Sarah Phalen

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Joshua Ishmael Recognized as One of 40 Under 40

By Sarah Phalen INB President and CEO The Springfield Business Journal recently recognized 40 members of our community under the age of 40 for their professional accomplishments and community involvement. INB’s General Counsel/Senior Vice President Josh Ishmael was on the list. Josh is a graduate of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and Southern Illinois…
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Celebrating Employee Careers Includes Sharing Stories

By Sarah Phalen INB President and CEO After working at another local bank for 10 years, Jacque Wise felt a little like she was “starting over” as she transitioned into a mortgage processing position at INB in 2012. “Working with a financial institution for so many years to then start over was a little intimidating.…
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All Star Preps Sponsorship Right On

By: Sarah Phalen Executive Vice President, NMLS #662901 Former Chicago linebacker Brian Urlacher offered some great advice to an audience of outstanding high school athletes: “You know what’s right, and you know what’s wrong. Do what’s right.” Urlacher made this comment at the recent All Star Preps Capital Region Awards Banquet honoring high school athletes.…
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When Work is Fun, It’s Suddenly 50 Years Later

By Sarah Phalen INB President and CEO From an outsider’s perspective, it might be hard to see the fun in banking. But after 50 years as a banker, Al Covington describes his career as, “Fun, fun, fun.” Al is being recognized by the Illinois Bankers Association (IBA) for his years in the industry. Al started…
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Employees Celebrate Their Contributions to Our Team

By: Sarah Phalen President and CEO When the opportunity was presented to Phil Ratliff to work at INB for a second time, he didn’t hesitate. “I came to INB after a couple of years at another local bank because it was a chance to yet again work with people who I had been around in…
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INB Promotes Employees So They Can Do More

By: Sarah Phalen President and CEO Two INB employees were recently recognized for their performance by being promoted to positions that will allow them to have even greater impact on the organization going forward. Eric Larson, Controller Eric Larson has been promoted from accounting officer to controller. Eric joined INB in 2013 in our Accounting…
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Employees Mark Years of Service to INB Customers

By: Sarah Phalen President and CEO Renee Anderson feels like she “grew up” working at Illinois National Bank. Renee, now a deposit operations officer, started at the former INB in 1977 in the accounting and investment department, where she worked for more than 20 years through several mergers before leaving in 1999. “I started at…
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Service Anniversary Honorees Note Expansion Due to Teamwork

By: Sarah Phalen President and CEO Since Steve Keenan and John Wilson, started in the commercial loan department five years ago, INB has experienced exciting expansion into Bloomington and Champaign. “Due to quick and enormous growth, we opened a loan production office in Bloomington within 24 months and are now purchasing and renovating a full…
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Innovative Thinking Leads to Recognition

By Sarah Phalen President and CEO Konner and Jen are a stick-people couple who want to buy a house someday. They know that will require a mortgage. But that’s about all they know about mortgages. They don’t yet know they’re going to need W-2s, tax returns and bank statements. When they find out, the first…
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How the INB Team Stays Productive

By Sarah Phalen President and CEO As we add to our personal and professional responsibilities and tasks, our minds simply can’t handle all of the information we need to remember, process and complete. So, it’s become essential that we turn to certain tools or habits to remain productive and efficient each day. As a popular…
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