National Banking Honor Awarded to First International Bank & Trust

National Banking Honor Awarded to First International Bank & Trust

MINNEAPOLIS, MN: First International Bank & Trust, based in North Dakota with 27 branch locations across North Dakota, Minnesota and Arizona, was recently named the top extraordinary bank in the United States by The Institute for Extraordinary Banking™ at the Best Banks in America™ Super Conference.

First International Bank & Trust was recognized as the 2018 Extraordinary Bank of the Year, a national honor for exemplary performance in five areas of banking: philanthropy, customer service, thought leadership, workplace culture, and financial literacy education. 

“Being recognized as the 2018 Extraordinary Bank of the Year was an awesome accomplishment,” said Peter Stenehjem, fourth-generation banker and President of First International Bank & Trust. “We have been expanding our footprint by building new branches while other banks are contracting. We’re integrating the latest technology online and in the branches to enhance customer experiences and have reimagined the traditional branch environment by adding restaurants/breweries all under one roof. The acquisition of leading FINTECH company, Kotapay, is the next phase in our ever-evolving effort to not only stay relevant within the community banking arena but thrive in it. We are positioned well to continue our growth and prosper for another 100 years - taking us into the fifth generation and beyond!”

The Extraordinary Banking™ Awards highlight the vital, yet often overlooked, role that community banks play in our economy. The Banky™ recognizes the top 1% of banks: The Best Banks in America™.

“We are extremely proud to receive this top honor,” said Steve Stenehjem, Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Board of First International Bank & Trust. “I would like to thank our employees who are driven to care for and create extraordinary experiences for our customers and communities, each and every day.”

To learn more about what was shared to help First International Bank & Trust earn this award, visit 

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