For Illinois banker, career has been music to her ears

Michelle Gross followed her father and grandfather into banking, but only after dabbling in education. Growing up in Bement, Ill., she went to Western Illinois University, studying music education. For three years she taught but ultimately decided that banking was a better place for her. She had worked at the State Bank of Bement the … Read more

Banker has a people-first attitude in business and life

Dan Fagan’s original plan to become a financial planner was sidetracked when he took a job as a bank examiner at the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation after graduating with a finance degree from Northern Illinois University in 1993. But he has no regrets on that decision. As President and CEO of Tradition Capital Bank in … Read more

Strong mentorship leads to fulfilling career for Iowa banker

Doug Truex’ first job as a stock broker at a “sweatshop” firm was not what he had in mind after earning a bachelor of arts degree in finance/banking from Buena Vista University in Storm Lake, Iowa, in 1994. Encouraged by his academic advisor, he pursued a job as a bank examiner at the Iowa Division … Read more