Steve Sallenbach, CEO
Steve developed a strong Nebraska work ethic while growing up on his family’s farm near Milford, Nebraska. During his high school years, his family relocated to Bellevue, Nebraska. After graduation, he attended the University of Nebraska – Lincoln where he earned a degree in Accounting with a minor in Economics.
His banking career began in Omaha, Nebraska—working for two banks prior to joining FirstBank of Nebraska in 1986 as controller. He was named president and CEO in 1991. Steve has extensive experience in accounting, mergers and acquisitions, financial operations and bank holding company management. As a seasoned veteran of the banking industry, he provides sound leadership to the FirstBank of Nebraska team.
Steve is actively involved in the Wahoo, Nebraska community, sharing his time and talents with a number of organizations over the years, including: Saunders County Economic Development Foundation, Greater Wahoo Development Foundation, Wahoo Community Foundation, Wahoo Lions Club, Wahoo Chamber of Commerce, Wahoo City Council Advisory Board, Wahoo Area Parks & Recreation, Wahoo Library Foundation, Wahoo Investment Club, Wahoo Building & Grounds Committee and Wahoo Mayor’s Facilities Committee.
Stuart Krejci, Market President
Stuart began his banking career in 1982, working at different metropolitan banks prior to joining FirstBank of Nebraska in 1989. Stuart gained an appreciation for agriculture and rural life while being raised on his family's farm near Schuyler, Neb. That is why he attended the University of Nebraska – Lincoln and in 1982, earned a degree in Agricultural Economics. Stuart's expertise makes him well-suited to tend to the financial needs of FirstBank's agricultural and commercial lending customers.
Stuart was elected to the Wahoo City Council and is currently serving as council president and chairman of the Finance and Personnel Committee. Stuart also sits on the Wahoo Economic Development Committee and the Wahoo Parks, Recreation and Cultural Committee. He shares his time and talents on the boards of several other non-profit and community betterment organizations, including serving as director of the Greater Wahoo Development Foundation and treasurer of Wahoo Industries.
Stuart and his wife, Susan have two children, Kristin and John.
Audrey Vaught, Vice President
A born and raised Nebraskan, Audrey Vaught grew up on the Regier family farm south of Aurora, Nebraska. Audrey attended Aurora Public Schools and went on to graduate from Tabor College in Hillsboro, Kansas. She then returned to Nebraska where she accrued more than 35 years of experience in the banking industry. Audrey has worked as a trust officer, investment sales rep, personal banker, assistant branch manager and—for more than 20 years—a mortgage loan officer.
As a mortgage lender, Audrey has learned that the best way to be successful is to exceed the expectations of her customers—always providing them with more than enough information. She is dedicated to friendly, personalized customer service and takes pride in helping her customers find solutions, rather than obstacles that cannot be overcome.
Audrey moved from her hometown of Aurora to Wahoo, Nebraska in 2013. Since moving to Wahoo, Audrey has been elected to the Wahoo Chamber Board of Directors, the City of Wahoo Planning Commission and the Saunders County Crime Stoppers Board of Directors. She is also an active member of Lions Club, the SMC Hospital Auxiliary and a TeamMates mentor. In Aurora, Audrey was active in the Aurora Optimist Club, AAU Women’s Club, Aurora Chamber of Commerce, Hamilton Community Foundation and Aurora Area Chamber and Development. In January 2013, she was recognized for three years of service as president of the Aurora Area Chamber and Development and named the Outstanding Member of the Year.
Audrey has three children—Jeremy (Cassie) Vaught, Whitney (Casey) Wittstruck and Jake (Vanessa) Vaught.
Travis Wagenknecht, Compliance Officer
Travis grew up on a family farm near Seward, Nebraska and graduated from Seward High School. He earned a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and Sports Management from Nebraska Wesleyan University and also received a master’s degree in Business Administration with a Finance concentration from Bellevue University.
Travis has been in banking since graduating from Nebraska Wesleyan in 2007 and has experience in many different areas of the bank including operations, lending and compliance. Prior to joining FirstBank of Nebraska in 2017, he worked as a loan underwriter for a large regional bank for nearly 6 years.
Travis and his wife Kate live on an acreage near Mead where they are raising their three children. He is an active member in the community helping to coach youth sports in Mead. Travis is also a member of Alma Lutheran Church in Mead and the Wahoo Lions Club.