Spotlight On Southwestern Illinois Banking And Finance

Harlan ‘Skip’ Ferry, President, Commerce Bank, Metro East Region

By KATE GENO    Commerce Bank positions itself as a “super-community” bank that offers all the products and services of a large, national bank delivered with the personal commitment and dedication of a community bank. It offers an array of financial products delivered with quality customer service. The promise, “we ask, listen, and solve,” is…

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Tim Fritzsche, Vice President and Commercial Lender, Reliance Bank

By KATE GENO    Reliance Bank was founded in 1999 and quickly grew to become one of the largest locally-owned banks in the market with more than $1 billion in assets.     The economic downturn led to asset quality issues at the bank. In 2012, Tom Brouster arrived and immediately led Reliance on a successful…

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Brad Rench, Metro East Regional President, First Mid-Illinois Bank and Trust

By KATE GENO    With the addition of Brad Rench as Regional President of the Metro East, First Mid-Illinois Bank and Trust is looking to expand its market further into Southwestern Illinois. It currently has branches in Highland, Maryville and Pocahontas.    Brad Rench has a 31-year background in banking, working with financial institutions primarily in…

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P. David Kuhl, President and CEO, First Clover Leaf Bank

By ALAN J. ORTBALS    When P. David Kuhl came down to interview for the position of president and CEO of First Clover Leaf Bank, he said it was like coming home. Kuhl had grown up in Litchfield, received a master’s degree from SIUE and much of his family lives in the St. Louis metropolitan…

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