My year started by finding out that I had been accepted to the Iowa Bankers Association Leadership Institute. I was very proud of this since the IBA only selects 20 people per year to be a part of this program. I need to thank Lori Mitchell for pushing me to apply because I didn’t think I would be accepted since so few people are selected. This was a five month program where we meet a few days a month at different locations around the state. I was able to meet a lot of great bankers from around the state and learn great leadership skills that will help me with my career in banking. This program ended in June then came the month of July!
In July we acquired Farmers Savings Bank in Keota making that Libertyville Savings Bank’s fifth location. I of course had two weeks vacation scheduled in July which looking back was not great timing. I did not realize how much work acquiring another banks bond portfolio and merging it into our own really is. I probably owe Ryan one for all of the extra work he had when I was gone. Things have settled down now and the transition has gone well. We are excited to have a new branch location and the Keota employees have been a great fit to our team.
OH and did I mention as all of this was going on we are also adding on to our Fairfield office. This brings its own unique challenges to work through. The construction has been fun to watch progress but I think I speak for everyone when I say we will be glad when it is finished. Also in October the bank was nominated as one of the top 100 places to work in Iowa. I had the privilege to attend the banquet the Des Moines Register put on it was a great experience, and great honor for the bank!
Wow what a year it has been. This is exactly what I was looking for when I decided to come back and work full time at Libertyville Savings Bank. It has been a fun and exciting year to be an employee of Libertyville Savings Bank! I am looking forward to what next year brings here at LSB!