Congratulations Rhett Hillard

Hillard receives honor student designation upon community banking school graduation

September 19, 2022

Clinton, IL, September 20, 2022 - Rhett Hillard, assistant vice president of consumer credit with First National Bank and Trust Company, recently graduated from The Community Bankers School sponsored by Community Bankers Association of Illinois held at Illinois Wesleyan University in Bloomington. The school is a two-week intensive course offered in a two-year timeframe, one week each year.

Additional sponsors include Community Bankers Association of Georgia, Community Bankers of Iowa, Independence Banks of South Carolina, Independent Bankers Association of Texas, Independent Bankers of Colorado, Independent Community Bankers of North Dakota, Missouri Independent Bankers Association, Nebraska Independent Community Bankers and Virginia Association of Community Banks.

Additionally, at the completion of The Community Bankers School, Hillard received the prestigious designation of “Honor Student” which was informed by a letter to the bank’s CEO. To achieve the honor student designation, an attendee must achieve 17 of 20 possible points on the two exams and three extension problems, which includes compliance, lending and investments. Attendees must also attend all classes in order to receive this recognition.


Pictured Above: Rhett Hillard holding his community banking school designation

David Stanton, Community Bankers Association of Illinois (CBAI) education committee chairman and president & CEO of People First Bank stated, “Graduates are in a better position to advance their careers in banking and to contribute to the overall successful operations of their banks and community due to this training.”

To learn more about the Community Bankers Association of Illinois, visit

About CBAI: Community Bankers Association of Illinois is a statewide association representing nearly 300 community banks in Illinois. Their mission is to provide its members a competitive edge by effectively aggregating political, economic, and marketing power at

About First National Bank & Trust Company: First National Bank & Trust Company is a community bank located in Clinton, Illinois as well as Arcadia, Whitehall and Independence, Wisconsin. Dedicated to community prosperity, the First National Bank and Trust Company was chartered in 1872 under the name DeWitt County National Bank and became part of the TS Banking Group in 2017. With $400 million in assets, First National Bank and Trust Company is dedicated to community reinvestment and gives 10% of its net income back to the community. For more information, visit