First National Bank Of Omaha Celebrates 30 Years In Northeast Nebraska


WAYNE – With December marking 30 years in Wayne, First National Bank of Omaha Service Center welcomed in community members during Friday morning chamber coffee in late November.

Put on each Friday by the Wayne Area Economic Development office, this week’s host was the servicing organization for First National Bank of Omaha.

The Wayne location is not a retail branch, rather serving the credit card portfolio while making outbound calls and taking inbound calls.

Jill Sweetland (24 years) and Shelley Jorgensen (30 years) have a combined experience of working at the service center for 54 years.

First National Bank of Omaha first started where Ameritas is currently located (513 Main Street) before moving to their 1100 E 10th street building in 1998. Sweetland, a director, said they have about 150 employees, some being part-time and others full-time.

“We’ve really been growing our part-time staff here in Wayne with the college,” said Sweetland. “Wayne State is a great resource for us to hire great employees that work really hard and do a great job for us.”

Depending on the department, the lights are on from about 6 a.m. until 11 p.m., according to Jorgensen who is a manger.

“We work around their school schedules,” Jorgensen added. “And allow other opportunities for them to change their schedules as needed based on needs at the school.”

Christopher VanMeter works in the collections department and is a junior at Wayne State College. He mentioned that even though it’s a larger company that has been around for three decades he appreciates that is has a small-town family feel to it.

“I’d say another thing the people should definitely consider before coming in here if you’re college student is a tuition reimbursement,” VanMeter mentioned. “If you work here for a year and have a decent GPA, that’s something to definitely look into.”

There’ll be no chamber coffee on Friday, November 29 has the WAED office is closed on Thursday and Friday for Thanksgiving. The next scheduled chamber coffee will be hosted by Wayne Eye Care with a ribbon cutting on Friday, December 6 at 10 a.m.