The board of directors of Fremont National Bank & Trust Co. has elected Barry Benson, senior vice president, as a new member of the board.
Also at the annual board meeting, Jake Schaffer was promoted to vice president, and Brian Kruger was elected as a new officer.
Benson received his bachelor’s degree from the University Of Nebraska at Lincoln in 1997 and has been with the bank since November 1999 when he was hired as a commercial lender/business banker. In addition to Benson’s role as senior vice president/chief credit officer of lending for the bank, he serves as a board member for the Fremont Family YMCA, the Low Income Ministry, Fremont Area Chamber of Commerce and the Greater Fremont Development Council. He is a member of the Fremont Rotary Club and is a fundraiser for the Boy Scouts.
Benson has completed numerous Schools of Banking courses including Commercial and Agricultural Lending Schools which are sponsored by the Kansas and Nebraska Bankers Associations. Most recently, Benson graduated from the Graduate School of Banking at Colorado.
Benson has served as a campaign fundraiser for Fremont Area United Way and is a past board member for John C. Fremont Days, the Fremont Golf Club and the American Heart Association.
Benson and his wife, Jennifer, reside in Fremont with their three children and attend First Lutheran Church where he serves on the church council.
Schaffer has been promoted to vice president of trust services, trust officer and trust and estate team lead. He has been with the bank since July 2012. Prior to joining the bank, Schaffer served as an estate, wealth transfer and business succession planning attorney at the Koley Jessen law firm in Omaha. He received his juris doctorate with distinction from the University of Nebraska College of Law with a concentrated study in taxation of business transactions.
He earned his bachelor of science degree with highest distinction from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln while majoring in accounting. A veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps, Schaffer served in Operation Enduring Freedom in 2002 and was honorably discharged in 2003.
He manages the trust officers and trust administrators, working directly with clients. Schaffer also designs and maintains estate, wealth transfer, business succession and charitable plans for private wealth management clients.
Kruger has been elected as a new loan officer. He was hired in October 2004 as a part-time teller at the bank’s 23rd Street branch location and received his bachelor’s degree in business administration from the then Midland Lutheran College in 2006. Since then, Kruger has fulfilled the roles of lending associate, facilities coordinator and mortgage lender.
His primary responsibilities include originating mortgage loans and business development. Kruger is involved with Rebuilding Together.
Also at the annual meeting, the following directors and officers were re-elected: Ken Beebe, director; Dr. Rodney Koerber, director; Nick Lamme, director; F. Steven Leonard, director; Tom Milliken, director emeritus; Ronald “Skip” Sawyer, director; Larry Shepard, director; David Simmons, chairman/president; Jennifer Benson, vice president and executive trust officer; Gloria Byers, vice president; Hayley Fischer, retail banking officer; Dawn Fritz, vice president; Doug Haave, vice president; Ron Kortan, vice president; Michele McManigal, vice president; Patty Rump, assistant vice president; Nick Sassaman, vice president; Terrence S. Seawall, vice president; Todd Seawall, assistant vice president; Ron Vlcek, assistant vice president; Peggy Von Seggern, trust officer; and Cindy Wragge, vice president.