On the Beat

New Chicago-area bank set to offer small businesses ‘Premier’ service. [Continue]

On the Beat

Supriyo Roy is a straight-forward, no-holds-barred kind of guy who seems willing to answer any question. [Continue]

What do typical consumers think of the economy?

With the fall of Wachovia and Washington Mutual, both financial institutions having branches here in Chicago, I became much more skittish about America’s financial position. I’ve covered community banks for so long, I really thought the way community banks do business was the norm. [Continue]

Nebraskan has been around banking his entire life

Jon Schmaderer’s first jobs in banking involved shredding documents and mowing the lawn. By junior high, he’d been promoted to behind-the-counter work with customers. At 36, Scmaderer admits he’s “kind of one-dimensional” since he’s been around banking his whole life. “It intrigued me from the start and fit my personality. I always liked being around … Read more

Perseverance, hard work put Minnesota banker on community’s pulse

“Never, never — in nothing great or small, large or petty — never give in,” Winston Churchill said. Lynn Olson attributes her success to Churchill’s philosophy, which was instilled in her by her mother. “My parents just really taught us about hard work and dedication. It really is the reason why I’m successful now,” Olson … Read more