Tech Sideline Announces First Bank & Trust Company as Presenting Sponsor

First Bank & Trust Company

Tech Sideline is pleased to announce First Bank & Trust Company as our first-ever Presenting Sponsor.

“We are thrilled to be the Presenting Sponsor for Tech Sideline,” said Jim McAlister, Senior VP/ Blue Ridge Regional Manager for First Bank & Trust Company. “Myself and many other associates at First Bank & Trust Company are alumni of Virginia Tech – and many of our customers are as well. We share similar interests and geography with Tech Sideline, and we are proud to be the bank for their business. As one of the nation’s leading community banks we will strive to add convenience and value to the avid readers and listeners of Tech Sideline.”

“We are excited to have First Bank & Trust Company on board as our exclusive Presenting Sponsor,” Tech Sideline founder Will Stewart said. “Banking with them has opened opportunities to us that were never available before to grow and improve our offerings to the Virginia Tech community. They have an incredibly personal touch in the often dry, impersonal world of banking. This sponsorship will provide additional resources to continue our growth and bring more news and features to Hokie fans everywhere.”

First Bank & Trust Company’s sponsorship represents a major commitment to supporting Tech Sideline: our written content, our popular podcast, our endowed scholarship in the Virginia Tech School of Communication, our growing internship program that brings valuable experience to students in the Sports Media & Analytics program, our social media offerings, and more.

Many of you already personally know the great people who make up the First Bank & Trust Company organization. Be sure to tell them that you saw them on Tech Sideline and to thank them for their support of TSL and the Hokie fan base. Ask them what they can do for you or your business.

About First Bank & Trust Company

First Bank & Trust Company is a nationally ranked, community-focused bank with over thirty locations throughout Virginia and Northeast Tennessee, with additional presence in North Carolina. They offer free checking with industry-leading mobile banking, financing solutions for personal, agriculture, business, commercial and mortgage needs and more. Visit to learn more.

About Tech Sideline

Launched in 1996, Tech Sideline (TSL) is the premier independent publication covering Virginia Tech Athletics. Started as a web site by founder Will Stewart, TSL has grown into a large writing staff, a huge message board community, a popular podcast, and more. Be sure to subscribe for the best coverage of Hokie sports. The first month is free, and student subscriptions are free!

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  1. Congrats Will and staff! The bank obviously knows value when they see it. We, the subscribers have known that for a very long time!

  2. Will, gotta be filling really proud – from HokieCentral to landing a NIL deal like this. 🙂

  3. Great news! The quality of your product sets a high standard for athletic social media sites. Keep up the great work

  4. Congratulations. TSL is outstanding. I have been a member since H0kie Central. Thanks Will, CC, David, and others (especially the students covering various “new” sports.

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