First Federal Savings Bank is pleased to announce the Recognition of the Zahn Family for The Huntington County Honors Class of 2019
On Oct. 26th, the William and Marjorie Zahn Family was inducted into the Huntington County Business and Professional Honors class of 2019.
Candidates must have made a lasting contribution to the betterment of Huntington County or brought recognition to the community through their actions or achievements. The Zahn's have been leaders whose efforts have contributed to economic development.
First Federal Savings Bank can trace its corporate lineage back more than a century. But the First Federal that people are familiar with began 62 years ago, when a Huntington businessman, William Zahn, joined the board of directors of People's Savings and Loan.
The board appointment led to Zahn becoming a bank employee. He rose quickly to become a vice president and, in 1963, was named its president. Three years later, the institution's name was changed to First Federal Savings and Loan, now First Federal Savings Bank.
William Zahn retired from First Federal in 1990, but his legacy of family leadership continues at the institution.
His son, Stephen E. Zahn, joined the bank in 1966 and became its president and chief operating officer in 1980. The third generation of Zahn family leadership at First Federal arrived when Stephen Zahn's son, Michael, joined the business in 1996. He succeeded his father as president and in 2011, became the bank's CEO.
First Federal Savings Bank donates to YMCA
The Parkview Huntington YMCA is continuing to work towards creating a fun educational environment for preschoolers in Huntington County. In September, Amanda Stroup, Marketing Director at First Federal Savings Bank, delivered reusable travel bags to the school. These bags will be used to help the students travel from room to room within the facility without losing their artwork or their favorite pencils.
Pictured left to right: (Top) Karen Teusch, Preschool Coordinator at YMCA and Amanda Stroup, Marketing Director at First Federal Savings Bank. (Bottom) Dawsyn Stratmeier, age four, and Briley Hatfield, age four.
First Federal Savings Bank Named in Top 200 Community Banks for 7th Year in a Row
First Federal Savings Bank (FFSB) has been named to American Banker Magazine?s Top 200 Community Banks for the 8th consecutive year. The magazine qualifies banks for this listing if they have less than $2 billion in total assets and have stock that is publicly traded. There were 633 banks eligible to be ranked using these qualifiers. FFSB came in at #108 on this year?s list. The magazine ranked the institutions based on the profitability metric, Return on Average Equity, over a 3 year period. Only 13 banks from the state of Indiana made this elite list. Michael Zahn, President and CEO of First Federal Savings Bank, states, "It is an honor to be recognized by American Banker Magazine for the 9th year in row. Embracing our role as a community bank while providing exceptional customer service from our dedicated team has led to our success."
Giving Teens Grace Receives Fun Friday Check from First Federal
Giving Teens Grace is a newer non-profit organization involved with educating communities about the dangerous side of technology. The goal is to be proactive in teaching youth about the reality of predators while giving them the tools to protect themselves.
Fort Wayne Branch Manager, Joe Cassidy, presents a Fun Friday check to Giving Teens Grace Founder and Director, Crista Miller.
First Federal Fundraises at JA Achieve-a-Bowl
First Federal Savings Bank employees and their families participated in the JA Achieve-A-Bowl on Saturday, February 17 at Rainbow Lanes in Huntington. With individual fundraising as well as employee donations from Fun Friday at the Bank, the team raised $237 for the cause.
First Federal Announces Teller of the Year and Recognizes Employees
First Federal Savings Bank announces Christina Ruckman has been named the Teller of the Year for the fifth consecutive year. She was awarded at First Federal's Christmas Party, held on December 6th. Christina joined the First Federal team in February of 2012 and works at the Downtown Huntington Office. Teller of the Year is awarded based on accuracy, hard work, customer service, dedication, number of transactions and job knowledge.
Also honored were employees celebrating anniversaries: Jean Schinnerer, Donnie Haire, Jamie Rudicel, Stacia Bollinger, Jeff Nau and Christina Ruckman for 5 years. Lindsi Walker, Heather Dorsett, Janelle Gates and Andrea Nightenhelser for 10 years. Tara Hunnicutt and Randy Sizemore for 15 years and Cindy Krumanaker for 30 years of service.
