YORK – On Monday, January 13, 2014, Cornerstone Bank held its annual Employee Recognition Dinner at the York Country Club. Recognition gifts were presented to 57 honorees at that time.
Employees who were recognized for 5 years of service included Denese Becker, Sherri Bennett, Dick Brehm, Joyce Brown, Tim Bullock, Jennifer Dierberger, Bob Eller, Bea Garcia, Chelsea Geu, Linda Hilligoss, Nancy Hinz, Tracy Hubl, Jacob Johnson, John Moeller, Jeanna Mohler, Karin Newman, Joyce Nunnenkamp, Linda Opfer, Belinda Rodriguez, Cathy Schack, Marianne Senff, Diane Thompson and Ivy Wallin.
George Armstrong, Jan Bestwick, Traci Butzke, Pete Cordes, Kathy Cudly, Steve Gustafson, Brenda Hahn, Greg Holoch, Nikki Keller, Connie Nelson, Darcy Neville, Justin Ott, Matt Rathjen, Melinda Russman, Janet Spale, Laurie Stuhr were honored for 10 years. Board members also honored for ten years of service were Tom Holthus, Beth Godbout and Kelly Thomas and Daryl Wilton.
Those recognized for 15 years included Becky Becker, Janice Hamilton, Ruth Huber, Shelley Janzen, Kara Rauert, Rodger Richards and Tom Schrader. Dick Brown was also recognized for 15 years on the Board of Directors.
Twenty-year honorees included Dick Elder, Brenda Raile and Pat Hirschfeld.
Zach Suddarth and Lynn Vodvarka were recognized for 25 years.
In addition, Dale Adams was honored for 30 years on the Board of Directors.
As a reminder during the holiday shopping season, we ask that you monitor you accounts closely. Please notify Cornerstone Bank immediately if you notice any fraudulent activity in your account. Cornerstone Bank also utilizes Fraudwatch Plus which tracks unusual activity on your debit card and will alert you of suspicious activity.
MARQUETTE – John D. Ferguson, President of Bank of Marquette, and Kelly Holthus, President of Cornerstone Bank in York, Nebraska, announced today an agreement has been reached for Cornerstone Bank to purchase Bank of Marquette and the Ferguson Insurance Agency. As of June 30, 2013, Bank of Marquette had total assets of $35 million, with deposits of $28 million and loans of $16 million. The purchase is subject to regulatory approval with a closing date expected in the first quarter of 2014.
Kelly Holthus stated Cornerstone Bank is very pleased to be a part of the Marquette community and expand its banking activities to this rich agricultural area. Cornerstone Bank has long been committed to the agricultural sector of the economy and also in serving many smaller communities in east central Nebraska. No personnel changes are expected.
John Ferguson stated that the Bank of Marquette is known for treating their customers the same as family. He knew that Cornerstone Bank is also a family bank and he felt that he could step down and feel comfortable that his customers would be treated in the same manner. After 50 years in the business he thought that it is now the time to devote himself to family and other interests.
Cornerstone Names Krejci President
YORK--The Board of Directors of Cornerstone Bank has announced the appointment of Jeffrey W. Krejci as President and a member of the Board of Directors of Cornerstone Bank effective January 13, 2014.
In making this announcement, C. G. Kelly Holthus stated that he will remain Chairman and CEO but with the appointment of Jeff as President, he will be able to delegate some duties and responsibilities. The rapid growth of Cornerstone Bank in recent years calls for a new organizational structure to not only manage the banking activities but Insurance, Trust, Farm Management, Information Technology, Retail Investments, and the Armored Car businesses operated by Cornerstone Bank.
Kris Holoch and Kendell Holthus, Executive Vice Presidents of the bank will also assume additional responsibilities. There will be no change in the ownership by the Holthus family.
Jeff Krejci comes to Cornerstone Bank from First State Bank Nebraska in Lincoln where he was President of the $400 million bank. Jeff is a graduate of Schuyler Central High School and the University of Nebraska with a Bachelors Degree in Business. He was also a member of UNL football team.
He started his banking career at the National Bank of Commerce in Lincoln. In 1987 he was named President and Director of First State Bank in Hickman which later became First State Bank Nebraska where he has been serving as President and a member of the Board of Directors.
Jeff has been very active in civic and banking activities having served as Chairman of the Nebraska Bankers Association and a member of the American Bankers Association Government Relations Committee, in addition to many other bank boards and committees. His civic activities include President of the Hickman Chamber of Commerce, President of Kiwanis Club and President of the Norris Booster Club. He has also been active in Fellowship of Christian Athletes and the Hickman Foundation.
Jeff and his wife, Tami, have three grown children.
LINCOLN--The University of Nebraska-Lincoln College of Business Administration held its Advisory Board Annual Awards Luncheon on Friday, April 12. The awards recognize the outstanding accomplishments of business leaders and corporations in the state of Nebraska and the world.
Angie Muhleisen, president of the College of Business Administration Advisory Board and president and CEO of Union Bank and Trust Company, and Dr. Donde Plowman, James Jr. and Susan Stuart Endowed Dean of the College of Business Administration, presented the awards to the recipients. Muhleisen pointed out the significance of the award winners by connecting them with those from the past.
“Those honored here today join an impressive and long list of past recipients, including Cliff Hillegas, Howard Hawks and Warren Buffett to name a few,” Muhleisen said.
Kelly Holthus was honored with the Lifetime Achievement Award, which recognizes those individuals for their outstanding leadership and time, energy and guidance provided throughout their career.
Holthus has been associated with Cornerstone Bank of York, Neb., since 1965 and was elected to his present position of chairman, president and CEO in 1977.
He has served as president of the American Bankers Association and the Nebraska Bankers Association, been a member of the Board of Directors of the U.S. Chamber and chairman of the Nebraska State Chamber of Commerce. He is currently treasurer of the York General Health Care Services and a member of the University of Nebraska Foundation Board of Trustees.
Holthus served as president of the York Chamber of Commerce and as a member of the York City Council, along with many other local, civic and philanthropic organizations.
He attended the University of Nebraska and is a 1970 graduate of the University of Wisconsin Graduate School of Banking.
Holthus and his wife, Virginia, live in York and have four grown children.
Other honorees included Delmar “Del” Lienemann Sr. of Lincoln; TD Ameritrade; Kimberly Rath of Lincoln; and Nancee Berger of Omaha.
The College of Business Administration at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln serves more than 3,500 students by providing undergraduate and master’s programs, and is the only Ph.D. granting business college in Nebraska. Established in 1913, the college was a founding member of and accredited by the AACSB.