Heritage Clubs International, LLC (HCI) is pleased to announce that Cindy Blaine of Farmers Savings Bank & Trust (Traer, IA) has completed the Certified Bank Club Director professional certification program in partnership with HCI and the Northeast Iowa Community College (NICC).
Certified Bank Club Directors were recognized at the annual Peer Group conference held on February 27-March 2, 2013 in Rapid City, SD. HCI is an Association of Bank Clubs and the premier bank marketing organization in North America. This certification program is the first of its kind for Bank Club Directors in North America.
As a graduate of the Certified Bank Club Director program, Blaine, Club Director, is now recognized as one of the most knowledgeable and professional bankers in the country. Blaine has been with Farmers Savings Bank & Trust for over eight years. She has volunteered as the bank's team leader for American Cancer Society Relay for Life, belongs to the Traer Auxiliary, and recently joined Toastmasters. Blaine also ran a marathon and fundraised for The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.
Fellow Certified Bank Club Directors include Sue Hammond of Farmers Savings Bank & Trust (Vinton, IA), Karla Hynes of Iowa State Savings Bank (Creston, IA), Don Ruhde of Iowa Falls State Bank (Iowa Falls, IA), Janice Ruhde of Iowa Falls State Bank (Iowa Falls, IA), and Deb Wagg of Central State Bank (Muscatine, IA).
Heritage Clubs International, LLC was founded in 1980 by First Citizens National Bank in Mason City, Iowa and currently has a membership of more than 200 parent banks located in 33 states across the country. Each bank has formed a bank club that offers membership to customers who meet deposit requirements and who have time and interest in social activities and travel. The primary goal for the banks is growth in deposits and increased profitability from sale of bank services. This is done by generating strong relationships with the members. The bank club offers many banking-related benefits to these customers, with most offering travel programs, from one-day trips to extended tours, plus international tours and cruises. The travel program is the "crown jewel" of the bank clubs as it develops the strongest relationship of all the banking services.