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March 18, 2020

Dear Primebank Customers,

At Primebank, we are committed to doing our part in protecting the health and welfare of both our customers and our employees.  In order to help us meet this challenge, effective immediately Primebank will begin limiting public access to the lobbies of our banking facilities.  While our staff will continue to be present, our facility doors will not be open to the public. 

Routine teller transactions will be conducted through our drive-up banking facilities.  If you have banking needs that cannot be conducted through our drive-up banking facilities, we encourage you to conduct this business over the telephone or through other electronic means.  If this is not possible, we ask that you contact the bank in order to schedule an appointment to meet with one of our staff. 

The following resources are provided to assist you in conducting your banking needs: 

  • Telephone Banking:  Staff will be available at all Primebank locations to assist in answering your banking questions:
    • Le Mars:  712-546-4175
    • Sioux Center:  712-722-4545
    • Sioux City—Sunnybrook Drive:  712-224-5400
    • Sioux City—Hamilton Boulevard:  712-224-4777
  • Drive-Up Banking:  Each of our four locations have multiple drive-up lanes available to assist with your routine banking transactions
  • Internet Banking:  Internet Banking allows you to check account balances, transfer funds, make payments with our eBill Pay service, and more.  Further information can be found at:  
  • Mobile Banking:  Our Primebank Mobile Banking app allows you to deposit checks, make payments, transfer money between accounts, and more. Please visit your app store to download this free app.
  • On-Site Appointment:  If your banking needs cannot be met by other means, staff will be available to meet with you. We do, however, ask that you please call ahead to schedule an appointment.

Thank you for joining with us in our efforts to protect both your health and welfare, as well as that of our employees.  Together we can safely and successfully navigate these challenging times.

Shop Local Rewards

Use your debit card and support our community.  Each time you use your Primebank Debit Card to make purchases between April 1, 2020 and June 30, 2020 you will automatically be entered for a chance to win!  Grand Prize is a $500 SHAZAM gift card.  Eight monthly winners will receive a $50 Shazam gift card. 

If you don't have a Primebank Debit Card, apply for one today!

No purchase is necessary to win.  A purchase will not increase your chances of winning.  Void where prohibited.  Promotion period is April 1, 2020 through June 30, 2020.  Visit for official rules and complete contest details.  Shazam is the sponsor of the Pick Your Ticket Sweepstakes (The "Sweepstakes").

Primebank Honored with Pride of Sioux City:  Business Beautification Award

Primebank is the September recipient of the Sioux City Economic Development Department, Pride of Sioux City:  Business Beautification Award.  Primebank was recognized during the September 23rd Sioux City, City Council Meeting.

The award, which is open to all Sioux City Businesses, is presented to companies based on criteria including landscaping, originality, cleanliness, sense of community, appearance of building and signs, and overall appearance.  A committee of local business professionals and city staff select a winner from a list of nominations.

"We are truly excited to receive this award," said Nick Hegarty, Primebank - Sioux City President.  "We designed the building and landscaping so that it would not only be functional but that it would also be aesthetically pleasing with a welcoming environment for our customers, staff and the neighborhood."  Hegarty went on to say, "We want to thank our architect and all of the contractors involved in this project for helping us reach the goals we set out for this building."

Primebank and Tyson Events Center Enter Partnership

Primebank, Spectra and the City of Sioux City are excited to announce a brand new mulit-year partnership.  The partnership means that the Box Office at the Tyson Events Center will now be known as the Primebank Box Office at the Tyson Events Center.

"We're thrilled to partner with a deep-rooted brand in Sioux City that shares our commitment to creating innovative opportunities for our community," said Spectra's Tim Savona, General Manager of the Tyson Events Center and Orpheum Theatre.  "As partners, Primebank will help us generate excitement for our venue and events through the ticket buying process."

The Primebank Box Office at the Tyson Events Center has been rebranded to align with the new partnership, including branded ticket windows, column wraps and exterior door graphics. 

