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First Bank & Trust opens branch in Libertyville BY DAILYNORTHSHORE.COM


irst Bank & Trust this month opened its new Libertyville branch at 111 W. Church Street. The location is FB&T’s 10th in the Chicago

area and its first in Lake County. Five local commercial bankers with more than 100 years of combined banking experience will lead FB&T’s efforts in Libertyville, four of whom reside in Libertyville and the fifth else-

where in Lake County. They include Senior Vice Presidents Brian Mikaelian, William Westerman, Michael Buchert, Michael Deney, and Michael Murphy. They will be joined by Branch Manager Alva Yerush-

First Bank & Trust Branch Manager Alva Yerushalmi cuts the ribbon as Libertyville Mayor Terry Weppler, left, looks on at the opening of new facility. PHOTOGRAPHY BY JOEL LERNER

almi and her staff of retail bankers. “We are delighted to be back serving the community in Lake County,” said Buchert. “We understand that residents and businesses want an independent local bank where they can turn to fellow community members for help achieving their financial goals.” FB&T’s new Libertyville facility overlooks Cook Park just off Milwaukee Avenue in downtown Libertyville. Designed by architecture firm BEHLES+BEHLES, the A large interior green living wall features a mix of indoor plants and branch boasts a 47-square-foot an internal-energy efficient drip irrigation system. foliage-filled living wall and a PHOTOGRAPHY BY JOEL LERNER state-of-the-art floor plan with makers. connect with the community Universal Bankers who are “Only a truly community- through events, sponsorships trained to handle each cus- oriented commercial bank like and employee volunteering. tomer’s unique needs. The design First Bank & Trust could bring “Our downtown remains one has a neighborhood “communi- me out of retirement,” said SVP of the most vibrant business ty-first” store-front feel, and Bill Westerman. “We may be a districts in Illinois,” said Liberemphasizes the high level of new bank to the area, but we’re tyville Mayor Terry Weppler. service for which FB&T is made up of a lot of familiar faces.” “First Bank & Trust is a welcome known. The location will also Now a member of MainStreet addition to our community.” function as FB&T’s commercial Libertyville and the GLMV For more information about banking hub in Lake County, Chamber of Commerce, First First Bank & Trust, visit www. providing the area’s businesses Bank & Trust will continue with access to local decision- looking for opportunities to

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The North Shore Weekend East, Issue 260  
The North Shore Weekend East, Issue 260  

The North Shore Weekend East is published weekly and features the news and personalities of Wilmette, Kenilworth., Winnetka, Northfield, Gle...