main point of emphasis of the carnival is kids having a good experience provided by bankers.  Most of the carnival type games are manned by Cornhusker Bank associates, who generously give of their weekend time to help with the event.  Carissa Bullock, VP/Marketing and lead organizer of the event reported, “The bank’s creative team and our staff volunteers for the event demonstrated core Bank values of “living life together” and “providing a WOW experience”.  Bank staff embraces this carnival as a way to further enhance relationships in our community.”   Games, which included prizes, ranged from a Lollipop Tree, Limbo, Frisbee Tic-Tac-Toe, a Putt Putt Golf Hole, Corn Toss, Plinko, Fishing Pond,  Ladder Ball, a Bouncy Obstacle Course from Party Inflators, and a Photo Booth in which kids were encouraged to have their pictures taken with the bank’s own superheroes, Penny Wise and Super Bill.

Also part of the carnival were interactions with live animals provided by Lincoln Childrens Zoo and introduction to two dogs and their handlers from Domesti-Pups, informing youth how they assist people daily.   Carnival goers also enjoyed free hot dogs, potato chips and bottled water, catered by 84th and Holdrege Street Hy-Vee and free Sweet Baby J’s Tropical Sno, snow cones.

Youth safety is also a component at the carnival.  The Nebraska State Patrol was on hand to do child fingerprinting ID cards for kids.  Safe Kids interacted with the youngsters promoting bike safety.  A representative of the Joshua Collingsworth Memorial Foundation provided handouts to attendees regarding water safety.

A Lincoln City Council person in attendance at the carnival was heard telling staff that Cornhusker Bank is appreciated for events like the carnival, which give back to the community.

The Cornhusker Bank Youth Carnival is held annually each August.  The bank’s website will have details of date and times for the 2019 event as it draws close next year.

Cornhusker Bank Announces Promotion of Sassaman

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Cornhusker Bank is pleased to announce the promotion of Nick Sassaman to Vice President/Director of Loan Operations.  “Nick’s experience in construction, mortgage, and commercial lending, as well as general management experience, will enable him to lead the Loan Operations team in its service to customers and achieve the department’s strategic goals.” reported Barry Lockard, Bank President/CEO.

Mr. Sassaman joined Cornhusker Bank in 2013 and has served as VP/Relationship Manager.  Nick is assuming the daily responsibilities for management of all operational and servicing functions of lending.   Nick noted his new role, “offers me an opportunity to help grow and develop the bank on a broader scale by utilizing my experience to build relationships and enhance the internal and external customer experience.”

Cornhusker Bank remains the oldest locally owned bank, demonstrating stability, soundness, and investing in the future growth of the community, its valued customers and associates throughout its 115 year history.  For more information, please visit www.CornhuskerBank.com

Christian Heritage and Cornhusker Bank Mirror Commitment to Betterment of Community

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In Cornhusker Bank’s quest to form deeper more valuable relationships with our customers, the unique opportunity to help a customer and a cause that affects our community has arisen.  Christian Heritage is a Cornhusker Bank customer founded in 1980 to care for at risk children and families in the state of Nebraska.  Their purpose of “offering hope” to children and families is driven by a deep-rooted calling and belief that children from hard places are worth investing in.  Christian Heritage is currently accomplishing their purpose through Foster Care, Destination…Dad®, and Safe Families for Children programs.  They have positively impacted thousands of children and families over the past 38 years, but know there is still much work to do.

According to Brad Brown, CEO of Christian Heritage, “In 2015, Christian Heritage decided to move our banking needs to Cornhusker Bank.  Barry Lockard, President and CEO, took the time to meet with our executive leadership team and work us through their mission, vision, beliefs and core values.  The personal connection, along with their mission to serve by providing solutions for lifelong success really resonated with us.  Their customer service is outstanding and they have a team of professionals who live out their core values.  We highly recommend Cornhusker Bank to individuals and companies in search of a home bank to meet their needs.”

Cornhusker Bank is committed to the success of our customers and to the local community we love.  We are therefore pleased to share information about an upcoming fundraising opportunity the nonprofit agency, Christian Heritage, has coming up soon.  Their fundraising efforts will allow them to further their purpose of offering hope to children and families.

