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Public Relations

 

Announcements & Promotions

 

 

Superior National is pleased to announce the promotion of Evey Nordstrom to Retail Banking Associate. Retail Associates are central to providing a superior customer experience. They assess client needs and advise of the most appropriate bank products to meet those needs along with facilitating the consumer loan origination and closing process. Retail Associates are true liaisons, ensuring efficiency in a seamless banking process.

“Evey is the all-around team player—dependable and accountable. Her 25 years in banking make her a ‘go to’ within the bank,” says Julie Froberg, Vice President and Branch Manager.

Evey and her husband, Mike, make their home in L'Anse. 4.2015

     
 

Our promotions continue with the announcement of Cheryl Fink to Retail Banking Associate. Retail Associates are central to providing a superior customer experience. They assess client needs and advise of the most appropriate bank products to meet those needs along with facilitating the consumer loan origination and closing process. Retail Associates are true liaisons, ensuring efficiency in a seamless banking process.

“Cheryl's attention to detail and ethics compliment the bank's delivery of exemplary customer service,” says Amy Roberts, Vice President and Director of Branch Banking.  

Cheryl and her husband, Mark, reside in Calumet. 4.2015

     
 

We are thrilled to announce the promotion of Debby Robillard to Retail Banking Associate. Retail Associates are central to providing a superior customer experience. They assess client needs and advise of the most appropriate bank products to meet those needs along with facilitating the consumer loan origination and closing process. Retail Associates are true liaisons, ensuring efficiency in a seamless banking process.

“Banking has changed from forms and signatures to full-circle financial relationships. Debby perfectly completes the bank experience in this way,” says Bonnie Dompier, Vice President and Branch Manager.

Debby and her husband, John, make their home in L'Anse. 4.2015

     
 

Join us in celebrating the promotion of Barb Luke to Vice President of Trust & Financial Services.

When it comes to the fine points of a financial relationship, Barb walks the walk. Her full-circle background focuses on trust and estate planning, IRAs, pension and retirement plans, and investment management. Barb is a graduate of both the Cannon Trust School and Cannon Trust Operations School.

"Barb’s 24 year history with the bank and meeting the specialized needs of our Trust & Financial Service clients is invaluable," says Chris Gariepy, head of Trust & Financial Services.

Barb and her husband, Kevin, make their home in Hancock. 1.2015

     
 

Superior National is pleased to announce the promotion of Greg Seppanen to Vice President of Trust & Financial Services.

Greg began his career with SNB in 2008 and has built a robust client base by providing trust, estate, investment and financial advisor services. Greg is a Cannon Trust School graduate and holds the following licenses: Series 7, Series 66, and Michigan Life, Health and Accident.

"Our wealth management area is expanding. Greg brings a level of professionalism, knowledge and education our clients demand," says Chris Gariepy, head of Trust & Financial Services.

Greg, his wife, Jennifer, and family reside in Houghton. 1.2015

     
 

We are thrilled to announce the promotion of Lori Budweg to Assistant Vice President of the Accounting Team.

Lori has a diverse history in banking which extends amongst 25 years of change and growth. This experience is supported by her Associate’s degree in Accounting from Gogebic Community College.

“I am pleased to share the announcement of Lori’s promotion. As the complexion of Superior National evolves and innovates, it is essential to tap into the long-standing knowledge she holds with this institution,” commented Dave Symons, Chief Financial Officer.

Lori, her husband, Jeff, and family reside in Hancock. 1.2015

     
 

Superior National announces the promotion of Brian Juopperi to Assistant Vice President of the Accounting Team.

In this capacity, Brian will focus on regulatory filings and financial reporting, an area supported by his Bachelor’s degree in Finance from Michigan Technological University.

 “Brian’s promotion is well-deserved and I am pleased to share this good news. His dedication and commitment to Superior National is remarkable,” commented Dave Symons, Chief Financial Officer.     1.2015

 

     
 

Superior National is pleased to announce the promotion of Charlene Kemppainen to Retail Lender.

Banking is not new to Charlene. She has been a banker for 36 years, the last 26 with Superior National as a loan processor.  Charlene's background in lending serves her well in this promotion to Retail Lender. She will provide the community lending in the areas of real estate, mortgage and personal needs.

Charlene and her husband, Bob, reside in Alston.     1.2015

 

     
 

Rebecca Schneiderhan has joined SNB as a Credit Analyst. She will be based with the Credit Team in our Hancock location.

