Category Archives: Alpine Bank News

The latest news, announcements and information from Alpine Bank.

URGENT: Beware of Phishing Emails

It has recently come to our attention that several phishing emails are being circulated.  A sample of one of the emails is seen below.  If you receive one of these emails, DO NOT click on any links or open any attachments. DELETE immediately. If you have clicked on any links, please contact your IT department or provider.

These emails are not specific to Alpine Bank customers.  Reports from many institutions have surfaced.  The safety of our community is important to us.  If you have any questions on these types of emails, please feel free to contact our Electronic Banking Department at 815-398-6500.

For more information on Online Security visit www.bankalpine.com/security-privacy/online-mobile-banking.

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Alpine Bank Announces Commercial Officer Promotions

Matt Roegner, Executive Vice President & CLO of Alpine Bank, has announced the promotions of five Commercial officers.  Don Banks, David Sobojinski and Rhonda Sunden were promoted to Senior Vice Presidents of Commercial ServicesCarl Dumoulin was promoted to Senior Vice President of Ag and Commercial ServicesBrenten Witherby was promoted to Vice President of Commercial Services.

BanksDon2008_1962re_3x4Don Banks has over two decades worth of experience in helping customers with their commercial lending needs. Mr. Banks earned his BA in Business Management from Western Illinois University.  He is also a graduate of the ABA Commercial Lending School and the CBA’s Illinois Midwest School for Community Bankers.

Mr. Banks stays active in the community as a trustee for Flora Township and a member of the Kirkland Lions Club.  He is also a member and past president of the Boone County Historical Society, a board member for the Greater Kirkland Area Chamber of Commerce and president of the Flora Cemetery Board.  He serves as president of the Belvidere IOU Club and is a board member for the School District #100 Charitable Foundation.

DSobojinski_09.14David Sobojinski has 25 years in the financial industry, with 16 of those years in commercial lending.  He is a graduate of University of Wisconsin – Oshkosh with a degree in Finance and Management Information Systems.   He takes the extra time necessary to understand a company’s business and providing financial resources and tools to assist the owner in achieving their goals.

Mr. Sobojinski follows the Alpine Bank philosophy of helping people, businesses and our community. He is currently a member of Keep Northern Illinois Beautiful. He is a past treasurer of the Beloit YMCA board, past member of Kiwanis and former loan committee member of the Rockford Local Development Corp.

SundenRhonda 2009Rhonda Sunden has two-plus decades of financial service experience, giving her a keen eye and great sense of how to best serve the customers she works with. She attended the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, AR with a degree in Business Management.  She is also a graduate of ABA National Commercial Lending School.

Ms. Sunden is also busy in the community, serving as a board member of the Rockford Downtown Rotary and member of Women of Today’s Manufacturing.  She also participates on the United for Youth Capital Campaign for the Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts.  Ms. Sunden is a past board member for the Girl Scouts of Northern Illinois.  She has worked with the United Way of Rock River Valley, Junior Achievement of Rock River Valley, and the YMCA of Rock River Valley.

DumoulinCarl_01_2013Carl Dumoulin got his start in finance with his BS degree in Agricultural Economics from the University of Illinois and continued his education at the Bank Administration Institute Graduate School of Banking at UW-Madison. Combined with his 30-plus years of experience, Mr. Dumoulin is a great resource for our customers with lending needs.

Mr. Dumoulin stays active in the community as treasurer for the Belvidere Lions Club and as a board member for the University of Illinois Extension Council serving Boone, DeKalb and Ogle Counties.  He is a current member of the finance and audit committees of the Rockford Area Literacy Council and a member of the Knights of Columbus. He has also been involved with the St. Joseph Hospital Foundation Council in Belvidere.

WitherbyBrenten_11_2012Brenten Witherby has lived in Winnebago County his whole life, which provides an extra benefit when working with our local small businesses. Mr. Witherby’s BS and MBA degrees, as well as his specialty in working with U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) lending programs, allow him to help small and medium-sized businesses find success.

Mr. Witherby’s community involvement includes being a Trustee and member of the Executive Committee of the Community Foundation of Northern Illinois. He’s also a member of the National Association of Government Guaranteed Lenders (NAGGL) and is a graduate of the 2014 Chamber of Commerce Leadership Rockford program.

Alpine Trust & Investment Group Officers Promoted

JO_ML Bill Roop, president & CEO of Alpine Bank, has announced the promotions of two Alpine Trust & Investment Group employees, Julie O’Rourke and Michele Lind.

