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Awards & Recognition

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:

2019 Best Places to Work in St. Louis
St. Louis Business Journal, Quantum Workplace

Busey thanks its valued associates for recognizing the organization among the 2019 Best Places to Work in St. Louis through the St. Louis Business Journal and Quantum Workplace. 2019 marks the first year Busey was recognized with this award.

2019 Best Places to Work in Indiana
The Indiana Chamber of Commerce, Best Companies Group

The Indiana Chamber of Commerce and Best Companies Group named Busey Bank among the Best Places to Work in Indiana—a first for the company. The awards program identifies, recognizes and honors the best places of employment in Indiana with leading workplace cultures. Busey, is honored to be among the Top 5 major companies named to the list, based almost entirely on comprehensive associate surveys.
2019 Healthiest Employers in Illinois & St. Louis; American Heart Association Gold Level Status
American Heart Association Workplace Health Achievement Index

Busey honored to be recognized among the 2019 Healthiest Employers in St. Louis and in Illinois while also achieving Gold Level status in the American Heart Association Workplace Health Achievement Index.
2019, 2018, 2017 & 2016 Best Banks to Work For
Busey Associates, American Banker and Best Companies Group

The awards program identifies, recognizes and honors the Best Banks to Work For in the United States. Busey will also be featured in an article in the September 2018 issue of American Banker magazine. Busey is one of only four banks headquartered in Illinois and is among 15 organizations in the mid-size asset category ($3-10 billion). 
2019, 2018 & 2017 Best Companies to Work For in Florida
Busey Associates, Florida Trend & Best Companies Group
For a second consecutive year, Busey is honored to be named among the Best Companies to Work For in Florida. The awards program identifies, recognizes and honors the best places of employment in Florida—benefiting the state’s economy, workforce and businesses. The Best Companies to Work For in Florida is presented in partnership by Florida Trend magazine and Best Companies Group.
2019, 2018 & 2017 BEST Award
Association for Talent Development
The award, which is presented by the Association for Talent Development, recognizes 45 organizations that demonstrate enterprise-wide success as a result of employee talent development. Established in 2003, award winners include small and large private, public and not-for-profit organizations from around the world including Hitachi, IBM, Samsung, USAA, Valvoline and Verizon, to name a few .
2019 & 2018 Best-In-State Banks for Illinois
Busey Customers and Forbes

