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09/19/11

Bank Recognized as a 5-Star Superior Bank by BauerFinancial Inc.

Farmers & Merchants Bank & Trust maintains 5 Start rating

Farmers & Merchants Bank & Trust has again been recognized as a 5-Star Superior Bank by BauerFinancial, Inc., Coral Gables, Fl, the nation’s bank rating firm.
 
To earn Bauer’s 5-Star Superior rating, Farmers & Merchants Bank & Trust must excel in areas of capital adequacy, delinquent loan levels and profitability during the quarter that ended June 30. The bank has been recommended by BauerFinancial for 87 consecutive quarters, more than 21 years. 
 
Farmers & Merchants Bank & Trust was established in 1902 and has been serving the banking needs of its neighbors and friends for 108 years. It operates through three conveniently located offices, two in Marinette and one in Crivitz. More information about the bank can be found on the Internet at
www.fmmarinette.com
 
According to Karen L. Dorway, president of the research firm, "Community banks, like Farmers & Merchants Bank & Trust, tend to know their customers, the local business community, when to grant a loan… and when not to grant one. What many people don’t realize is that community banks actually have better balance sheets than their larger counterparts. Their capital ratios and nonperforming asset ratios are typically much more impressive than larger institutions. These are not the banks that threaten our economic well-being. On the contrary, they are the lifeblood of it.”  
 
Farmers & Merchants Bank & Trust: “Serving both sides of the river since 1902.”

 
BauerFinancial, the nation’s leading independent bank and credit union rating and research firm, has been reporting on and analyzing the performance of U.S. banks and credit unions since 1983. No institution pays BauerFinancial to rate it, nor can any choose to be excluded. Consumers may obtain star-ratings by visiting bauerfinancial.com

BauerFinancial Inc logo

BauerFinancial, Inc. P.O. Box 143520, Coral Gables, FL 33114


09/15/11

Craig Polzin Welcomed To
Farmers & Merchants Bank & Trust staff

Story by Donn Williams - Director of Marketing.

Craig Polzin Joins Bank

Craig Polzin has joined the staff of Farmers & Merchants Bank & Trust as assistant vice president/assistant cashier at the bank’s downtown Marinette headquarters.

In his new position Polzin is responsible for compliance and accounting for the 109-year-old, locally owned community bank.

We’re pleased to have Craig join our team,” said Farmers & Merchants Bank & Trust President Tom Maxwell. “His background and experience will allow us to provide more efficient, up-to-date services to our customers."

Polzin has eight years of experience in banking and accounting. Most recently he was financial operations officer for First National Bank in Eagle River, Wis.

 Polzin (Continued)

Prior to that, he worked for the accounting firm WIPFLI as a senior accountant, providing tax and audit services to financial institutions.

In Eagle River Polzin was a volunteer member of the chamber of commerce. He also served as a volunteer for the College Goal Sunday program, providing professional assistance to college bound students seeking financial aid.

Polzin earned a Bachelor of Business Administration Degree with a major in accounting from St. Norbert College in De Pere, Wis.

He and his wife, the former Christine Wagner, are both a natives of Peshtigo and graduates of Peshtigo High School. Christine is employed as an academic advisor at Northeast Wisconsin Technical College in Marinette.

They currently reside with their children, Brady
and Andrew, in Peshtigo.
07/20/11


Farmers & Merchants Bank & Trust is Proud to Offer Its New Military Salute Account.
Story by Donn Williams - Director of Marketing.

Military Salute Account

This no fee, direct deposit checking account with numerous benefits is available exclusively for active and retired members of the military. It is designed to make banking more convenient and affordable.

“The Military Salute Account is a way to honor the men and women who serve our country,” said Farmers & Merchants Bank & Trust President Tom Maxwell. “The account makes it easy for them to manage their everyday finances and gives them the peace of mind to concentrate on what matters most.”

The Military Salute Account saves time, energy and in many cases, money.