 Julie O’Rourke, CFA, CFP® was promoted to Executive Vice President and Senior Trust & Investment Officer.  Ms. O’Rourke joined Alpine Trust & Investment Group in 2004 and has over two decades of investment management experience. She Chairs the Investment Strategy Committee, is responsible for monitoring the economy and markets, and leading department-wide portfolio strategy decisions.  Ms. O’Rourke supervises the team of investment professionals and manages the investment and financial planning processes.  She works with institutional and high net worth clients.

Prior to joining Alpine Trust & Investment Group, Julie spent 15 years serving as portfolio manager, working with both large institutions and individuals at all stages of wealth. She successfully led a team of equity research analysts as they worked together to manage equity mutual funds. Julie has counseled many different types of institutions regarding the construction of investment policies and appropriate asset allocation.

She has been quoted in several print publications and has appeared on both television and radio to speak about investments, the markets and the economy. She has presented to the American Association of Individual Investors (AAII), the Illinois State Treasurer’s Office Smart Women / Smart Money seminar, as well as to numerous economic and financial market outlook symposiums.

Julie graduated from Rockford University with a BS in Finance and attained the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) designation in 1995 and the Certified Financial Planner TM (CFP®) designation in 2008.  She is a member of United Way’s Impact Council and the Boone County Council on Aging Endowment Committee and volunteers at St. Mary Parish.

 Michele Lind, CFP® has been promoted to Assistant Vice President & Investment Officer.  Ms. Lind joined Alpine Trust & Investment Group in March 2009.  She manages portfolios of individual trusts and guardianships, investment agency accounts, and 401(k) plans.  She is responsible for monitoring the economy and markets as a member of the Investment Strategy Committee.

Prior to joining the investment group, Michele spent 20 years in the financial planning and investment industry with various positions in administration and marketing, sales and project management, and bank brokerage management.

Michele is a graduate of Rockford University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Economics/Finance.    She earned the Certified Financial PlannerTM designation in 2005 and holds Life and Health Insurance licenses for the state of Illinois.

Michele currently serves on the Finance Committee for Womanspace of Rockford.

Alpine Bank Announces New In-Store Branch Officer

WandellShondra_11_2014Alpine Bank is pleased to announce Shondra Wandell has been promoted to In-Store Branch Officer, at the Schnucks East State branch located at 6410 East State St., Rockford.  Ms. Wandell has been in the banking industry for over 9 years, with nearly six of those years with the Alpine Bank family.  She is a lifelong resident of the Rockford area and received her Associates of Arts degree through Rock Valley College.

Ms. Wandell stated, “I’m lucky to be a part of a company that cares about their employees and is very involved in the community…We give our time and attention to show [our account holders] we really are a bank you can actually like.”

She remains committed to the area she has always called home, by continuously volunteering at Alpine Bank sponsored events.  She is also secretary for JuBell-ee Festival, a non-profit which holds a concert once a year to raise money for local charities.

 

Alpine Bank Honored as Top 100 Workplaces

TWP_TOP100_Chicago_Portrait_2014_AWOn Thursday, November 13, Alpine Bank was recognized by the Chicago Tribune as one of the Top 100 Workplaces in the Chicagoland area.

We’ve always believed that our employees are one of our greatest assets and it shows.  Our employees enjoy working here and we appreciate their passion for helping people, businesses and our communities.

President and CEO, Bill Roop, stated, “We are truly honored to be chosen as one of the top 100 places to work.  Our employees are the ones who truly deserve this.  We believe that Happy and Productive employees are the foundation for our success.”

“One area we focus on every day is ‘Happy Employees, Happy Customers’,” says Lesly Couper, Marketing & Communications Senior Vice President.  “Our employees take it to heart and treat every customer and coworker with respect.”

For details on the rankings, please visit: http://www.chicagotribune.com/chi-chicago-tribune-2014-top-workplaces-20141114-story.html

Want to Win Garth Brooks Tickets?

GarthAlpine Bank, along with 95.3FM The Bull, is giving away two tickets to:

Garth Brooks World Tour

Thursday, September 11th 7:30pm

Allstate Arena – Rosemont, IL

95.3 The Bull announced this morning that Alpine Bank is the only place to enter to win Garth Brooks tickets today, Friday, September 5th. Stop by our East State branch located at 6838 East State St., Rockford to register to win.  The random drawing will take place at 6:00pm today at the East State branch.  All guests who register must be present to win.