Rebecca is no stranger to the numbers game. She is a licensed CPA working in public accounting for 7 years and most recently, a credit analyst in the financial industry. Her experience is enhanced by her Bachelor’s degree in Accounting from Northern Michigan University. She and her husband, Dave, are the parents to two children and reside locally.

“Our bank continues to grow. Along with that, our Credit Team is expanding. Rebecca’s addition fills out the depth and diversity needed in this strategic area of banking,” commented John Farquhar, Chief Credit Officer.    12.2014

     
 

SNB is pleased to announce the promotion of Marla Rader to Electronic Banking Administrator, a position focused on combating card fraud for our customers. With her years in banking and a very proactive, quick-to-respond approach, Marla is the right fit for this role. Her analytical thought process in determining fraud trends allows SNB to act quickly to alleviate many headaches for our customers.

“Marla’s depth and abilities are the key ingredients necessary for this position,” says Kate Brogan, AVP/Operations & Electronic Banking Officer.     12.2014

     
 

Superior National is pleased to announce the promotion of Deborah Lajimodiere to Post Close Audit Specialist. 

This new position was created specifically for the audit process of loans, concentrating on compliance and improvement of established processes.

“Deborah’s 30 years in the banking industry along with her broad range of knowledge in previous positions as teller, bookkeeper and mortgage lending provide the depth this position requires,” says Jodi Heikkinen, Compliance Officer.     11.2014

 

     
 

Superior National announces the addition of Jacob Olli as a Retail Loan Officer.

Jacob is no stranger to banking coming onboard Superior National with previous years in banking and management. He will serve an important role serving the community for their real estate, mortgage and personal lending needs.

Jacob graduated from Lake Superior State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice.  He and his wife, Melissa, reside in Hubbell.     9.2014

     
 

Superior National announces the addition of Dave Symons as its Chief Financial Officer.

Dave comes well-suited to the position of CFO following 14 years as a State Examiner with the Michigan Department of Insurance and Financial Services. Dave graduated from Grand Valley State University with a Bachelor’s degree in Economics and is a licensed certified public accountant. He and his wife, Tracey, are the parents to five children and reside locally.

“We are very pleased to have Dave join our team. His experience and education will be a great asset to the organization,” says J. David Vlahos, Bank President/CEO.     8.2014

     
 

SNB welcomes John Farquhar as Chief Credit Officer. 

John comes to SNB with vast experience in the banking industry, previously serving the last 20 years as Chief Credit Officer in Lansing based Capital National Bank. John graduated from Grand Valley State University with a Masters in Business Administration. He and his wife, Cheryl, are the parents to three daughters and reside in the local area.

“Due to our growth, we’ve added the position of Chief Credit Officer. This position is new to Superior National and one that will ensure we maintain a high quality loan portfolio. John’s background and expertise in this area make him an ideal fit to the Superior National family,” says J. David Vlahos, Bank President/CEO.    6.2014

     
 

Superior National announces the promotion of Karyn Iskra to Business Banking Associate. 

Karyn brings years of banking experience to her new position, joining SNB in 2005. “Working hand-in-hand with our commercial lenders to deliver accurate, timely and personalized service are exactly the strengths Karyn brings to the table. Our commitment to first class service has been and continues to be our focus,” says Steve Palosaari, Executive Vice President.  6.2014

     
 

Superior National is pleased to announce the promotion of Ann Lantz to Business Banking Associate. In her capacity, Ann will partner with our commercial lenders in providing outstanding quality and customer service to the client.

Ann joined the SNB team in 2009 and maintains a well rounded understanding of tellering, consumer, commercial and the mortgage lending process. “Ann’s 25 years of banking experience are ideal in meeting the specialized needs of our business and commercial clients. The opportunity to expand our service capabilities goes hand-in-hand with our commitment to our clients,” says Steve Palosaari, Executive Vice President.  6.2014

     
 

Laurie Panian has joined Superior National as its Human Resources Director.

Panian comes to SNB as a certified Senior Professional in Human Resources and an accomplished Human Resource and Operations Management professional with more than 20 years of experience. She has held positions with PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP and Michigan Technological University.

"Laurie brings another layer of depth and knowledge to the ever changing realm of Human Resources. We are thrilled to have her join the SNB family," says J. David Vlahos, Bank President/CEO.  5/2014

     

Keweenaw Financial Corporation, the holding company of Superior National Bank & Trust Company, is pleased to announce the appointment of Michael Mikkola to the Board of Directors of both the holding company and the bank.

