FNBO is celebrating 165 years of independent, family ownership throughout 2023. While independence has been a key ingredient of our success for six generations, the true cornerstone of who we are and what we stand for is our strong spirit of teamwork. For years, that spirit has been represented through the geese that fly from our “Spirit of Nebraska’s Wilderness” sculpture park and enter the Wintergarden, changing as they do so from bronze to stainless steel to symbolize the evolution of FNBO from its pioneer roots to the modern day.  As you can see, we’ve incorporated the image of geese in flight into our 165th anniversary logo, which will be featured in our advertising and with special events and promotions throughout the coming year.

Geese have unique characteristics that mirror who we are as a company:  they are loyal – mating for life – demonstrating a deep and lasting commitment, much like FNBO has to our company, our customers, our employees and the communities we serve.  Geese are also intelligent and adaptable, surviving and adjusting to the challenges they face, just as our bank has done all these years.

For all these reasons, it’s fitting that we’ve selected geese to represent what we have been, how we endure and why we fully expect to be here for another 165 years.  We see this milestone as an opportunity to rededicate ourselves to our commitment to customers, employees and community.

Our Proud History

For more than 165 years, FNBO has maintained its commitment to helping to 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 firm in our commitment to these principles.

FNBO is proud of our history. We were founded in 1857 by two brothers – Herman and Augustus Kountze. Though our founders were engaged in the rough-and-tumble business of the pioneers, they created an innovative and forward-looking organization. We were among the first banks to issue credit cards – long before most other banks did – and we were the first U.S. company to use fuel cell technology as its primary power source. That's how we approach the future, as well, and we hope you will take the journey with us.

The Kountze brothers envisioned that their bank would succeed and have a positive impact on the communities they served. We continue to harbor big dreams for the future of the communities we serve, just like Herman and Augustus did.


For 165 years, FNBO has maintained a passion and commitment for doing what is right for their customers and the communities they serve and continue to support a wide range of events, community celebrations and organizations.  As FNBO celebrates it’s 165th Anniversary, make sure to mark your calendars to join us throughout the year and help us celebrate at all the events we are supporting.

Check out some of the upcoming events:

  • Christmas at Union Station, Omaha, NE: November – December
  • Zoo Lights, Lincoln, NE: November – December
  • A Christmas Carol Presented by FNBO at Omaha Community Playhouse, Omaha, NE: November 18 – December 23
  • Luminary Walk, Overland Park, KS: November 24, 25, 30, December 1, 2, 7, 8, 9, 14, 15, 16
  • SouthPointe Pavilion Santa Station, Lincoln, NE: November 25, 26, December 1, 2, 3, 8, 9, 10, 15, 16, 17, 22, 23, 24
  • North Pole Express Sponsored by FNBO, Kearney, NE: November 28, 29, 30, December 4, 5, 6, 7, 11, 12, 13, 14
  • Longmont Lights, Longmont, CO: December 8-9

Make sure to check back, as we’ll be adding events throughout the year.

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