SPRINGFIELD, Ill., March 7, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Illinois Bankers Association (IBA) recently presented Innovations in Technology awards to First National Bank of Steeleville and First Bankers Trust Company, Quincy. This is the first year for the Innovations in Technology award, which is sponsored by Plante Moran. The award recognizes banks that leverage their technology in unique ways to benefit their customers and/or their financial institutions. The winners were selected by members of the IBA's Technology and Operations Committee, and committee chairman Ben Stotler from Carrollton Bank presented the awards during The ONE Conference in East Peoria on March 3.
First National Bank of Steeleville was the winner in the under $250 million asset category. The bank constructed a new 22,000-square-foot location to serve as its main office, working with La Macchia Group and taking a modern approach to the banking experience by replacing the traditional teller line with teller pods. Among many technology-related innovations, the bank included teller cash recycling equipment in order to increase the efficiency of cash handling. The bank used creative technology to enhance interactions between bank employees and customers while making efficiency, privacy and security a priority. Bank president Tom Broeckling accepted the award on behalf of the bank.
First Bankers Trust Company, Quincy, won in the over $250 million asset category. The bank considers uptime for all solutions an integral part of its commitment to exemplary customer service, and the bank has implemented innovative and scalable business continuity and disaster recovery solutions to meet that commitment. The strategic decision to virtualize and centralize the organization's computing into redundant data centers with redundant network connectivity to every location has significantly improved systems uptime for end users and, more importantly, for bank customers. Nikki Allen-Cain, Information Security and Disaster Recovery Officer, accepted the award on behalf of the bank.
The Illinois Bankers Association is a full-service trade association dedicated to creating a positive business climate that benefits the entire banking industry and the communities they serve. Founded in 1891, the IBA brings together state and national banks and savings banks of all sizes in Illinois.
SOURCE Illinois Bankers Association