First National Bank and Trust announces retail line of business promotions

BELOIT – First National Bank and Trust (FNBT) proudly announces the promotion of three individuals as approved at a recent board meeting.

Deborah Griffith has been promoted to First Vice President – Retail Market Manager for the bank’s branches in Rockton, Roscoe and Winnebago in Illinois as well as the Monroe and Argyle offices in Wisconsin. In this role, she serves on the retail management team and develops sales and service plans, coordinates and manages strategic priorities that support bank-wide initiatives, as well as coaches and develops the branch managers in her markets. Additionally, she manages the sales process through the bank’s online channels.

Griffith joined FNBT in 2003 bringing prior banking experience from another local community bank. She received her undergraduate degree from Bradley University in Peoria, Illinois with a double major in Business Administration Management and Public Relations. She went on to receive her Masters of Business Administration (MBA) from Northern Illinois University in DeKalb. Over the years, Deb has volunteered with many community activities, including the Downtown Beloit Association’s Street Dance event and multiple holiday parades. She also represents the bank at Hononegah High School’s Incubator program. Griffith is based at FNBT’s Rockton bank branch located at 300 E Main Street and resides in Rockton with her husband and twin daughters.

With more than 40 years of experience in banking, Bonnie Gundry has been promoted to Vice President – Branch Manager of FNBT’s Rockton office. Gundry started her banking career in 1975 at Macktown State Bank which was acquired by FNBT in 2001. She has held many positions including operations and managing the teller and new accounts functions. As branch manager, Bonnie is responsible for managing the day-to-day customer service and operations of the branch, building relationships with customers, and providing Sound Advice to help customers take advantage of financial opportunities to fit their needs.

Gundry was born and raised in the Rockton area. She holds an associate’s degree in business and has earned industry certifications through the American Bankers Association. Active in the community, Gundry is currently on the board for Stateline Mass Transit in Rockton and is the treasurer of Rockton Remembers, an organization that works with the community to provide benches throughout the Village of Rockton and its parks. She is a member of Shirland Methodist Church. For over 21 years, she was a volunteer emergency medical technician and firefighter with the Shirland Fire Department. She also served as a board member of the Macktown Living History Education Center as well as treasurer of the Rockton Chamber of Commerce. Gundry resides on a small farmette north of Shirland, Illinois with her husband, Steve.

Christina Symons has been promoted to Vice President – Branch Manager of FNBT’s Monroe office located at 1625 10th Street in Monroe, Wisconsin. In this role, she manages the day-to-day branch operations and customer service initiatives. She develops her branch staff through coaching and training to help them achieve their personal goals. Having over 20 years of banking experience and extensive leadership training, Symons is able to provide customers and businesses valuable Sound Advice to help them succeed in their financial goals.

Symons has lived in Monroe since 2007. She previously worked for M&I Bank before joining AMCORE Bank in 2004 where she worked when FNBT acquired the Monroe and Argyle, Wisconsin AMCORE branches in 2009. Being very active in the Monroe community, Symons has served as a board member and president of Monroe Noon Optimist club, and is a volunteer and board member for the Alzheimer’s & Dementia Alliance of Wisconsin walk.

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