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First Mid receives Small Business Administration award

MATTOON -- First Mid Bank & Trust was named 2017 Central/Southern Illinois Community Bank of the Year Award by the U.S. Small Business Administration.

This award is presented to the community bank with the best overall performance record for lending to small businesses in Illinois. The Small Business Administration (SBA) is a United States government agency that provides support to entrepreneurs and small businesses.

Eric McRae, Chief Credit Officer for the company, stated, “At First Mid we recognize that small businesses drive our local economy, and we remain committed to their success. We are honored to receive recognition from the SBA for the fifth consecutive year for our role in supporting small business.”

Swearingen again earns Premier Advisor designation

MATTOON -- Wells Fargo Advisors has for the eighth consecutive year designated Gary Swearingen, managing director – complex manager, as a member of the firm’s Premier Advisors Program, a distinction that reflects his achievement of professional success by meeting or exceeding Wells Fargo Advisors’ high standards as measured by one or more of the firm’s criteria for revenue generation, educational attainment and client-service best practices.

Swearingen has been a financial adviser with Wells Fargo Advisors for 18 years. He has a bachelor’s in finance from Eastern Illinois University in Charleston and has a master’s in science in personal financial planning.

Swearingen lives in Neoga with his wife Jenny and his two girls, Kyra and Ella. He is the Assistant Governor for Rotary International, as well as a former president of the Mattoon Rotary Club and a former Rotarian of the Year, and a member of the Eastern Illinois University Alumni Association.

Swearingen served as the Red Cross Disaster Chairman in Mattoon and is also the past president for the Little Theatre on the Square in Sullivan.

Hiden named Chief Information Officer at First Mid

MATTOON -- First Mid Bank & Trust recently announced that David Hiden has been named Senior Vice President, Chief Information Officer. He will lead the development and execution of First Mid’s business and technology strategies.

“We are very fortunate to have David join the First Mid team," said Mike Taylor, Chief Operating Officer. “With a strong banking background that includes 25 years of Information Technology (IT) experiences, David brings a wealth of experience in building teams, developing strategic IT plans and executing on delivering quality service to both internal and external customers.”

Prior to joining First Mid, Hiden held senior IT positions with Barnett Bank, Bank of America, Superior Bank and First Atlantic Bank. He earned a master’s of business administration and a bachelor’s of business administration in finance and M.I.S from the University of North Florida.

Hiden is an active volunteer with the United Way, Alzheimer's Association and the Haiti Children’s Health Ministries Board of Directors.

Curry celebrates 25th service anniversary

MATTOON -- Randall Curry celebrated his 25th service anniversary with LSC Communications on July 31.

Curry was hired in 1993 as a material handler. In 1997 he was promoted to hoist operator. He was promoted to gather operator in 2000 and then to back-end operator, completing his apprenticeship in 2005. In 2015, he transferred to the saddle stitch bindery and is now assigned as a production operator in saddle and poly.

Curry and his wife Toni reside in Neoga and have two daughters, Cheyenne and Sierra.

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