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SNB Employees Raise More Than $2000 for Local Charities?

Superior National Bank and Trust employees raised more than $2,000 for local charities during the months of November and December through employee donations and the bank’s Charitable Giving Tree program.

Donations of money and Econo Foods Holiday Bucks were collected for Little Brothers Friends of the Elderly. SNB donated nine turkeys for Little Brothers’ Thanksgiving dinner and provided $332 in cash and Holiday Bucks for its Christmas dinner.

Seven SNB branches participated in the Charitable Giving Tree program, collecting items donated from employees and customers. The items were then distributed to Little Brothers, Salvation Army, Barbara Kettle Gundlach Shelter Home, Copper Country Mental Health and several individual families in need.

Employees were also in the community ringing the bell for Salvation Army’s Red Kettle program and delivering meals for Little Brothers.

“Our goal is serve and meet the financial needs of the community,” said SNB President/CEO Dave Vlahos. “An important part of that goal is supporting our local charities and causes and giving back to the community. I’m extremely proud of our employees who have stepped up to make a difference.”

Superior National Bank and Trust serves customers in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula with nine branches in Houghton, Keweenaw and Baraga Counties. SNB provides a full range of deposit accounts, loan options and trust and financial services for individuals and businesses. Founded in 1890 and headquartered in Hancock, Superior National Bank and Trust is the largest independently owned and operated bank in the U.P.



Open House Prize Winners Announced

Superior National Bank and Trust held its Annual Holiday Open House on Friday, Dec. 1.

Free 2018 Michigan calendars, cookies and coffee were available at all nine SNB branches — Baraga, Calumet, Chassell, Hancock, Houghton (Econo Foods and Ridgecrest Plaza), L’Anse, Lake Linden and Mohawk. All attendees had a chance to enter for prize giveaways from each branch plus an overall grand prize of a 50-inch television.

Five of the SNB branches had live music: Jackie Jahfetson sang in Baraga, Ron Lahti and Dick Storm played in Calumet, a jazz quartet performed in Hancock, Bob Hiltunen played in Houghton, and Bells on the Bay performed in L’Anse.

Thanks to the many who attended our 2017 open house. We wish you a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

Superior National Bank and Trust 2017 Open House Prize Winners

Grand Prize Winner 
Chris Rothbauer - 50-inch television (submitted entry at our Houghton – Ridgecrest Plaza Branch)

David Haataja - $25 Mitch’s Trading Post gift certificate
Dave Dompier - $25 Wilkinson’s gift certificate
Joel Mayo - $25 Larry’s Market gift certificate
Lois Ahola - $25 Homestead Graphics gift certificate

Carrie Molloy — Keweenaw Coffee Works gift basket

Lorna Kaspala — Bouquet of gift cards to local vendors

Alicia Hill — Handmade Christmas wreath

Houghton (Econo Foods)
Justin Yokie — Bouquet of gift cards to local vendors

Houghton (Ridgecrest Plaza)
Marsha Salo — Bouquet of gift cards to local vendors

April Snyder — $20 Hilltop Restaurant gift certificate
Pete Martinac — $20 Java by the Bay gift certificate
Eila Koski — $20 Nite Owl Café gift certificate
Dave DeLisle — $20 Pizza Shack gift certificate 
Craig Oakes — $20 Skippers Bar & Grill gift certificate       

Lake Linden
Bettyann Caron — Upper Peninsula-themed gift basket

Karl Heikkila — Gift basket with items from Whitehouse Inn, Birds Eye Creation and Laughing Loon



SNB Helps Baraga Area Schools with New Scoreboards

Baraga High School’s gymnasium is sporting some new scoreboards thanks to help from Superior National Bank and Trust. Two new Nevco boards were installed by Koski Signs on Nov. 17—in time for the upcoming local high school basketball season.

“We’re so appreciative to SNB for their generosity,” said Amy Kraft-Lake, Baraga High School Athletic Director. “The new scoreboards look fantastic and have been a source of pride for our students. These are much easier to run that our old boards, which I think were original to the gym that was built in the mid-1980s. 

“This upgrade will help us host both volleyball and basketball tournaments. We can’t thank SNB enough.”

Superior National Bank and Trust serves customers in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula with nine branches in Houghton, Keweenaw and Baraga Counties. SNB provides a full range of deposit accounts, loan options and trust and financial services for individuals and businesses. Founded in 1890 and headquartered in Hancock, Superior National Bank and Trust is the largest independently owned and operated bank in the U.P.



Business Lending Department Hosts Succession Planning Seminar

Superior National Bank and Trust’s Business Lending Department hosted a free seminar on Business Succession Planning for local business owners and potential business owners on Nov. 1.

