First Community Trust Strengthens Team With Recent Hires

POSTED on March 7, 2024 IN First Community Trust, N.A.

Organization reinforces commitment to highest level of customer service

DUBUQUE, IOWA – First Community Trust, N.A. (FCT), a nationally-chartered investment firm headquartered in Dubuque, has announced recent additions to its team in response to the company’s commitment to high customer service and consistency.

Recent hires include:

  • Aaron Schwenker – SVP, Senior Compliance Officer. Aaron leads compliance at FCT by developing strategy and ensuring the company complies with all legal and regulatory requirements. This includes leading audits, ensuring effective controls are in place, overseeing department staff and preparing financial reports.
  • Jill Kronfeldt – SVP of Trust Operations. Jill leads FCT’s operations department and activities including the development of company policies and procedures while maintaining compliance with applicable laws and regulations, overseeing department staff and preparing financial reports.
  • Blake Randel – Trust Officer. Blake serves clients at FCT’s home Hillcrest office.
  • Kristin Evans – Trust Officer. Kristin serves credit union members at Serve, Affinity, and Financial Plus Credit Unions in Des Moines.
  • Melissa Uzzell, J.D. – Vice President, Trust Officer. Melissa serves credit union members at Ascentra and The Family Credit Union in the Quad Cities.

"As part of FCT’s ongoing commitment to providing clients with the highest level of performance and service, we have strategically added these individuals to our team to serve the needs of consumers, clients and communities,” said FCT Chief Executive Officer Adam Claypool. “The addition of these skilled professionals is a testament to FCT’s enduring success and longevity in the trust and investments industry.”

FCT services include investment management, retirement planning and retirement income strategies, as well as trust and estate administration. In addition, FCT manages funds for endowments, foundations, non-profit organizations and credit union investments.

Founded in 2001, FCT manages over $1 billion in assets. The new hires build upon the organization’s 110 years of combined experience with more than 60% of the team holding advanced degrees or certifications. The company recently promoted several employees as well to prepare for FCT’s future growth in Iowa and beyond.

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