You can only register today, September 5th, at Alpine Bank at 6838 East State St., Rockford.  The winner will be announced at 6:00pm and you must be present to claim your prize or another winner will be chosen.

Good Luck!

Community Shred Day Scheduled for Sat., September 20th

iStock_000002827290LargeAlpine Bank and Paper Recovery Service Corporation, a secure shredding solutions company, are partnering together again to hold Alpine Bank’s annual fall Community Shred Day on Saturday, September 20, 2014, from 9 a.m. to Noon in the parking lot of Alpine Bank’s Belvidere Downtown Branch at 600 South State Street, in Belvidere. Alpine Bank Community Shred Day is a FREE event open to the entire community. Attendees, without leaving the comforts of their vehicles, will be able to drop off their documents at the “shredding drive-thru” and watch Paper Recover shred them during the event on site free of charge.

People are invited to bring a maximum of 2 boxes of the following materials to be shredded: clean paper of any color, file folders of any color, papers containing staples, paper clips, rubber bands, and/or small binders. Materials that cannot be shredded include: trash, cardboard, telephone books, hardcover books, hanging folders, 3-ring binders, lever-arch binders, and any plastics, including computer disks, CDs, DVDs, VCR tapes, ID badges, x-rays, transparencies, etc.

Identity theft continues to be a serious growing crime in the United States. As noted on the Federal Trade Commission’s Web site, nearly 9 million Americans are victims of some form of identity theft each year. Shredding personal documents and information is just one way to avoid becoming a victim. At one of our Community Shred Day events, Alpine Bank shredded a world record, collecting an astounding 253,318 lbs. of shred, which is more than the combined weight of all of the steel parts in the Statue of Liberty.

Alpine Bank hosts two Community Shred Days each year – one in the spring and one in the fall.

More Information
For more information about this Community Shred Day, visit www.bankalpine.com or call 815.398.6500. For more information about identity theft and other important security tips, visit https://www.bankalpine.com/security-privacy.

About Paper Recovery Service Corporation
Based in Loves Park, IL, Paper Recovery Service Corporation provides solutions from secure document destruction to recycling for businesses in manufacturing, retail, or professional services.

 

 

 

 

Alpine Bank Welcomes Cass Wolfenberger and Michael Urnezis

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The Alpine Bank Family is pleased to welcome Cass Wolfenberger, Senior Vice President Mortgage Banking, and Michael Urnezis, Vice President Wholesale Lending.

Mr. Wolfenberger has been providing mortgage expertise to homebuyers, for over two decades.  He was employed by Alpine Bank before becoming an owner and co-founder of a successful, local mortgage banking firm.  He says, “That experience gave me the global view of not only the entire mortgage supply chain, but also the business practices required to be successful in a highly complex and competitive environment.”

As a Rockford native, Mr. Wolfenberger continues to give back to the area by volunteering for United Way, Breast Cancer awareness events and Northern Illinois Food Bank.

Mr. Urnezis has been in the financial industry for 20 years, with 16 of these years in the mortgage lending field.  He was an owner and co-founder of a mortgage banking firm, along with Mr. Wolfenberger.   A graduate of Illinois State University with a degree in Finance, Mr. Urnezis was born and raised in Rockford and currently resides in Boone County.

He remains active in the community by being a charter member and board member of The Parks Kiwanis Club and is active in Boy Scouts and Cub Scouts.  In addition to his community involvement, he enjoys spending time with his wife and three sons.

Drew Brauer Promoted to AVP – Application Support

John Vanderheyden, Alpine Bank EVP of Operations, is pleased to announce Andrew “Drew” Brauer has been promoted to AVP – Application Support. Mr. Brauer has been periodically involved in the banking industry for over 30 years. He first joined the Alpine Bank Family in BrauerDrew_01_20131980. After experiencing other career opportunities, he returned to the bank in 2007 as Branch Manager of the Roscoe location.

Mr. Brauer stated, “My experiences and skills have given me the ability to start…organizations, by building a cohesive team that shares the vision, and lead those organizations to grow and succeed.”

As a Rockford area native, Mr. Brauer continually gives back to the community he serves. He is a member of the Roscoe Chamber of Commerce, teaches banking fundamentals at Hononegah High School, and mentors Hononegah students through their Readiness in the Workplace program.