Best-In-State Banks by Forbes and Statista, an analytics firm, is an award based solely on customer opinions. Busey is among only five banks (and five credit unions) recognized in Illinois. Named among last year's inaugural class, this is the second consecutive year Busey has received the award. With a customer score of 82.66--up three points from last year's 79.19, Busey was among only three downstate Illinois banks to be recognized. In total, 173 Best-In-State banks and 186 credit unions were awarded, equaling 2.8% of all banks and 3.3% of all credit unions in the U.S.
2019, 2018, 2017 & 2016 Best Places to Work in Illinois
Busey Associates, Daily Herald Business Ledger and Best Companies Group
The awards program, presented by Daily Herald Business Ledger and Best Companies Group, identifies, recognizes and honors the Best Places to Work in Illinois, benefiting the state's economy, workforce and business. Busey is among only 21 other businesses in the category of 500+ associates. This statewide recognition is open to any company with a location in Illinois, meaning more than one million businesses are eligible to contend for this recognition.
2018 Best Places to Work in Money Management
Busey Associates, Pensions & Investments & Best Companies Group
For the first time, Busey Wealth Management is among the 2018 Best Places to Work in Money Management by Pensions & Investments and its research partner Best Companies Group! Through the honest and thoughtful survey feedback of associates, Busey Wealth Management is one of 15 newcomers to the list of 69 well-known financial firms across the country and is one of just four organizations headquartered in Illinois. Busey was recognized in a special edition of the magazine published on December 10.
2018 Top Workplaces
Busey Associates, St. Louis Post-Dispatch & Energage
A first ever recognition for the organization in Missouri, Busey is deeply humbled to be named among the 2018 Top Workplaces in greater St. Louis by the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. Busey was recognized in a special Top Workplaces section in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch on Sunday, June 24. While an incredible 1,285 companies were nominated as a Top Workplace, only 120 employers overall, 50 in Busey's midsize category of 150-499 employees, were recognized in 2018. 
2018 Economic Development Award
Champaign County Economic Development Corporation
The award recognizes local businesses that have made a significant economic development impact in the community and continues to demonstrate their commitment to Champaign County.
2018 Best of the Best
Peoria Journal Star
The award recognizes the businesses, organizations and people readers of the Peoria Journal Star think deserve to be named the best in the Peoria area. Busey is among the top three banks to be recognized in the bank category.
2017 Top Company
United Way of Champaign County Workplace Campaign
United Way of Champaign County named Busey a Top Company in the finance category for its 2017 United Way of Champaign County Workplace Campaign and was honored during the United Way Annual Meeting. 
Best of the Gulfshore, 2015 & 2017
Gulfshore Life
Busey was named the Best of the Gulfshore by Gulfshore Life magazine for best in banking in Southwest Florida in 2015 and 2017. 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.
2017 & 2016 Readers' Choice
Herald & Review
Readers of Herald & Review vote annually on the best of Decatur and greater Central Illinois. Busey is honored to be among the top three in the best bank 2017, 2016 and 2014, and best financial planning categories in 2016 and 2014.
2016 Best-Performing Community Banks
S&P Global Market Intelligence
Busey is among 100 top performing community banks from $1B-$10B in assets—and is among only four companies headquartered in Illinois. The ranking is based on pretax return on average tangible common equity, net charge-offs as a percentage of average loans, efficiency ratio, adjusted Texas ratio, net interest margin on a fully taxable equivalent basis and loan growth.
2016 Class of Bank and Thrift Sm-All Stars
Sandler O’Neill
2016 Social Media Leader
Independent Banker®
Independent Banker® magazine recognizes three community banks who have conducted creative, engaging and impactful social media campaigns. Busey was selected for our initiatives during Community Promise Month in April. Followers could nominate and vote for their favorite charity to win $250 through Community Counts and donate up to 30 meals for every share, comment or like on our pages during Promise a Plate. Busey is among only 3 of 6,500 organizations eligible to receive this prestigious honor.
2016 STAR Award
City of Champaign
Busey is among the ‘Community Partners’ who received a 2016 STAR (Service Together Achieves Results) Award by the City of Champaign. The category honors excellence in community partnership—acknowledging organizations, schools and government agencies for above and beyond contributions to the community.
2015 Excellence in Business
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.
2015 Best of Towns
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.
2015 Large Business of the Year
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.
Busey Bank Among Top 50 Community Bank Leaders in Social Media for 2014 & 2015
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.
2015 Financial Literacy Award
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.
America’s 50 Most Trustworthy Financial Companies for 2014
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.
Busey Wealth Management Recognized as one of America's Financial Leaders
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.
Busey Recognized as StormReady in 2014
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.
America’s 100 Most Trustworthy Companies for 2013
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.
2013 Illinois Bank Community Service Award Recipient
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.
2013 Illinois Governor's Sustainability Award Honorable Mention
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.
Green Leaf Award Honorable Mention, 2012 & 2013
BankNews Media
in 2012 and 2013, BankNews 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.
2013 Best Mortgage Lender in Lee County
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.
2013 Best Financial Advisor, Trevett Capital Partners
Gulfshore Life—Best of the Gulfshore
2013 Leaders Council, Busey Investment Services
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.
#1 Mortgage Lender, since 2008
Illinois Housing Development Authority
The Illinois Housing Development Authority 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.
Illinois Top Guaranteed Housing Lender, since 2010
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.
Rated 5-Star Superior
Busey is honored to consistently receive a 5-Star “superior” rating by the nation’s leading bank rating and research firm BauerFinancial. 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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