U.S. Bank has named Nate Kuehl the Eau Claire market president and Jackie Rasmussen vice president and private banker in Eau Claire, Wisconsin. Mike Nickels, regional president for U.S. Bank in Northwest Wisconsin, made the announcement.
Kuehl will assume market leader responsibilities for Eau Claire, in addition to his role as Wisconsin regional manager for business banking. He will also represent U.S. Bank in a leadership role within the community. Kuehl has been with U.S. Bank since 2005 in several leadership roles in the Twin Cities market. He joined the Eau Claire team in 2018.
Kuehl earned two bachelors’ degrees in finance and organizational management from the University of Minnesota Duluth. He is currently a United Way Financial Coach, and was involved in MN with the St. Paul Midway YMCA as Board Chair, and was a Financial Literacy Trainer for the Union Gospel Mission. Kuehl resides in Eleva, Wisconsin with his wife Stephanie, and children, Ethan and Evelyn.
Rasmussen was named vice president and wealth management private banking relationship manager. She specializes in providing customized private banking services for affluent and high net worth clients. She began her position on May 28, 2019. Previously she worked for BMO Harris Bank in Eau Claire.
Rasmussen has over 30 years in the financial services industry. Passionate about philanthropy and community involvement, Rasmussen is actively involved with Eau Claire Community Foundation, Eau Claire Chamber of Commerce and HSHS St. Joseph’s Hospital Foundation Leadership Council. Rasmussen has been a lifelong resident of Eau Claire and resides here with her family.
Kuehl and Rasmussen work at U.S. Bank’s office located at 131 S. Barstow St. in downtown Eau Claire. Kuehl can be reached at (715) 839-6338. Rasmussen can be reached at (715) 839-6329.
Charter Bank is proud to announce and welcome Faith Feldman as a Deposit Operations Specialist. She will be working alongside her colleagues in a variety of daily tasks, primarily deposit operational support for customers with an emphasis on outgoing domestic and international wires.
“I am looking forward to do my part to enhance our customers’ experience,” says Feldman “So far, I am thrilled with this amazing group of people that I get to work with,” she adds.
Feldman, a graduate from Chippewa Valley Technical College, recently moved back to the area after living and working in the Madison, WI for eight years. She comes to us with loads of customer service and banking experience under her belt. Most recently she worked with Royal Credit Union as an Electronic Payment Specialist.
“Faith is a great fit for Charter Bank, she has many years in banking but even more in providing excellent customer service.” states Christine Olson, Deposit Operations Officer of Charter Bank. “We are excited to have her join our team as we strive to provide exemplary customer satisfaction in our deposit operations field.”
In her downtime Feldman keeps busy with her four granddaughters Della (9), Lucy (9), Audrey (6), and Avery (20 Months). “They are the lights of my life and bring me so much joy,” she exclaims! Additionally, she is an avid biker with her husband Rick.
The needs and wants of the Eau Claire community are growing and changing, and the L.E. Phillips Memorial Public Library is expanding its collections and services to meet them. Drop in on Thursday, July 25 between 6 p.m. and 8 p.m. for a firsthand look at some of the exciting ways the library is helping people to overcome barriers and connect with resources. Light refreshments will be provided, and everyone is welcome.
Community Resources Specialist Libby Richter and Early Literacy Outreach Librarian Jerissa Koenig will be on-hand to provide information and answer questions about their transformational new positions. Celebrate the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Anniversary a day early with the launch of the library’s new Braille printing service and demonstrations of the Romeo 60 Single-Sided Braille Printer, made possible with funding from Access Eau Claire, the Eau Claire Noon Lions Club, and the L.E. Phillips Family Foundation. Take a peek at some design concept renderings, and get inspired about the possibilities for your renovated and expanded “new” library. Plus, you’re sure to want to check out some of the new and innovative collections the library will be showcasing, so don’t forget to bring your library card!
WNB Financial is pleased to announce Dave Justus, Vice President and Business Banking Officer, as the recipient of its 2019 second quarter Community PRIDE Award. Community PRIDE Awards recognize WNB employees for exceptional volunteer service to programs, organizations, and initiatives that contribute to the strength and vitality of the communities served. This includes volunteering efforts made during and outside of work hours. Justus is actively involved with the Holmen Area Foundation as Past President, most recently serving on the “18 Holes 4 Holmen” Golf Outing Committee. He’s a community leader for the Holmen High School Empire Stadium Rejuvenation Project, and is involved with both the Holmen and La Crosse Ducks Unlimited. As a Community PRIDE Award recipient, Justus received $100 to donate to the non-profit organization of his choice, which he chose to donate to the Holmen Area Foundation. In addition, he received a certificate of recognition and a Bank logo shirt. In 2018, 36 WNB Financial employees donated 2,211 hours of service to 91 local organizations. WNB gifted $378,000 to the community in the areas of education and youth programs, fine arts and culture, health and wellness, economic development, and community service.
Homelessness in western Wisconsin will be discussed on “The West Side” at 10 a.m. on Monday, July 15 on The Ideas Network on 88.3 WHWC-FM/ Menomonie-Eau Claire and 88.7 WRFW-FM/ River Falls.
Host Dean Kallenbach welcomes Dr. Susan Wolfgram, Affordable Housing Task Force chair with JONAH (Joining Our Neighbors Advancing Hope); Jeanne Semb, housing services coordinator for Western Dairyland Economic Opportunity Council; and Chris Hedlund, program director and director of education at Hope Gospel Mission, which recently expanded its homeless services in Eau Claire.
Other guests include Angie Swenson-Holzinger, associate director of housing at UW-Eau Claire and Taz Smith, a UW-Eau Claire student. Both will talk about a new program that supports university students who identify as homeless. Producer Katharine Thomas will share a news feature on The Inn Towne Hotel in Eau Claire which provides housing for ex-prisoners transitioning to freedom and its owner Terry Butler.
“The West Side” is a call-in program focused on issues specific to western Wisconsin. The show airs at 10 a.m. on Mondays on 88.3 WHWC-FM/ Menomonie-Eau Claire and 88.7 WRFW-FM/ River Falls, with a live stream atwww.wrfw887.com. Listeners may call in with questions and comments during the program at 1-800-228-5615. Archives are available at www.wpr.org.
Johnny’s Italian Steakhouse Eau Claire has been honored for its outstanding wine program in the coveted Wine Spectator’s 2019 Restaurant Awards. The restaurant is recognized among other winners from all over the globe as a top destination for wine lovers.
“We’re pleased to shine a spotlight on the destinations around the world that show devotion to their wine program, while also creating a comprehensive global dining guide for our readers to enjoy,” said Marvin R. Shanken, Editor and Publisher, Wine Spectator. “Both novice wine lovers and seasoned sommeliers alike actively seek and frequent restaurants with exciting, well-curated wine lists. Bravo to all the 2019 recipients—we raise a glass to you.”
Thomas Larson, President of Larson Companies who represents ownership and manages the award-winning restaurant, says “This Award from Wine Spectator two years in a row is a true honor, to be recognized amongst the world’s best wine lists. It is also a great source of pride and culmination of years of planning, patience, research and perseverance in building a wine list unlike any other in the area. Our Johnny’s Team is magnificent and it clearly shows. The heart of everything we do at Johnny’s centers around exceeding highest guest expectations, and we want to also take this opportunity to sincerely thank our patrons and guests for their support.”
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