Q&A with Allen W. Shafer - Celebrating 75 Years

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Briefly describe your work history and how you ended up at FBTC.

I joined G reat Western Bank in Des Moines, Iowa, in 2002 as Group President. I went on to become the Regional President, Chief Credit Officer and then Executive Vice President of Support Services. In 2016, I was fortunate to get the opportunity to come to First Bankers Trust. Coming in as only the fourth President of the bank in its 75 year history gives me a great feeling of privilege and responsibility. 

What was your greatest accomplishment or success in your time at FBTC?

There have been so many accomplishments here that I am proud of, but none more than being able building our team - it is a great combination of outstanding people with years of service at FBTC and new, dedicated employees.

What is one of your fondest memories with the bank?

I always look back fondly on my first Halloween at the bank when I dressed up as George Washington. Things like that are a reflection on our team that we like to have fun while doing the important work for our customers. 

What do you like to do in your free time?  

You'll find me outdoors in my free time. I love hunting, fishing, and gardening the most. 

What drew you to FBTC?

Coming to First Bankers Trust was an exciting choice to make. This company has such a rich history with a strong board of directors, wonderful employees and a great opportunity to take the organization to the next level.   

What is your favorite book?

'Undaunted Courage' is my favorite book. It is about Lewis and Clark and their expidition. They had a specific goal in mind with no idea how to get there, but figured it out along the way. There are so many lessons that apply to business and life in this book.

What is your favorite music? 

I really enjoy listening to classic country. Johnny Cash and Willie Nelson are two of my favorites.

What career lesson has stuck with you the most? 

Pick a direction and go all in. Even if you are hesitant, commit to that direction and make the most of it. 

What impact has First Bankers Trust made on your life? 

I genuinely feel fortunate to be here and I'm really excited for our future. I'm so proud of our people and our business as we've navigated the pandemic. Being with First Bankers Trust has been a blessing so far and we have a great deal to look forward to. 


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