First Interstate Bank is honored to be one of only 10 banks recognized by the American Bankers Association (ABA) with a 2012 Community Bank Award. First Interstate was specifically praised for our outstanding leadership pertaining to encouraging volunteerism within our company and communities.
First Interstate BancSystem, Inc. Vice Chairman Jim Scott accepted the award on behalf of the Bank at the ABA's National Conference for Community Bankers in Palm Desert, California, on February 21. First Interstate was chosen by an ABA selection committee from a field of nearly 200 nominations. Winners were based on the innovation, creativity, and effectiveness of the bank's approach to making a difference in its community.
"First Interstate Bank takes a methodical, thorough, and unique approach to encouraging volunteerism and helping local nonprofits continue to serve the community," said Laura Fisher, Executive Director of the ABA Education Foundation. "Their program matches charities in need with volunteers based on their professional skills, experience, and leadership capabilities to address specific needs of the community. This approach helps nonprofits build and sustain their capacity to bring real solutions to the most pressing social problems."
First Interstate employees contributed more than 11,000 hours of volunteer service last year to communities throughout our footprint. "Our founder, Homer Scott, Sr., always said, 'If you're part of a place, take care of it,'" noted Lyle R. Knight, Lyle R. Knight, President and CEO of First Interstate Bank. "That's why we consider this award such a great honor. It's a testament to the dedication of our entire organization and the ways we come together to take care of our communities."