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Community First Bank of the Heartland proudly announces that Jo David Cummins, President of Community First Bank of the Heartland, has been bestowed with an award by the Community Bankers Association of Illinois (CBAI) in recognition of an outstanding 53-year career in the banking industry.

This prestigious award acknowledges Cummins’ unwavering commitment, exceptional leadership, and significant contributions to the banking sector. Throughout his career, Cummins has consistently demonstrated a deep understanding of financial markets, a commitment to community development, and a passion for fostering strong relationships with clients and colleagues alike.

Cummins began his career in banking in 1970 working part-time for the Bank of Advance in Advance, Missouri and worked at this location until he completed his college degree in 1979. At this time, Cummins began working in the banking industry on a full-time basis with financial institutions in Illinois and Missouri. In May of 2007, Cummins took on the role of President/CEO at Community First Bank of the Heartland where he became responsible for the day-to-day operations of the bank and served as a member of the Board of Directors.

Under Cummins’ leadership, Community First Bank of the Heartland has thrived as a cornerstone of financial stability within the Jefferson County community. He has played a pivotal role in navigating the bank through economic shifts, technological advancements, and evolving regulatory landscapes.

Cummins noted, “I am deeply honored to receive this esteemed award from the Community Bankers Association of Illinois. Over the past 53 years, my journey in banking, which began at the Bank of Advance in Advance, MO at age 14 has been incredibly rewarding, and I am grateful for the trust and support of our clients, dedicated staff, and the community we serve. This award is a testament to the collective efforts of everyone at Community First Bank of the Heartland, and I share this recognition with each member of our exceptional team.”

Community First Bank of the Heartland extends its heartfelt congratulations to Cummins for this well-deserved accolade, highlighting his dedication to the financial industry and his community.

Picture above, Community First Bank of the Heartland President Jo David Cummins was presented with an award from the Community Bankers Association of Illinois in recognition of an outstanding 53-year career in the banking industry. The award was presented to Cummins by Community First Bank of the Heartland Board President Chuck Decker.



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