SPRINGFIELD -- Carol Jo Fritts, president of First Neighbor Bank of Toledo, was elected as a group director of the Community Bankers Association of Illinois (CBAI) at the association's annual convention held recently in Springfield, according to a press release. In that capacity she serves on the CBAI board of directors as well as its strategic planning and special events committees.

Fritts was a licensed practical nurse and graduated from Lake Land College in Mattoon and earned a bachelor of science degree from Eastern Illinois University in Charleston. She is a graduate of the Rural Partners Rural Community and Economic Development Program; the Illinois Bankers Schools in Carbondale, the Graduate School of Banking in Madison, Wisc., and the Human Resources School.

Her banking career includes serving as president and chairwoman of the board of directors of First Neighborhood Bancshares, Inc. Toledo. She has been employed at First Neighbor Bank, Toledo, for 42 years and has worked as a teller, cashier, vice president and executive vice president before becoming president and CEO.

Fritts received a Distinguished Alumnus Award in 2003 from Eastern Illinois University's School of Technology and in 2013 she received Lake Land College's Distinguished Alumni Society Award. She serves on the board of directors for the Neal Center, Inc. Rural Partners Board, Sarah Bush Lincoln Health Foundation board, Sarah Bush Lincoln Health Center finance and audit committee, and Greenup Industries board.

Fritts is a member of the Toledo American Legion Auxiliary, Salem Untied Methodist Church and Conference Council on Finance and Administration Illinois Great River Conference for the United Methodist Church. She is a certified instructor for the National Rifle Association.

Fritts resides in Greenup and is the parent of one son, Max who resides in Belarus.

CBAI is a professional trade association representing 330 Illinois commercial banks and thrifts, and their 880 Illinois bank branches. Its members have nearly $80 billion in assets and employ approximately 16,000 individuals, CBAI, headquartered in Springfield, was founded in 1974 to exclusively represent and serve the community-banking profession. For more information visit www.cbai.com.

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