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First Merchants Gold Shield Awards

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Wednesday, March 13, 2019

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First Merchants held our 2019 Gold Shield Awards on Tuesday, March 5, 2019 at the Horizon Convention Center in Muncie, IN. The day was focused  on recognizing our best and brightest, providing 40 awards  in the areas of Sales Excellence, Service Excellence, Cornerstone Excellence and Community Excellence.

The Gold Shield Awards Celebration was created in 2007 to encourage top performance and recognize those who excel and serve as role models to all of us. As we strive for excellence, some among us stand out as exceptional professionals who combine this critical blend of performance and attitude.

The Gold Shield Awards honor employees based on performance in any of these three main categories:

Service Excellence:

Recognizes employees that have an unwavering focus on their customers – internal or external.

Cornerstone Excellence:

Recognizes employees on our administrative support teams that demonstrate commitment to service and efficiency.

Community Excellence:

Recognizes employees who demonstrate commitment to our community heritage through volunteer leadership service.

Sales Excellence awards are also given to honor employees. For these, recipients are selected by the managers in each of the following lines of business:

  • Mortgage
  • Commercial Banking
  • Consumer Banking
  • Private Wealth Advisors

 

Our 2019 Award Winners

FRAUDBUSTER OF THE YEAR AWARD

Cheyenne Simpkins

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SERVICE EXCELLENCE AWARD WINNERS

MaKayla Thurmann (Not Pictured)

Erin Dettwiler (Not Pictured)

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Donna Chambers

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Yen Nguyen

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Eva Kreps

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CORNERSTONE EXCELLENCE AWARD WINNERS

Jason Lowry (Not Pictured)

Christopher Horty

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Jan Pomaville (Not Pictured)

Cody Brooks

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Christie Ford (Not Pictured)

Philip Everetts

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Intranet Migration Team:

BreAnn New, Bryan Kendall, Bryan Murphy, Carly Bowmer, Carly McNeely, Dan Flagler, Dirk Smith, Eric Segal, Jacob Davis, Jacqueline Jones, Jason Ricker, Joe Wolf, John Powell, Joy Willis, Kim Wright, Nathan Maxfield, Samantha Abbey, Sharissa Ulrey

DDA Migration Team:

Brenda Jordan, Elizabeth Hennig, Jamie Hines, Jennifer Qualls, John Finnerty, Karla Hanger, Kimberlie Campbell, Linda Beauchamp, LuAnne Poynter, Mandy Carrier, Mark Nettles, Michelle Cohee, Mindy Paulin, Nathan Coe, Nichole Kinghorn, Patrick Burch, Sarah Paxson, Susan Conyers, Tammi Reichert, Taylor Brown, Teresa Rieger, Todd Patrick

 

COMMUNITY EXCELLENCE AWARD WINNERS

Suzanne Perry (Not Pictured)

Amanda Williams (Not Pictured)

Kevin Roth

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Krystal Balser

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Jeff Curts (Not Pictured)

 

SALES EXCELLENCE AWARD WINNERS

MORTGAGE SALES EXCELLENCE AWARD WINNERS

Tracie Marling (Not Pictured)

Brent Stanley

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COMMERCIAL BANKING SALES EXCELLENCE AWARD WINNERS

Aaron Schaffer

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Ryan Mooney

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Mark Molter

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Michael Curran (Not Pictured)

Rene Martin

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Kevin O'Rourke

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Rick Tudor

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Kevin Eckerty

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Merchant Processing

Gretchen Schilb

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Treasury Management

Sarah Shuler

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CONSUMER BANKING SALES EXCELLENCE AWARD WINNERS

2018 Deposit Growth

Susie Benner (Not Pictured)

 

Consumer and Business Banking

Jaime Williams

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Net Promoter Score - Hegewisch Banking Center:

Debbie Lucia

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Not Pictured:

Yessica Ruvalcaba, Marley Budzielek, Brittney Barlow, Maria Jimenez

 

Workplace Banking - Monticello Banking Center:

Debbie Smith

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Not Pictured:

Debbie Lipp, Meachelle Loughry, Kelly Marrow, Erica Carabantes, Mitchell  Coffing, Victoria Connell, Laura Gamble, Tom Kelsey

 

Banking Center of the Year - New Palestine Banking Center:

Jeffrey Milner, Paige Helmig, Christina Price, Samantha Reigel, Cassie Freeman, Kelly Dykes, Christa Cummings

 

PRIVATE WEALTH ADVISORS SALES EXCELLENCE AWARD WINNERS

PWA - Sales Champion

James Keene (Not Pictured)

 

FMIS - Investment Consultant

Liam Garvey

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PWA - Wealth Advisor

Michael Dougherty (Not Pictured)