Mr. Mikkola is a graduate of Ferris State University with a degree in Business. He is a certified insurance counselor and is Grand River Insurance Company’s commercial account executive for Upper Michigan. Previously, he has served as a commercial underwriter for Michigan Insurance Company and as president of the Tervo Agency in Hancock. "The addition of Mr. Mikkola to our Board of Directors is strategic in adding to a core group of existing professionals already serving on our Board," says J. David Vlahos, Bank President/CEO. "Mr. Mikkola's knowledge of the insurance industry will be an asset to the Board."    5.2014

   
 

SNB is pleased to announce the promotion of Jody Johnson to Vice President of Marketing and Shareholder Relations.

Jody began her career with Superior National in 1996 in the Trust & Financial Services area as an Administrator and Shareholder Relations Representative. In the years following, she transferred to Human Resources until recently being promoted to her current position heading up SNB’s product and marketing strategy, customer messaging and shareholder relations. "Jody knows this bank. Her skills are perfectly matched to building our marketing strategy," says J. David Vlahos, Bank President/CEO.   4.2014

     
 

Superior National announces the promotion of Vicki Locatelli to Valuation Specialist. No stranger to lending, Vicki brought numerous years of loan servicing experience when she joined the SNB team in 2011 as a commercial and consumer loan clerk. In the year following, she advanced to the position of Loan Collection Manager.

“Providing a full menu of client specific lending products is paramount. Vicki's position is brand new to SNB and is vital in meeting the specialized valuation requirements our clients need,” says Steve Palosaari, Executive Vice President.  3.2014

     

The Brokerage Department of SNB welcomes William Schuett as a Financial Service Representative. Schuett relocated to the area from Illinois where he worked as a Licensed Personal Banker with JPMorgan Chase Bank. William holds investment/insurance Series 6, 7 and 63 licenses where he will advise clients on finances, annuities, insurance and brokerage services.

“The growth in this area has made expansion necessary. Will, along with our current officers, is going to meet this growing need and his experience and licenses will enhance our financial offerings,” says Chris Gariepy, Vice President.  11.2013

   

We are pleased to announce the promotion of Amy Roberts to the Vice President/Director of Branch Banking, where she will oversee branch operations throughout the organization.

Amy began her career with SNB in 2002 as a Credit Analyst. The following year, she was promoted to a loan officer and then to the Vice President and Branch Manager of the Calumet Office. "This exciting new position is a good fit for Amy's credit, lending and financial planning experience," says J. David Vlahos, Bank President/CEO.  11.2013

   

SNB is pleased to announce the promotion of Cathy Wadaga to a lender, providing both consumer loans and mortgages in the Baraga Office.

Cathy began her banking career with SNB in 1985 as a teller, eventually moving into loan processing. "Cathy's experience and banking background make her a wonderful addition to our lending group" says Bonnie Dompier, Branch Manager.  10.2013

   

SNB welcomes Jodi Heikkinen as Compliance Officer.

Heikkinen began her career in 1995 and has held the positions of senior Internal Auditor and dual roles as Auditor and Senior Analyst in the Office of Budget & Planning with other organizations.

“We’re pleased to find someone with Jodi’s broad background,” commented J. David Vlahos, Bank President/CEO. “She brings a wealth of experience to this important role,” Vlahos said.  10.2013

 

Giving where it matters.....to our community

 

Barbara Kettle Gundlach Shelter Home & SNB.

It's no secret SNB loves this community and especially those groups that bend over backwards to help others. The Barbara Kettle Gundlach Shelter Home is such a group -- providing help, healing and hope to victims of domestic violence and their children for the past 35 years. The staff of Superior National support this caring organization in their commitment to provide a safe place and support system to those escaping violence and abuse. 

Pictured left to right are SNB's Jody Johnson alongside Mary Niemela, Executive Director for the Shelter Home.

   

Bowl for Kids & SNB.

Mentoring is a powerful tool to help keep kids on the right path. Big Brothers Big Sisters programs at U.P. Kids are in the business of building healthy, positive mentoring relationships for the children in our local communities. Their programs have a direct, measurable and lasting impact on children’s lives. SNB values organizations that nurture and build futures, especially for our youth. The SNB Team was motivated by this group and raised more than $1,600 for Bowl for Kids to show our commitment.

Pictured left to right Jessica Cinelli, Marie Martin, Ann Lantz, Vicki Locatelli, Jodi Heikkinen and U.P. Kids/BBBS Maggie Munch.

