Bridgefest 2017 Presented by Superior National Bank a Success!
Superior National Bank & Trust’s participation in Bridgefest 2017 as the event’s presenting sponsor included a parade entry and booth at the Ray Kestner Waterfront Park June 16-17. The event, which celebrates the Portage Lake Lift Bridge and the connection it brings between Houghton, Hancock and the surrounding areas, commemorated its 30th anniversary.
More than 100 employees and family members walked with SNB’s parade float, which featured a likeness of the bridge and a giant cake to celebrate Bridgefest’s 30th birthday.
At Kestner Park on both Friday and Saturday (June 16-17), SNB had a booth where it gave out “free samples.” Anyone passing by had the chance to play “Plinko” to win cash. Approximately 2,000 people walked away with some denomination of currency.
Marketing coordinator Wes Frahm organized the bank’s Bridgefest efforts. “We had a terrific weekend of weather, and our employees had a great time participating and interacting with people in the community. SNB’s involvement in Bridgefest was about supporting this great local event and once again backing up our commitment to the people of Houghton, Baraga and Keweenaw Counties.”
In addition to its efforts directly with Bridgefest, SNB collected donations from its employees to support the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life, which was held at Kestner Park on Saturday (June 17). A check was presented in the amount of $825 to the organization.
A full photo gallery from SNB’s participation in Bridgefest can be viewed on the bank’s Facebook page at Facebook.com/SuperiorNationalBank.
SNB Staff Attends FIS Global InfoShare Conference
Seven Superior National Bank & Trust employees attended the FIS Global InfoShare 2017 conference in Orlando last week. The conference was a blend of education and networking opportunities and an ideal forum to get acquainted with staff from FIS, which provides the framework for SNB’s electronic and online banking platforms MySNB and SNBPro.
“The conference was great,” said Kate Brogan, SNB’s Assistant Vice President for Operations and Electronic Banking. “We learned about exciting new products to put on our roadmap and spent time with other bankers from around the U.S., sharing ideas on how to better support our customers. Our group came back to the bank with fresh ideas and information to keep us focused on improving what we do.”
Superior National Bank & Trust made the switch to FIS last September and has rolled out several new features for electronic banking in recent weeks. Among them are Personal Finance, a budgeting system that allows customers to pull in all their financial accounts into one location, and SecurLock, a debit card control application.
More features are scheduled to roll out in the coming weeks, giving SNB customers more convenience and control of their finances.
Greg Seppanen Earns AIF Designation
Greg Seppanen of Superior National Bank’s Trust & Financial Services Department has been awarded the Accredited Investment Fiduciary (AIF) designation from the Center for Fiduciary Studies, the standards-setting body for fi360.
The AIF designation signifies specialized knowledge of fiduciary responsibility and the ability to implement policies and procedures that meet a defined standard of care. The designation is the culmination of a rigorous training program, which includes a comprehensive, closed-book final examination under the supervision of a proctor, and agreement to abide by the Code of Ethics and Conduct Standards. On an ongoing basis, completion of continuing education and adherence to the Code of Ethics and Conduct Standards are required to maintain the AIF designation.
“Greg has shown the commitment in always working towards the client’s best interest, which has been a cornerstone of our business since the beginning,” said Chris Gariepy, SNB’s VP for Trust & Financial Services. “This additional designation will benefit our clients as well as Greg for many years to come.”
Seppanen is in his 10th year at SNB, serving as VP for Trust & Financial Services. He also holds the Certified Trust & Financial Advisor designation from the Institute of Certified Bankers.
Superior National Bank & Trust offers a variety of services including trust administration, investment management and financial planning.
Paul Moyryla Graduates from the Commercial Lending School
Superior National Bank & Trust business lender Paul Moyryla recently completed the Commercial Lending School professional development program hosted by the Wisconsin Bankers Association.
The curriculum for the week-long training is designed to expand and fine tune the tools used by bankers in analyzing commercial credit opportunities. The faculty is comprised of bankers who are considered authorities in their respective fields.
Moyryla has been at SNB for seven years and is also involved in community as a member of the Calumet Lions and Calumet-Keweenaw Sportsmen’s Club.
“We’re continually working to improve our team and stay on top of the latest trends within business lending,” said Ross Cooney, SNB’s Vice President for Business Lending. “Not only will Paul benefit from this learning opportunity, but so will our entire team as well as our customers.”
Superior National Bank & Trust employs the largest, most-experienced business lending team in the western Upper Peninsula with a staff of nine full-time professionals.
Bridgefest Adds Superior National Bank as Headline Sponsor
HANCOCK, Mich. — Superior National Bank & Trust has signed on to be the presenting sponsor of Bridgefest 2017. The 30th annual edition of the festival celebrating the Portage Lake Lift Bridge will take place June 15-18.