Chief Operations Officer, DeeAnn Hammel, presents the Teller of the Year Award to Christina Ruckman for the 5th consecutive year.
First Federal Savings Bank Receives Recognition at State Convention
First Federal Savings Bank received a Five Star Award from the Indiana Bankers Association at the Association's Mega Conference held May 2 - May 4 in Indianapolis. First Federal Savings Bank was one of 41 banks statewide granted the Five Star Award in recognition of its commitment to the Association in the areas of political awareness, issues advocacy, life-long learning, volunteerism and Preferred Service Provider utilization. First Federal Savings Bank has received a Five Star Award every year since 2004 when the award was introduced.
Amber R. Van Til (left), president and CEO of the Indiana Bankers Association, presents the Five Star Member award to Michael Zahn, President and CEO of First Federal Savings Bank.
First Federal Savings Bank also won a MAXI Award. MAXI Awards are presented annually to IBA-member institutions to recognize bank marketing excellence in Indiana. First Federal won in the category of Series, which refers to any group of pieces in the same medium with a common theme. The product campaign that First Federal submitted and won with focused on First Federal's direct mail marketing campaign for Free Checking the bank offers to both Consumers and Businesses.
Amber R. Van Til (right), president and CEO of the Indiana Bankers Association, presents the MAXI Award to Satin Lemon, Marketing Director of First Federal Savings Bank.
First Federal Savings Bank Sponsors Hole-In-One Contest for Kids Kampus Outing
Loretta Mottram (back row, first from left), senior director of Pathfinder Services, stands alongside representatives from local businesses on Friday, April 28, at Norwood Golf Course that have made contributions to the 26th-annual Pathfinder Kids Kampus Golf Outing, set for May 17. With Mottram are (back row, from left) Bill Miller, partner, David Culp & Co. LLP; Michael Zahn, president and chief executive officer, First Federal Savings Bank; and Patrick Davis, golf professional, Norwood Golf Course. David Culp & Co. LLP is the main sponsor of the outing and First Federal Savings Bank is the sponsor of the Hole-in-One Contest while Norwood is the host of the event. Also pictured are (front row, from left) Sebastian Newsome, Levi Ingle, Katlyn Hall and Riley Armstrong, all of Pathfinder Kids Kampus.
First Federal Savings Bank Named in Top 200 Community Banks for 6th Year in a Row
First Federal Savings Bank (FFSB) has been named to American Banker Magazine's Top 200 Community Banks for the 6th consecutive year.
The magazine qualifies banks for this listing if they have less than $2 billion in total assets and have stock that is publicly traded. There were 664 banks eligible to be ranked using these qualifiers. FFSB came in at #69 on this year's list, an improvement of 24 spots compared to #93 on the annual ranking one year ago. The magazine ranked the institutions based on the profitability metric, Return on Average Equity, over a 3 year period. Only 13 banks from the state of Indiana made this elite list. Michael Zahn, President and CEO of First Federal Savings Bank, states, "I'm very proud of this recognition by American Banker Magazine." Zahn continues, "Our team is the driving force behind our financial success."
First Federal Savings Bank Receives Community Excellence Award
Outgoing Huntington County Chamber of Commerce Chairman of the board, Kay Schwob (left) gives the chamber's Community Excellence Award for 2016 to Randy Sizemore, representing First Federal Savings Bank, for its many years of service to the community, during the 93rd annual chamber dinner on Monday, January 16th at the Huntington PAL Club. Photo by Scott Trauner.
First Federal Savings Bank Named #1 SBA Lender in Northeast Indiana
First Federal Savings Bank was recognized as the number one SBA Lender in Northeast Indiana in the most recent issue of the Greater Fort Wayne Business Weekly. Results were taken from October 2015 to September 2016 and covered a 12 county area. Of the 33 institutions listed, First Federal Savings Bank led the way in total SBA 7(A) loans at $7.36 million.
