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Ohlendorf Named Outstanding Banker

CBAI recognizes First Community Bank and Trust President for Numerous Contributions

Ohlendorf CBAI AwardSPRINGFIELD, IL (September 26, 2011) –Each year at its annual convention, the Community Banker's Association of Illinois (CBAI) recognizes one or more community bankers as an "Outstanding Member". The recipient must be a community banker who has performed above and beyond the call of duty to benefit the cause of community banking through Community Bankers Association of Illinois (CBAI), either during the past year or over a period of years.

By virtue of an exceptional contribution of time, energy, and ideas to serve community banking, this year's Outstanding Member is Greg Ohlendorf, president of First Community Bank & Trust in Beecher, who was named at CBAI's 2011 37th Annual Convention & Exposition held recently in Milwaukee, WI. Over the past 25 years, Ohlendorf has been involved in virtually every aspect of CBAI. He has served in leadership as a CBAI Group Director, regularly participates in the Washington Visitation, Capital Conference, Annual Scholarship Program, and utilizes numerous association services.

Ohlendorf has also been a major force in the development of the Community Bankers School. He was a member of its inaugural graduating class in 1988 and elected its class representative; he has chaired the School Subcommittee, and is the only graduate to serve on The School faculty. He has also sent 10 students to The School over the years.

More recently, Ohlendorf has applied his considerable skills with the Independent Community Bankers of America (ICBA) at the federal level and currently serves as chairman of ICBA's Policy Development Committee. During the past year, he addressed several congressional and regulatory hearings on behalf of ICBA and CBAI. For example, he testified before the House Financial Institutions Subcommittee on the causes of the commercial real-estate crisis and ways to resolve them. He also testified at a special hearing on Regulation C, the Home Mortgage Disclosure Act (HMDA), held at the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago. Most recently he addressed the Small Business Subcommittee on Economic Growth, Tax and Capital Access.

About CBAI
CBAI is a professional trade association representing nearly 410 Illinois commercial banks and thrifts, and their nearly 900 Illinois bank branches. Its members have nearly $70 billion in assets and employ approximately 14,000 individuals. CBAI, headquartered in Springfield, was founded in 1974. For more information, visit www.cbai.com.

About First Community Bank and Trust
First Community Bank and Trust is a privately owned bank. Established in 1916 First Community Bank and Trust has been serving Beecher, IL, Peotone, IL and the surrounding communities for over 95 years. Our commitment to providing the best banking products and services is matched only by our outstanding customer service. We offer traditional community banking services, including mortgage, consumer, and commercial lending, as well as state of the art electronic banking services.

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