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GHDC, Huron CVB, present awards

Posted: Saturday, Mar 23rd, 2013

HURON — American Bank & Trust Chief Executive Officer Lynn Schneider is the recipient of the Mayor’s Award for Excellence as presented Thursday evening by Mayor David McGirr.

The award was presented at the Greater Huron Development Corporation/Huron Chamber & Visitors Bureau joint annual meeting.

A-1 Auto Body received the Huron Excellence in Family Business Award from the Prairie Family Business Association.

McGirr is the recipient of the Huron Distinguished Civic Service Award.

American Bank & Trust is locally owned and managed and has been serving the area since 1886. In 1972, the Steele family purchased American State Bank which had three locations at the time – Alpena, Wolsey and Wessington Springs.

The name was changed to American Bank & Trust in 2002 when the Huron location was opened. In 2006, the bank opened a second Huron location in the Wal-Mart store.

In 2007, a large addition to the existing Dakota Avenue branch was completed, at which time American Trust Insurance moved into the existing building and the bank moved into the new addition.

American Bank & Trust operates in eight locations in seven communities and has 95 employees. The bank and its employees are extremely active in each of the communities they serve along with the surrounding communities.

The bank continually supports multiple community projects and organizations such as Splash Central, South Dakota State Fair, Huron Turkey Races, Leadership Huron projects, James Valley Dinner Theatre, Ringneck Festival, A Day for Women, Heartland Region United Way, South Dakota Barbeque Championship and Wheel Jam.

Employees volunteer numerous hours for a wide variety of community projects and serve on various boards and organizations.

In response to the mounting budgetary needs of the local schools, American Bank & Trust was inspired to give back to the community through Spirit Cards.

These cards are an ATM/Checkcard linked to an American Bank & Trust checking account with the school district name, colors and mascot. Spirit Cards promote school pride and generate income for the school districts. The bank donates a percentage of each debit card swipe to the school district. In the first year of this program, American Bank & Trust has given over $6,000 back to the schools, helping them to purchase various items that otherwise would not be possible due to tight budgets.

American Bank & Trust is the only locally owned and operated community bank in Huron. Community bankers and lenders understand the impact of their decisions, working closely with the customer to find the best banking solution with the customers’ and communities’ best interests at heart.

The services, accounts, loans, mortgage, trust and investment departments are managed locally by employees who understand and know their customers. It’s the sense of pride and ownership in their work which motivates American Bank & Trust employees to work hard for their customers every day.

The Mayor’s Award for Excellence in Business has been sponsored by GHDC since 1992 to recognize outstanding businesses and/or individuals in the Huron business community.

Each year, the Mayor’s Award recognizes an area business that exhibits their commitment and contribution to the improvement of the community and quality of life for our residents.

Contributions must be shown in arts and culture, amateur sports, education, voluntary community groups, economic development and other areas that provide positive impact upon Huron.

During his presentation of the award McGirr complimented this year’s applicants. “There were many businesses which were excellent candidates for this award,” he said. “I congratulate the Huron business community in its efforts to advance our economic and social well being.”

The Huron Distinguished Civic Service and Huron Excellence in Family Business awards were announced earlier in the Prairie Tracks publication.

McGirr has been involved with many organizations and has served on numerous boards and task forces. His leadership, knowledge and public service have left a positive imprint on the community of Huron.

Along with his other civic involvement, McGirr has served three terms as a city commissioner and is finishing his second term as mayor this spring.

A-1 Auto Body Inc. has been in business since 1976. Started by Wayne and Jeannie Hofer, the business has grown to involve 10 employees, including six family members. The Hofers encourage their employees to participate in community events.

Selection of the award is based on the number of family members involved in the business and/or number of generations of family ownership and management, the positive contribution of the business family to the welfare of the community, the recognition of employees and caring for employees, honest business practices and the overall success of the business.

For the complete article see the 03-22-2013 issue.

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