Geoff Rand has joined First National Bank and Trust Company of Beloit

– Geoff Rand has joined First National Bank and Trust Company of Beloit, Wis., as vice president and retail market manager. Rand is responsible for FNBT’s branches in Rock County, including the four branches in Beloit as well as the Clinton and Janesville offices. Rand comes to FNBT with 25 years of banking experience, most recently at BMO Harris Bank in Janesville, Wis., where he was branch manager and, earlier, group market manager. A graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, Rand has a bachelor of business administration degree with an emphasis in finance. [Continue]

Community bank tech leader Steen named IBA’s Leach Award winner

Bob Steen, chairman and CEO of Bridge Community Bank, Mechanicsville, Iowa, has been selected by the Iowa Bankers Association to receive the James A. Leach Leadership Award, the highest honor bestowed by the IBA. Steen received the award at the IBA convention on Sept. 19 in Des Moines. [Continue]

Steen honored with Founders Award

Robert Steen, CEO of Bridge Community Bank in Mechanicsville, Iowa, was honored with the Robert D. Dixon Founders Award presented at the 46th annual convention of the Community Bankers of Iowa on July 19 in Okoboji. The award is the highest honor bestowed by CBI. [Continue]

ICBM Chair finds similarities between banking, radio

Scott Wakefield, president of First Minnesota Bank, Mayer, Minn., became chairman of the Independent Community Bankers of Minnesota at the group’s 55th annual convention Aug. 9-12 at the JW Marriott Hotel next to the Mall of America in Bloomington, Minn. [Continue]

Commissioner is steadying influence in North Dakota

Editor’s Note: North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum appointed Lise Kruse as the Department of Financial Institutions’ 26th Commissioner, effective Dec. 1, 2017. Prior to joining the DFI in 2004, Kruse worked for a life insurance company in Fargo, N.D. Kruse has a Bachelor of Arts degree from Concordia College, Moorhead, Minn., with majors in business and organizational communication. In 2003, she obtained a Master of Business Administration degree with an emphasis in information technology from the University of Colorado in Colorado Springs. Kruse is a 2012 graduate of the Graduate School of Banking at Colorado, Boulder.

Lise Kruse
Q: With seven years of experience as an examiner and then seven more as North Dakota’s chief examiner, how has your time in the DFI already prepared you for this new position?

Kruse: If I wouldn’t have had that experience, I don’t think I would have gone for this. I know the industry, I know the bankers and what is important to them. … [Continue]