"Primebank is thrilled to partner with the Tyson Events Center," said Nick Hegarty, Primebank Sioux City President.  "As a community bank, Primebank is focused on supporting the communities we serve and helping to provide opportunities for those communities to grow.  This sponsorship will align us with the premier events center in Siouxland and will help attract acts that will improve entertainment opportunities in our area.  It is an exciting partnership that will provide benefits for all of Siouxland as well as Primebank customers and staff.

Primebank wins Siouxland's Reader Choice Awards!

Primebank is a big winner in the 2019 Weekender, Sioux City Journal, Siouxland's Choice Awards.  Primebank was voted best in Banks/Credit Union and in Home Mortgage categories, respectively.  In the Best Places to Work category, Primebank was runner-up. 

Primebank celebrates Grand Opening

Primebank is celeberating the Grand Opening of our office at 2700 Hamilton Boulevard in Sioux City, Iowa.  The week of September 17th we will have prize drawing and giveaways every day.  And, we have a special promotion for opening a uPIC Points or Cash Back account that is available at all Primebank locations during the Grand Opening week. 

Promotions announced by Primebank

Primebank recently announced the promotions of Teresa L. Kneifl to the office of Assistant Vice President and Lindsey L. Schlesser to the office of Assistant Cashier.

Teresa Kneifl has served as Primebank’s Compliance Officer since joining the organization in 2010.  A graduate of Wayne State College, Kneifl holds a BS degree in Business Administration and has earned the designation of Certified Regulatory Compliance Manager from the American Bankers Association.  Kneifl has 26 years of experience in the banking sector working in regulatory compliance, internal audit, and bank examination.  In addition to her duties as Primebank’s Compliance Officer, Kneifl also serves as Primebank’s Community Reinvestment Act Officer.

Joining Primebank in 2017, Lindsey Schlesser has served as a Human Resources Specialist.  A graduate of the University of Northern Iowa, Schlesser holds a BA degree in Business Management with an emphasis in Human Resources.  Prior to joining Primebank, Schlesser worked in the banking and home mortgage industry, as well as in human resources management.

Primebank Announces Chief Financial Officer

Primebank is pleased to announce the addition of Evan N. Kooiker to its staff.  Kooiker will serve as Primebank’s Chief Financial Officer.

Originally from Sioux Center, Iowa, Kooiker holds a BS degree in Accounting, as well as an MBA in Corporate Financial Management from Upper Iowa University.  A graduate of the Colorado Graduate School of Banking as well as the Financial Managers School of the Wisconsin Graduate School of Banking, Kooiker is a licensed Certified Public Accountant.  Kooiker’s extensive background and experience in banking and financial management have prepared him well to serve as Primebank’s Chief Financial Officer.    

In commenting on his new position with Primebank, Kooiker stated “As a native of Northwest Iowa, I have always wanted to return to the area.  Joining the staff at Primebank, a leader in the banking industry, allowed me to achieve both my family and professional goals.  My family and I couldn’t be more excited about returning to our roots and becoming members of the Le Mars community.”

Primebank CEO Matt Ahlers commented, “We are very excited to have Evan join the Primebank staff in this capacity.  His expertise gained from years of experience in the banking and financial sectors make him an ideal fit for this position.”

Lois Ohlendorf named Le Mars Area Chamber of Commerce May Employee of the Month

Congratulations to Lois Ohlendorf, Le Mars Area Chamber of Commerce’s May Employee of the Month.

With Primebank since 2009, Lois will be retiring at the end of June from a life-long career in the financial services industry.

Congratulations, Lois, on this very deserved recognition!

Ann Cosgrove Joins Primebank

Primebank is pleased to recognize the addition of Ann Crosgrove to the Deposit Services staff in its Le Mars office.  Crosgrove has joined Primebank as an Assistant Cashier and Customer Service Representative.

Originally from the Merrill, Iowa, Ann is a graduate of Le Mars Community Schools and is a dedicated member of the Le Mars community having served in numerous roles including the Plymouth County Foundation Board Secretary, Le Mars Area Chamber of Commerce Ambassador, and Pioneer Christmas Village Secretary.

Along with her service to the Le Mars community, Ann's 16 years of banking experience and knowledgeable customer service skills have made her an excellent addition to the Primebank staff.    

