Since opening its doors 106 years ago in Albert, Farmers Bank and Trust enjoys a rich history of local leaders at the helm. In fact, there have only been five presidents in the history of the bank. Twenty-eight year veteran banker Gene Dikeman took over eight years ago as the fifth president of the banking institution. Dikeman recently announced his resignation and stated “Farmers Bank attracted me because of its strong capital, employee strength and great customer service. It has been a pleasure to have been a part of Farmers Bank’s history and to have worked with so many loyal and dedicated bankers.” Dikeman feels it is a logical time to make a transition into personal investments, bank consulting, perhaps future bank ownership and family business. This move will allow time to take care of family business that has been added to his responsibilities over the last couple of years. He will work at Farmers Bank through June 15 and will continue to work for Farmers Bank & Trust in a consulting capacity.
According to CEO W.R. Robbins, “We have been fortunate to work under the direction of Gene over the last eight years and achieved several strategic goals in a rapidly changing banking environment. His character, people skills and mentoring abilities have been exceptional. We wish him well in his future endeavors.”
At the request of the board of directors, W.R. Robbins will serve as acting president in addition to his responsibilities as Chairman and CEO. Robbins served as the fourth president of Farmers Bank and has directed the bank activities for many years. Farmers Bank, through its talented staff and directors, continues to successfully work hard cultivating long term banking customers. “It has been our privilege to serve our many customers for 106 years and we are focused on the future,” said Robbins.
A reception acknowledging Gene’s contributions will be held from 3 to 4 p.m. on Thursday, June 13, at the bank at 10th and Harrison. Customers and friends are invited to attend the event.