First Bank Financial Centre: Presidentís Awards
Contact: Heather Dewey
Phone: (262) 560-2046
Oconomowoc, Wis. – On Monday, January 21 st , First Bank Financial Centre (FBFC) presented
their “President’s Awards” at their Annual Leadership meeting.
The President’s Awards, presented by Mark W. Mohr, FBFC CEO and President, highlight the
outstanding accomplishments and exemplary work of FBFC employees. FBFC takes nominations
from employees during the month of December, which are then reviewed by Mark for final
selections. This year, there were five employees recognized across the categories of Leader in
Community Service, Leader in Customer Service, Excellence in Mentorship, Rising Star and
- Becky Miller, FBFC Marketing Manager, was the recipient of the “Leader in Community
- Cyndi Prey, FBFC Senior Human Resources Generalist, was presented with the award of
“Leader in Customer Service.
- Gus Straub, FBFC’s Glendale Branch Manager, was awarded the “Excellence in
- Chris Wanner, FBFC’s Corporate Assistant Branch Manager, was awarded The FBFC
Rising Star award.
- Nick Collins, BDO-SBA Specialist, and VP Commercial Lending was this year’s winner of
the “Financial Achievement Award”.
Becky Miller, FBFC Marketing Manager, was the recipient of the “Leader in Community Service”
award. Becky has devoted her life to service and has truly made a positive impact on the
community. In each of the last five years, she has spent between 300 and 400 hours
volunteering with local non-profits. Some of her accomplishments include Waukesha Civic
Theater Volunteer of the Year for the 2017-2018 season, Rising Star in Banking by the NW
Financial Review in 2017, graduation from the FBFC’s Leading with Distinction Program and
serving as Chairperson of the FBFC Charitable Giving Committee. Becky has spent an entire
week each summer for the last 10 years volunteering at the Muscular Dystrophy Association’s
overnight camp for kids. Becky also serves as an Insight Mentor at Pewaukee High School, as
the Secretary of the VFW Post 9537 Auxiliary, and as the marketing support for the Bell Tower
Cyndi Prey, FBFC Senior Human Resources Generalist, was presented with the award of “Leader
in Customer Service”. At an organization like FBFC, customers aren’t necessarily the people
that walk through our doors to deposit a check or apply for a loan. Cyndi is always happy to
help her customers, who are her coworkers, with a positive attitude. One nomination of this
individual stated that “she is the definition of making lives better and we are lucky to have
someone like her who is dedicated to serving the employees of FBFC.” Cyndi maintains an open
door policy and is never too busy to help a colleague in need.
Gus Straub, FBFC’s Glendale Branch Manager, was awarded the “Excellence in Mentorship”
award. Some of the words used to describe Gus in the nominations are as followed:
- I have grown so much in my career thanks to him
- He allows me to make mistakes and learn from them rather than telling me what to do
and micromanaging me
- He is aware of my career goals and he strives to help me make those goals attainable
- He is very patient when showing someone how to accomplish a new task
- His mission is to have all of us improve professionally and personally
- He is most definitely a leader by example. I can’t imagine a better branch manager for
FBFC is proud to have such a strong leader at the bank and the Glendale community is lucky to
The FBFC Rising Star award went to FBFC’s Corporate Assistant Branch Manager, Chris Wanner.
The definition of a rising star was eloquently written by one person who nominated this year’s
winner. “A rising star within an organization is someone who not only sees how one’s decisions
affect his or her career but also how he or she can make a positive impact in their company and
in the community.” Chris spends hours volunteering in our community, serves as a Board
Member of a local organization, and teaches financial literacy to students. He not only mentors
those around him but also ensures that those above him have the tools, information, and
resources to be successful. FBFC is excited to see what the future holds for Chris.
Financial achievement is critical to the bank’s growth and stability. Nick Collins, BDO-SBA
Specialist, and VP Commercial Lending was this year’s winner of the “Financial Achievement
Award”. Nick had a remarkable year in 2018. He originated more commercial loans than any
other FBFC lender, was recognized by a colleague as being a great source of information and
leadership within the company.
“People might first walk into a community bank because it’s close to home. But ultimately, they
choose to stay, and make FBFC their bank, because of the hard work of our employees to make
them feel at home and to make our communities a better place to be.” said FBFC’s President
and CEO, Mark W Mohr.