Primebank announces Promotions

Primebank recently announced the promotions of Terry Christensen and Jordan Sitzmann to the office of Assistant Vice President.

Terry Christensen has served as Primebank’s Network Administrator since joining the organization in 2016.  A graduate of WITCC, Christensen holds an AAS degree in Computer Programming and has several years of experience in systems analysis and network administration in both the financial services and the industrial sectors.  In addition to his duties as Primebank’s Network Administrator, Christensen also serves as Primebank’s Security Officer.

Joining Primebank in 2014, Jordan Sitzmann has served as a Loan Officer in Primebank’s Ag and Commercial Loan Department.  A lifelong member of the Le Mars community, Sitzmann is a graduate of Gehlen Catholic High School and holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration from Morningside College.  A member of the Le Mars Area Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, Sitzmann also serves as Vice President of the Chamber’s Agricultural Committee.  Sitzmann’s commitment to community involvement is further evidenced by his service as a member of the Le Mars YMCA Board of Directors, participation in the annual LEEP fundraising event for the community school system, and as a knight in the Knights of Columbus.

Referring to Christensen’s and Sitzmann’s promotions, CEO Matt Ahlers indicated that their hard work and dedication made both Christensen and Sitzmann very deserving of their recent promotions.

Primebank's April Mahr named to President's Club for third consecutive year!

For the third year in a row, April Mahr, Assistant Vice President/Mortgage Loan Originator has been named to the Mortgage Association President’s Club.  To become a member of the Iowa Mortgage Association President’s Club, Mahr had to exceed $20 million in home loans or 130 units of residential loan volume in 2017.

Congratulations on the award April.

Josh Kovarna to serve as Primebank, President - Le Mars

Primebank recently announced the promotion of Joshua R. Kovarna to President of the bank’s Le Mars market.  In making the announcement, Primebank CEO, Matthew J. Ahlers noted Kovarna’s prior experience and training as excellent background for his new role as President—Le Mars. 

Prior to joining Primebank, Kovarna was already an experienced agricultural and commercial lender, as well as a commercial bank branch manager.  Since joining Primebank in 2015, Kovarna has been assigned to Primebank’s Sioux City—Sunnybrook location where he has served as a Vice President continuing his focus on agricultural and commercial lending, as well as deposit services.  As President—Le Mars, Kovarna’s duties will continue to include agricultural and commercial lending, as well as responsibility for oversight of the Le Mars Deposit and Loan Division.

A graduate of Hinton Community Schools, Kovarna also holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration from the University of South Dakota.  A member of the Iowa Bankers’ Association’s Agricultural Committee since 2015, and a former committee member of the Iowa Governor’s Charity Steer Show, Kovarna also serves as a member of the Life Skills Foundation Board of Directors and as a volunteer YMCA basketball coach.

Commenting on his new position Kovarna said, “Growing up in Hinton, playing sports, participating at the county fair as a 4H’er, and attending Westmar University as a freshman, Le Mars has been a part of my life for a long time. I’m excited about this opportunity to now work in Le Mars and continue to grow with Primebank helping our community prosper.”

In announcing Kovarna’s promotion, Ahlers recognized Kovarna’s strong commitment to his work and to the customers he serves.  Ahlers went on to invite the community to stop in to meet Josh, as he transitions into this new role. 

Mobile Wallet available at Primebank

Our mobile devices are an important part of our lives, now you can use it to make payments in store or online. 

Primebank understands the changing needs of our customers and the increasing shift to the use of digital payments using your mobile device. Primebank offers you the ability to add your Primebank personal debit and  credit card to the mobile wallet of your choice, (Google Pay, Apple Pay or Samsung Pay) so you can make purchases in store or online.  Enjoy the ease and security of having all of your payment options in one place.

Click here to go to our Mobile Wallet page.

Primebank adds Jen Whipple to Consumer Mortgage Loan Division 

(Sioux City, IA) - Primebank is pleased to announce the addition of Jen Whipple to it's Sioux City office.

