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First Bankers Trust Co. fills business development role

First Bankers Trust Co., N.A., a wholly-owned subsidiary of First Bankers Trustshares Inc., has named James Whitaker as senior vice president of business development.

The company is headquartered in Quincy, Ill. The bank has branch locations in Quincy, Macomb, Mendon, Carthage, Rushville, and Springfield, Ill., as well as a loan production office in O’Fallon, Ill.

Whitaker (shown) will be the key leader and supporter of First Banker’s business development function. In this role, he will develop, execute and sustain business development initiatives that align with the company’s priorities.

“I am thrilled to announce the appointment of James Whitaker to SVP, Business Development,” said Allen Shafer, president and CEO of First Bankers Trustshares Inc. “He has been key member of our leadership team for years and I am excited for him to leverage his agricultural, commercial and real estate lending expertise across our business.”

Said Whitaker, “These are exciting times for our business and I am very thankful for my career so far at First Bankers. I look forward to the challenge of driving revenue for the bank and the opportunity to continue working directly with customers.”

Whitaker joined First Bankers more than 10 years ago and has advanced through positions in the business, where he has played a key role in the success and growth of First Bankers.  He has held positions of vice president, commercial and agriculture and most recently as chief credit officer. Prior to that, he served as senior vice president, commercial lending for Midwest BankCentre in St. Louis. Whitaker’s background and experience at First Bankers make him an exciting fit for this new role.


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