December Member News



Member News is a monthly blog post dedicated to sharing Chamber members’ upcoming events or major news. If you have something to share, email the Chamber’s Director of Communications and Marketing, Samantha Chandler, at [email protected].


FIRST MID EARNS 2023 TOP WORKPLACES CULTURE EXCELLENCE AWARDS FOR
EMPLOYEE WELL-BEING, PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT

MATTOON, IL — First Mid Bancshares, Inc. (First Mid) is proud to announce they have earned two
2023 Top Workplaces Culture Excellence awards, just a few months after receiving the prestigious 2023
Top Workplaces Industry award. Energage, a purpose-driven organization that builds and brands
employers of choice, determines the awards. The Top Workplaces program has a 17-year history of
surveying and celebrating people-first organizations nationally and across 60 regional markets.
Top Workplaces Culture Excellence awards recognize organizations that excel in specific areas of
workplace culture. First Mid received an award for Employee Well-Being, which celebrates
organizations who put the health and wellness of their employees at the center of their workplace
culture. First Mid also received an award for Professional Development, which celebrates organizations
who focus on developing their employees’ careers and enable them to grow professionally.

“Being recognized with Culture Excellence awards is significant because it is focused on specific areas
relating to the overall culture of our company,” says Joe Dively, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer
at First Mid. “It’s a testament to the hard work, innovation, and collaboration that defines our
organization. We believe that a strong and inclusive company culture is the foundation of our success,
and we’ll continue to nurture it as we move forward. These awards serve as a reminder that our people
are our greatest asset, and we remain committed to fostering an environment where they can thrive and
contribute to our ongoing success.”

Top Workplaces awards are based on feedback from a research-backed employee engagement survey.
Details about how First Mid builds a great workplace culture are available on Top Workplaces.
About First Mid Bancshares, Inc.: First Mid Bancshares, Inc. is the parent company of First Mid Bank
& Trust, N.A., Blackhawk Bank, First Mid Insurance Group, and First Mid Wealth Management
Company. First Mid is an $8.0 billion community-focused organization that provides financial services
including banking, insurance, wealth management, brokerage, and ag services through a network of
locations in Illinois, Missouri, Texas, and Wisconsin, and a loan production office in Indiana. Together,
our First Mid team takes great pride in providing solutions and services to our customers and
communities and has done so since 1865. More information about the Company is available on our
website at firstmid.com. Our stock is traded in The NASDAQ Stock Market LLC under the ticker
symbol “FMBH”.

About Energage: Energage is a purpose-driven company that helps organizations turn employee
feedback into useful business intelligence and credible employer recognition through Top
Workplaces. Built on 16 years of culture research and the results from 27 million employees surveyed
across more than 70,000 organizations, Energage delivers the most accurate competitive benchmark
available. With access to a unique combination of patented analytic tools and expert guidance, Energage
customers lead the competition with an engaged workforce and an opportunity to gain recognition for
their people-first approach to culture. For more information or to nominate your
organization, visit energage.com or topworkplaces.com


The Law Firm of Evans & Dixon, LLC is thrilled to announce the newest addition to our legal team, Helen Wade.

With an outstanding track record and a deep commitment to providing exceptional legal services, Ms. Wade brings a wealth of experience to the firm. Ms. Wade is an experienced domestic relations attorney handling dissolution of marriage cases with a focus on high-net-worth, complex asset, and high-profile/high-conflict cases; select paternity cases; modifications of prior child custody, child support, maintenance, or paternity judgments; enforcement of prior judgments of dissolution of marriage or paternity; stipulated or court-appointed dispute resolution and special master services; and select appellate cases. 

573-607-1013 | [email protected] | www.evans-dixon.com

(Helen Wade new address: 501 Cherry Street, Suite 200, Columbia, Missouri 65201)


EMERY SAPP & SONS EXPANDS COLUMBIA FOOTPRINT WITH NEW OFFICE

(Columbia, Mo.) Nov. 7, 2023 — Emery Sapp & Sons (ESS), a full-service heavy civil contractor, announced it’s opening a second office in Columbia. The additional location is within unit 213 of the West Broadway Business Park at 3401 W. Broadway. This expansion will accommodate the company’s growing team of employee-owners who serve the Midwest’s infrastructure needs. ESS’ primary office will remain just off of I-70 Drive in Columbia.

This second office will serve as a strategic hub to better cater to the Midwest’s heavy civil construction needs. Corporate resources teams such as accounting, finance, cost control, and technology will move to the new office space. 

“With more than 50 years of experience delivering high-quality heavy civil construction services, we’ve established ourselves as a trusted partner in the Columbia area,” said Dan Hoover, chief financial officer. “The decision to open a new office in Columbia reflects the company’s commitment to providing excellence in heavy civil construction and allows us continued growth in the region.” 

The company frequently performs work in the Columbia area, for both public and private clients, including the recent University of Missouri campus Tiger Avenue and Hospital Drive roundabout, the Discovery Parkway extension of the Rolling Hills Road corridor, and the Columbia Regional Airport runway extension. The company’s services include grading and excavation, underground utilities, concrete and asphalt paving, and more.

