Heritage Club News: July-August

Heritage Club News: July-August

We have a number of fun events and educational opportunities for First International Bank & Trust Heritage Club members. Learn more in the July/August newsletter issue here

Curious about Heritage Club and the benefits of being a member? Stop by and visit your local banker or visit our website to learn more. 

Gretchen's Corner

I work with the most amazing co-workers. Each day, I am met with happy smiles along with “Good Morning” from the best people anyone could ask for in a work setting. We share good news on baby arrivals, weddings and family celebrations. We lift each other up when sorrows run deep; lifting up the co-worker just like family. We are a day-time family, spending 8–9 or more hours a day together.

This past March, our son, Erik and his wife Jessica moved to Arizona. Erik will be working in our Arizona banks; Jess is a Physical Therapist and is working for a clinic. During their move and drive from Fargo, North Dakota, they asked Steve and I to watch over their new Golden Retriever puppy, Walter.

Walter is a friendly, happy go lucky, sweet “Grand dog.” He loves to play, fetch balls and toys and run all over! Walter and our kitty, Odin Tucker (Odie) get along extremely well. Both are about the same age of one year old. 

Read more about the mischief Walter and Odie cause!

What's Happening Now

Introducing New Checking Accounts!

We invite you to stop by your local branch to visit with your favorite banker over a cup of coffee and cookie to discuss our new checking accounts. Once you’ve had a chance to learn all about your options and choose an account that best fits for you, it’s easy to make the transition.

Each of the three new accounts have unique features 
and benefits.

As members of Heritage Club, there are special “You’ve Earned It” perks on one account. Other accounts provide the opportunity to earn rewards and/or premium interest rates. One of our bankers would be happy to visit with you in greater detail.

Have peace of mind – these things will not change: 

  • Your account number will remain the same - Direct payments and/or deposits will not be interrupted
  • You may continue using your existing debit card(s) 
  • You may continue using the same supply of checks you have today
  • Your existing Heritage Club membership benefits will remain the same

Sometime between now and this fall, all of our customers will be asked to choose one of our new accounts and convert their existing account. We want to make this process as easy as possible and look forward to having the opportunity to visit with you.

Heritage Club Highlights

Fargo-Moorhead - Join us for the "Greatest Show in the West" and more!
Harvey - Treats in the lobby and a summer picnic in August.
KilldeerJoin us for our annual steak dinner in August!
Fessenden - An ice cream social in July, a picnic in August and much more!
MinotJoin us for the "Greatest Show in the West" and our annual picnic.
WillistonSupport our Relay for Life team with Rootbeer Floats in July. 
Watford City  - A fun outdoor lunch at JL Beers and Ribfest in August. 
Staples/Motley - Customer Appreciation and Railroad Days are all happening in August.

Featured Recipe

Ella's Bread Pudding

We would love to feature your recipe in the next edition of our Heritage Club newsletter. Submit your favorite recipe by email or mail (3001 25th St. S, Fargo, ND 58103 - Attn: Marketing). Be sure to add a note about what makes the recipe special!

First International Bank & Trust Gives Thanks to Local Heroes with Homes For Heroes®

First International Bank & Trust Gives Thanks to Local Heroes with Homes For Heroes®

The mission for Homes for Heroes® is to provide extraordinary savings to local heroes who provide extraordinary services to our community every day.

Shortly after 9/11, Homes for Heroes® was established to give back to firefighters, law enforcement, military (active, reserves & veterans), healthcare workers, EMS and teachers for all they do. The program offers these heroes the potential to save on various aspects of buying a home including realtor commissions, lender closing costs, inspections, and more. It’s a great way to say “thank you” to the heroes in our community.

In 2016, over 10,000 heroes have been served and over 2,000 affiliate real estate specialists in 49 states are a part of the program.

At First International Bank & Trust, we also give thanks to our Heroes and are pleased to have four of our Mortgage Loan Originators participate in this admirable program.

If you are interested in learning more, please email HomesForHeroes@firstintlbank.com.


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First International Bank & Trust to Serve as Lead Sponsor for UND Jr. Champions' Kids Club

First International Bank & Trust to Serve as Lead Sponsor for UND Jr. Champions' Kids Club

Today, it was announced that First International Bank & Trust has become a brand new coporate partner with University of North Dakota Athletics and Learfield's UND Sports Properties. The involvement with the Fighting Hawks will be serving as presenting sponsor for Jr. Champions, the official kids club of North Dakota Athletics.

Jr. Champions provides the Fighting Hawks’ youngest fans, boys and girls ages two through the eighth grade, an exclusive look into UND athletic programs. Membership into the program is complimentary, with registration required by a parent. It is good for an entire year, and registration begins on August 1 of each year.

