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Peoples Bank in Akron Celebrates 20th Anniversary

Peoples Bank in Akron, Iowa, is celebrating their 20th Anniversary serving Akron and the surrounding communities.  
"It's an honor for us to be able to serve and support Akron and the surrounding communities for 20 years," says Peoples Bank Akron President Mike Hohenstein. "We look forward to many more years to come."
The bank started in a temporary building in 1999 and moved into their current location on Highway 12 in 2002.
Peoples Bank in Akron will be kicking off their anniversary celebration on Friday, June 28 by sponsoring Free Popcorn Night at the Akron-Westfield home varsity baseball and softball games vs. West Sioux.
Celebration will continue the week of July 8-12. Stop in at the Akron Peoples Bank lobby during those dates and register for some amazing prizes! On Tuesday, July 9, there will be a free vehicle window wash at the bank drive-up, and on Friday, July 12, there will be a free hot dog feed at the bank from 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM. They will also be offering various bank specials throughout the week.

Van Otterloo & Wiggins Graduate from Iowa Bankers Association Leadership Institute

Bonita Van Otterloo of Peoples Bank in Rock Valley and Amanda Wiggins of Peoples Bank in Hawarden successfully completed the Iowa Bankers Association Leadership Institute on June 7, 2019, in Cedar Rapids.

The Bank Leadership Institute is a comprehensive program designed for bankers who wish to set higher goals and enhance their personal skills for leadership roles in banking and the community.

2019 was the 25th year for the Leadership Institute, and 25 bankers participated in the program. Session topics included strategic thinking, DiSC profiles, public speaking, economic development, government relations, professional presence and coaching. In February the class attended the IBA Management Conference, and in March they visited the Iowa State Capitol as they learned about the IBA’s lobbying efforts.

The final session for the 2019 Institute included an educational workshop with speaker Coach Kevin Kush who is known for leading his Boys Town High School football team of at-risk youth to an undefeated regular season and spoke to the group on the eight traits of a quality teammate.  The program also included an Iowa Banking Leadership panel with Iowa bank leaders sharing their thoughts on today’s banking climate and advice for the class.

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The Des Moines Register Names Peoples Bank a Winner of the Iowa 2018 Top Workplaces Award

Peoples Bank has been awarded a 2018 Top Workplaces honor by The Des Moines Register. The list is based solely on employee feedback gathered through a third-party survey administered by research partner Energage, LLC (formerly WorkplaceDynamics), a leading provider of technology-based employee engagement tools. The anonymous survey measures several aspects of workplace culture, including alignment, execution, and connection, just to name a few.
“Top Workplaces is more than just recognition,” said Doug Claffey, CEO of Energage. “Our research shows organizations that earn the award attract better talent, experience lower turnover, and are better equipped to deliver bottom-line results. Their leaders prioritize and carefully craft a healthy workplace culture that supports employee engagement.”
“We are so honored to once again be named a Top Workplace in Iowa,” said Peoples Bank CEO Al Vermeer. “To me, it is simply a reflection of the dedication of all of our employees to our Vision, Mission and Values. We could all make a living a thousand different places doing a million different things, but we choose to do so at Peoples Bank because we feel that we positively impact our communities in all that we do!”
“Becoming a Top Workplace isn’t something organizations can buy,” Claffey said. “It’s an achievement organizations have worked for and a distinction that gives them a competitive advantage. It’s a big deal.”

Peoples Bank Named Nation's Top Ag Lender

The Independent Community Bankers of America® (ICBA) has released its 2018 Top Lenders Lists. 
Every year, ICBA calculates the top community bank loan producers in the agricultural, commercial and consumer categories, broken down by asset size. This year’s lending leaders can point to many different success factors, but at the heart of it all is second-to-none customer service. 
Peoples Bank was named as the #1 Ag Lender in the Nation in the $500 million - $1 billion asset category. 
“At Peoples Bank, not only our roots, but also our stalks and leaves are in agriculture.  We are proud to partner with so many hard-working producers who use their gifts and talents to feed the world every day!” states Peoples Bank CEO Al Vermeer.
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