As festivities began to ramp up outside First National Community Bank. Aug. 1, to celebrate the banks’ 100th anniversary, inside the board of Directors including Scott and Libby Soderberg were joined by Wisconsin State Assemblyman Rob Stafsholt and Rose Oswald Poels, President/CEO of the Wisconsin Bankers Association for a special presentation.
Oswald Poels presented FNCB with a framed proclamation from the Wisconsin Bankers Association recognizing service from 1919-2019. The bank began in New Richmond and now has branches serving people in St. Croix, Polk and Pierce counties.
“Community banks play a critical role in helping with the economic growth and development of communities. They help their customers to realize the American dream. They are essential to the success of local towns. 100 Years is a testament to the community as well for supporting their institution through what were obviously some very challenging times. In that century of service, we’ve seen a lot of highs and lows in the economy. 100 Years is also a huge testament to the management at the bank for weathering those tough times and to the ownership of the bank for being committed to the community and caring enough to build a community bank here,” Poels said.
The Soderberg family has a storied history with First National starting with Henning Soderberg in 1926. Henning handed over the presidency of the bank to son John in 1977. Today John remains CEO and chairman of the Board. John’s children. Scott and Libby. both serve on the bank's board.
To learn more about the Soderberg legacy and the history of First National Community Bank, check out the story by News Reporter Jordan Willi at: 100-years-community-pride-promise-and-prosperity.