Branching Out In Holdrege

What makes Lincoln Federal Savings Bank’s Holdrege branch unique? If you ask the employees, they are quick to share many reasons.

Since opening this location in 1975, Lincoln Federal Savings Bank has been one of Holdrege's community pillars, providing banking and lending services to patrons, and so much more.

The branch's team is small in number but mighty in their efforts. Tori Bartels is the Customer Service Supervisor and Assistant Vice President and has worked at the bank for 31 years. Andi (Andrea) Grabast has been a Customer Service Representative for six years. Jill Sutton is the Mortgage Loan Officer who started in 2017.

This "Power Team of 3" feels their branch is the best place to work because they have great customers, many of whom have become good friends who seem more like family. Holdrege is a perfect community for Lincoln Federal Savings Bank: a Nebraska bank proudly serving its communities with the kind of personal service that is the hallmark of the bank.

Perhaps the craziest thing that has happened at the Holdrege branch has to do with a historic ice storm that took place December 29-31, 2006. For three days in the dead of winter, there was no power throughout the community due to the storm. According to Tori, all you could hear were generators humming, and trees creaking and branches snapping under the weight of the ice. At the time, Tori and two previous employees kept the bank open, which required them to drag a big generator outside the building each morning and then haul it back inside at the close of business each day. In spite of the severe cold weather and darkness due to the lack of electricity, Lincoln Federal was one of the few businesses that remained open during those three days. Tori remembers the best part of that entire ordeal was the morning that Vice President, Matthew Lyman from the corporate office showed up with a breakfast casserole for the staff and assessed the bank's situation as it related to the storm's aftermath. "The ice storm was an experience we don't want to ever repeat," Tori remarked, with a sigh of relief.

The Holdrege team takes a lot of pride in being involved in their community. In 2017, the branch won the bank’s Making Branches Bright campaign. Their tree was the most ‘liked’ by our Facebook followers. The campaign allows the winning branch to donate $500 to a charity of their choice. Holdrege donated their winnings to the Optimist Club to contribute to their annual Toys for Tots campaign.

Perhaps the most unique thing about the Holdrege branch is the employees who work there. One way you can meet this dynamic group of women is to stop by and say hello. They are happy to tell you all about the services Lincoln Federal Savings Bank has to offer, served up with a lot of home-town friendliness.