MOUNT VERNON — Penny L. Schmidt, administrative manager deposit operations, was named Employee of the Year at the 34th annual Employee Recognition Meeting of First-Knox National Bank and Farmers and Savings Bank.

Schmidt joined First-Knox in 1989 as a part-time teller at the Lexington Office. She has served as a teller supervisor, office operations associate and deposit operations associate.

She is a graduate of Clear Fork and the Knox County Career Center. She has completed the AIB General Banking and Bank Operations diplomas. Schmidt is a member of Grace Community Church in Mount Vernon and resides in Fredericktown with her husband, Rob. They are the parents of Brad and Bobby.

There were several other awards handed out at the meeting.

Leadership Excellence honors went to Krystal E. Drye, manager and administrative officer, Coshocton Avenue Office; Brian Hinkle, assistant vice president Farmers and Savings Bank; and Tiffany D. Stefano, administrative officer, Millersburg Office.

Named Most Valuable Player (MVP) was Vonda Kuninger, office specialist II, deposit operations.

Spirit Awards were presented to Nicole S. Au, administrative officer, mortgage loans; Tami M. Naber, cash management specialist II; and Lori A. Radcliff, teller specialist, II Blackjack Road Office.

Rookie of the Year honors went to Ramona S. Carter, teller II, Coshocton Avenue Office; Dashua R. Knight, office specialist I, indirect loans; and Donna J. Meyer, customer service specialist I, Fredericktown Office.

The Patty S. Durbin Lifetime Achievement Award was presented to Julie A. Leonard, senior vice president, administration. This award is named in honor of Mrs. Durbin who personified professionalism and served as a tremendous resource to the organization.

Giving Heart Award went to Sharon E. Blubaugh, vice president, Farmers and Savings Bank.

Outstanding Teller Awards were presented to: Andrea D. Inverso, Danville Office; Haley L. Strouse, Millersburg Office; and Patricia L. Wolf, Main Office.

The Loan Excellence Award went to the Danville Office, and the Deposit Growth Award went to the Millersburg Office. The Danville Office also won the Balancing Award.

The Alternative Investment Award of Distinction was presented to the Bellville Office.

Over 170 employees attended the recognition dinner.

Employee awards were presented by Vickie A. Sant, president, First-Knox National Bank and Kenneth G. Gosche, president, Farmers and Savings Bank.



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