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Kokomo Banker Hickman Wins FHLBI 2016 Community Spirit Award

BobHickmanBob Hickman, Executive Vice President and Chief Credit Officer of Community First Bank of Indiana, received the Federal Home Loan Bank of Indianapolis (FHLBI) 2016 Community Spirit Award August 26 at the Indiana Housing Conference for organizations and professionals involved in affordable housing.

“FHLBI is proud to honor Bob Hickman with the 2016 Community Spirit Award,” said FHLBI President and CEO Cindy L. Konich. “His commitment to increasing affordable housing alternatives for his Kokomo, and Howard County, communities is clear.”

Hickman was nominated for the Community Spirit Award in recognition of the assistance he provided Bona Vista Programs Inc., a nonprofit community based organization that helps build a foundation of success for children and adults, regardless of abilities, through encouragement, independence, and inclusion. Jill S. Dunn, President and CEO of Bona Vista, nominated him both for his years of support of their organization and the affordable housing needs in the community.

ComFirstBank_Logo“I am greatly honored to receive the Community Spirit Award from FHLBI,” Hickman said. “The real recognition for this award belongs to Jill Dunn and her great staff at Bona Vista, as well as their consultant, Angie Richards of Harmony Housing. I have had the honor to work on several projects with them over the last few years that have resulted in FHLBI AHP grants, and it is through these grant funds that housing has been created for dozens of developmentally challenged members of our community.

“Community First was founded on the principal that a bank should be more than just a business that takes in deposits and lends money,” Hickman continued. “We believe that through the time and efforts of our terrific staff and board of directors, we can help meet the needs of our community not only financially, but in far more meaningful ways. It is on behalf of our entire bank that I express my thanks for this recognition.”

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About the Community Spirit Award FHLBI staff and its Affordable Housing Advisory Council select two Community Spirit Award recipients annually from among their nearly 400 member financial institutions, one in Michigan and one in Indiana, from nominations submitted by nonprofit organizations, for-profit housing developers or member institutions. The award recognizes efforts to revitalize local communities or increase the availability of quality affordable housing. The award is presented at each state’s respective annual housing conference. In addition to the award, FHLBI makes a donation in the recipient’s honor to a nonprofit organization or charity of their choice. The 2016 winner from Michigan was Clint Todd of Community Shores Bank.