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Financial Institutions

Chuck Griffin
Senior Vice President
Relationship Manager
Financial Institutions Group
200 E. Randolph Drive
Chicago, IL 60601
(312) 861-5604
Charles.Griffin@AssociatedBank.com
 

Chuck Griffin joined Associated in February 2012 as Senior Vice President & Relationship Manager for the Financial Institutions Group. He is responsible for business development and relationship management of bank, savings and loan, and credit union clients in Illinois, Indiana, Michigan and Ohio.

Chuck brings more than 26 years of banking experience to Associated. He previously held the position of First Vice President – Relationship Manager with Bank of America, where he was responsible for managing relationships in the financial institutions and commercial banking market segments.

Chuck holds a bachelor’s degree from Kenyon College in Gambier, Ohio and a MBA from DePaul University in Chicago, Illinois. He is a member of the Illinois Bankers Association, the Indiana Bankers Association, the Ohio Bankers League, the Michigan Bankers Association, the Illinois League of Financial Institutions, the Tri-State Bankers Association, the Polish American League of Financial Institutions, the Financial Managers Society, and the Bankers Club of Chicago. He also serves on the Planning and Zoning Committee for the Ranch Community Conservation Group of Lincoln Park.

Dan Miller
Senior Vice President
Relationship Manager
Financial Institutions Group
200 N. Adams Street
Green Bay, WI 54301
(920) 433-3165
Dan.Miller@AssociatedBank.com
 

Dan Miller joined Associated in August 1979 and has served as Senior Vice President, Relationship Manager for the Financial Institutions Group since January 2003. He is responsible for managing and expanding relationships with community banks and credit unions throughout Wisconsin and Upper Michigan.

Prior to his current role, he held the position of Vice President, Director of Payment Services, where his staff of 260 employees focused on item processing, float & transportation, lockbox, proofing, adjustments and distribution. Before that, Dan served as Vice President, Director of Deposit Services, where his staff focused on service and support of deposit systems, government reporting and account contracts.

Dan holds an associate’s degree in financial institution management from Northeast Wisconsin Technical College and a graduate degree from Vanderbilt University’s BAI Graduate School of Banking. He also attended Lakeland College and Marian College.

Gary Krenke
Vice President
Relationship Manager
Financial Institutions Group
100 W. Main Street
Neenah, WI 54956
(920) 727-5414
Gary.Krenke@AssociatedBank.com
 

Gary Krenke joined Associated in 2007 and currently serves as Vice President & Relationship Manager for the Financial Institutions Group. Gary supports over 45 bank and credit union accounts specializing in deposit operations. He also oversees Associated’s deposit product development and implementation process.

Gary previously owned and managed Transdata Services Inc., a regional check processing company that was acquired by Associated when he joined in 2007. Gary has more than 40 years of bank operation experience.

Gary attended University of Wisconsin-Whitewater. He has served on the Board of Regents of Fox Valley Lutheran High School in Appleton, volunteers with the Fox Cities Miracle League, and is currently Council Treasurer of Mt. Calvary Lutheran Church and School in Menasha.

Heather K. Hank
Senior Vice President
Relationship Manager
Financial Institutions Group
222 Bush Street
Red Wing, MN 55066
(651) 385-1720
Heather.Hank@AssociatedBank.com
 

Heather K. Hank joined Associated Bank in 2016, as Senior Vice President, Relationship Manager for the Financial Institutions Group. Heather’s primary markets include both Minnesota and Iowa.

With more than 20 years of relationship management experience all with US Bank, Heather brings a strong understanding of our correspondent banking business and deep client focus.

Heather earned her Masters of Business Administration and her Bachelor of Science Business Administration, with an emphasis in Finance and Math from University of Nebraska at Lincoln.

Lou Banach
Group Senior Vice President
Financial Institutions and Public Funds
330 E. Kilbourn Avenue
Milwaukee, WI 53202
(414) 283-2394
Lou.Banach@AssociatedBank.com
 

Lou D. Banach is Group Senior Vice President Segment Leader for both the Government Banking and Financial Institutions segments at Associated Bank. He has nearly three decades of business and banking experiences, including executive leadership positions in lending, credit training and treasury management. Lou is an honorary board member of Midwest Athletes against Childhood Cancer (the MACC Fund) and is a past board member of the Metropolitan Milwaukee Association Commerce (MMAC).

