Opportunity in Aurora

During 1968, Chick was visiting with Lyle Stoneman of First National Lincoln about other banking opportunities in the Platte Valley. Chick had his eye on First National in Aurora, and wanted to learn more. Frank Farr , President of the bank and a 20% shareholder, and his wife Alice were in their 70’s with no children. As the bank’s only lender Frank never got to take a vacation. Chick proceeded to form a joint venture with the Woodard Family, who also owned 20% of the bank. Dr. Jim Woodard was still practicing medicine in Aurora, and his only son James M. Woodard Jr. was living in Colorado. The various minority shareholders soon agreed to the sale. The bank grew and prospered until the farm crisis hit in the ‘70s. In 1986 the shareholders asked Sam L. Moyer, a 26-year old tax attorney practicing in Dallas, to join the bank. Jim Koepke was made President of First National Aurora the summer of ’86, which was a great decision for the bank and the community. Koepke served as President until 1994, then continuing on with his duties managing the Trust Department until his retirement in 2005. Jim is affectionately known as “Mr. Aurora” these days, continuing to serve on numerous community organizations and local trusts. He was instrumental in leading the fundraising campaign that enabled the recent expansion of Aurora Memorial Hospital. Koepke continues to serve on the Heritage Group Board of Directors today. Heritage Bank Aurora is managed by Sam Moyer and Kevin Henderson today, with Karen Joseph, Clint Leffler and Matt Goracke as Relationship Managers for Heritage Bank.  Heritage Insurance in Aurora is staffed by Gary Hartley, Agent.

The Heritage Story
Then and Now
Chick Moyer: The Early Years
Chick’s War Years
Chick Moyer: College & First Career
Wood River: The Value of Friendship
From Steel Country to Corn Country
Building the Team in Wood River
The Stromsburg Opportunity
Opportunity in Aurora
Heading North to Neligh
Growing into Grand Island
Three Became One
City National Bank in Hastings
Kearney Completes Tri-City Operations
Acquisition of Sherman County and Howard County Bank
Heading Northwest into the Sandhills
Peoples-Webster County Bank Acquisition
Leading the Company Forward
$100 Million Reasons to Invest with Heritage Bank
Technology’s Influence on the Industry
More Than Just a Bank
“The Best is Yet to Come”

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