Welcome to the Hills Helps, the official blog of Hills Bank and Trust Company. It’s always been our mission to serve thousands of customers one at a time. This blog is the digital continuation of that mission, developed as another way to share community news, spotlight our people and services, and provide financial advice. We want the focus to be you, so we encourage you to share comments, ask questions, and provide feedback.
The Hills Bank Story
On February 15, 1904 Hills Savings Bank was founded in the small town of Hills by 19 local and dedicated citizens with $10,000 among them and the dream of organizing a local savings bank. Subscriptions for stock in the bank were purchased with each share valued at $100. A board of directors was elected and plans were made to construct a building.
Later that summer, the Hills Savings Bank opened for business with a handful of employees. John Goetz was appointed president and the board of directors was elected including Chairman John Goetz, Silas Glaspy, Joseph Walker, John McCollister, Flavian Degenhart, John Knebel, and F. C. Hirt.
Built from humble beginnings, we have pursued growth and new technologies to better meet the needs of our loyal customers. Today the bank encompasses 17 offices in three eastern Iowa counties, with more than 425 employees. In 2014, we will open our 18th office in Washington. Total bank assets exceed $2 billion, and Trust and Wealth Management* division assets top $1 billion. While still headquartered in a town of 700 people, Hills Bank is one of the largest independent banks in Iowa with over 120,000 customers.
The Hills Bank Way
We have been serving businesses and individuals in eastern Iowa for 110 years, delivering quality personal service and trusted professional expertise. Hills Bank is owned by over 2,200 shareholders in addition to our employees. You will benefit from the breadth of experience our shareholders bring to the organization and their local insight communicates the needs of the community. Each shareholder is an owner and does their part to encourage and promote the Hills Bank Way of doing business. The solid support provided by this group assures we’ll be here for you today and in the years to come.
Our employees actively give back by serving on boards and committees of local schools and organizations such as The United Way, Crisis Center, 4-H Extension, Goodwill, PTOs, and other service organizations. Annually, we provide cash donations to over 300 local organizations and contribute more than 5,000 volunteer hours in the Eastern Iowa Corridor.
To develop leadership skills, financial responsibility, and the importance of literacy in our youth, Hills Bank also provides programs such as:
- Banking 101 – a money management program for junior high students.
- Classroom Cash – over $650,000 donated to area schools to support programs which enhance student educational experiences.
- Summer reading programs – over 25 years of improving literacy in more than 15 local communities.
- Leadership Grant and Youth Salute programs – recognition, scholarships, and leadership training for outstanding leaders from our area high schools.
In both large and small ways, whether it’s the bank acting on a corporate level or employees acting on an individual level, we give back to our communities.
We look forward to getting acquainted and appreciate the opportunity to serve you and share the Hills Bank Way!
* Investment products are not a deposit, not FDIC insured, not insured by any federal government agency, carry no bank guarantee, and may go down in value.