Lou earned his MBA from the Pennsylvania State University Graduate School of Business, his undergraduate degree from the University of Iowa, and he is a published author of the New Breed: Living Iowa Wrestling and Uncommon Bonds: a Journey in Optimism, co-authored with his brothers.



Government Banking

Carl Abrahamson
Senior Vice President
Government Banking Relationship Manager
180 Virginia Street
Crystal Lake, IL 60014
(847) 641-9655
Carl.Abrahamson@AssociatedBank.com
 

Carl has been with Associated Bank since 2007 and is responsible for the delivery of financial service and credit needs for most of the State of Illinois’s municipal entities, school and park districts. These services include treasury management, investment, depository, and credit solutions. He has 24 years of banking experience with much of it in the Government Banking sector.

Carl is a graduate of Ripon College with a BA in Finance.

Joe Hockers
Government Banking Relationship Manager
200 N Adams Street
Green Bay, WI 54301
(920) 433-3091
Joe.Hockers@AssociatedBank.com
 

Joe has 25 years of banking experience with 21 years focused in Treasury Management sales and sales management. With his guidance, his clients have maximized working capital, streamlined payments and receivables processes and enhanced risk management practices.

In addition to a Certified Treasury Professional (CTP) and an Accredited ACH Professional (AAP), he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from the University of Wisconsin – Green Bay, with a major in Management and a minor in Economics.

He is also a member of the Association for Financial Professionals (AFP), and serves as a board member for the Green Bay Chapter of the NFL Alumni Association that supports a variety of "Caring for Kids" charities.

Linda Winkler
Government Banking Relationship Manager
330 E Kilbourn Ave.
Milwaukee, WI 53202
(414) 278-1983
Linda.Winkler@AssociatedBank.com
 

Linda Winkler joined Associated in January 2011 and currently serves as Relationship Manager for the Government Banking team. She serves as a trusted advisor to government banking clients throughout Southeastern Wisconsin assisting with their banking, cash management, investment, and lending needs.

Linda previously worked in the correspondent bank division where she assisted other banks and credit unions with their depository, cash management, and lending needs. Prior to joining Associated Bank, she successfully ran her own business.

Linda is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater with a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in Finance. She is also a member of the Wisconsin Association for Financial Professionals, the Wisconsin Association of School Business Officers, Wisconsin Government Finance Officers Association, Municipal Treasurers Association of Wisconsin and the Wisconsin Municipal Clerks Association.

Lou Banach
Group Senior Vice President
Financial Institutions and Public Funds
330 E. Kilbourn Avenue
Milwaukee, WI 53202
(414) 283-2394
Lou.Banach@AssociatedBank.com
 

Lou D. Banach is Group Senior Vice President Segment Leader for both the Government Banking and Financial Institutions segments at Associated Bank. He has nearly three decades of business and banking experiences, including executive leadership positions in lending, credit training and treasury management. Lou is an honorary board member of Midwest Athletes against Childhood Cancer (the MACC Fund) and is a past board member of the Metropolitan Milwaukee Association Commerce (MMAC).

Lou earned his MBA from the Pennsylvania State University Graduate School of Business, his undergraduate degree from the University of Iowa, and he is a published author of the New Breed: Living Iowa Wrestling and Uncommon Bonds: a Journey in Optimism, co-authored with his brothers.



Healthcare

Amanda Lyckberg
Portfolio Manager
Specialized Financial Services Group
200 E. Randolph Street
Chicago, IL 60601
(312)552-2475
Amanda.Lyckberg@AssociatedBank.com
 

Amanda Lyckberg joined Associated Bank in September 2014 as part of the Commercial Credit Analyst Training Program (CATP). During the year-long program, Amanda conducted the analysis and underwriting of new and existing clients within the Corporate Banking Group, the Commercial Real Estate Banking Group and the Specialized Industries Group. Today, she serves as a Portfolio Manager for the Insurance & Healthcare Industry Banking Group.

She received her B.S. in Finance and International Business from Indiana University’s Kelley School of Business.

Barbara Arnold
Group Administrative Assistant
Specialized Financial Services Group
200 E. Randolph Street
Chicago, IL 60601
(312) 861-1529
Barbara.Arnold@AssociatedBank.com
 


Barbara Arnold joined the Specialized Industries Group of Associated Bank in July 2013, as Group Administrative Assistant. Barbara plays a key role in both the Insurance Industry Banking Group and the Healthcare Industry Banking Group, delivering ongoing customer satisfaction and assisting the Group and its clients as the portfolio of clients continues to grow.

