We are honored to be recognized by the organizations below for our culture of integrity, commitment to community development and advancements in sustainability. Thank you for partnering with Busey to make these acknowledgements possible.
Recent awards and recognition include the following:
McLean County Chamber of Commerce
The McLean County Chamber of Commerce awarded Busey 2015 Excellence in Business. The award honors member businesses, agencies and individuals that have shown outstanding performance, quality customer service and business distinctiveness.
Central Illinois Business Magazine
Central Illinois Business Magazine awarded Busey 2015 Best of Towns in the ‘Best Financial Company’ category. From financial companies to restaurants and beyond, Busey was chosen by the community as their favorite in the Champaign area.
Punta Gorda Chamber of Commerce
The Punta Gorda Chamber of Commerce named Busey 2015 Large Business of the Year as part of its annual Donna Heidenreich Business of the Year Awards. This award goes to a local organization with lasting relationships and commitment in the community, and we’re honored to be recognized.
Independent Community Bankers of America®
Busey Bank was named among the Top 50 Community Bank Leaders in Social Media by the Independent Community Bankers of America®. The ICBA highlights social media trailblazers among the financial industry. Busey Bank was chosen out of nearly 6,000 community banks eligible to participate based on the following criteria: engagement with nearly 16,000 fans and followers; content distributed on our social media platforms—including fundraising initiatives, community events, giveaways and financial education; number of fans and followers; and frequency of posting new content.
Busey was named the 2015 Best of the Gulfshore by Gulfshore Life magazine for best in banking in Southwest Florida. From food and drink to insurance agencies and banks, readers were polled for their top choices. We are thrilled to be distinguished among the best of the best by one of Southwest Florida's premier lifestyle magazines and look forward to continuing to provide premier financial services to Southwest Florida.
Illinois Bankers Association
The Financial Literacy Award is presented annually by the Illinois Bankers Association to a financial institution in Illinois for their work and dedication in providing financial education to community members of all ages. Busey was recognized for a variety of initiatives, including MoneySmart Youth. The online program teaches children ages 5-10 the importance of money—how it's used, earned saved and taxed—through video lessons and interactive worksheets. In addition to the online program, associates volunteer their time at local schools and youth groups.
Herald & Review
Readers of Herald & Review vote annually on the best of Decatur and greater Central Illinois. In 2014, Busey was ranked in the top three for best bank among subscribers.
For the second consecutive year, First Busey Corporation has been selected from over 8,000 U.S. companies for Forbes’ list of America’s Most Trustworthy Companies. This year Forbes extracted the list further by separately identifying the 50 Most Trustworthy Financial Companies in America—Busey tied for the third highest score among rated organizations. We are honored that our dedication to conservative accounting practices and solid corporate governance has once again been recognized—a further tribute to our success over the past 146 years.
The March 2014 issue of Forbes features Busey Wealth Management as one of America's Financial Leaders. In this edition, Robert Ballsrud, Executive Vice President and Executive Managing Director of Busey Wealth Management, discusses our client-centric philosophy, the resources and strategies we share with our clients and the many ways we work to strengthen our communities.
National Weather Service
Busey received StormReady accreditation by the National Weather Service in 2014 for our banking centers in Illinois, Indiana and Florida. Busey is among only 20 organizations in Illinois, including the first in Champaign-Urbana, 12 in Indiana and 13 in Florida. StormReady is a nationwide program that helps businesses and communities protect citizens during severe weather and encourages organizations to take a proactive approach to improving local hazardous weather operations. To receive accreditation, Busey excelled in the following areas: communication, local warning dissemination, community preparedness, administration and ability to receive NOAA updates.
First Busey Corporation was named among Forbes’ 2013 list of America’s 100 Most Trustworthy Companies—the only list of its kind that focuses on the true trustworthiness of a business. Forbes partners with GMI Ratings, a pioneer in the application of non-traditional risk measures for financial analysis, in order to identify the most transparent and trustworthy publicly traded companies in the U.S. The organization finds that its 100 Most Trustworthy Companies have consistently demonstrated transparent and conservative accounting practices and solid corporate governance, management and board supervision.
