The beautiful American Bankers Association award trophy is touring Alaska and will eventually have visited every First National Bank of Alaska (FNBA) branch through out the Great Land. From a field of more than 100 nominations of banks across the country based on innovation, creativity, and effectiveness of the bank’s approach to making a difference in its community, only seven banks were selected to receive the prestigious award. “It was a huge honor to receive this award which represents our commitment to helping Alaskans succeed. Our bank and its employees distinguish themselves everyday for their longstanding commitment to giving back to Alaskans not only here on the Kenai Peninsula, but in all the communities across the state in which we live and work,” said FNBA Soldotna branch manager Charlie Weimer.
Weimer says the trophy is showing a few dings and scratches from its journey across Alaska, “It’s been from Bethel to Juneau and to every branch in-between and we have it here for a week and then we’ll carefully take it to Kenai. We’re pretty proud to have received the recognition, but our greatest award comes from helping our friends and neighbors everyday. As a locally owned Alaska bank we are committed to the success of our fellow Alaskans. Its when we can provide them with just the right financial product, a needed hand with a community project, or a local expert who understands the challenges of living and working in Alaska that makes us look forward to coming to work everyday,” he said.
The bank used the Title VI Loan Guarantee Program made available by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) program as part of its rural outreach program to help serve remote, underserved rural communities throughout Alaska. First National was also recognized in the national bank award for its public awareness campaign to help Alaskans understand the primary drivers of the state’s economy. In June of 2009 FNBA kicked off a 12 month campaign to educate Alaskans about the state’s three primary economic drivers: The oil & gas industry, federal dollars coming into the state and all other business activity. “Since 1922 our bank has made loans to Alaskans and Alaska families and even though interest rates may be different today then they were in the past our business hasn’t really changed one bit. One of the nice things about living in a small community in Alaska is that you get to know your friends and neighbors and it makes our job easy and fun helping them succeed and doing the right thing is its own award,” added Weimer.