Sarah Phalen

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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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Celebrating INB When We Celebrate Milestone Anniversaries

By: Sarah Phalen President and CEO Being a teller has been Jane Adkins’ favorite job over her career, which has also included stints as a karate instructor and a “simulated patient” for Southern Illinois University School of Medicine. Five years ago, Adkins was on the hunt for a new position when her brother told her…
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Read to Lead: Here’s What’s on Our Nightstands

By: Sarah Phalen President and CEO It’s no secret that reading is one of the most influential components of leading. At INB, reading books and industry news is a large part of the lives of our experienced leaders. For members of the commercial lending department, reading both personally and professionally has had a tremendous impact…
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INB Employees Celebrate Service Anniversaries

By: Sarah Phalen President and CEO We recently celebrated half a dozen INB employee service anniversaries. Though these individuals marked their anniversaries in late 2015, we chose to celebrate with a special lunch in the first quarter. Pictured from left to right: Jenni Snow, Human Resources Assistant, 5 years Jessica Barrow, Treasury Services Lead, 10…
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Technology with Personal Touch Drives INB

By: Sarah Phalen President and CEO We hope you know us for making banking easier. We do that for the most part by advancing and implementing new technology. When we talked about opening our community bank back in 1999, one of our key drivers was “innovative technology with a personal touch.” Because what good is…
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Community Donations Part of INB Holiday Season

By: Sarah Phalen President and CEO, NMLS #662900 INB makes donations to community organizations throughout the year.  To make holiday giving extra special, we gave employees the opportunity to identify organizations to receive holiday donations. The names of the organizations were put on Christmas trees that now decorate the bank’s downtown lobby.  During the bank’s…
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Students Live History Through Little Rock Nine

By: Sarah Phalen President and CEO, NMLS #662900 The audience was star struck, but the honored guests spoke with reverence about being in a place built to remember Abraham Lincoln.  The Little Rock Nine, known for enrolling in a previously all-white school in Little Rock, Ark. in 1957, were in Springfield May 19 after receiving…
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