(Tuesday - January 12, 2021 - News release provided by First National Bank & Trust of Iron Mountain) - First National Bank & Trust is pleased to announce the promotions of Russell Kassin and Matthew Lutz. The announcement was made by David Kashian, President and CEO.

"We are pleased to announce the promotion of these two individuals and to recognize their outstanding performance and continued contributions to the success and growth of our Bank," said Kashian.

Russell Kassin (pictured left above) has been promoted to Executive Vice President, Chief Lending Officer. He is responsible for overseeing all lending functions of the bank as well as developing new commercial and residential loan business.

Mr. Kassin graduated from Northern Michigan University with a degree in personal finance, in addition to graduating from the Graduate School of Banking at the University of Wisconsin. He has obtained Series 7 and Series 66 health and life insurance licenses and the Certified Financial Planner designation. He previously worked with Lincoln Financial and Wells Fargo and has been with First National Bank & Trust for nine years.

He plays a very active role in the community as an executive board member of the Dickinson Area Economic Development, Chairman of the Dickinson Area Economic Development Alliance, Iron Mountain Academic Booster Club, Kiwanis member and past president, and also serves on the boards for Care Free Dental, Bay College West Advisory Board, and the St. Mary & St. Joseph Finance Council.

Matthew Lutz (pictured right above) has been promoted to the position of Senior Vice President, Chief Financial Officer. Mr. Lutz is responsible for the Bank-s overall financial management including developing and implementing the organization-s financial strategies, planning and evaluating the Bank-s fiscal function, internal and external financial reporting, and managing the Bank-s Credit Risk Department.

Mr. Lutz obtained his undergraduate degree in economics and management from Albion College, Master of Science in Accounting degree from Marquette University, is a graduate of the Financial Managers School at the University of Wisconsin, and is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA). Previously, he worked for Baker Tilly Virchow Krause in Chicago, Illinois as a Tax Associate prior to working for Leaf, Dahl and Company as a Senior Accountant. Mr. Lutz began working for First National Bank & Trust as a Credit Analyst in 2014 and was promoted to Controller in 2016.

He is involved with several non-profit community organizations including the Habitat for Humanity Menominee River and Iron Mountain Road & Trail while serving on the boards for Bay College Advisory Board for Accounting, The Chippewa Club, Dickinson Area Chamber of Commerce, Mountain View Ice Arena, and is Treasurer of the Dickinson Area Community Foundation and President of the Dickinson Chamber Ambassadors. He is a member of American Martyrs Catholic Church, Michigan Association of CPAs, and Financial Managers Society. He also serves on numerous scholarship committees, in addition to being active with many local sports organizations.

About First National Bank & Trust

First National Bank & Trust is one of the oldest and largest independently owned banks in the Upper Peninsula. Chartered in 1887, First National Bank & Trust is a full service, FDIC federally insured bank providing eight convenient locations in Iron Mountain, Kingsford, Menominee and Iron River, in addition to Trust & Wealth Management services in Marquette. Visit www.fnbimk.com for more information.


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