Peter Stenehjem, First International Bank & Trust
First International Bank & Trust looks forward to opening its doors in Rugby, ND. Our entrance into Rugby makes perfect sense when you look at our locations across North Dakota. The centrally located Rugby branch won’t just round out our central market, it’s also a great match to our demographic and customer base which we greatly enjoy working with.
While we plan to open our temporary branch in mid-November (November 16 is the tentatively planned open date for the temporary location), we are starting to interview architects for the permanent location.
In looking at our bank buildings across the state, we try our best to build locations that are not only attractive, but that fit seamlessly into the community; the permanent Rugby location will be no different. While we’re still exploring our options for the building, it’s always a possibility that the permanent location will offer other services beyond banking.
The bottom line is that we purchased a landmark location and want to make the town and surrounding area proud of the corner on Highway 2. When First International Bank & Trust enters a new community, it’s more than just setting up shop for us. We want to be partners with the community and will accomplish this by working with as many local contractors as possible in constructing the new facility. Additionally, we’re excited to announce that our building will feature artwork from local photographer, Christine Schmaltz.
In the meantime, we look forward to opening our temporary location and have a great team of employees on-board to serve Rugby and the surrounding area. We couldn’t be more excited to announce that Tanner Johnson will serve as President of our Rugby branch. We welcome Tanner and the Rugby team members to First International Bank & Trust and can’t wait to see the great things they will accomplish.
First International Bank & Trust is your one-stop-shop, full service financial institution offering a variety of products and services ranging from traditional bank services to crop insurance, mineral & land services and mortgage services. We look forward to serving the Rugby area in true community banking fashion as we have been doing for more than 100 years.
Fourth Generation Banker
Lead of First International Bank & Trust Expansion
Chief Retail Banking Officer