   

Copper Country United Way & SNB.

It's a fact of life there are always people in need. From families in crisis, young people and children needing mentors, disabled individuals, victims of violence to people needing help with medical expenses. It is this very reason the Copper Country United Way exists -  to help those in need in our community get through difficult times. With such a far reaching need, Superior National is honored to contribute to the Copper Country United Way.
 

Make-A-Wish Foundation, John Dee & SNB.

In his 10th and final year of hosting the John Dee Snowfest, the host himself was all smiles noting more than $31,500 was raised for Michigan's Make-A-Wish Foundation. 

Wishes make life better for kids with life-threatening medical conditions. This simple, but powerful belief drives Make-A-Wish. The staff of SNB are equally driven in offering financial support that directly benefits children from our community.

 

Breast Cancer Awareness & SNB.

SNB staff are passionate supporters in the fight against breast cancer. Amongst our 9 bank locations, we've seen the affects this disease has had on our staff, their families and friends, and our customers. You will see us each October supporting this cause. Funds raised in this awareness were donated to Aspirus Keweenaw Hospital's cancer support group.

 

Salvation Army & SNB.

In early summer, a letter arrived in our offices asking for help. The letter came from the Salvation Army and the call to action was to help fill their food pantries. The hard winter and local economy had drained their reserves. Immediately, our staff stepped up and were glad to reach into their pockets to support this wonderful organization. Amongst the good this organization does, it stands firm to its belief of meeting human needs without discrimination. SNB is proud to support them. 

Pictured left to right SNB staff J. David Vlahos, Chris Gariepy and Alisa Storm alongside Salvation Army Lieutenants Rodney and Kris Morin.

 

Ultimate Hike & SNB.

Take a hike.....a 25.5 mile hike to be exact. 

In one day, Ultimate Hikers Kara Destrampe and Kelly Wittenberg will hike 25.5 miles to raise lifesaving funds to cure childhood cancer. A long way, but a walk in the park compared to what the kids they are hiking for go through. The Hikers reached out to SNB asking for help and the Superior National employees were there immediately to offer financial support.  

Pictured left to right SNB staff Marie Martin and Ruth Antioho alongside Ultimate Hikers Kara Destrampe and Kelly Wittenberg.

   

31 Backpacks & SNB.

Their mission statement is simple...no child should go hungry. Add to that two very passionate crusaders who discovered that kids are getting free breakfasts, lunches and snacks at school during the week, but what happens on the weekends? They go hungry. 31 Backpacks' goal is to address this issue. They send home backpacks full of food every Friday for those students, who have been identified by school staff in the Keweenaw, as being in need. The employees of Superior National are amazed at the great work done by 31 Backpacks and have generously donated to support their mission. 

Pictured left to right from 31 Backpacks Melissa Maki and Laurel Maki alongside SNB's Dave Vlahos and Judy Usitalo.

   

Little Brothers Friends of the Elderly & SNB.

Giving when the need is great is a call to action we can all stand behind. When Little Brothers Friends of the Elderly (LB) asked if SNB would consider helping stock their food pantry, the answer was "Absolutely!" Not only did our staff bring in non-perishable foods items, they also donated cash. LB is a family of volunteers, staff, and donors who give their time and resources to provide friendship to Copper Country elderly people. Working together to make this community great, SNB takes pride in supporting Little Brothers.

 

Pictured left to right are SNB's Danielle Wiitala, Jody Johnson, LBs Chris DeGiulio, Chris Gariepy, Jane Larson.

   

Warriors in Pink.

Superior National is proud to support early breast cancer detection.  All of our locations jumped onboard immediately to show support for Breast Cancer Awareness through a jean’s day raising money for this disease.  It is our hope to encourage those we care for and to support our community. Funds raised were donated to a local breast cancer support group administered by Portage Hospital.

   

Because of Mandy & SNB.

Supporting each other is what makes the Keweenaw special. SNB staff were thrilled to come out for Because of Mandy (BOM), a local animal rescue based out of Calumet, Michigan. Staff of SNB held a jean's day fundraiser supported by employee donations. Aimee Ryding, Founder of Because of Mandy, relies solely on donations of goods, money and volunteer fosters to provide temporary homes for the dogs they rescue until a forever family comes along.
Pictured left to right BOM's Mary Brownell, SNB's Vicki Locatelli, Aimee Ryding from BOM, Dave Vlahos, Chris Voght.