First National's Janet Topp Celebrates 50 Years of Service

Janet Topp

This month, Northfield’s own Janet Topp celebrates 50 years of service to First National Bank of Northfield. She began her career after graduating from Northfield High School in 1962. An open house in Topp’s honor is planned for Thursday, June 28, from 4 to 6 p.m. at the bank’s Downtown location – 329 Division Street.

Topp, who joined First National as a bookkeeper, has seen her responsibilities steadily grow. Today, she serves as a teller supervisor and oversees the bank’s Mainstreeters Club – a nearly 1,000-member social club for customers 55 years of age or older.

She says, “I’ve seen an amazing amount of change in the banking industry – the progression from 10-key adding machines to calculators to computers – and I couldn’t be more proud to have contributed my time and skills to First National. It’s really a great place to work.”

Dave Shumway, CEO of First National Bank of Northfield, says, “Janet’s dedication to First National and our customers is an example of what First National does so well. We have a good amount of banking experience and knowledge of the Northfield area. We’re very glad to have Janet on our team and grateful for her many years of outstanding service.”

Though Topp has seen a lot in her 50 years – including being robbed at gunpoint in April 1984 – she’s quick to note that she’s not retiring, saying, “This is by no means the end. It’s simply a mile marker.”

First National Bank of Northfield was founded in 1872 and has been locally owned ever since. Internationally recognized as the bank that defeated Jesse James, First National has been inextricably tied to Northfield throughout its history. The bank provides a full range of banking products and services to individual and business customers in the greater Northfield area. First National currently has $130 million in assets and nearly 40 employees.