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Thanks for Supporting One Day Without Shoes

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Cornhusker Bank thanks the community for its support and involvement during its 9th annual One Day Without shoes event, which benefits the People’s City Mission.  Although much of Nebraska spent the spring of 2019 being “Nebraska Strong” and donating for victims of the spring flooding, they still came out showing strong support for their own community by donating to One Day Without Shoes. 

Approximately 31,000 pairs of shoes were donated this year, along with nearly $11,000 in cash donations to the Mission.  Walkers from participating businesses and individual community members, along with many bank associates made the walk from the Cornhusker Bank Center location at 84th and O Street to the People’s City Mission Help Center at 68th and P Street on April 9th to help raise awareness of the Mission’s need for shoes.  

Cornhusker Bank staff is proud to be doing life together with our community and thanks all who helped make a positive difference in our community by walking, donating shoes, donating funds, sorting shoes, or being a collection site.  You are a driving force behind Cornhusker Bank’s continued desire  and efforts to be “Committed to Your Success”.   

Cornhusker Bank Involves Community To Collect Shoes To Benefit People’s City Mission

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This year marks the 9th annual Cornhusker Bank One Day Without Shoes event for the benefit of the People’s City Mission.  In the history of the event Cornhusker Bank and organizations throughout the community that have partnered in the collection efforts have gathered over 132,000 pairs of shoes and cash donations for the mission to buy new footwear of over $68,000.

Over 130 locations throughout the community are partnering with the bank for this year’s shoe campaign and will be serving as collection sites for new, used, adult, and children’s shoes from April 1 through April 12, 2019.  According to Barry Lockard, Cornhusker Bank President/CEO, “The One Day Without shoes event has been phenomenally successful in giving bank associates and the community at large the opportunity to have a shared purpose which helps enhance our community and helps improve well-being of lives of individuals within it.” 

New or used shoes of all sizes will be collected at participating businesses throughout the community, including all Cornhusker Bank locations from April 1, 2019 through April 12, 2019.   On Saturday, April 6th, Cornhusker Bank will also have a FREE shred day at the 8310 O Street location only.  This provides the community a terrific opportunity to dispose of their unwanted paper documents in a safe manner while they can also drop off any shoes they would like to donate.

Cornhusker Bank invites the community to join bank associates and representatives of businesses which are collecting shoes, as we host a press conference on Tuesday, April 9th, 2019 at 10:45 a.m. with the People’s City Mission at Cornhusker Bank Center, 8310 O Street in Lincoln.  The press conference will include information about the impact of the event on the Mission and the community.  Everyone is also invited to join the walk immediately following the press conference from the Bank to the Mission’s Help Center at 68th and P Street, to help raise awareness of the need for adequate footwear in our community.  A free lunch will also be served at the Cornhusker Bank Center from 11:00 am to 1 pm on April 9th.  

Nebraska’s Strong Communities

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Cornhusker Bank and subsidiary, Lincoln First Realty, joined forces for our associates to donate goods for Fremont area flood victims which will be delivered later this week and distributed by Fremont area churches.  Cornhusker Bank found great information for flood recovery resources in this link to Governor Ricketts website: https://governor.nebraska.gov/press/nebraska%E2%80%99s-strong-communities.  Cornhusker Bank will continue to seek ways to help keep our Nebraska communities strong!

Omaha Advisory Board Established for Cornhusker Bank

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The Cornhusker Bank Omaha Advisory Board was established to assist the bank in its marketing and community development activities within the Greater Omaha area.  This group is working alongside Allen Chaffee, Omaha Market President, to identify Omaha market trends and opportunities.  The board meets on a quarterly basis.

The board as pictured in the photo consists of (front row) Alex Epstein, Executive Vice President/OMNE Partners; David Shiffermiller, Executive Vice President – Lending/Cornhusker Bank;  Frank Mihulka, Attorney/Woods and Aitken, LLP; Allen Chaffee, Omaha Market President/ Cornhusker Bank; Dr. Matthew Klemke/View Pointe Vision; (middle row) Matthew DeBoer, Vice President – Managing Principal/HDR Architecture; Chris Tointon, CEO-President/ YMCA of Greater Omaha; James Prchal, Owner-Partner/ Prchal Petersen Group, LLC; (back row) John Dittman, Chairman/Cornhusker Bank; and Barry Lockard, President-CEO/Cornhusker Bank.  Allen Chaffee reported, “This group, comprised of professionals from different industries, enhances Cornhusker Bank’s understanding of the Greater Omaha area and matters which are important in the community.”

Cornhusker Bank Promotes Nuismer

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Cornhusker Bank has announced the promotion of David Nuismer to Chief Credit Officer.  Barry Lockard, Cornhusker Bank President reports, “Dave’s extensive lending experience and strong analytical skills and sound judgement, along with a strength in knowledge of regulations governing lending will serve the bank and its customers well.”  

David, who has 18 years of banking experience has been with Cornhusker Bank since 2010 and has most recently served the bank as vice president/manager, Credit Administration.  In his new role Mr. Nuismer is responsible for overall management of the Bank’s credit administration, underwriting and loan review and analysis functions and support staff in those areas. 

Cornhusker Bank Welcomes New Directors

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Cornhusker Bank is pleased to welcome three new members to its Board of Directors: Heather Crockett, Douglas S. Dittman, and David Shiffermiller.

