Sarah Phalen

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New Neighbors, Services Part of New INB-Champaign Location

By: Sarah Phalen INB President and CEO After INB began to expand in the Champaign-Urbana market by providing commercial and mortgage loans, one thing became clear: We needed a full-service branch. That began the intense journey of choosing a location, building a fantastic team and officially planting roots in the community. This month, that process…
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Meet the Team Serving INB-Champaign

By: Sarah Phalen INB President and CEO This month, INB’s newest branch in Champaign has opened its doors, quickly expanding what first began as a one-person mortgage operation into a full-service branch. Located at 217 S. Neil Street, Suite C in Champaign, our new branch is in the hub of downtown Champaign, convenient for customers…
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Employees Say INB Workplace Culture Key to Longevity

By: Sarah Phalen INB President and CEO What makes you want to invest your time, effort and career at INB? A single answer echoed across the group of employees celebrating service anniversaries this quarter: the workplace culture of caring and commitment. “There have certainly been some tough days and stretches during my first 15 years…
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INB Tackles 2018 with New Resolutions

By: Sarah Phalen INB President and CEO The turn of the new year provides a natural opportunity to evaluate our lives. What positive changes do we want to make? What do we want to happen in the coming year? How can we improve our schedules, habits, attitudes or situations? We asked our team at INB…
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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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