Impact Award: Pepper Papineau

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22 Mar 2019


Impact Award, Talent

Pepper Papineau is an employee benefits manager and trust officer at Cornerstone Bank. He has been with Cornerstone Bank since 2012.

He graduated from Grand Island High School, graduated from Doane College with a degree in business.

He and his wife, Liz, moved to York in 2011 when she had the opportunity to purchase York Family Dentistry.

He became a trust operations assistant for Cornerstone in 2012 and in 2013 transferred to the audit department. He was appointed as a trust officer in 2014.

Papineau has been very involved in his community since moving to York.

He has been a pivotal person in the York Young Professionals organization, which started in January, 2017. The previous fall, York hosted the statewide Connecting Young Nebraskans Summit and had a large attendance from the York area. It was apparent that the young adults in York had a desire to be involved and wanted to interact, so the group was created and has been going strong since its inception, with Papineau as a charter member.

The group focuses on social, professional and volunteer activities. They host monthly socials at area businesses and they volunteer at events such as the York County Fair, Yorkfest, Special Olympics and other community events. The group also hosted a “State of the City” forum as well as a county commissioner forum. And they have hosted a number of Lunch and Learn activities. The group has grown to 48 members and Papineau continues to be the chairman (he was the chair in 2018 and is the chair this year as well).

One of the people who nominated him said he has “demonstrated dedication to the growth and quality of living of York through both professional and personal accomplishments. His leadership of York Young Professionals, involvement in service clubs and his participation in York Public School athletics are all great examples of an individual positively impacting our community.”

Papineau is also a member of Sertoma and TeamMates. He is a member of the York Chamber Board and is an announcer for York High School athletic events. He has volunteered to play the violin at the Yorkshire Playhouse prior to shows and he volunteers for Chamber events such as Sip and Stroll, the Home Show and the Holiday Festival.

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