LAKE CITY — First Federal Bank was recently chosen as one of Independent Banker’s Most Innovative Banks of 2019.

First Federal was one of five community banks selected by the magazine that showed how they think outside the box to provide their customers with the best service.

For more than 56 years, First Federal has been focused on providing innovative and creative solutions for their customers. First Federal was chosen for this award based on its initiatives to provide out-of-the-box solutions for customers, including opportunities to forge ahead in new lines of business. After recognizing areas to better serve customers and going through extensive review processes, First Federal expanded its lines of business to include specialty banking, specialty lending, and other specialized services.

“When you have a talented group of people who are willing to push the envelope to serve our customers, amazing things tend to happen,” First Federal Bank CEO Keith Leibfried said in a release. “I’m proud of all the innovative initiatives our team has accomplished, while still working within our banking regulations.”

Independent Banker magazine is a publication of the Independent Community Bankers of America. ICBA is dedicated exclusively to representing the interests of the community banking industry and its membership through effective advocacy, best-in-class education, and high-quality products and services.

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