Washington County Bank Recognized as a $2 Million Club Lender

Washington County Bank was recognized today by USDA Rural Development as a $2 Million Club Lender for fiscal year 2017 in the organization’s Guaranteed Rural Housing loan program. Washington County Bank delivered in excess of $3.7 million in home loans to allow 31 rural families to build a better future together in USDA fiscal year 2017.

Guaranteed Rural Housing loan funds are provided by private lending institutions and guaranteed by the federal government. The program features no down payment to eligible income households and no maximum mortgage limits. Homes must be located in rural areas.

Cody Carritt, Vice President of the Mortgage and Retail Davison at Washington County Bank said, “We are excited to be recognized for this award. This award shows our commitment to help provide affordable housing for the communities we serve in both Iowa and Nebraska. We have enjoyed our long standing partnership with USDA as an approved lender and look forward to helping many more families achieve their dreams of homeownership in 2018.”

Washington County Bank Announces Promotions

Jordan Johnson has been promoted to Vice President. A Burt County native, Johnson began his career in 2005 with Washington County Banks Agricultural department. His primary duties include managing and developing the bank’s agriculture loan portfolio and he serves on the loan, sales and compliance committees. He graduated from the Graduate School of Banking in Colorado and is a member of the Lions Club and Burt County Extension Board.

Dane Petersen has been promoted to 2nd Vice President. He joined Washington County Bank in August 2010. Petersen is primarily responsible for managing an agricultural portfolio and overseeing the loan operations department. A native from Uehling, Petersen serves on the loan and technology committees and is a member of the Blair Kiwanis Club.

Mike Tupa has been promoted to 2nd Vice President. He started his career at WCB in November 2013 as a mortgage loan officer. Tupa has a broad background in working with first time homebuyers, new home construction, government financing programs and mortgage refinancing. He is an active member of the Blair Kiwanis Club, TeamMates of Blair and Blair Chamber of Commerce board member.

Garth Brown has been promoted to Loan Officer. Brown began his career at Washington County Bank in 2016 as a Credit Analyst and serves on the Washington County Extension board of directors. He graduated from the University of Nebraska Lincoln with a degree in Agribusiness.

Becky Anderson has been promoted to Loan Officer. Becky began her career as a Teller in May 1983 and has most recently served as a Personal Banking Supervisor at Washington County Bank. She is an active member of her community and participates in Relay for Life, Tiger Pride Athletic Boosters, Burt County Recreational Preservation and the Bryant House Board.

Pass It Forward

For 7 years now, Washington County Bank employees have been “Passing It Forward” over the holiday season. It felt good doing something nice for someone else….with no strings attached. We hope you were able to Pass It Forward too!

Nebraska Mortgage Association Award

Washington County Bank is proud to announce that Cody Carritt and Mike Tupa have qualified for the 2017 Nebraska Mortgage Association (NMA) Champions Circle. The NMA Champions Circle recognizes and celebrates the service, dedication, and hard work that leading mortgage professionals put into serving their clients during the home loan process. Qualifying members of the 2017 Champions Circle were honored at the Mortgage Industry Lunch at the NMA 2017 Annual Fall Conference at the Scott Conference Center in Omaha, NE.

Highway Cleanup

WCB employees worked together to pick up trash and clean a 2-mile stretch on Highway 133 as part of the Adopt-A-Highway program. The team was happy to report that many bags of trash were collected with many other interesting items! We are proud of our volunteers who participated in this year’s clean-up event.

Law Enforcement Appreciation

Washington County Bank was a proud supporter of the recent Law Enforcement Appreciation lunch that was hosted by the Blair Optimist Club!

Pictured are WCB employees (front to back): Emily Petersen, Jennifer Harder, Ellie Richardson-Vakiner, Eric Preister , Jason Fowler, and Terry Dutton.

Donation to Washington County Food Pantry

Washington County Bank employees held a food drive for Joseph’s Coat and the Washington County Food Pantry. Employees proudly donated over 500 food items and $1,050!

Back to School Appreciation Lunch

The “Blazing Banker” grillers provided a complimentary lunch for Blair, Tekamah-Herman and Fort Calhoun schools to help kick-off the school year. “Washington County Bank hosts these cookouts to show our appreciation for our local teachers and faculty. We wanted to recognize the hard work and dedication of these groups. They do so much for our kids and make a great impact to our communities ,” said Emily Petersen, marketing officer.

American Cancer Society's Relay for Life

Washington County Bank was a leading sponsor, supporting the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life events, in Burt and Washington Counties. In addition to WCB’s corporate support, bank employees rallied to raise funds individually and as a team. We are very proud of the commitment from our bank employees, as they have volunteered their time and talents to raise money throughout the year.

