FNWD Finward Bancorp

Filed: 25 May 21, 4:32pm

Form 8-K

Pursuant to Section 13 or 15(d) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934
Date of report (Date of earliest event reported): May 21, 2021
Finward Bancorp
(Exact Name of Registrant as Specified in Its Charter)
(State or Other Jurisdiction of Incorporation)(Commission File Number)(IRS Employer Identification No.)
9204 Columbia Avenue, Munster, Indiana
(Address of Principal Executive Offices)(Zip Code)
(219) 836-4400
(Registrant’s Telephone Number, Including Area Code)
NorthWest Indiana Bancorp
(Former Name or Former Address, if Changed Since Last Report)
Check the appropriate box below if the Form 8-K filing is intended to simultaneously satisfy the filing obligation of the registrant under any of the following provisions (see General Instruction A.2. below):
Written communications pursuant to Rule 425 under the Securities Act (17 CFR 230.425)
Soliciting material pursuant to Rule 14a-12 under the Exchange Act (17 CFR 240.14a-12)
Pre-commencement communications pursuant to Rule 14d-2(b) under the Exchange Act (17 CFR 240.14d-2(b))
Pre-commencement communications pursuant to Rule 13e-4(c) under the Exchange Act (17 CFR 240.13e-4(c))
Securities registered pursuant to Section 12(b) of the Act: None.
Title of each classTrading Symbol(s)Name of each exchange on which registered
Indicate by check mark whether the registrant is an emerging growth company as defined in Rule 405 of the Securities Act of 1933 (§230.405 of this chapter) or Rule 12b-2 of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (§240.12b-2 of this chapter).
Emerging growth company                  ☐
If an emerging growth company, indicate by check mark if the registrant has elected not to use the extended transition period for complying with any new or revised financial accounting standards provided pursuant to Section 13(a) of the Exchange Act.                  ☐

Item 5.07.         Submission of Matters to a Vote of Security Holders
On May 21, 2021, NorthWest Indiana Bancorp (n/k/a Finward Bancorp) (the “Bancorp”) held its Annual Meeting of Shareholders virtually pursuant to due notice. Only holders of the Bancorp’s common stock at the close of business on March 19, 2021 (the “Record Date”), were entitled to vote at the Annual Meeting. Holders of a total of 2,541,715 shares were present virtually or by proxy at the meeting, constituting a quorum.
The Bancorp’s shareholders voted on three proposals at the Annual Meeting. The proposals are described in detail in the Bancorp’s Definitive Proxy Statement filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on March 31, 2021. The final results of the votes regarding each proposal are set forth below.
Proposal 1: The Bancorp’s shareholders elected four directors to the following terms. The votes regarding this proposal were as follows:
of Term
  Votes For 
Broker Non-
David A. Bochnowski 2024  1,978,473 8,816  554,426 
Kenneth V. Krupinski 2024  1,974,393 12,896  554,426 
Anthony Puntillo, D.D. S., M.S.D. 2024  1,966,652 20,637  554,426 
James L. Wieser, J.D. 2024  1,959,626 27,663  554,426 
Proposal 2: The proposition described below, having received a vote virtually or by proxy of more favorable votes than votes cast against the proposition, was declared to be duly adopted by the shareholders of the Bancorp.
Approval and ratification of the appointment of BKD, LLP as auditors for the Bancorp for the year ended December 31, 2021  2,540,222  1,414  79 
Proposal 3: The proposition described below, having received an advisory vote virtually or by proxy of more favorable votes than votes cast against the proposition, was declared to have been adopted:
  For Against Abstain 
Approval, on a non-binding advisory basis, of the executive compensation paid to the named executive officers of the Bancorp as disclosed in the proxy statement for the Annual Meeting 1,882,124 46,833 58,332 554,426 
No other matters were considered or voted upon at the Annual Meeting.

Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, the Registrant has duly caused this report to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned hereto duly authorized.
Date: May 25, 2021
Finward Bancorp
 By:/s/Benjamin J. Bochnowski
     Benjamin J. Bochnowski
     President and Chief Executive Officer