Barbara started her professional career in the banking industry and has over thirty years of experience in the field. Prior to joining the Specialized Industries Group of Associated Bank, she was an Administrative Assistant at Bank of America, supporting a Credit Products Manager and his team in Chicago. Previously, she was an Assistant Vice President |Team Leader in Loan Services Support at LaSalle Bank/ABN AMRO Services Company in Chicago.

Barbara attended Trinity College in Hartford CT and DePaul University in Chicago, IL.

Karen Anillo
Senior Vice President and Team Leader
Specialized Financial Services Group
200 E. Randolph Street
Chicago, IL 60601
(312) 552-2464
Karen.Anillo@AssociatedBank.com
 

Karen Anillo joined Associated in May 2012 as Senior Vice President & Team Leader of the Healthcare Industry Banking Group under Associated’s Specialized Financial Services Group sector. She is responsible for the overall leadership and direction of the Healthcare Industry Banking Group and will guide Associated’s approach to the healthcare industry.

Karen brings more than 20 years of commercial banking experience with a focus on the U.S. healthcare industry to Associated. Most recently, she held the position of Director, Healthcare and Diversified Execution Team at The Bank of Nova Scotia, where she was responsible for portfolio management, underwriting and supporting client relationships. Karen began her corporate banking career in The Bank of Nova Scotia’s Healthcare Industry Group, where she was instrumental in establishing the initial industry review, coordinating ongoing industry reviews, and setting portfolio and sector limits and industry lending guidelines.

Karen holds a B.B.A. in International Business from the University of Georgia and a Juris Doctor from Georgia State University College of Law. Karen is an active member of the community as a Child Advocate and a youth mentor for at-risk students.

Peter J Bulandr
Senior Vice President and Group Leader
Specialized Financial Services Group
200 E. Randolph Street
Chicago, IL 60601
(312) 861-1539
Peter.Bulandr@AssociatedBank.com
 

Peter J Bulandr joined Associated Bank in June 2010 as Senior Vice President and Group Head, Specialized Financial Services Group. In this role, he leads a team of commercial bankers focused on delivering the Bank's full suite of products and services to the insurance and healthcare industries on a nationwide basis.

Mr. Bulandr brings more than 30 years of experience to Associated Bank. Most recently, he was Head of the Insurance Industry Sector at the Federal Home Loan Bank of Chicago, where he was responsible for the first focused and dedicated effort to build the Bank's insurance company membership base. He previously served as Senior Vice President and Product Delivery Manager at Bank of America, and Senior Vice President and Division Head of LaSalle Bank's Insurance Industry Banking Group. Earlier in his career, he served as Chief Financial Officer of a diversified holding company, which included a Bermuda domiciled professional liability insurance carrier and a Vermont domiciled captive insurance company.

Mr. Bulandr holds an MBA in Finance from The University of Chicago Booth School of Business, and a Bachelor's Degree in Economics from Lake Forest College. In addition, he earned the Certified Treasury Professional (CTP) credential from the Association for Financial Professionals. He is also a member of the Insurance Advisory Board of Executives at The Katie School of Insurance and Financial Services, Illinois State University.



Insurance

Amanda Lyckberg
Portfolio Manager
Specialized Financial Services Group
200 E. Randolph Street
Chicago, IL 60601
(312)552-2475
Amanda.Lyckberg@AssociatedBank.com
 

Amanda Lyckberg joined Associated Bank in September 2014 as part of the Commercial Credit Analyst Training Program (CATP). During the year-long program, Amanda conducted the analysis and underwriting of new and existing clients within the Corporate Banking Group, the Commercial Real Estate Banking Group and the Specialized Industries Group. Today, she serves as a Portfolio Manager for the Insurance & Healthcare Industry Banking Group.

She received her B.S. in Finance and International Business from Indiana University’s Kelley School of Business.

Barbara Arnold
Group Administrative Assistant
Specialized Financial Services Group
200 E. Randolph Street
Chicago, IL 60601
(312) 861-1529
Barbara.Arnold@AssociatedBank.com
 


Barbara Arnold joined the Specialized Industries Group of Associated Bank in July 2013, as Group Administrative Assistant. Barbara plays a key role in both the Insurance Industry Banking Group and the Healthcare Industry Banking Group, delivering ongoing customer satisfaction and assisting the Group and its clients as the portfolio of clients continues to grow.

