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Making an impact in our communities since 1944.
In 1944, a group of Kearney businessmen raised enough capital to charter Platte Valley State Bank. The bank was located on the corner of 23rd Street and Central Avenue in Kearney. In 1962, ground was broken for the construction of the new "ultra-modern" round bank and the "Circle of Service" was launched. At that time the bank had eight million dollars in total assets and ten employees.
By June of 1998, the “Circle of Service” was expanded to a "Financial Center" with new and expanded services all under one roof and nearly $320 million in assets and 43.27% of the deposit market share in the city of Kearney. Three years later services were expanded to include the Grand Island, Nebraska area. By 2016, two additional branches were opened for business in Grand Island.
Now operating as First National Bank, we are part of First National of Nebraska. For nearly 160 years, First National Bank has maintained its commitment to helping build strong communities. We don’t claim to have been the primary builders of the communities we serve. Many people over many generations did that with their hard work, dedication and vision. But a local bank that understands and embraces the community’s vision can make a big difference, and we are proud of our commitment to these principles.
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The Kearney/Grand Island leadership team is devoted to making banking at First National Bank world-class. Learn about the leadership in Kearney/Grand Island who are making an impact in banking, your local community and western Nebraska.
John Hoggatt | Market President
John’s interest in agriculture spans over 30 years in Agri-business banking throughout Nebraska, in addition to ownership of Hydro Irrigation, Inc. Before joining First National Bank, John was employed by Wells Fargo Bank; was Executive Vice President of Overland National Bank, in Grand Island; served as a Correspondent Banker with the National Bank of Commerce in Lincoln; and served in various positions with First National Bank of Kearney.
John is a graduate of the University of Nebraska at Kearney, the Graduate School of Banking at Colorado, Leadership Kearney, and a member of the current Leadership Nebraska class. An avid outdoorsman, John is President of the Central Nebraska Retriever Club, an AKC performance club. John is married to Melissa Hoggatt; they have two children and four grandchildren.
Lynne Werner | Grand Island Community President & Director, Trust Services
Lynne joined First National Bank in 2008, bringing considerable experience in the trust industry with her. Previously, Lynne was a trust officer at Wells Fargo Bank and an attorney in private practice. She was named Woman of the Year in recognition for community service and airport development. She is a Certified Trust and Financial Advisor (CTFA®) through Cannon Financial Institute and is a member of the Nebraska Bar Association and Nebraska Bankers Association. Lynne earned her Juris Doctorate from Creighton University College of Law. Lynne is chair-person of Hall County Airport Authority, board member of Grand Island Community Foundation and Stuhr Museum, and committee member of Aksarben Purple Ribbon. Lynne recharges through exercise and especially loves running with friends several times a week.
Brian Moore | Vice President, Commercial & Agribusiness Banking
Brian Moore has 26 years of banking experience and has been employed by First National Bank since August 2011. As the Senior Lender in the Kearney/Grand Island market, he is charged with the management of the commercial and agricultural loan officers in Kearney and Grand Island and the overall credit underwriting in both markets. Brian resides in Kearney with his wife and three children. In his free time, he likes to tour the country on his Harley Davidson and actively spends time in the outdoors, hunting, fishing and camping.
Darla Burnham | Director, Retail Branch Banking
Born and raised in Kearney, Darla joined First National in 2003, and has more than 20 years of experience in retail banking. She earned her Bachelors of Business Administration with emphasis in Finance and Management from the University of Nebraska of Lincoln. She has completed Advanced School of Banking through NE Bankers Schools of Banking. Darla is a Treasurer athletic booster at Grand Island High School; helps with the State Fair Marathon; and volunteers at Peace Lutheran Church. Darla is proud of her kids and their success; she has completed her first marathon, and does not plan to stop.
A successful community offers opportunities to come together in a place of fellowship where they can share cultures, interests, and goals while enriching their lives through access to arts, culture, humanities and athletics. First National Bank is proud to support a wide range of events, community celebrations and organizations that provide diverse experiences for our customers, employees and individuals within our communities. Below are a few local events that we support.
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