Shar Weltikol Awarded Odin Award

We are excited to announce that Shar Weltikol, of our Bismarck location, has been awarded the 2016 Odin Award, from First International Bank & Trust.

Shar was nominated by her fellow colleagues for her commitment to excellence and willingness to go the extra mile. Shar has chosen Trinity Luthern Church for her $5,000 charitable donation.

The Odin Award is an employee award that gives recognition each year to the person who has consistently demonstrated the Bank’s mission, vision and values. Employees are nominated by their fellow coworkers.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Thoughts from Shar:

What does winning the Odin Award mean to you?
I have the utmost respect for the family and values on which First International Bank & Trust was founded. To be a recipient of an award that depicts that level of integrity is truly an honor.

What charity did you choose to donate to, and why?
I chose to donate to my church, Trinity Lutheran, in hopes to touch multiple causes and benefit as many people as possible.

What is your favorite part of working at FIB&T?
My favorite part of working at FIB&T is the people – both the customers and co-workers. The family atmosphere within the organization enriches relationships between co-workers and focuses on what I love to do most; helping people.


Shar Weltikol has worked at First International Bank & Trust for 20 years, beginning in Watford City and is now located at the Bismarck office. She is a graduate of the Dakota School of Banking and is currently AVP/Business eServices.

Shar was in EMS for 20 years, volunteering as an EMT-I and currently spends time volunteering at her church.

 

 

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Member FDIC

Apple Pay Now Available

Mobile Wallet

What is a mobile wallet?
It’s a new way to pay! A mobile wallet is a way to carry your debit or credit card in a digital format on your mobile device. Instead of using your physical plastic card to make purchases, you can pay with your smartphone, tablet or smartwatch.

We are now proud to offer Samsung Pay® and Android Pay® compatibility with both our debit and credit cards! We began offering Apple Pay® earlier in 2016.

Why use a mobile wallet?

Mobile wallets offer the convenience of making quick purchases in mobile apps, as there is no need to enter your card information since it is already stored within the mobile wallet. Purchasing in-store is also easier – it’s fast and all you need to do is hold up your device to pay. Lastly, many wallets and cards offer rewards and discounts if you pay using your mobile wallet.

How do mobile wallets work?

  1. Check to see if the mobile wallet app is pre-downloaded on your mobile device. If not, download the mobile wallet app.
  2. Add your debit or credit card information to the mobile wallet.
  3. When you check out at participating merchants, access the mobile wallet and choose your card.

Are mobile wallets secure?

Yes! Mobile wallets utilize a virtual account number so that your card details stay safe. Your mobile device sends a unique, one-time passcode to the merchant’s terminal that doesn’t contain actual card information, like your name or card number.

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Member FDIC

Apply for the 3rd Annual Live First Community Grant!


Voting is now live! Vote here.


Do you have an idea that would benefit your community?

Every day we work to help our customers Live First. We strive to provide convenient services that meet all of your banking needs, so that you can spend more time focusing on the things that matter, like family and community.

We value the communities in which we live and work and know you do too! That’s why we’re inviting you to apply for our Live First Community Grant, which awards $5,000 to a project or cause that makes a difference in your community.

Many of our customers and community members are already actively involved with great causes that could qualify for the Live First Community Grant. Ideas could include:

  • Starting a community garden for growing vegetables
  • Donating to a local shelter to provide emergency supplies for families
  • Volunteering and buying supplies for a food bank
  • Purchasing a new piano for your local theater program
  • Providing medical equipment to a family in need

You can see our winners from last year here!


How Winners are Chosen

Our team at First International Bank & Trust will choose one project that we feel makes the biggest impact on the community. Even if your project isn’t awarded the $5,000 grant, you still have another chance to win. We’re awarding three runner-up grants for $1,000 each to the projects that get the most votes from our fans!

Voting for the three runner-up grants will open on March 13, 2017 at 12:00 am CST. Voting will close on March 31, 2017 at 11:59 pm CST.