First Federal Savings Bank President and CEO, Michael Zahn, comments, "Small businesses are vital to the success of our communities. As a community bank, it gives us great pride to be able to provide capital to businesses to help them succeed and grow." Zahn continues, "Our commercial team does an incredible job working with our business clients to find the right financing products to meet their needs."
First Federal Savings Bank and Zahn Family donate $40,000 to Huntington University
Huntington University announced it has received a $40,000 donation from First Federal Savings Bank and Steve and Alyce Zahn of Huntington, Indiana. The funds will be allocated to the university's recently completed Welcome Center.
"We are so thankful to the Zahn family, First Federal Savings Bank and its shareholders for this impactful gift. This new space will provide the type of first impression to our guests that truly represents the excellence we pursue at Huntington University," stated Vince Haupert, vice president for advancement.
Officially opened with a ribbon-cutting ceremony in October, the 3,000-square foot Welcome Center is part of the Merillat Centre for the Arts and houses both undergraduate and graduate admissions offices, as well as meeting spaces for prospective students and campus visitors.
"The development of the new Welcome Center has transformed the work of the admissions team," said Daniel Solms, vice president of enrollment management & marketing. "The new space allows us to focus on our visitors and their experience while they are on campus, helping us to better connect as we share the legacy of Huntington University."
First Federal Savings Bank and the Zahn family have been a long-time supporters of Huntington University and both are members of the Milton Wright Fellowship. Stephen Zahn was a director on the Huntington University Foundation, Board of Trustees and received Huntington University's Distinguished Service Award in 2004. Michael Zahn, Steve's son, currently serves as vice president of finance for the Huntington University Foundation board of directors.
Started in 1912 as the Home Building and Loan Association, First Federal Savings Bank is in its 104th year of operation and has been led by a member of the Zahn family since 1963. Steve Zahn is the Chairman of the Board and Michael Zahn has been President since 2005 and Chief Executive Officer since 2011. Since its beginning, the bank has been committed to giving back to the public and its employees have served Huntington and surrounding counties in various capacities of community activism and service.
First Federal Savings Bank of Huntington and the Zahn Family donated $40,000 to HU's new Welcome Center. From left to right are Steve Zahn, Chairman of the Board of First Federal Savings Bank, Alyce Zahn, Vincent Haupert, Huntington University's Vice President for Advancement, Daniel Solms, Huntington University's Vice President for Enrollment Management & Marketing, and Michael Zahn, President and Chief Executive Officer of First Federal Savings Bank.
First Federal Savings Bank donates to YMCA
The Parkview Huntington YMCA is continuing to work towards their Capital Campaign goal of raising $1.3 million. The primary goal of the capital campaign, titled “Strong Y = Strong Community”, is to increase the YMCA’s ability to build programs and services by reducing some of the organization’s long-term debt, but there will also be a targeted effort to raise funds for new equipment and one or more facility renovation projects.
The YMCA is grateful to First Federal Savings Bank for their gift of $100,000 towards the Capital Campaign. “The support we’ve received so far is very encouraging, and we are so thankful for the generosity of our donors”, says YMCA Executive Director, Ben Davis.
Michael Zahn, president and CEO of First Federal Savings Bank, states, “First Federal Savings Bank is honored to have the opportunity to support Parkview Huntington YMCA’s Capital Campaign. Our commitment towards advancing the YMCA’s mission in Huntington County spans three generations and reflects our belief that the Y makes our community stronger.”
The YMCA will continue its campaign activities over the next 18 months, with a targeted end date of December 2017.
YMCA Executive Director (left), Ben Davis and First Federal Savings Bank's President and CEO, Michael Zahn.
Employees and their families represented First Federal Savings Bank in the 2016 Huntington Heritage Days Parade on Saturday, June 18th.
One Friday per month, First Federal employees are allowed to dress in casual clothes for a small contribution to a local charity or organization. First Federal employees have made donations totaling over $6,000.00 to benefit our community. Below is a short list of the organizations that benefited from Fun Fridays.
Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation
Ronald McDonald House
Our Father's House
Assoc. of Churches of Htgn. Co.
American Red Cross
Boys and Girls Club
Youth Services Bureau
St. Jude Children's Research Hospital