Highlights of Bridgefest include a parade, live music and food at the Ray Kestner Waterfront Park and the only summer fireworks show in Houghton and Hancock.
“This is an opportunity for Superior National Bank & Trust to support a great event that local people love,” said Dave Vlahos, SNB’s President and CEO. “Those local people are our employees and our customers who make this an excellent community to live in.”
Superior National Bank & Trust, which was founded in 1890, is a long-time supporter of Bridgefest. The bank’s increased presence coincides with the event’s 30th year.
“We’re thrilled to have SNB on board as a presenting sponsor of this year’s Bridgefest,” said Ryan Towles, Bridgefest Committee Chair. “Their unique ties to our local community made them a natural fit. Their support, along with backing from many other local businesses and individuals, allows our committee to put on the best event we can for our community.”
The full schedule of events and opportunities to be involved in Bridgefest 2017 will be available soon on the event’s website, www.bridgefestfun.com.
SNB Supports U.P. Kids at Bowl For Kids Event
HOUGHTON — Superior National Bank & Trust presented a check for $4,908 to U.P. Kids Big Brothers Big Sisters on Saturday (Mar. 18) during the organization’s Bowl For Kids event at the Mine Shaft.
The money was collected during the previous month through several avenues—employee donations, customers purchasing bowling pins to be displayed at bank branch teller windows, and gifts directly from the bank and its trust department.
Vicki Locatelli, SNB’s Loan Operations Manager, headed up the bank’s fundraising efforts. “Bowl For Kids is a good team-building event for a great cause in our community,” she said. “I’d like to give a huge thank you to all the SNB employees for participating, community members who purchased pins and to the bank leadership for their generosity.”
U.P. Kids Big Brothers Big Sisters programs help area children realize their full potential and build their futures by providing strong and enduring, professionally supported, one-to-one relationships.
SNB Gives $25,000 to Houghton County Arena Project
|Pictured (l-r): Dave Hermanson, Ryan Markham, Dave Vlahos, Doug Hembroff.|
Superior National Bank recently pledged $25,000 toward the Houghton County Arena improvement project. The scope of the project includes replacement of the building’s ice plant, work to bring the bleachers to code and installation of a dehumidifier.
The project is being headed up by the Portage Lake Multi Educational Services board and its president Dave Hermanson. “The main reason to start this project was to replace the ice plant, which uses a refrigerant (R22 freon) that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is phasing out,” he said. “This facility benefits many people and is a boost to the local economy. It’s critical to make these upgrades and continue the building’s operation in service to the community.”
Houghton County Arena is home to 300-400 youth hockey players involved in junior hockey leagues, Hancock High School hockey, Finlandia University hockey, the Houghton County Fair, and the Keweenaw Roller Girls. It also hosts many other events and receptions throughout the year.
Superior National Bank President/CEO Dave Vlahos agreed with Hermanson on the importance of the facility. “Houghton County Arena is an integral part of our area,” he said. “SNB is behind this project because of the significant role the building plays for our community and especially in the development of our youth.”
Hermanson said that approximately $300,000 has been raised toward total estimated cost of $450,000. Work on the project will begin as early as this summer.
Familiar Faces in New Roles at Superior National Bank
HANCOCK, Mich. — Superior National Bank & Trust is pleased to announce the hiring of Cathy Lucchesi-Gedda and Robbyn Lucier to its staff as well as new roles for Ann Lantz and Jay Ruohonen.
Lucchesi-Gedda will serve as Hancock Branch Manager/Loan Officer. She spent nearly 20 years in real estate before joining the banking industry. The Houghton native most recently worked at Range Bank in Houghton prior to joining the SNB team in November.
Lucier has been hired as the bank’s VP/Director of Human Resources. The Hancock native served in the same role at UP Health System-Portage for the past 10 years and has more than 25 years experience in employee recruiting, training and management. Lucier began at SNB in mid-January.
Lantz is SNB’s Central Market Area Manager/Loan Officer, overseeing the bank’s branches in Chassell and Houghton (Econo Foods and Ridgecrest Plaza). A 25-year veteran in banking and a Painesdale native, Lantz has served in various roles for SNB, most recently as a business banking associate.
Ruohonen, who previously served as SNB’s Hancock Branch Manager, moved over into the business lending department last fall. His new title is VP/Business Lending and Development. The Atlantic Mine native, who has spent more than 24 years in banking, also has experience as a small business owner. He and his wife, Dorothy, started Hawk Technologies, LLC, a computer-aided design firm, in 1989.
All four individuals help fulfill Superior National Bank’s promise of being “The People You Know. The Bank You Trust.”