Citizens First Bank Introduces Touch ID Technology Enhancement for Mobile Banking App

Clinton, IA, September 22, 2015 – Citizens First Bank, a premier community bank headquartered in Clinton, IA, now offers Citizens First Bank customers Touch ID functionality with its iPhone mobile banking application. Using built-in fingerprint sensor technology, Touch ID allows Citizens First Bank customers to log in to their mobile banking application without entering traditional login credentials.

“We believe Citizens First Bank customers appreciate having a variety of choices for ways to meet their banking needs and we are pleased to provide the Touch ID option to our mobile banking clients for fast and secure access to their accounts,” said Kathy Forrest, Citizens First Bank President.

The new service is just one of many digital capabilities offered by Citizens First Bank for the convenience of customers, and to ensure the safety and security of their financial information.

Touch ID is accessed through the Citizens First Bank mobile banking app available for download through the App Store. It is available to customers using one of the following devices: iPhone 5s running iOS 8 or higher, iPhone 6, and iPhone 6 Plus. It will be available for iPad Air 2 and iPad Mini 3 later this year.


Citizens First Bank to Host FREE Community Shred Day
Clinton, September 17, 2015 - Citizens First Bank will provide free personal document shredding to the community on Saturday, October 3rd. The event will take place from 9:00am-11:00am at Citizens First Bank’s Camanche office at 403 S Washington Blvd, Camanche. Watch for signs and traffic direction.

Citizens First Marketing Director, Paula Mayer, says identity theft and fraud protection are as important as locking the doors to your house or vehicle. According to Mayer, “Identity theft and fraud are constant challenges, so we plan to maintain this as an ongoing service. We are helping consumers learn how to protect themselves, and at the same time, helping them get rid of any documents containing personal information. Participants will be able to watch their sensitive documents being shredded on the spot.”

The community is welcome to bring their personal data for confidential destruction. Anything that may contain personal identifying information such as Social Security numbers, address, date of birth or passwords should be shredded to avoid personal issues such as identity theft or fraud. Types of items that should be shredded include: cancelled checks; check registers; bank statements or receipts; loan documents; mortgage documents; brokerage statements; school records; credit card, mortgage and finance solicitations; credit card statements, contracts, personal business papers, and credit applications. This service is intended for individuals, no businesses please.


Citizens First Bank Announces Changes in Leadership Roles

Clinton, IA July, 2015 - Chairman Bart Baker recently held a meeting with bank employees to rollout strategic plan initiatives.  Setting the stage for the plans he presented, he reminded employees the bank was founded 15 years ago to better meet the needs of the business community in the Clinton area.   Bart noted the board of directors was very proud of the growth and financial success achieved to date.   He reported that during the period following the 2008 financial crisis while other banks struggled, CFB was properly positioned resulting in record financial performance.


In more recent years, Bart noted the board authorized the Lincoln Way expansion to facilitate excellent customer service, the growing need for employee workspace, and to remove obstacles for further growth.  Bart emphasized the success of the bank has always been driven in a large part by the quality and commitment of bank staff.  To solidify this position, and prepare for future success, Bart was pleased to announce two changes effective immediately:


Tom Soenksen will transition from the President of Citizens First Bank to focus on strategic initiatives and business development to meet the goals previously shared.   Tom will maintain the CEO title for the bank, in addition to remaining the President of CFB Holding Company.  He also remains a member of the board of directors and will work more actively in that role.  “The Board and I want to thank Tom for his leadership in growing our vision from zero to $175 million in assets during the bank’s first 15 years.   We look forward to working with Tom as we position CFB for the next 15 years of success” stated Baker.


Kathy Forrest will assume responsibility for day to day operations and hold the title of Citizens First Bank President.  Baker noted “Tom was a steadfast advocate for Kathy to succeed him as President, and the board enthusiastically agreed with his assessment of her ability to lead us.  Kathy has worn a number of hats over the past 15 years and has consistently tackled all challenges put before her in a competent, professional, and can do way.”  Kathy’s most recent position at Citizens First Bank was Executive Vice President.  She graduated magna cum laude from St. Ambrose University with a BA in accounting and a minor in Business Administration.  Before working at CFB, she was Assistant Vice President at Mercantile Bank Midwest in Clinton.  Prior to that she worked at Deere & Company, where she was promoted through a number of financial positions over her 10-year tenure.


“Both Kathy and Tom were key executives with Citizens First Bank since its inception and integral parts the bank’s growth and success,” commented Bart Baker, Chairman of Citizens First Bank’s Board of Directors. “We’ve come a long way in fifteen years and I look forward to their commitment to take the Bank even further.”






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November 2015

We will be closed on Wednesday, November 11 in observance of Veterans' Day. Please use our ATMs, Online Banking, and Mobile Banking for your basic banking needs.



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