Relay for Life

WCB Washington County Team raised $8,600.00


Relay for Life

WCB Burt County Team raised $4,100

Gateway to the West Parade

We had a great time at the Gateway to the West parade! Thank you to our wonderful employees that made it so much fun.

NP Dodge Customer Appreciation Lunch

Dinah Davison, Cody Carritt and Mike Tupa, our Blazing Banker grillers, helped grill lunch at the NP Dodge Customer Appreciation lunch. Thanks for letting us be a part of this community event!

Midtown Mayhem 3v3 Basketball Tournament

Washington County Bank was a proud tournament and concession stand sponsor of the Midtown Mayhem 3 on 3 Basketball Tournament held in Blair. The tournament brought in many local teams, including our very own WCB team: Garth Brown, Doug Anderson, Pat Dutton, and Dane Petersen!

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9th Annual Community Shred Day

Over 7,800 pounds of confidential documents were shredded at Washington County Banks community shred day on May 13th. The on-site shred truck gave members of our community the opportunity to safely and securely shred their old bank statements, tax filings and other confidential information.

Congratulations 2017 Washington County Bank ATM Scholarship Winners

Since 2012, Washington County Bank has been proudly donating all proceeds from the Blair High School ATM to local students, in the form of scholarships, to seniors who have become EverFi Financial Literacy certified. This year, $1,000 in scholarships was awarded. Congratulations to Meredith Bateman, Madelyne Epperson, Olivia Frost, Bethany Green, and Morgan Schenck. Congratulations graduates and best of luck with your future plans!

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Teach Children to Save Award

The Nebraska Bankers Association (NBA) honored Washington County Bank for their leadership and contributions to the financial services industry during the association’s annual convention May 3-5. Washington County Bank was recognized with the “Teach Children To Save” award for exceptional effort in helping youth develop good savings habits early in life.

NE 150 Mobile Children’s Museum

Washington County Bank was proud to provide volunteers and be a part of the Truckin’ Through Nebraska exhibit. This hands-on children’s museum was created in honor of the 150th anniversary of statehood.

Employees Participate in Blair Library and Technology Center Grand Opening

Employees from Washington County Bank helped grill lunch, with the Blazing Banker grill, at the grand opening for the Blair Public Library and Technology Center. This was an exciting community event and WCB was happy to be a part of it. Congratulations to the Blair Public Library and Technology Center!

Terry Dutton Receives Emmett Award

Gateway Development presented its first Emmett Award since 2011 to Terry Dutton, president and chief executive officer of Washington County Bank.

The award, named after Emmett Rogert — one of the founding members of Gateway Development — is given to an individual who has "shown exceptional values and principles necessary to build a progressive economic partnership in Washington County."

A native of Onawa, Iowa, Dutton first came to Blair to attend Dana College, and graduated in 1980. He then started his finance career at International Harvester Credit Corp. In 1992, Dutton and his family moved to Nebraska, where he accepted a job with Washington County Bank and First National Bank of Omaha to open a new nationwide equipment financing division. In 2007, he was named president, CEO and chairman of the board of Washington County Bank.

Dutton was a founding member of the Blair Family YMCA; served on the Memorial Community Hospital & Health System Board of Directors for nine years; and has been active with the Gateway board, Blair downtown development, Blair Rotary, the mayor's advisory committee for the Dana College campus, Blair Little League, Ducks Unlimited, Pheasants Forever and Nature Conservancy. Dutton and his wife, Kim, raised their five children in Blair. Courtesy of Katie Rohman, Washington County Pilot-Tribune

L to R: Terry Dutton, president of Washington County Bank, Lisa Scheve, executive director of Gateway Development Corporation, and David Geneoways, president of the Gateway Board of Directors

Pass it Forward

For 6 years now, Washington County Bank employees have been “Passing It Forward” over the holiday season. Employees did Random Acts of Kindness throughout our community. Here are some of the great ways they Passed It Forward: delivered goodies to residents at Good Shepherd Lutheran Community, thanked the police department, provided gas cards to the crisis center, wrote handwritten notes to various people, donated hats and gloves to the elementary schools, delivered car packages to the Specialty Clinic, and contributed toys to the Optimist Toy Drive.

Teach Children to Save Day

Employees of Washington County Bank gave a savings lesson to 4th grade students from Arbor Park Intermediate School in Blair, and Kindergarten and Second grade classes at Tekamah-Herman Elementary as part of National Teach Children to Save Day.

Teach Children to Save Day is a financial education program sponsored by the American Bankers Association Education Foundation. Washington County Bank’s presentations included learning about the concept of a Budget, including Saving, Spending and Sharing.