Awards & Recognition

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We are honored to showcase the recognition and achievements that highlight our culture of collaboration, our commitment to our communities, and our dedication to providing outstanding services and innovative solutions to our valued clients. Thank you for partnering with First Mid.

2024 Greater St. Louis Top Workplaces


First Mid is proud to have earned a Greater St. Louis Top Workplaces award for 2024. The annual recognition program celebrates companies in the St. Louis metro area that excel in employee satisfaction and engagement. To qualify for the award, companies must have a significant presence in the greater St. Louis region, employ a minimum number of employees, and meet an employee response rate to the survey. The survey responses are then evaluated, and the winners are determined based on the employees’ feedback.

We are proud to be a part of the St. Louis area and surrounding communities, and we are committed to investing and supporting the growth of the region.

Details about how First Mid builds a great workplace culture are available on Top Workplaces.

2024 Best Banks in St. Louis

St. Louis Small Business Monthly

First Mid has been named to the list of 2024 Best Banks in St. Louis by St. Louis Small Business Monthly. This recognition is a testament to our commitment to excellence in the financial industry, reflecting our unwavering dedication to providing outstanding customer service, innovative financial solutions, and a trusted banking experience.

2024 Raymond James Leaders Council

Raymond James

First Mid Wealth Management (FMWM) was named to the 2024 Raymond James Leaders Council. This achievement celebrates FMWM’s group of 14 Raymond James Investment Advisors. Individuals within this wealth team ranked in the top 101-375 financial advisors within the Raymond James Network. Recognition was given for their 2023 fiscal year production and demonstrates their exceptional commitment to personal service and professional integrity throughout the year. 

Membership is based mainly on assets under management, education, credentials, and fiscal year production. Requalification is required annually. The ranking may not be representative of any one client’s experience, is not an endorsement, and is not indicative of an advisor’s future performance. No fee is paid in exchange for this award/rating.

2024 Top Workplaces USA


First Mid is proud to have earned a Top Workplaces USA award for 2024. Top Workplaces USA celebrates organizations with 150 or more employees that have prioritized people-first cultures. Winners of the Top Workplaces USA award are chosen based solely on employee feedback gathered through an employee engagement survey, issued by Energage. Over 42,000 organizations were invited to participate in the Top Workplaces USA survey, and only 1,531 companies were recognized with the award. Results are calculated by comparing the survey’s research-based statements, including 15 Culture Drivers that are proven to predict high performance against industry benchmarks. The Top Workplaces program has a 15-year history of surveying more than 20 million employees and recognizing the top organizations across 60 markets for regional Top Workplaces awards.

In addition, First Mid earned four Top Workplaces Culture Excellence awards, which recognize organizations that excel in specific areas of workplace culture:

  • Compensation & Benefits: providing employees not only with material rewards but also with appreciation for their work.
  • Innovation: embedding innovation into the culture and creating an environment where new ideas come from all employees.
  • Leadership: having leaders who inspire confidence in employees and in the direction of the company.
  • Work-Life Flexibility: providing options to employees in how and where they work, as well as having managers who care for employees’ concerns.

These awards reinforce our commitment to cultivating a workplace where everyone can thrive and contribute to the Company’s ongoing success.

Details about how First Mid builds a great workplace culture are available on Top Workplaces.

2023 #2 Mortgage Lender in the Northwest Illinois Region

Illinois Housing Development Authority (IHDA)

First Mid has been recognized as a top mortgage producer from the Illinois Housing Development Authority (IHDA). First Mid’s mortgage department was the #2 lender in the Northwest Illinois Region for 2023, with close to $22 million in production. This award underscores First Mid’s unwavering commitment to excellence in the mortgage industry and its dedication to serving the diverse needs of homeowners across its footprint.

2023 Top Workplaces


First Mid is proud to be named a 2023 Top Workplaces Industry winner. Energage, a purpose-driven organization that builds and brands employers of choice, determines the awards. Top Workplaces Industry awards celebrate organizations that have built people-first workplace cultures within their sector. The award marks First Mid as an employer of choice for those seeking employment in the financial services industry. Top Workplaces awards are based on feedback from a research-backed employee engagement survey.

In addition, First Mid earned two Top Workplaces Culture Excellence awards: Employee Well-Being, which celebrates organizations who put the health and wellness of their employees at the center of their workplace culture, and Professional Development, which celebrates organizations who focus on developing their employees’ careers and enabling them to grow professionally. These awards reinforce our commitment to cultivating a workplace where everyone can thrive and contribute to the Company’s ongoing success.

