March 7, 2024 | Community, Newsroom
Midstates Bank Announces UNbelievable Workplace Honor 
COUNCIL BLUFFS, IA -  Midstates Bank is honored to be one of Council Bluffs’ 23 awarded UNbelievable Workplaces. UNbelievable Workplaces is an employee engagement and satisfaction program; developed and managed by the Council Bluffs Area Chamber of Commerce. The program focuses on ensuring our business is a human-centered workplace. Understanding the culture of our workplace is the best way to increase employee engagement and strengthen our workforce attraction and retention efforts.

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It's amazing what our employees have achieved – creating an environment that everyone is proud to be a part of.” 
Mike Kenealy |  Bank President

“I am excited to announce Midstates Bank has been named an Unbelievable Workplace for the second year in a row,” said Midstates Bank President, Mike Kenealy. “This achievement is a result of the bank’s strategic efforts in professional development, corporate culture, and employee satisfaction. It's amazing what our employees have achieved – creating an environment that everyone is proud to be a part of.”

"Workplace culture is often overlooked or misunderstood, but it is one of the most influential drivers of employee engagement and retention for every business. The UNbelievable Workplaces survey is intended to give employers insights into how their employees feel, and I applaud the businesses who participated this year for engaging their teams in this work,” said Chris LaFerla, President and CEO of the Council Bluffs Area Chamber of Commerce. “The Chamber is committed to working with our business partners to improve employee engagement and retention in their business, and help make Council Bluffs UNlike anywhere else.”

For more information on this program, visit 

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Midstates Bank has pledged to join in the fight to end Alzheimer’s disease by serving as a Gold Sponsor for the 2023 Walk to End Alzheimer’s in Harlan on September 16th, Council Bluffs on September 23rd, and Sioux City on October 1st

In addition to Midstates Bank's $10,000 sponsorship donation, the Midstates Bank team has a goal of raising $6,000 this year.

“At Midstates Bank, we live and work in the communities we serve and want to make a difference in the lives of our friends and neighbors. Alzheimer’s disease, as well as other forms of dementia, have a profound impact on our employees, their loved ones, and the community.,” said Mike Kenealy, Bank President.

According to the Alzheimer's Association's 2023 Facts and Figures report, more than 6 million Americans are living with Alzheimer’s disease – a leading cause of death in the United States. Additionally, 66,000 people aged 65 and older are living with Alzheimer's in Iowa .

On Walk Day, attendees honor those affected by Alzheimer’s with the Promise Garden ceremony. The colors of the Promise Garden flowers represent participants’ personal connections to Alzheimer’s disease and the reasons they walk. As a sponsor, each Midstates Branch will host a Walk Promise Garden leading up to the three walks symbolizing hope, remembrance, and the fight against the disease.

“As a community bank, we are committed to lending our support to local causes. We take great pride in our sponsorship of the Alzheimer's Association Iowa Chapter and their important work in offering vital assistance to those suffering from Alzheimer's disease, as well as to their caregivers,” said Kenealy.

Alzheimer’s Association

The Alzheimer’s Association is a worldwide voluntary health organization dedicated to Alzheimer’s care, support and research. Its mission is to lead the way to end Alzheimer’s and all other dementia – by accelerating global research, driving risk reduction and early detection, and maximizing quality care and support. Visit or call 800.272.3900.

HARLAN, IowaWhen World War II ended in 1949, Midstates Bank had been providing services for nearly three-fourths of a century, while American automobile factories were transitioning from manufacturing military vehicles to civilian cars. Among them was this 3600 series truck that included Chevy's stylish "Advance Design" with a rounded profile, five-bar horizontal grill, in-dash radio, and a three-person cab.

It was during the fall of 2022 that this classic 1949 Chevy Truck was discovered in a shed in South Dakota. Although it was covered in dust, its signature Midstates Bank green hue was unmistakable, prompting the Bank to purchase the vehicle and commission its refurbishment with new brakes, tires, and a wood floor in the box.

To give the vehicle an identity, the Bank organized a "Name the Truck" campaign, and it was ultimately Jessica Small, a Customer Service Representative from the Missouri Valley Branch, who had the winning suggestion - "Penny." Its vanity plates were also updated to read "MSB 1949."

Midstates Bank recognizes the crucial role that local parades and event play in bringing our communities together. Our dedicated employees, along with Penny, will be participating in these hometown traditions throughout the summer in Avoca, Council Bluffs, Harlan, Kingsley, Le Mars, Neola, Missouri Valley, Mondamin and Sergeant Bluff.

Penny the truck embodies Midstates Bank's devotion to their customers and longstanding dedication to excellence.  We look forward to seeing where this story goes next!