Illinois Bankers Association
This award from the Illinois Bankers Association honors organizations that go above and beyond, demonstrating a high level of service to their communities. Our nomination to the IBA included four areas of focus: 1) volunteerism—including our annual Community Promise Week & year-round initiatives, 2) education, 3) sustainability, and 4) social media efforts—including our Promise a Plate initiative, which provided over 25,000 meals to families in need.
Illinois Sustainable Technology Center and Office of the Governor
Governor Pat Quinn and the Illinois Sustainable Technology Center (ISTC) at the University of Illinois awarded Busey Honorable Mention for the 2013 Governor’s Sustainability Award. The award honors organizations across Illinois that demonstrate a commitment to environmental excellence. Nominations are evaluated by energy conservation; significance of sustainability activities; technology changes—including improvements in equipment and processes; and benefits to employees, community and environment, to name a few.
For the past two years, BankNews has recognized Busey as a Green Leaf Award Honorable Mention. This honor was given to only two other organizations in the nation for advancements in sustainability. The Green Leaf Award recognizes financial institutions nationwide helping to improve their communities through cooperation and participation in programs and projects; and, at the same time, contributing to a better environment through policies, programs and technology.
Gulfshore Life—Best of the Gulfshore
Busey was recognized by Gulfshore Life magazine—one of southwest Florida’s leading publications. Busey was voted Best Mortgage Lender in Lee County.
Gulfshore Life—Best of the Gulfshore
Trevett Capital Partners was recognized by Gulfshore Life magazine—one of southwest Florida’s leading publications. Trevett Capital Partners was honored as the Best Financial Advisor in Lee County.
Raymond James Financial Institutions Division
Raymond James Leaders Council honors are presented only to those financial advisors who demonstrate an extraordinary level of commitment to clients through personal service and professional integrity. Members of the Leaders Council represent the top echelon of financial advisors.
Illinois Housing Development Authority
The IHDA has consistently recognized Busey as a #1 Mortgage Lender since 2008. IHDA provides low interest mortgage loans for first-time homebuyers in Illinois and assists with down payments and closing costs for qualified buyers.
U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Development
Busey is honored to be recognized by the USDA Rural Development as one of Illinois’ Top Guaranteed Housing Lenders since 2010. In the past year, Busey guaranteed more than $21.5 million to help 197 moderate income homebuyers purchase their first home or upgrade to a new home. We’re extremely proud to be recognized by the USDA as the top rural housing lender in Illinois.
Busey is honored to receive a 5-Star “superior” rating by the nation’s leading bank rating and research firm BauerFinancial for a second consecutive year. 5-Star rated financial institutions are recognized for being financially sound and operating well above regulatory capital requirements. BauerFinancial has been reporting on and analyzing the performance of U.S. banks since 1983. Star ratings are assigned on a scale of zero-to-five stars (5-stars being the strongest) and are based on the current overall financial picture of the bank.
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With five lines of business—personal, mortgage, commercial, cash management and wealth management—working together as One Busey, we can meet all your financial needs with confidence. Customers who partner with us are rewarded with the Busey Advantage—regional capabilities and local priorities. It's a commitment that has stood the test of time.
On the personal side, Busey Bank promises to make your banking hassle free with smart personal checking and savings accounts, convenient online banking and mobile banking solutions and consumer loans. Whether you are ready to buy your first home or simply want to refinance the one you currently own, our practical home mortgages, participation in a wide range of special loan programs and in-house mortgage expertise mean your home loan is tailored to your individual needs.
From opening your first business checking account or loan to creating a strong succession plan, Busey can help you manage your growing business. Our business banking, lending and cash management solutions give you the tools you need to keep your business successful and nimble. Our participation in a wide variety of specialized programs and in-house credit expertise allow us to tailor commercial lending packages to your unique situation and make faster credit decisions. Busey knows that cash flow is the lifeblood of a business—whether you need help with receivables, payables, liquidity, fraud protection or information reporting, we can customize your cash management solution to your growing business' needs.
You've earned it. We'll grow it. Busey Wealth Management provides asset management, investment and fiduciary services to individuals, businesses and foundations. We build a team of local professionals around your needs to establish the best strategy for your situation. We work closely with you to develop a personal, comprehensive plan that will help you meet your goals and objectives through each phase of the wealth management process.