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Sep 04, 2015

First National moves experts into new roles

First National Bank Alaska and its Board of Directors recently promoted two banking experts and appointed two others to new positions. The quartet knows the financial industry and how it works in Alaska.

Jeff Livingston is First National’s newest Loan Officer. In this role, Livingston will provide customers services to meet their financial and lending needs.

He joined the bank in July 2014 and previously worked in all aspects of branch management.

“I’m always going to learn new things and do the best job possible for our customers,” Livingston said. “Alaska is a unique place to live, work and play. We’re here to help our communities, and I’m glad to be part of the team.”

A First National banker since 2006, Jennifer Matthews was appointed a Business Development Officer. She works closely with customers to formulate the best solutions to meet their business banking needs.

“I love meeting new customers and building successful relationships,” Matthews said. “I understand the challenges facing Alaska businesses and will put my local expertise to work for them.”

Aili Peyton joins Matthews with her appointment to Business Development Officer.

Peyton is an experienced banker with a family deeply rooted in the banking business. Her great-great grandfather opened an independent community bank in Minnesota in 1902, and her father still runs it today.

“I’ve gained a well-rounded understanding of bank operations and the industry as a whole,” Peyton said. “I’ve known the importance of personal relationships my entire life.

“I’ll continue to build these kinds of meaningful relationships with both our current and future customers.”

The bank promoted John Schaff to Mortgage Lending Director. He assists mortgage loan originators in their efforts to create and deepen relationships with their customers and makes sure mortgage loans are processed efficiently.

“Helping our customers enjoy the mortgage experience and seamlessly move into their dream home is a tremendous honor and responsibility,” Schaff said. “Our team of local Alaskans is dedicated and talented, and we’re thrilled to be here for our friends and neighbors.”

Owner of a degree in agricultural and resource economics from the University of California-Davis, Schaff started his banking career 13 years ago as a mortgage loan originator. He’s worked in bank branch environments and as part of a national real-estate company. He transitioned into mortgage loan origination management in 2007.

Alaskan-owned and operated since 1922, First National proudly meets the financial needs of Alaskans with ATMs and branches in 18 communities throughout the state. Visit for more information about Alaska’s largest locally-owned bank and access to efficient and secure online banking services.

From top: Schaff, Matthews, Livingston and Peyton

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