Christian Heritage has partnered with Over the Edge to increase awareness and raise needed funds to sustain invaluable services to children and families.  Anyone who signs up as an “Edger” and personally raises $1,000 on behalf of Christian Heritage will earn the right to rappel from the roof of the Cornhusker Marriott on Saturday, August 11th.  If you are interested in going over the edge, here is how it works:

  1. Follow the orange “sign up” link at www.otecwe.com/lincoln.  Christian Heritage requires $85 to register and start your fundraising.
  2. After sign up, you’ll have a customized page you can post on your social media accounts in search of friends and family who will help you reach your $1,000 goal.
  3. You’ll have an option to secure your rappelling position by using your credit card as a guarantee.  Please note if you use this option, if you have not reached your $1,000 goal by August 11th, your card will automatically be charged the remainder of any unraised funding to reach your $1,000 minimum.
  4. Again, $1,000 is the minimum to secure your position to rappel.  If you’re able to raise even more, it makes you a bigger hero to the children and families in need!
  5. If you would simply like to donate to this fundraiser without becoming an “Edger”, you can do so at www.otecwe.com/lincoln/brad.brown.

Brad Brown would also love to hear from you if you or your organization are interested in a sponsorship. Or if you would simply like to learn more about Christian Heritage.  Brad can be reached at 402-421-5425 or at bradb@chne.org.

Cornhusker Bank has staff members who have “gone over the edge” to raise funds for a local non-profit in the past and highly recommend the experience and encourage you to embrace the opportunity to rappel, while helping children and families at the same time.

To learn more about Christian Heritage, please visit www.chne.org.

Cornhusker Bank Executing Planned System Maintenance

Cornhusker Bank associates would like to remind customers the Bank will be completing planned system maintenance in June of 2018.  Due to this maintenance, you will receive two statements in June for your checking and savings accounts.  Your statement cycle will go back to the original cycle date in July, 2018.  Cornhusker Bank’s Customer Engagement Team can be reached at 402-434-2265 during normal business hours if you have any questions about these temporary changes.

Cornhusker Bank Facilitates Easy Banking Relationships in Omaha Market

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Doing business with Cornhusker Bank in Omaha got easier in April of 2018. Cornhusker Bank opened a Licensed Production Office at 13340 California, in Omaha’s OMNE Building. The bank is leasing space in this comfortable, modern facility, which is just one block north of 132nd and Dodge Street.

According to Allen Chaffee, Cornhusker Bank’s Omaha Market President, “This represents a great milestone and Cornhusker Bank looks forward to being able to continue building relationships with our current Omaha clients and the Greater Omaha community. Cornhusker Bank’s mission and “Hometown Heart” banking model focuses on doing life together with customers and helping them reach their financial goals.”   Allen can be contacted at 402-779-1420 for an appointment at the Omaha Office. If you have an existing relationship with another Cornhusker Bank associate and are interested in meeting at the Omaha office, please ask them about using the new office.

CardValet App Helps Manage Debit Card Accounts

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The CardValet app is ideal to proactively manage Cornhusker Bank debit card accounts through your smart phones. Getting started is easy, simply download the CardValet app to your mobile device from the Apple or Android app store. Then customize your usage settings and alert preferences.

Features of CardValet

• Card usage controls: Spending limits can be established to allow transactions up to a certain dollar value and decline transactions when amounts exceed pre-defined thresholds. Transactions can also be monitored or controlled for specific merchant categories such as gas, hotel, travel, restaurants, groceries or electronic stores.

• Card on/off setting: When the card is “on,” transactions are allowed in accordance with each cardholder’s usage control settings. When the card is “off,” no purchases or withdrawals are approved until the card is turned back “on.” This control can be used to disable a lost or stolen card.

• Location-based controls: The My Location control can restrict transactions to merchants located within a certain range of each cardholder’s location, (using the phone’s GPS) or within pre-defined regions; transactions requested outside of the specified range can be declined.

• Interactive alerts: CardValet can send a real-time alert when a card is used, when a transaction is approved and exceeds any of the permitted use policies, or when a card transaction has been attempted but is declined.