 

How to Apply

Here’s what you need to apply: An idea for a project or event! How would you use a $5,000 grant to benefit your community? You’ll need to include:

  • A photo that represents your project. This can be anything that captures the spirit of your idea. People will see the photo when they go to vote.
  • A name for your project. People will also see when they vote, so make sure it’s catchy and descriptive.
  • A description of the project. How the project will help your community and who will benefit. Be specific! Include any organizations that would be part of your project (if applicable, for example, a 4H chapter, a high school program or your local animal shelter). Also, include a budget breakdown of how you would use the $5,000.

Once you’re ready to apply, visit our Facebook page. You can also view the official rules there.

 

Good Luck!

Best of luck to all applicants – we can’t wait to see your ideas! Applications close March 12, 2017 at 11:59 pm CST – so get started now!

Applicants – please come back to the page during the voting period and share your entry any time you want to remind your friends to vote. Just click View entries, find your own entry and then Share. Don’t forget to spread the word in other ways, too. You can put up posters, send emails and ask your friends to do the same!

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Holiday Hours

Holiday Hours

For “Regular Hours”, please visit the Locations and Hours section of our website: https://firstintlbank.com/locations-hours/. Hours can be viewed by clicking on the location name. For up-to-date openings and closing times, please contact our Customer Care Center at 1-800-359-8092.


Saturday, December 24 | Christmas Eve

Our Customer Care Center will be open Regular Hours from 8 AM to 2 PM.

Regular Hours
  • Bismarck
  • Elgin
  • Fessenden
  • Harvey
  • Killdeer
  • Staples
  • Watford City Branches
  • West Fargo
  • Williston Cashwise (8 AM to Noon)
  • Williston Plaza (8 AM to Noon)
Regular Hours (Drive Through Only)
  • Fargo North
  • Fargo South
  • Fargo Southwest
  • Gilbert, AZ
  • Minot Branches
  • Moorhead

Sunday, December 25 | Christmas

All Branches Closed


Monday, December 26 | In Recognition of Christmas Day

All Branches Closed


Saturday, December 31 | New Year’s Eve

Our Customer Care Center will be open Regular Hours from 8 AM to 2 PM.

Regular Hours
  • Bismarck
  • Elgin
  • Fargo North
  • Fargo South
  • Fargo Southwest
  • Fessenden
  • Harvey
  • Killdeer
  • Moorhead
  • Rugby
  • Staples
  • Watford City Branches
  • West Fargo
  • Williston Cashwise (8 AM to Noon)
  • Williston Plaza (8 AM to Noon)
Regular Hours (Drive Through Only)
  • Gilbert, AZ
  • Minot Branches

Sunday, January 1 | New Year’s Day

All Branches Closed


Monday, January 2 | In Recognition of New Year’s Day

All Branches Closed


Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from all of us at First International Bank & Trust!

Holiday Fraud Trends

This year is expected to be one of the highest online shopping years ever. With the ease of being able to shop at home on your couch, consumers are realizing there is no need to face busy crowds and wait in long lines when you can order virtually every gift online.

With this in mind, here is what you need to be cautious of:

  • Click Here Emails: Be careful with emails that state you are being given a holiday
    gift or free gift from a popular merchant – similar to the one on the right. Beware of the ‘Click Here’ catch.
  • click-here-scamAmazon Email Scam: Be cautious of emails you receive from Amazon that say your account is about to expire and your account will be de-activated if you don’t follow the provided steps.
  • Bargain Shopper: If you are a bargain shopper, make sure to check online for reviews on Google or the Better Business Bureau. Type in the seller’s name/business with “scam” and see if it checks out.
  • Gift Cards: If you are purchasing gift cards for that hard to buy person, make sure to check the back of the card to verify that the area with the protective scratch-off hasn’t been tampered with.
  • Charity Giving: The holidays bring out the warm side of people and the desire to spread holiday cheer. If you decide to donate to a charity, make sure it’s one that you are familiar with. Research before donating.

When shopping online, you can follow these steps:

  • padlockOnly provide card or account details on secure websites when checking out. Look for the padlock symbol (see example on the right).
  • Use PayPal to check out, if possible.
  • Always keep your device’s security software up-to-date.
  • Check account statements and report any suspicious transactions immediately.

Happy holidays and safe shopping!