When an active member or retired member of the military opens a Military Salute Account his or her paycheck is direct deposited into their checking account, eliminating the need to physically visit the bank or one of its branches.

The active or retired military member receives:

A free welcome pack of personalized checks

Exclusive gift cards and community rewards


Free Internet banking including on-line bill pay and

Discounted wire transfer and loan fees.

 To find detailed information about the Military Salute Account click on Deposit Center and then Personal Checking on this Website.

 Visit a Farmers & Merchants Bank & Trust location to open your Military Salute Account today and begin your journey to financial freedom!


05/18/11

Bank Recognized as a 5-Star Superior Bank by BauerFinancial Inc.

Farmers & Merchants Bank & Trust: The Lifeblood of the Community
 
Farmers & Merchants Bank & Trust, Marinette, Wisconsin is proud to be recognized as a 5-Star Superior Bank by BauerFinancial, Inc., Coral Gables, Florida, the nation’s bank rating firm. Earning this highest 5-Star rating for strength and stability, Mr. Thomas K. Maxwell, president, and the entire team at Farmers & Merchants Bank & Trust have proven their commitment to their customers. To earn Bauer’s 5-Star Superior rating, Farmers & Merchants Bank & Trust must excel in areas of capital adequacy, delinquent loan levels and profitability to name just a few.

 Bauer (Continued)

In fact, it has been recommended by BauerFinancial for 86 consecutive quarters, over 21 years. 

Farmers & Merchants Bank & Trust was established in 1902 and has been serving the banking needs of its neighbors and friends for 108 years. It operates through three conveniently located offices in Crivitz and Marinette and can also be found on the internet at www.fmmarinette.com.

According to Karen L. Dorway, president of the research firm, "community banks, like Farmers & Merchants Bank & Trust, tend to know their customers, the local business community, when to grant a loan… and when not to grant one. What many people don’t realize is that community banks actually have better balance sheets than their larger counterparts. Their capital ratios and nonperforming asset ratios are typically much more impressive than larger institutions. These are not the banks that threaten our economic well-being. On the contrary, they are the lifeblood of it.”  
 
Farmers & Merchants Bank & Trust: “Serving both sides of the river since 1902.”
 
BauerFinancial, Coral Gables, Florida, the nation’s leading independent bank and credit union rating and research firm, has been reporting on and analyzing the performance of U.S. banks and credit unions since 1983. No institution pays BauerFinancial to rate it, nor can any choose to be excluded. Consumers may obtain star-ratings by visiting
bauerfinancial.com

BauerFinancial Inc logo

BauerFinancial, Inc. P.O. Box 143520, Coral Gables, FL 33114


02/14/11

Steve Votis Promoted to Vice President
Story by Donn Williams - Director of Marketing.

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Steve Votis has been promoted to vice president and commercial loan officer of Farmers & Merchants Bank & Trust.

President Tom Maxwell announced the promotion during the bank’s annual stockholders meeting Tuesday, Feb. 8.

“Steve has done an excellent job in developing new business and establishing relationships with new and existing customers,” Maxwell said. “He’s a real asset to this bank.”

Votis offers lending and advisory services to area businesses, and is responsible for consumer, mortgage and commercial loans at the bank’s branch at 2811 Roosevelt Road.

Votis joined the staff of Farmers & Merchants bank & Trust in January 2010.

He has 19 years of banking experience in all aspects of lending. He entered the field after graduating from Ripon College in 1992 with a degree in business management.

Votis is the president of the Peshtigo Chamber of Commerce and serves on the board of directors of the Peshtigo Area Economic Development Corp. He is involved with Big Brothers/Big Sisters and a mentoring program at Menominee Catholic Central School. He is a former member of the board of directors of Marinette Downtown Development Authority and Habitat for Humanity. Votis resides in Peshtigo.

Articles by
Donn Williams - Director of Marketing unless otherwise noted

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