Whipple brings extensive banking experience, with expertise in a variety of banking functions, to Primebank.  As a Residential and Consumer Lender, Whipple will be working with home buyers to help them find the right loan to finance their new home purchase and refinance existing home loans.  Additionally, she will work with consurmers to finance their larger purchases.

On joining the Primebank staff, Whipple said, "Primebank has been a refreshing experience.  Being part of a community bank with a strong passion for teh communitites it serves goes a long way.  Helping folks find the way into their first house, building their forever home, or just helping them get a better refinance rate is rewarding.  I am looking forward to working with Siouxland over the coming years!"

Commenting on the addition of Whipple to the Primbank staff, Roxanne Bobolz, Senior Vice President/Consumer Mortgage Loan Division Manager, said, "Having Jen join our staff is a great plus for Primebank and our customers.  Her experience and expertise in consumer and residential lending will make her a great help to us as well as to the customers she works with."

Primebank announces Movie Time Rewards Contest Winner 

(Le Mars, IA) – Primebank is pleased to announce that Shelby Barker of Remsen, Iowa is the monthly winner of the SHAZAM-sponsored Movie Time Rewards debit card promotion. The prize, presented to her on Tuesday, December 12, 2017, was a $50 Fandango Movie Gift Card.   To win, Shelby just used her Primebank debit card for PIN and signature-based purchases.  Her name was drawn, at random, from all entries.

The Movie Time Rewards contest runs from October 1 through December 31, 2017 with the grand prize of a $500 entertainment gift card, and eight monthly winners, each receiving a $50 Fandango gift card.  All winners are selected at random from all participating SHAZAM financial institutions.

Tracey Lindblom joins Primebank Staff 

Primebank is pleased to announce the addition of Tracey Lindblom to the Primebank staff in Le Mars. 

Lindblom joins the staff of Primebank as Assistant Vice President Deposit Services Department.  In her position she will be responsible for a variety of deposit functions including coordination of all policies and procedures specifically as they relate to deposit products and services in all Primebank locations.  She will also manage many deposit related compliance issues.  Additionally, Lindblom will manage all centralized deposit services and deposit products and services development.

“I am thrilled to be part of the Primebank team.  I look forward to working with the team to continue to provide great products and services for our customers to experience!” said Lindblom.

“I am excited to add Tracey to our staff.  With her background, which includes a wealth of banking knowledge and experience, she is an excellent addition to our staff,” said Primebank Chief Executive Officer, Matt Ahlers.

Primebank to open second Sioux City Office

Primebank recently announced its intention to open a second office in Sioux City.  To be located at 2700 Hamilton Boulevard, the new office is slated for opening in the spring of 2018. 

Chief Executive Officer, Matt Ahlers, commented, "We are excited to announce Primebank's plan to open a second office in Sioux City.  Our customers rely on us to meet their financial needs with competitively-priced products delivered with exceptional service.  We will be able to continue to meet and build on this expectation in our Sioux City offices.  We look forward to forming new relationships, as well as providing expanded convenience for our current customers."

Primebank introduces uPIC Checking!

With uPIC Checking, you get to pick the rewards that matter most to you, points, interest, or cash back.  The best part, earn rewards by simply continuing to use our banking services you use every day. With Primebank earn more, your way!

uPIC Points Checking allows you to maximize your rewards.  Earn points toward the rewards that matter most to you, whether it's your morning coffee, a new laptop, or something else from UChoose Rewards®. 

A higher interest rate awaits you with uPIC Interest Checking.  Use eStatements, direct deposit, or other qualifying services and be rewarded for what you use with uPIC Interest Checking.

A flexible account that will pay you back again and again, that's uPIC Cash Back Checking.  Whether you're making a direct deposit, purchase with your debit card or other qualifying services, your uPIC Cash Back Checking account will help you earn more!

Start earning great rewards on the Primebank services you use the most today.  With Primebank it's never been easier to earn more, your way! 





Sioux City Beautifciaton Award

United Way 2019 Community Leader

Again this year, Primebank was voted as one of the top Banks and Home Mortgage lenders in the Siouxland's Choice Awards.

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