Details about how First Mid builds a great workplace culture are available on Top Workplaces.

2023 Superior Rating


First Mid is recognized by BauerFinancial as a 5-star Superior Bank, reflecting our strong financial standing. BauerFinancial, a leading bank rating firm since 1983, evaluates our data alongside historical information to assign comprehensive star ratings. This top-tier rating underscores First Mid’s position as one of the nation’s strongest banks.

2023 Top 100 Ag Bank*

American Bankers Association

First Mid has been named a 2023 Top 100 Ag Bank by the American Bankers Association. The ABA recognizes the top 100 farm lenders by farm loan concentration each quarter.
*Lender by volume

2023 Land Star Top Producer

First Mid Ag Services, a division of First Mid Wealth Management, has been recognized as a 2023 Land Star Top Producer. The “Land Star Awards” recognize the top brokers and agents in rural real estate. Submissions are benchmarked against local, closed transactions to identify a premiere list of exceptional winners in categories such as total transactions, sales volume, and acreage.

2023 Big “I” Best Practices Agency

Reagan Consulting and IIABA

First Mid Insurance Group has been recognized as a 2023 IIABA Best Practices Agency by the Independent Insurance Agents & Brokers of America (IIABA) and Reagan Consulting. This is the fourth time First Mid has earned this award.

The Best Practices Study is published in partnership between Reagan Consulting and the IIABA, also known as Big “I”. Since 1993, the Study has served as the industry’s premier benchmarking tool, offering insight into the financial and operating practices of the highest-performing agencies in the U.S. Agencies are nominated to participate by carriers, state associations, and Study sponsors. They then submit extensive financial and operational data for review through an online platform. Finally, they are selected as a Best Practices Agency based on how they compared to firms in their peer revenue category.

2022 Top 5 Agencies: Illinois Medicare Products

Health Alliance

First Mid Insurance Group was recognized as part of Health Alliance’s individual top 5 selling agencies for Medicare products in Illinois, landing as the #2 agency for 2022. In addition, First Mid Senior Solutions insurance agent Tom Schuett was named in the Top 5 selling agents for Medicare products in Illinois by Health Alliance.

2022 Central/Southern Illinois SBA Community Lender of the Year

Small Business Administration Illinois District Office

First Mid Bank & Trust is honored to be selected as the Small Business Administration (SBA) Central/Southern Illinois Community Lender of the Year by the Illinois District Office. The award is presented to the community bank with the best overall performance record for lending to small businesses in Central and Southern Illinois. 2022 marks the ninth time First Mid has received this award. The SBA also awarded First Mid Bank & Trust its Preferred Lender Program (PLP) status in early 2023 based on the bank’s years of experience. To earn the PLP designation, lenders must establish a successful track record and display a thorough understanding of SBA lending policies and procedures. The SBA preferred lender status gives First Mid the authority to make borrowing decisions on behalf of SBA, streamlining its commercial loan process by removing significant timing and documentation hurdles that can add weeks of closing time to a transaction. This gives borrowers the opportunity to achieve their funding goals sooner and more efficiently.

2022 Midwest Regional MarshBerry MAX Performer


First Mid Insurance Group was named the 2022 Midwest regional winner of MarshBerry’s prestigious MAX Performer Awards, a mark of distinction given to independent agencies with impressive financials, operational excellence, and world-class client service. MarshBerry selects winners by evaluating firm performance in organic growth, new business acquisition, profit margins, commission and fee structures, and employee engagement and culture. MarshBerry created the MAX Performer program to recognize exceptional performance and help firms prosper through peer networking.

2022 Sm-All Stars Class: Top 35 Banks

Piper | Sandler

First Mid was recognized as one of the 35 banks and thrifts that comprise the Piper | Sandler Sm-All Stars Class of 2022. The 2022 class admits 12 new members and welcomes back 23 alumni. The objective of the Sm-All Stars is to identify the top performing small-cap banks and thrifts in the country. In doing this, Piper | Sandler hopes to uncover the next crop of stellar mid-cap banks before they are discovered by the rest of the world. To earn Sm-All Star status, companies need to have a market cap below $2.5 billion and clear numerous hurdles related to growth, profitability, credit quality, and capital strength. Against industry medians, banks need to out-perform in these four metrics: EPS growth, loan growth, deposit growth, and ROAE. The performance metrics of the 35 recognized institutions are outstanding, with the Class of 2022 delivering bottom line results that are markedly better than the industry as a whole.