Illinois banker helps create high-performing CRE bank

In 1991, First Eagle Bank had $28 million in assets after having been purchased and recapitalized by Joel Salk and Andy Salk. Today, the bank has $410 million in assets and ranks in the top 10 banks in the Chicago area for pretax return on assets. The Salks point to Rose Wageman as a key reason their bank has thrived as a commercial real estate lender.

Wageman, who is one of NorthWestern Financial Review’s 2013 Outstanding Women in Banking, was recognized as an impactful person even before she . . .

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