Featured speakers at the event were Carol Hill, CPA, with Makela, Toutant, Hill & Nardi, P.C.; Kenneth Seavoy, attorney with Kendricks, Bordeau, Adamini, Greenlee & Keefe, P.C.; and Bruce Rukkila, certified valuation analyst, CEPA, CPA with Business Transitions Plus.

More than 50 attendees learned different aspects of business ownership transition from the knowledgeable panel of speakers.

“Ownership transition is a very important topic that all business owners will need to address at some point in their future,” said Ross Cooney, SNB’s Vice President for Business Lending. “I want to thank the speakers for sharing their time and expertise and helping us provide a benefit for business owners in our community.”

More seminars may be added in the future. To express interest, contact the Superior National Bank Business Lending Department at 906-482-0404.



Hill and Donnelly Join SNB Staff 

Two familiar faces in the Copper Country have recently filled positions at Superior National Bank & Trust. Sherry Hill has been hired as Chief Financial Officer while Brian Donnelly will serve as Financial Services Representative.

Hill comes to SNB from Aspirus Keweenaw, where she served as Project Manager for the last five years. She worked on a variety of projects for the organization, including the Houghton clinic build and the addition and renovations at its Laurium hospital. Hill has 16 years of experience in the banking industry having worked as General Auditor at D&N Bank in Hancock, then in the same role (with a new title of Director of Risk Management) after Republic Bancorp purchased D&N.

Donnelly served the last five years as market manager for River Valley Bank’s Houghton and Calumet branches, overseeing the banking and lending operations at both locations. Prior to that, he spent nine years at Principal Financial Group in Grand Rapids, Mich., as senior marketing coordinator. Donnelly is currently a member of the Keweenaw Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, Keweenaw Economic Development Association Board of Directors and the Keweenaw Young Professionals Steering Committee.

“We’re thrilled to have both Sherry and Brian,” said SNB President/CEO Dave Vlahos. “They are both well qualified, and I think they’ll step into their respective roles and be assets to our organization immediately.”

Superior National Bank and Trust serves customers in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula with nine branches in Houghton, Keweenaw and Baraga Counties. SNB provides a full range of deposit accounts, loan options and trust and financial services for individuals and businesses. Founded in 1890 and headquartered in Hancock, Superior National Bank and Trust is the largest independently owned and operated bank in the U.P.



Jeans Day Raises $385 for Brody Strong Foundation

Superior National Bank & Trust employees donated $385 from a recent Jeans Day to the Brody Strong Foundation, which strives to find a cure for pediatric brain cancer. 

The Brody Strong Foundation is named for Brody Etelamaki, a boy from Chassell, Mich., who was diagnosed with stage 4 brain cancer in 2013 and passed away in 2014 at age four.

His parents, Doug and Tanya, started the foundation to help find a cure for pediatric brain cancer.

SNB holds Jeans Days on select Fridays throughout the year, permitting employees to wear blue jeans to work if they donate to support local causes.

Pictured presenting the funds to Tanya (middle) are Chris Gariepy, VP/Trust, and Kirsten Rinne, VP/Director of Consumer & Mortgage Banking.



SNB Is "Alpha Dog" at CCHS Bash

Superior National Bank & Trust was the “Alpha Dog” sponsor at the Copper Country Humane Society Cash Bash on July 22. The Bash is the organization’s annual fundraiser to be able to support the 900 animals it cares for each year.

SNB, which has a history of giving to the CCHS, donated $1,000 in 2017.

The Copper Country Humane Society serves animals from three counties, providing a warm place to sleep, food in their bellies, and a safe haven for as long as care is needed. One hundred percent of the money needed for vet care, spay/neuter, and medical needs is raised through monthly fundraising events and private donations. 

More details on the event are available on the CCHS website.

SNB at Chassell Strawberry Festival 

Superior National Bank & Trust participated with a float entry in the annual Chassell Strawberry Festival Parade July 8. Nearly 40 employees and family members handed out candy and mini beach balls to parade goers lining the route, which passes SNB’s Chassell Branch.

“We had great attendance from SNB employees,” said Ann Lantz, SNB’s Central Area Branch Manager. “It was a fantastic day for a parade, and it was fun to see all the people lining the route.”

SNB’s involvement in the parade continues a streak of participation and support for local community events in recent weeks that has also included Bridgefest and Baraga Lumberjack Days.

Coming up on July 15, SNB employees will volunteer to staff a water station during the 42nd Annual Canal Run which ends in Hancock.


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


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.


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.