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  1. Peoples Bank Announces 2016 Peoples Promise Award Winners

    Peoples Bank held its 14th annual Peoples Promise Awards, Friday, February 12 at all its banking and mortgage locations across the country. The awards recognize and celebrate 2015 performance and service excellence within Peoples Bank. The day-long event was celebrated at each location as a new award winner was announced every 30 minutes via email and an internal website.

    “We are committed to our promise to our Guests of providing the highest quality financial service in all of our markets. Our Peoples Promise Award winners are dedicated professionals who are passionate about embodying this promise every single day. We’re always pleased to recognize the “best of the best” during this special day in our organization.” said Wint Winter, Jr., CEO/Chief Counsel of Peoples Bank.

    Peoples Bank 2016 Peoples Promise Award Winners:

    • Retail Mortgage Banker of the Year- Chad Sloan (Lake Mary, Florida)
    • DTC Mortgage Support Banker of the Year- Suzanne Ross (Columbus, Ohio)
    • Nancy Winter Community Service Award- Ottawa Market
    • Wealth Management Banker of the Year- Davin Schuler (Taos, New Mexico)
    • Mortgage Office of the Year- Peoples Home Loans (New Jersey)
    • DTC Mortgage Banker of the Year- Amy Baker (Santa Rosa, California)
    • Business Relationship Officer of the Year- Derek Haverkamp (Overland Park, Kansas)
    • Mortgage Manager- Tommy Annunziata (Manalapan, New Jersey)
    • Internal Support Banker of the Year- Angela Blackburn (Overland Park, Kansas)
    • Loan Support Banker of the Year- Emily Baucom (Lawrence, Kansas)
    • Retail Mortgage Support Banker of the Year- Erik Johnson (Albuquerque, New Mexico)
    • Newcomer of the Year- Marcie Toombs (Overland Park, Kansas)
    • CEO Return on Quality Award- Albuquerque Market
    • Grandma’s Favorite Mortgage Banker of the Year- Danielle Hugunin (Lawrence, Kansas)
    • Store Manager of the Year- Trish Esquibel (Albuquerque, New Mexico)
    • Personal Banker of the Year- Kristen Altoro (Overland Park, Kansas)
    • Chairman’s Award- Phil Hudson, Aspen Consulting Group

    Peoples Bank was chartered in 1871 in Ottawa, Kansas, and is a full service banking organization with banking locations in Kansas and New Mexico, and mortgage locations nationwide.

  2. Peoples, Inc. Reports Robust 2015 Mortgage Production

    The mortgage lending divisions of Peoples, Inc, the holding company of Peoples Bank-Colorado and Peoples Bank-Kansas/New Mexico, combined for volume in 2015 totaling 2,783,961,771 on 11,977 closed new purchase and refinance loans.

    Peoples Bank-Colorado volume totaled $1,048,644,697 on 4,197 closed loans while Peoples Bank-Kansas/New Mexico closed 7,780 loans for a volume total of $1,735,317,074.
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  3. 8 Easy Ways To Winterize Your Home


    … and Save Money All Winter Long!

    1. No more drafts – Just place a rolled bath towel under a drafty door, or make a more attractive DIY “draft snake” with googly eyes, felt tongues and the like. You can use any scraps of fabric — even neckties — and fill with sand or kitty litter for heft.
    2. Change furnace filters – Yes it’s easy to forget, but it’s important to replace or clean furnace filters once a month during the heating season. Dirty filters restrict airflow and increase energy demand.
    3. Use caulking and weatherstripping – Simple leaks can sap home energy efficiency by 5% to 30% a year, according to the U.S. Department of Energy. That means it pays to seal up gaps with caulking and weatherstripping.
    4. Turn down your water heater – While many conventional water heaters are set to 140 degrees F by installers, most households don’t need that much steam, and end up paying for it — in dollars and the occasional scalding burn. Lowering the temperature to 120 degrees F (or lower) would reduce your water heating costs by 6% to 10%.
    5. Boost Insulation – Insulation is one of the best ways to save energy and money at home. It can make a big difference to add more insulation between walls, and make sure your attic floor and basement ceiling are well covered.
    6. Put up some plastic – For just a few dollars, pick up a window insulation kit at your local hardware or discount store. Don’t worry — properly installed, window plastic is essentially invisible. Adding a buffer against drafts and extra still air space can give a nice boost to your home’s ability to hold heat.
    7. Insulate your pipes – Pay less for hot water by insulating pipes. That can also help decrease the chance of pipes freezing, which can be disastrous. Check to see if your pipes are warm to the touch. If so, they are good candidates for insulation. (Use the same method to determine if your hot water heater would benefit from some insulation.)
    8. Run fans in reverse – Most people think of fans only when they want to be cool, but many ceiling units come with a handy switch that reverses the direction of the blades. Counterclockwise rotation produces cooling breezes while switching to clockwise makes it warmer: air pooled near the ceiling is circulated back into the living space – cutting your heating costs as much as 10%!


  4. Community Responds to Just Food Appeal With 30,000 in Challenge Grants


    If Just Food can raise $30,000 by September 30th, they will receive an additional 30,000 from two challenge grants, $25,000 from an anonymous community member and $5,000 from Peoples Bank. The matching grants are meant to get the local organization out of the hole created by its former director, Jeremy Farmer, and continue its mission to help those in need in Douglas County. Read More …