ABOUT EMERY SAPP & SONS Founded in 1972, Emery Sapp & Sons (ESS) is a 100% employee-owned heavy civil construction company with 19 offices, plants, and quarry locations and more than 1,600 employee-owners serving the Midwest and beyond. Specializing in excavation, grading, underground utilities, bridge construction, asphalt and concrete paving, and pavement preservation, the company works with more than 270 clients annually spanning both private and public sectors, including departments of transportation, developers, general contractors, the federal government, municipalities, and railways. Learn more at emerysapp.com.


BLACKHAWK BANK BECOMES FIRST MID BANK & TRUST

MATTOON, IL — Blackhawk Bank (“Blackhawk”) will convert to First Mid Bank & Trust (“First
Mid”) this coming weekend. Blackhawk banking centers will close Friday evening, December 1st, and
reopen on Monday, December 4th, as First Mid banking centers.
Since the completed acquisition of Blackhawk Bancorp, Inc., parent company of Blackhawk Bank,
earlier this year in August, First Mid and Blackhawk have been working closely together to make a
smooth transition for both customers and employees. Welcome Packets containing important account
information were mailed in advance of the conversion date to prepare Blackhawk customers for
upcoming changes.

“We are thrilled to welcome our new Blackhawk Bank customers and want to make the conversion as
easy as possible for them,” said Joe Dively, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of First Mid. “There
will be some one-time actions customers will need to take, such as logging in to Online Banking and
activating new debit cards. If they have any questions, they can visit our website to learn more, stop by
any of our branches, or call our dedicated Customer Support team at 877-888-5629. We will continue to
build on Blackhawk’s longstanding legacy of strong customer and community relationships while
providing our new markets with a broader range of financial solutions, including insurance and trust
services.”

The merger expands First Mid’s geographic footprint in northern Illinois and southern Wisconsin
markets, with added locations in the following cities: Belvidere, Machesney Park, McHenry, Rockford,
Roscoe, and St. Charles in Illinois and Beloit and Janesville in Wisconsin.
With the completion of this acquisition, First Mid will offer its customers banking convenience through
82 banking centers across Illinois, Missouri, Texas, and Wisconsin.

About First Mid Bancshares, Inc.: First Mid Bancshares, Inc. is the parent company of First Mid Bank
& Trust, N.A., Blackhawk Bank, First Mid Insurance Group, and First Mid Wealth Management
Company. First Mid is an $8.0 billion community-focused organization that provides financial services
including banking, insurance, wealth management, brokerage, and ag services through a network of
locations in Illinois, Missouri, Texas, and Wisconsin, and a loan production office in Indiana. Together,
our First Mid team takes great pride in providing solutions and services to our customers and
communities and has done so since 1865. More information about the Company is available on our
website at firstmid.com. Our stock is traded in The NASDAQ Stock Market LLC under the ticker
symbol “FMBH”. Member FDIC | Equal Housing Lender


First Mid Bank & Trust Offers Savings Program to Help People Avoid Holiday Debt
St. Louis, MO (November 27, 2023) The holiday season can be one of the most exciting times of the year for families but can also be one of the most costly. According to a LendingTree report, one in three people who accrue holiday debt take at least five months to pay it off. To help minimize stress around the holidays, First Mid Bank & Trust (First Mid) wants to educate people about the helpful tools they offer to help people spend wisely this holiday season.

“Determining the amount of money that an individual can afford to put away periodically is the first step to a debt-free holiday season,” said Jeffrey Dulle, St. Louis Regional Deposit Manager at First Mid. “I recommend planning months ahead and starting with a number that feels comfortable. From there, you can create a budget specifically for holiday spending. By creating a list and a plan, you are more likely to stick to the amount of money you’ve decided to spend on each of your loved ones. Once you have an idea of how much you want to spend, open a Christmas Club account with us and start saving.”

A Christmas Club savings account allows people to start saving early so they don’t accumulate extra bills
during the holiday season. Customers can choose the amount they want to save each week and either make individual deposits into the account or use automatic transfers. The funds grow throughout the year and when the account matures and the annual interest is paid, the money can be transferred to another designated checking or savings account.

“This account is helpful for families so they can ensure their loved ones experience a great holiday season
without breaking the bank,” said Dulle. “It’s an example of how we offer our customers simple tools that can lead to smarter financial decisions. It can also be a great opportunity to show children how to start saving their own money for gifts, too.”

Christmas Club accounts may only be opened between mid-October and the end of January. For further
information on seasonal savings accounts, go to www.firstmid.com/personal-savings/seasonal/. For more tips to help stay on track with holiday expenses this year, go to www.firstmid.com/holiday-spending-tips/.

About First Mid Bancshares, Inc.: First Mid Bancshares, Inc. is the parent company of First Mid Bank &
Trust, N.A., Blackhawk Bank, First Mid Insurance Group, and First Mid Wealth Management Company. First
Mid is an $8.0 billion community-focused organization that provides financial services including banking,
insurance, wealth management, brokerage, and ag services through a network of locations in Illinois, Missouri, Texas, and Wisconsin, and a loan production office in Indiana. Together, our First Mid team takes great pride in providing solutions and services to our customers and communities and has done so since 1865.

More information about the Company is available on our website at firstmid.com. Our stock is traded in The NASDAQ Stock Market LLC under the ticker symbol “FMBH”. Member FDIC | Equal Housing Lender.