Several employees at Security Financial Bank were recently honored with a Lifetime Service Award from the Wisconsin Bankers Association. The award recognizes bankers who have completed at least 30 years of service in the industry. The following SFB staff members were recipients: Marcia Berger, Durand location; Mary Berger, Eau Claire Corporate; Cheryl Carter, Ladysmith; Cindy Koller, Durand; Laurae Mallionson, Ladysmith; Jean Marcon, Ladysmith; Faye Owen, Durand; Paul Rudersdorf, Eau Claire Corporate; and Julie Sabelko, Eau Claire Corporate.
HSHS Sacred Heart Hospital recently earned renewed accreditation by the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF) for a period of three years for the hospital’s comprehensive inpatient rehabilitation program andcomprehensive stroke specialty program. This means that both programs continue to meet the highest industry standards possible – ensuring risk reduction, accountability and the best possible patient outcomes.
Public libraries have always offered free access to information and entertainment, and as the digital age introduces more options, the library is keeping pace. The L.E. Phillips Memorial Public Library in Eau Claire offers an extraordinary selection of fee-free digital media services to cardholders. Stream or download e-books, audiobooks, magazines, music, or video from nearly any device: anytime, anywhere. Check out www.ecpubliclibrary.info/digital for more information on digital media resources including: hoopla, freegal music, Freading, Overdrive, and Flipster.
Melissa Peterson has joined Merchants Bank as Vice President/Commercial Banker, according to Larry Accola, Market President for Merchants Bank in Eau Claire.
“Melissa’s unique background in both banking and accounting will provide a beneficial perspective for our business clients,” said Accola. “She’s committed to working with businesses and understands the many unique financial challenges they face.”
Peterson has more than 20 years experience in the financial industry, including 10 years in banking. She was most recently the President for First Security Bank in Detroit Lakes. Peterson is a Certified Public Accountant and also a former Chief Financial Officer.
“My background enables me to bring a lot of value to my business customers and truly be a partner in meeting their financial needs. Part of the reason I chose to join Merchants is their unique community banking philosophy and the importance they place on building relationships with customers,” said Peterson.
Peterson has a Master of Business Administration in Accounting. She and her husband, Paul, and their son will be relocating to the Eau Claire area.
The Merchants Bank Commercial Lending team is comprised of more than 40 local experts, available throughout our regional footprint. In addition to traditional commercial loans, Merchants bankers specialize in SBA loans, floor plan financing and equipment lease financing and ag banking. As a regional banking leader, Merchants can assist businesses of any size with their business financing needs, including Cash Management services.
Merchants Bank has 21 locations, including Wisconsin locations in Eau Claire and Onalaska and Minnesota locations in Winona, Goodview, St. Charles, Rochester, Caledonia, La Crescent, Spring Grove, Rushford, Lanesboro, Red Wing, Cannon Falls, Hampton as well as Twin Cities locations in Lakeville, Apple Valley, Cottage Grove, Hastings and Rosemount. Merchants Bank was founded in 1875. All banks are Equal Housing Lenders and Member FDIC. Merchants Bank Equipment Finance, the company’s leasing arm, is based in the Twin Cities.
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