Barbara started her professional career in the banking industry and has over thirty years of experience in the field. Prior to joining the Specialized Industries Group of Associated Bank, she was an Administrative Assistant at Bank of America, supporting a Credit Products Manager and his team in Chicago. Previously, she was an Assistant Vice President |Team Leader in Loan Services Support at LaSalle Bank/ABN AMRO Services Company in Chicago.

Barbara attended Trinity College in Hartford CT and DePaul University in Chicago, IL.

Edward J Chidiac
Senior Vice President and Senior Relationship Manager
Specialized Financial Services Group
200 E. Randolph Street
Chicago, IL 60601
(312)565-5268
Edward.Chidiac@AssociatedBank.com
 

Edward Chidiac joined Associated Bank in November 2010 as Senior Vice President and Senior Relationship Manager, Insurance Industry Banking Group. He is responsible for developing and maintaining broad-based relationships with insurance industry clients of Associated Bank..

Ed brings more than 25 years of banking experience to Associated Bank. Most recently, he held the position of Managing Director, Financial Institutions at PNC Financial Services Group, where he was responsible for business development and relationship management. Before that, Chidiac served as Group Head, Financial Institutions at Mellon Financial Corporation, where he led a team of senior relationship managers responsible for business development and relationship management. At both PNC and Mellon, Ed's primary focus was the insurance industry.

Chidiac holds an MBA in Finance from the American Graduate School of International Management and a bachelor’s degree from Seton Hall University. He also earned his MA from The Catholic University of America.

John Utz
Executive Vice President
Head of Specialized Financial Services Group
330 E. Kilbourn Ave.
Milwaukee, WI 53202
(414) 278-1856
John.Utz@AssociatedBank.com

John A. Utz is Executive Vice President and Head of Specialized Financial Services Group. He is responsible for focusing on key business capabilities that enable Associated to deepen its Commercial Banking relationships, including insurance and treasury management services. John also oversees Associated’s national Specialized Industries Group. He serves on the Executive Committee for Associated Banc-Corp.

John brings over 19 years of banking experience to Associated Bank. Prior to joining Associated in March 2010, he held the position of Senior Vice President, Head of Capital Markets and President of UnionBanCal Equities in Los Angeles, California, a subsidiary of UnionBanCal Corporation, where he was responsible for investment banking, merchant banking and asset management lines of business. Previous experience at Union Bank includes Senior Vice President, National Corporate Banking and Asset Management.

John holds a bachelor's degree in Business Administration from the University of Southern California.

Call or email us to see how our specialized financial services team can help you.

 

Liliana Huerta
Vice President and Portfolio Manager
Specialized Financial Services Group
200 E. Randolph Street
Chicago, IL 60601
(312)565-5268
Liliana.Huerta@AssociatedBank.com
 

Liliana Huerta joined Associated Bank in July 2010 as Vice President and Portfolio Manager, Insurance Industry Banking Group. Liliana plays a key role in the Insurance Group, leading our efforts to evaluate new opportunities and monitor the existing portfolio as it continues to grow.

She began her professional career at the Chicago Board Options Exchange, and most recently spent five years with LaSalle Bank/Bank of America as a member of the Corporate Debt Products Team covering the Insurance Industry.

Liliana earned her BBA in Finance from Loyola University Chicago, and her MBA in Finance from DePaul University's Kellstadt Graduate School of Business.

Peter J Bulandr
Senior Vice President and Group Leader
Specialized Financial Services Group
200 E. Randolph Street
Chicago, IL 60601
(312) 861-1539
Peter.Bulandr@AssociatedBank.com
 

Peter J Bulandr joined Associated Bank in June 2010 as Senior Vice President and Group Head, Specialized Financial Services Group. In this role, he leads a team of commercial bankers focused on delivering the Bank's full suite of products and services to the insurance and healthcare industries on a nationwide basis.

Mr. Bulandr brings more than 30 years of experience to Associated Bank. Most recently, he was Head of the Insurance Industry Sector at the Federal Home Loan Bank of Chicago, where he was responsible for the first focused and dedicated effort to build the Bank's insurance company membership base. He previously served as Senior Vice President and Product Delivery Manager at Bank of America, and Senior Vice President and Division Head of LaSalle Bank's Insurance Industry Banking Group. Earlier in his career, he served as Chief Financial Officer of a diversified holding company, which included a Bermuda domiciled professional liability insurance carrier and a Vermont domiciled captive insurance company.

