- Building a Strong Foundation in Hastings
- Burwell Branch - Grand Opening
- HB Mobile is Coming Soon!
- 4 Simple Steps to Stop a Cyber Thief
For Heartland Bank and the surrounding community of Hastings, this year will see the construction of a new Heartland Bank building that will serve not just the bank, but the community as a whole. From the groundbreaking ceremony on March 31st to the beginning stages of construction, Heartland Bank has received tremendous support throughout the community.
“We had a number of folks from the chamber and from businesses throughout the community attend the groundbreaking ceremony. At least 40 or 50 people were there. It was a very nice turnout,” said Regional President, Jeremy Anderson.
Heartland Bank has contracted Carmichael Construction, a local Hastings business, for the construction of the new building. Despite a few weather related delays this spring, the construction crews are currently pouring the foundation for the basement.
“Although it’s hard to see the progress when passing by the lot from the road, the work is well underway. We have been discussing the plans and making minor changes with the architects and contractors but things are moving along pretty well,” said Anderson.
Anderson feels the surrounding community has always been a large part of how Heartland Bank operates, and the bank has taken this opportunity to give back to the community.
“We’ve received heartwarming support from the community on this project. We chose Carmichael Construction because they are a local contractor. They have built a number of buildings in Hastings, including bank buildings, and we know they’re right here in the community when we need them. We are also using a number of subcontractors that are local,” said Anderson.
“Being a true community bank in Hastings, we want to do business here and with people who do business with us. I think that’s really important. That’s how communities and community banks are built, and I think we are showing that with how we’re building the bank,” said Anderson.
The new building will not only provide more space for banking personnel, but will also offer opportunities for more community involvement with the addition of a community room and a larger conference room. Additional amenities will include multiple drive-thru lanes and an ATM on site.
The approximately 8,000 square foot building will sit on a 1.2 acre lot, located just across the street from the current bank location. The address of the new bank will be 3701 Osborne Drive West Cimarron Plaza. The completion date is set for February 15th,2016.
- AUSTIN REMM, MARKETING INTERN
After nearly ten months since breaking ground in August of 2014, May 29th marked the completion of the Burwell branch of Heartland Bank. Once a loan production office located just southeast of Burwell, the new site on the northeast corner of HWY 91 and HWY 11 is now home to a full service bank and ATM. During their first week of operation, Burwell Market President Maurie Larsen and his team of staff members graciously opened the doors to customers, contractors, construction crew and community members as a sign of appreciation for the assistance and support throughout the duration of the construction project. Over the course of three days, approximately 350 people were served during the grand opening festivities.
Assistance not only came from community members but also from numerous Heartland Bank associates that played critical roles during the construction process and the grand opening events.
“We are very pleased with the community support, the participation in the building development and the total attendance of the grand opening events. We couldn’t have pulled it off without the support of the associates across the full Heartland Bank organization,” said Larsen.
Larsen is hopeful that the launch of the full service branch will enhance the existing customer base in both the Burwell and Ord Markets. Larsen and the Burwell staff want to demonstrate their devotion to the community members of the area.
“The Burwell branch of Heartland Bank is a quality provider of financial services to Burwell and the surrounding community. As a family-owned and agricultural based bank, we plan to be involved in the community, and we are committed for the long haul,” said Larsen.
Jeremy Anderson, Regional President, added, “Numerous customers and members of the community have already moved business to the bank, thanks to Maurie and his team. I believe this will continue. It is going to be fun to see the community rally behind the bank now that the building is done and they have full service branch capabilities.”
The construction crew was made up of professionals from the local area, including general contractor Larry Gaukel and architect Tonya Wilson. In addition, every piece of wood in the building originated from an Amish community in Minnesota provided by Sargent dealers Earl and Kathy Drake.
The transformation from a loan production office to a full service bank has resulted in the hiring of new staff. Additions to the employees include Universal Banker Julie Brownell and Part Time Customer Service Associate Jana Gleim. Loan Administrator Susan Lee was one of the first employees at the Burwell Loan Production Office and still remains a current associate at the full service bank.
“We are very excited to have a great staff at Burwell. They have all been extremely supportive and eager to be in the new building,” said Larsen.
Anderson noted, “Maurie and his entire staff have done a great job, and I am so proud of them. To see what they have done to build up both the building and the business is a perfect example of our organization’s commitment to our customers, our associates, and the communities we serve.”
The 2,500 square foot building sits on a 3.6 acre lot located on the southeast edge of Burwell near HWY 91 and HWY 11. The lobby and drive-through are now open Monday through Friday from 9:00 am to 3:30 pm. The bank is closed on Saturdays.
- ALEX HEDLUND, MARKETING INTERN
Our new mobile banking app, HB Mobile, is just about ready for release. What's new with this release?
HB Mobile for Tablets
HB Mobile will be optimized to take advantage of the large display on a tablet. The app will be available on the iPad ®, Android® Tablets and Amazon® Tablets. All the features available in the smartphone app will be available in the tablet app, with the addition of a built-in calculator and calendar.
HB Mobile for Smartphones
TouchBanking will soon be updated to HB Mobile. This new app will feature the Heartland Bank name and branding. Once released, all current TouchBanking users will be prompted with an automatic update. You will not have to install a new app.
We will be releasing HB Mobile at the start of July. Be sure to check your email at the end of this month as we will be sending out a release email when both the tablet and smartphone apps are available.
If you have any further questions give us a call at 800-759-3119 or stop by your local Heartland Bank branch.
In recognition of National Data Privacy Day on January 28, we wanted to inform our customers of four simple steps to take in order to avoid being a victim of cyber theft.
1. Create c0mplic@t3d passwords
Avoid using passwords that are predictable and easy to uncover. After selecting a difficult password, be sure to change this password periodically and be mindful of who you share this information with.
2. Keep tabs on your accounts
Be up-to-date on your every day account activity. Utilize tools such as Online Banking, e-Statements and other methods to keep any eye out for any suspicious transactions.
3. Stay alert online
Keep your computers, phones, tablets etc. equipped with up-to-date anti-virus and malware protection. When surfing the web, be mindful of fraudulent activity such as unsolicited emails, and website links which are insecure.
4. Mobilize your defenses
Use the security options on your smartphone to make it difficult for thieves to access the private information on your device. When getting rid of an old device, make sure to clear it of any information important to your identity.
Tips for Victims:
If you are a victim of fraud and suspect your personal information has been compromised, you should take the following steps:
- Call us Heartland Bank (800-759-3119) and notify your credit card issuers immediately.
- File a police report and consider placing a victim statement on your credit report.
- Place a fraud alert on the account under fraud suspicion.
- Make a note of all authorities you contact regarding the fraudulent activity.
At Heartland Bank your online privacy and security is important to us. If you have any further questions about how you can protect yourself from cyber fraud, you can call the FTC ID Theft Consumer Response Center at 1-877-438-4338.