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Northwest Financial Corp. wins Healthiest State Workplace Award!

posted on Monday, February 17, 2020 in In Our News

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(Northwest Financial Corp., in Arnolds Park, was announced the winner of the 2020 Healthiest State Medium Workplace Award at the Healthiest State Annual Awards on Feb. 6, 2020. Pictured (from left): Healthiest State Initiative Executive Director Jami Haberl, Northwest Bank Representatives: Jo Currell, Brad Jungers, Javier Rosas, and Alex Oponski, and keynote speaker Lyndsey Fennelly.)

ARNOLDS PARK, IA (Feb. 7, 2020) – Northwest Financial Corp. in Arnolds Park was announced the winner of the 2020 Healthiest State Medium Workplace Award, presented by the Healthiest State Initiative. The award recognizes Northwest Financial Corp.  for efforts to improve the physical, social and emotional well-being of its employees. 

Northwest Financial Corp. is a family owned organization led by Neal and Dwight Conover and includes two bank charters, Northwest Bank and First National Bank in Creston, and Northwest Wealth Management, LLC.  The organization employs 425 team members and focuses on the importance of supporting a good balance between work and personal life.

“We are proud to recognize Northwest Financial Corp. with this award,” said Jami Haberl, executive director of the Healthiest State Initiative. “Northwest Financial Corp. has worked to align its employee well-being initiatives with the overall organizational values, which is critical in the sustainability of wellness programming.”

Some noteworthy accomplishments at Northwest Financial Corp include:

  • 10 percent increase in participation in physical activity benefits, including gym reimbursement program and workplace-sponsored fitness challenges
  • Implemented new Volunteer Time Off policy to encourage employees to volunteer in their community
  • Investment in current employees through multiple in-house training opportunities and development programs

Greg Post, President of Northwest Financial Corp commented, “Our organization is filled with energetic employees who are team-oriented, highly engaged and interested in having a positive impact within our organization and the communities we serve. We developed an initiative to improve our wellness programs and utilized the talents and efforts of our team members to achieve many wellness goals we set for our organization. We are honored to be awarded as the healthiest state workplace and we’re excited to continue our efforts in improving the health and well-being of our employees and their families.”

Other Healthiest State Annual Award winners included the cities of Manning, Waverly and West Union (Healthy HometownSM Powered by Wellmark Community Award); Bob King of Dallas Center (Individual Award); Anawim Housing in Des Moines (Small Workplace Award); Drake University in Des Moines (Large Workplace Award); Irving Elementary in Waterloo (K-12 School Award presented by HealthPartners UnityPoint Health); Opportunity on Deck in Urbandale (Out-of-School Program Award); TenderCare in Mt. Pleasant (Small Early Care Award presented by Nemours); and Tri-County Child & Family Development Council in Waterloo (Large Early Care Award presented by Nemours).

Each winner was granted a monetary gift to continue their work focused on improving the health and wellbeing of their employees, students or citizens. Northwest Financial Corp. received $1,000. The Healthiest State Annual Awards were sponsored by Wellmark Blue Cross and Blue Shield, Hy-Vee, Inc., Nemours and HealthPartners UnityPoint Health.

To learn more about the Healthiest State Initiative and its programming and events or how you can get involved, visit

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