Heather Crockett comes to her Directorship with 25 years at Cherry Hill Companies which includes the Legacy Retirement Communities, currently serving as its Chief Financial Officer.  Doug Dittman is a Farmer, Dairyman, and Owner of a creamery and the Hub Cafe´.  David Shiffermiller serves Cornhusker Bank as Executive Vice President/Lending and has been with the bank over a decade, leading the lending department. 

“Cornhusker Bank and the community we serve are fortunate to have talented leaders like Heather, Doug and David willing to give their time, talents, and expertise to ensure the Bank is meeting its mission to provide solutions for lifelong success” reported John F. Dittman, Chairman.

Cornhusker Bank Promotes Biggs, Brase, and Schaffer

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The promotions of Matthew Biggs to Vice President/Relationship Manager, Matthew Brase to Vice President/Financial Operations Officer, and Nicholas Schaffer to Vice President/Operations Officer were recently announced.   Barry Lockard, bank President/CEO reported, “These associates each display a very high level of commitment to both our internal and external customers’ success, while developing and maintaining a comprehensive knowledge base in their respective areas.” 

Matt Biggs duties as a commercial relationship manager include development of new commercial business, the growth and expansion of existing business relationships and ongoing service of customers.  Matt has broad knowledge of commercial loan policies and procedures and the ability to provide financial consultation to customers to help them develop roadmaps to arrive at their goals.

Matt Brase supports Bank management and all departments with his extensive abilities in statistical analysis, identifying trends, solving issues and developing forecasts in different areas of the bank.  Matt completes required regulatory reports and supports the entire Financial Operations team, ensuring the accuracy of Bank financial data.  

Nick Schaffer manages the Operations Center team and all tasks they complete in accordance with bank policies and applicable laws.  His department is responsible for providing backroom technical support for the bank’s retail division in the areas of Customer and Account Management, Electronic Funds Transfer, and Item Processing.  Nick’s detail oriented expertise and high level of confidentiality assure customer information and service are provided at the highest levels.

Cornhusker Bank Promotes Post and McGill

    

Cornhusker Bank is pleased to announce the promotions of Sherla Post to Executive Vice President/Human Resources and Talent Development and Lynda McGill to Vice President, Audit Manager.  “Both of these associates continue to develop themselves and their departments and take on added responsibilities in their areas as the bank continues to grow.  They serve the bank with excellence, a high attention to detail, and commitment.” noted President/CEO, Barry Lockard.

Ms. Post develops and leads all Human Resource Functions, as well as the Human Resource staff for the Bank, including all talent development based efforts.  Sherla collaborates with Management to develop a talent based organization, which cultivates the bank’s culture and operating model.

Ms. McGill leads the bank’s internal audit function and supervises internal audit staff.  Her responsibilities include conducting internal audit risk assessment, determining the annual audit schedule, and coordinating the department’s activities with applicable regulatory agencies and examiners.

Business Email Compromises can happen. Are you ready?

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With Business Email Compromise, legitimate business email accounts are either compromised or impersonated, and then used to order or request the transfer of funds. The fraudster will often compromise one of the business’ officers and monitor his or her account for patterns, contacts and information. Using information gained from social media or “out of office” messages, the fraudster will often wait until the officer is away on business to use the compromised email account to send payment instructions.

Avoid Being a Victim

Solid internal controls are key to guarding against these scams.

  • Understand these attacks can come via email, phone calls, faxes or letters in the mail. Don’t assume it’s a cybersecurity problem.
  • Educate and train employees to recognize, question, and independently authenticate changes in payment instructions, requests for secrecy, or pressure to take action quickly.
  • Authenticate requests to make payment or change payment information.
  • Review accounts frequently.
  • Initiate payments using dual controls.
  • Never provide password, username, authentication credentials, or account information when contacted.
  • Don’t provide nonpublic business information on social media.
  • Avoid free web-based email accounts for business purposes. A company domain should always be used to establish company personnel emails.
  • To make impersonation harder, consider registering domains that closely resemble the company’s actual domain.
  • Do not use the “reply” option when authenticating emails for payment requests. Instead, use the “forward” option and type in the correct email address or select from a known address book.
  • Don’t share your credentials with coworkers.
  • Ensure your computer has current Anti Virus/Malware software.
  • Best practice is to have a dedicated computer for performing business banking and financial transactions.

Source: NACHA, Protecting against Fraud: How to spot and prevent fraud schemes.

If you have any questions please contact Treasury Management Officer, Scott Walters, at 402-323-8274 or via email: scott.walters@CornhuskerBank.com

 

 

Cornhusker Bank Awards of Excellence Presented to Associates

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Cornhusker Bank is pleased to announce its 2018 Awards of Excellence Winners, Jen Baker, and Brian Johnson.  Jen Baker was presented the Golden Apple Award of Excellence and Brian Johnson was presented the 360 Award of Excellence.

The Golden Apple Award of Excellence is presented to the general associate best representing bank standards of excellence.  Ms. Baker serves Cornhusker Bank as Trainer/Retail Recruit Coordinator in our Human Resources Department.  Jen epitomizes the bank’s core values and is a servant leader.  She models the Cornhusker Bank culture not only in her instruction and training but in her daily actions and demeanor.  

The 360 Award of Excellence is presented to a bank officer displaying the highest standards of excellence.  Mr. Johnson serves the bank and its customers as Vice President/ Relationship Manager.   Brian’s nomination for the award noted he consistently goes above and beyond for bank customers.  He will always make himself available when a customer needs help, even if it is not a relationship he normally works with. Brian is quick to share a greeting with any customer or associate he comes across and displays a positive attitude, setting a great example for associates in all departments.  Brian displays the Bank’s core values in his service to customers and to the community at large.