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Public Relations


Announcements & Promotions



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 our community

31 Backpacks & SNB.

Their mission statement is 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 administrators 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.



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.  With 14 local agencies supported by the Copper Country United Way, 2013 saw more than 30,000 requests for assistance in Houghton and Keweenaw counties.  With such a far reaching need, Superior National held a jean's day fundraiser to support this amazing organization. Superior National is honored to contribute to the Copper Country United Way.  

Pictured from left to right are SNB's Sandy Manninen, Karen Sotala of the Copper Country United Way and Amy Roberts.


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 Executive Director Chris DeGiulio 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 gave cash donations.  Little Brothers is a family of volunteers, staff, and donors who give their time and resources to provide friendship and companionship to elderly people in the Copper Country.  Working together to make this community great, SNB takes pride in supporting Little Brothers.  

Pictured from left to right are SNB's Danielle Wiitala, Jody Johnson, Chris DeGiulio from Little Brothers, Chris Gariepy and 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 support our community.  Funds raised were donated to a local breast cancer support group.



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.  Dave Vlahos, President and CEO of Superior National stated "Any time our Bank can jump in and help such a great organization, we are thrilled."  As such, the 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 we rescue until their forever family comes along. 

Pictured from left to right are BOM's Mary Brownell, SNB's Vicki Locatelli, Aimee Ryding from BOM, Dave Vlahos and Esther Voght.