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The latest news, announcements and information from Alpine Bank.

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.

Junior Golfers Chosen for Alpine Bank Pro-Am Foursome

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For the sixth year in a row, Alpine Bank has selected four up and coming golfers to play in the Alpine Bank foursome at this year’s Rockford Pro-Am on Monday, July 14, 2014. Alpine Bank is pleased to announce that its foursome will include: Lexi Graf, Aren Boxleitner, Marcus “Reid” Anderson and Joey Watts.

Alpine Bank returns this year as a prime sponsor of the Rockford Pro-Am. Like the last five years, the bank is choosing to fill its foursome with young, aspiring golfers, giving them the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to play in such a prestigious event alongside golf professionals. In April of this year, the bank extended a special invitation to young golfers to apply to play in the Alpine Bank foursome. The application process involved an application where applicants noted their golf skill/ability, extracurricular activities and a personal statement explaining how playing at the Rockford Pro-Am would benefit them. In addition, each applicant was asked to submit a one-page letter of recommendation from a non-family member (i.e. coach, teacher, mentor, etc.). Fifteen junior golfers from the area applied to play. A selection committee reviewed the applications.

“I would like to thank all of the talented, young golfers who applied,” said Matt Roegner, executive vice president of Alpine Bank. “We were pleased to receive applications from so many skilled players, all of whom anyone would be proud to have on their team.”

In the coming weeks, Alpine Bank will choose the PGA Pro Golfer who will play alongside these talented individuals.  Last year’s foursome, with Kenny Perry, took second place in the tournament.

Alpine Bank will be hosting a special luncheon for the foursome players, as a special thank you and to become acquainted with one another.  Following the luncheon, the players will be treated to a round of golf at Forest Hills Country Club.

About Rockford Pro-Am     
The Rockford Pro-Am is the nation’s longest-running, free-standing pro-am not associated with a professional tournament. This year it will be held at Forest Hills Country Club on Monday, July 14, 2014, and will feature amateur foursomes paired with professional golfers. The foursomes play in a best-ball handicapped format, while the pros keep straight 18-hole scores. Cost is $5 and tickets are available at the gate. Parking for the Pro-Am will be available at the Kraft Food lots on Forest Hills Road and the Sears Essential lot on Riverside Boulevard. A continuous free shuttle bus will run from Sears Essentials to Forest Hills Country Club from 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. For more information, visit www.therockfordproam.com.

Chris Johnson Joins Alpine Trust & Investment Group

JohnsonChris_05_2014Bill Roop, President of Alpine Bank, has announced that Chris Johnson has recently joined Alpine Trust & Investment Group as Vice President and Trust Officer. Mr. Johnson brings with him nearly 20 years of experience in the financial industry, with 16 of those years in trust and investments. His office is located in the Alpine Bank location at 600 South State Street in Belvidere.

Mr. Johnson grew up in the DeKalb area and attended Northern Illinois University, where he received his Bachelor of Science in Finance and Master of Business Administration (MBA).  He, his wife and four children are excited to be back in the area to serve the communities he calls home.

“On behalf of Alpine Trust and Investment Group, I am pleased to welcome Chris to our team of trust experts,” said Lee Mayer, Executive Vice President and Senior Trust Officer. “His expertise and commitment to his clients exemplifies our fundamental principle of people helping people.”

Calling All High School Golfers: Would you like to play in the 2014 Rockford Pro-Am?

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As a prime sponsor of this year’s Rockford Pro-Am, on July 14, 2014, Alpine Bank will have one foursome play in the tournament. Like the last five years, it is our desire to provide four up and coming golfers in our area the opportunity to play in this prestigious event.

All interested candidates are encouraged to apply, per the following application criteria.   Applicants must be currently enrolled in 9th – 12th grade, reside in Northern Illinois, and have previous golf experience – whether playing for a school team or independently.  Golfers who have played in one of our previous foursomes are not eligible to reapply.

The 2014 Pro-Am Golfer Application can be found at www.bankalpine.com/ProAm2014 or can be picked up at any Alpine Bank location.  The completed application, along with a one-page letter of recommendation from a non-family member regarding your golf skill and experience, can be returned to any Alpine Bank branch or mailed to Alpine Bank, Marketing Department, P.O. Box 6086, Rockford, IL 61125-1086.  The deadline for submission is Friday, May 16, 2014.

A selection committee will review all applications and the foursomes will be announced in May.

 

Learn More about the Rockford Pro-Am >

The Heartbleed Bug

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There has been a lot of talk about the Heartbleed Bug this past week.  Alpine Bank has been proactive in researching all aspects of www.bankalpine.com to view our vulnerability.  We have run diagnostic tests on our website to insure that it is not at risk to this threat.  We have also asked all of our third party vendors to complete vulnerability risks on their sites.  At this time, there are no known vulnerability threats to any Alpine Bank sites.

We will continue to monitor the situation and if the need arises, we will take the necessary steps to mitigate the threat of this bug.

Learn more about it at www.heartbleed.com.

Learn what you can do at http://krebsonsecurity.com/2014/04/heartbleed-bug-what-can-you-do/.

Learn what banks are doing at http://www.americanbanker.com/issues/179_71/ffiec-tells-banks-to-fix-heartbleed-security-risks-asap-1066839-1.html

Alpine Bank 2014 Service Star Awards

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Bill Roop, president & CEO of Alpine Bank, announced the Employee Service Star Award winners for 2013 at Alpine Bank’s annual Employee Recognition Dinner. Alpine Bank has been awarding the Service Stars since 1998. The Service Star awards are a way to pay special tribute to those employees who really set the standard for bank employees, in the level of service they provide.

Throughout the year, Alpine employees are asked to submit nominations, called a WOW! (What Outstanding Work), in three categories.  The categories are Service to Internal Customers, Service to External Customers and Brand Champion.  At the end of each quarter a winner(s) is chosen out of the nominees to receive a quarterly award.  Out of the quarterly winners, a final yearly winner is chosen to receive the Service Star Awards.

The Service to Internal Customers Service Star Award went to Wendy Goldsworthy, Senior Application Systems Administrator.  Ms. Goldsworthy received numerous nominations throughout the year from several departments and branches.  One employee commented, “Wendy is the ‘go to’ person for any out of the ordinary supplies.  Have a button that needs to be sewed back on; Wendy has a needle and thread…”  Many others commented on her pleasant demeanor and that she is very knowledgeable and helpful.

The Service to External Customers Service Star award was presented to Bryan Gatlin, Assistant Manager – Roscoe Branch.  Nominations for Mr. Gatlin noted that he is always kind and follows through with whatever task he is given.  One coworker wrote, “He communicates well and I appreciate that so much.  I know I can count on Bryan and his kindness and his caring ways make him a wonderful asset to Alpine Bank.”

The Role Model Service Award was given to Susan Cadie, Marketing & Communications Coordinator, for her numerous nominations as Brand Champion.  Her colleagues said that she is a genuine and caring person who is always so full of excitement and exemplifies what it means to “Alpine.”  One commented, “She is the first to arrive and the last to leave a bank function, making sure it goes off without a hitch…”

In addition to the Service Star Awards, employees with 5, 10, 15, and 20 years of service received their Alpine Bank Service Pins.  Over thirty employees were also recognized for having 20-plus years of service with the Alpine Bank family.