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    January 10, 2020
    As a volunteer firefighter, Tyler Vandendooren knows the feeling of lending a helping hand.
    Now, he’s adding another way to help area residents by recently joining First Central State Bank as an Assistant Vice President in Commercial and Agriculture Lending. That doesn’t mean he’s giving up on the Thomson, Illinois, Fire Department. He’ll continue to be an Assistant Fire Chief and EMT for the fire department, while also helping Gateway area residents with their financial needs.
    “As an Assistant Chief and EMT on the Thomson Fire Department, I learned that providing a helping hand to a person in need can be the most rewarding thing a person does in their lifetime,” said Vandendooren, an Ashford University graduate. “It has taught me that even though things don’t always go the way you’d like, being kind and helpful can change the outlook on another person’s day.”
    Vandendooren previously served as a credit analyst and a loan officer at a financial institution. First Central State Bank Gateway Area Market Leader and Senior Vice President Paul Mulholland said Vandendooren fits the mold of First Central State Bank’s mission to help others.
    “We’re happy to welcome Tyler to the team,” Mulholland said. “Our growth is a direct result of our willingness to help others, so we’re looking forward to working with Tyler.”
    Vandendooren will be located in the Clinton-area market.
    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