"First International Bank & Trust is proud to be a presenting sponsor of Jr. Champions," said Stephen L. Stenehjem, CEO & Chairman. "As an alumni of UND, I am proud to be deepening our roots in the Grand Forks community with our new location and also connecting area youth and families to university athletics. We are pleased to continue offering membership at no cost through our sponsorship so that more families can get involved."

As a Jr. Champion of UND Athletics, kids will receive the following privileges throughout the current membership year:

  • Free admission to all regular-season home games for volleyball, and men's and women's basketball
  • Opportunities to interact with UND coaches and student-athletes at exclusive Jr. Champions events
  • Official Jr. Champions T-shirt, lanyard, and membership card
  • Exclusive discounts on select football and men's hockey tickets
  • A birthday card good for a free large 1-topping pizza at Deek's Pizza
  • Official e-newsletter
  • Opportunities to be the Jr. Champions Captain of the Game, which grants even further exclusive access

For additional information and details on the Jr. Champions program click here

To view the full press release, click here.

Stress-Free Summer Spending

Stress-Free Summer Spending

Tis' the Season! Warmer weather is on its way, school is out and it's time to spend more moments with family and friends. Whether you're traveling long distance or just getting ice cream with friends down the block, First International Bank & Trust has great tools and tips to keep your summer spending cool and stress-free. 

1. Be in control, on-the-go with CardValet
By simply downloading the CardValet app from the Apple App or Google Play store and loading your First International Bank & Trust debit and credit card(s), you’ll receive alerts via your phone anytime a card transaction is made!
Forget your card at the restaurant? The CardValet app also gives you the ability to turn your card "on" or "off."

Reminder: It's a smart idea to take a backup credit or debit card in case of a lost or stolen card. The ability to easily turn your card "on" or "off" is awesome, but you'll want a back-up card if you're traveling. Keep cards or cash you're not using for the day in a hotel safe. 

Learn more about CardValet - Watch the video!

2. Carry one fewer bag and use your Mobile Wallet for purchases!Mobile Wallet
Whether you are running to the next summer activity with your kids or juggling the bags of camping supplies, know you can enjoy the convenience of having your wallet securely in place on your smart phone. Available for the most recent Samsung, Android and Apple devices, the mobile wallet is easy to use, secure and private. We’re happy to help lighten your load!

Learn more about using your mobile wallet. 

3. Planning a trip? Add us to your TO DO list!
First International Bank & Trust invests in sophisticated technology that monitors your card activity for fraud attempts. One of the triggers is activity outside of your typical residential area. Therefore, if you are planning a trip, it is wise to let us know so that our fraud detectors don’t mistake your fun family vacation for a fraud attempt. Simply call our Customer Care Center at (800) 359-8092 or login to Online Banking and click on Quick Forms to complete the Travel Alert Form. Advanced notification will help ensure that your legitimate purchases are approved.

4. Keep a watchful eye! Review your purchases.
Let's work together to protect against fraud. We recommend reviewing your account periodically and let us know immediately if you notice any unauthorized changes. Using our free mobile banking app allows you to quickly check your accounts from the convenience of your mobile device.

Reminder: While we want you to contact us immediately for unauthorized changes, it is important for us to be able to contact you if we detect possible fraud. Ensuring we have your correct phone numbers and email addresses will make it easy for us to reach you in a timely matter.

New Market Expansion: Grand Forks

New Market Expansion: Grand Forks

First International Bank & Trust Announces Plans to Enter Grand Forks and Hires Local President, Wayne Zink. Loan and Deposit Production Office Now Open in Temporary Space While New Branch is Under Construction. 

First International Bank & Trust is excited to share that they are planning an expansion of their footprint by adding a location in Grand Forks, ND. This will be the bank’s 21st location in North Dakota and will secure a branch presence in the state’s most populated cities.
Stephen Stenehjem, CEO/Chairman shared, “While this is a new market for First International Bank & Trust, we have been serving customers in this region for many years. Our bankers have strong ties with businesses and families in the area and we are pleased to be able to provide a location in Grand Forks to better serve their needs.”
The new full service branch will be located at 1970 South Columbia Road and is expected to be completed by the fall of 2017.

“After making the decision to enter the market, we wanted to find the right leader that was well respected and connected in the community and would be able to deliver our style of banking to this region. We are pleased to share that we have hired Wayne Zink to be our Grand Forks President,” -  Peter Stenehjem, President of First International Bank & Trust.

 Zink has tWayne Zinkwenty six years’ experience in banking, with eighteen of  those years serving customers in Grand Forks.
 The Bank has also hired three additional bankers at this time and  continue to seek additional talent. Andy Byron is a Commercial  Banker with more than 16 years of financial experience and has been  very active in the Grand Forks community. Mike Herman and Brian  Gutierrez will handle personal banking needs for customers.
Until construction is complete at the new location, First International Bank & Trust will conduct business at 2617 South Columbia Road as a loan and deposit production office. They are now open for business.