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    February 10, 2020
    First Central State Bank CEO Brigham Tubbs has announced four promotions.
    Melisa Maher, John Jackson, Chris Sterbenz and Cynthia Kaczinski all recently earned promotions at First Central State Bank, which has several locations in eastern Iowa, including Clinton, DeWitt, Eldridge, Goose Lake and LeClaire.
    All four have demonstrated an ability to go the extra mile in creating a great team atmosphere, Tubbs said.
    “We’re happy to recognize Melisa, John, Chris and Cynthia for all their hard work during their careers at First Central,” Tubbs said. “They’ve done a great job representing our bank and we look forward to continuing to grow with them as a team.”
    Sterbenz and Kaczinski were promoted to officers in their respective positions, with Sterbenz being a Mortgage Officer and Kaczinski being a Teller Operations Officer. Maher is now an Assistant Vice President/Assistant Cashier and Jackson is a Senior Vice President Chief Credit Officer.
    Sterbenz, who is located at the Clinton – Lincoln Way location, has been with First Central State Bank for more than three years. She is one of four mortgage officers in the First Central State Bank family. She joined the banking profession after 12 years in the financing department of the automobile industry.
    Kaczinski, Jackson and Maher are stationed at the DeWitt location. Maher has been in the financial industry for 15 years, with her last three years being at Ohnward Tax, Accounting and Business Services and First Central State Bank. Kaczinski is celebrating her 13th year at First Central State Bank this year, with the last eight years serving as the DeWitt location’s Teller Supervisor.
    Jackson, who has 34 years experience in the banking industry, has been with First Central for five years.
    Ohnward Bancshares, Inc., a billion-dollar plus holding company with 18 financial offices in Eastern Iowa including Maquoketa State Bank with offices in Maquoketa, Andrew, and Preston; Ohnward Bank & Trust with offices in Baldwin, Cascade, Monticello, Marion, Central City and Cedar Rapids; First Central State Bank with offices in DeWitt, LeClaire, Clinton, Goose Lake and Eldridge. Trust services are offered through all banking offices under the Ohnward banner, which includes Ohnward Insurance Group, Central Realty, Ohnward Financial Advisor Services, Ohnward Farm Management, Ohnward Tax, Accounting and Business Services, Vosler Investment Group and Ohnward Wealth & Retirement.
    Ohnward Bancshares, Inc., has assets of $1.1 Billion, capital of $150 Million and employs over 260 full and part time employees.  Ohnward is locally owned by shareholders living primarily in Jackson, Clinton, Scott, Jones, and Linn Counties. Bank management’s focus continues to be helping clients and communities grow and prosper.  The banks and ancillary businesses have a strong record of community and economic development, and educational and cultural support within the markets they serve.

    Scott Levine, Marketing
    slevine@firstcentralsb.com, (563) 242-2265