Mr. Bulandr holds an MBA in Finance from The University of Chicago Booth School of Business, and a Bachelor's Degree in Economics from Lake Forest College. In addition, he earned the Certified Treasury Professional (CTP) credential from the Association for Financial Professionals. He is also a member of the Insurance Advisory Board of Executives at The Katie School of Insurance and Financial Services, Illinois State University.



Oil & Gas

John Utz
Executive Vice President
Head of Specialized Financial Services Group
330 E. Kilbourn Ave.
Milwaukee, WI 53202
(414) 278-1856
John.Utz@AssociatedBank.com

John A. Utz is Executive Vice President and Head of Specialized Financial Services Group. He is responsible for focusing on key business capabilities that enable Associated to deepen its Commercial Banking relationships, including insurance and treasury management services. John also oversees Associated’s national Specialized Industries Group. He serves on the Executive Committee for Associated Banc-Corp.

John brings over 19 years of banking experience to Associated Bank. Prior to joining Associated in March 2010, he held the position of Senior Vice President, Head of Capital Markets and President of UnionBanCal Equities in Los Angeles, California, a subsidiary of UnionBanCal Corporation, where he was responsible for investment banking, merchant banking and asset management lines of business. Previous experience at Union Bank includes Senior Vice President, National Corporate Banking and Asset Management.

John holds a bachelor's degree in Business Administration from the University of Southern California.

Call or email us to see how our specialized financial services team can help you.

 

Tim Brendel
Senior Vice President
Oil and Gas Segment Leader
333 Clay Street, Suite 2823
Houston, TX 77002
713-588-8205
Timothy.Brendel@AssociatedBank.com
 

Tim Brendel joined Associated Bank in February 2011 as Senior Vice President and Oil and Gas Segment Leader. Associated Bank's national Specialized Financial Services Group is focused on opportunities in targeted industry segments. Tim is responsible for building the company's commercial banking business in the Oil and Gas Group.

Tim brings nearly 10 years of energy finance experience to Associated Bank. Most recently, Tim held the position of Vice President and Portfolio Manager, Energy Capital Services at Union Bank, where he played an instrumental role in maintaining positive and profitable relationship within the energy industry, which included managing a credit portfolio of approximately 55 customers. Before that, Tim served as an Analyst for Transaction Advisory Services at Ernst & Young LLP, where he directed much of his focus and expertise toward the oil and gas industry performing a multitude of business valuations for various purposes.

Tim holds a bachelor’s degree in finance from Texas A&M University.



Power & Utilities

John Utz
Executive Vice President
Head of Specialized Financial Services Group
330 E. Kilbourn Ave.
Milwaukee, WI 53202
(414) 278-1856
John.Utz@AssociatedBank.com

John A. Utz is Executive Vice President and Head of Specialized Financial Services Group. He is responsible for focusing on key business capabilities that enable Associated to deepen its Commercial Banking relationships, including insurance and treasury management services. John also oversees Associated’s national Specialized Industries Group. He serves on the Executive Committee for Associated Banc-Corp.

John brings over 19 years of banking experience to Associated Bank. Prior to joining Associated in March 2010, he held the position of Senior Vice President, Head of Capital Markets and President of UnionBanCal Equities in Los Angeles, California, a subsidiary of UnionBanCal Corporation, where he was responsible for investment banking, merchant banking and asset management lines of business. Previous experience at Union Bank includes Senior Vice President, National Corporate Banking and Asset Management.

John holds a bachelor's degree in Business Administration from the University of Southern California.

Call or email us to see how our specialized financial services team can help you.

 

Kristin Isleib
Senior Vice President
Business Segment Leader
200 E. Randolph Street
Chicago, IL 60601
(312) 552-2434
Kristin.Isleib@AssociatedBank.com
 

Kristin A. Isleib joined Associated Bank in January 2011 as Senior Vice President and Business Segment Leader, Commercial Banking. Associated Bank's national Specialized Financial Services Group is focused on opportunities in targeted industry segments. Kristin will be responsible for building the company's commercial banking business in the Power Generation Group.

Kristin brings more than 10 years of energy banking experience to Associated Bank. Most recently, Kristin held the position of consultant of syndications for HSH Nordbank in New York City, where she played an instrumental role in the build out of a fully fledged syndications platform covering the power, utilities, infrastructure, wind and solar structures. Before that, Kristin served as a senior associate at Barclays Capital's investment banking group, focused on the energy sector. In addition, Kristin has also held a series of progressive roles at Union Bank (formerly, Union Bank of California) including vice president, power and utilities group.

Kristin holds a bachelor's degree in economics from the University of California, San Diego.


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