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Business Bankers

Rick Bastian, President & CEO

Rick Bastian, President & CEO
400 Broad Street, Beloit and 2475 N. Perryville Road, Rockford
Toll Free 800.209.2616 | Beloit: Ext 4229 | Rockford: Ext 4633

While some have declared that the small to mid-size manufacturer is a dying breed, Rick, a stalwart supporter of manufacturing in the Rock River Valley, believes that they are experiencing a reinvention, and he’s fully engaged in helping that happen.  Bastian knows that manufacturing is the lifeblood of the local economy, with its long, rich history of providing employment for tens of thousands of people and a comfortable Midwestern quality of life.

Rick honed his unique understanding of business and manufacturing over 30 years of leading financial institutions.   He has primed his workforce, and the company’s stakeholders have elected a board of directors who know manufacturing.  Together, they’re helping local manufacturers adapt to the swings of a volatile economy by advising them about restructuring cash-flow, maximizing their existing infrastructure and workforce, sharing best practices with a network of other customers, and learning how to maximize their negotiation skills. This concentration of knowledge, experience and leadership frequently enables Blackhawk’s bankers to anticipate the needs of customers and approach them proactively with ideas to successfully meet the next challenge.

Rick completed Lean Manufacturing Training offered by IMEC, gaining knowledge that he passes along to customers.  He constantly conducts research and applies analytical thinking to develop new ways to do business that will help the bank and its customers stay healthy and prosperous.    It‘s this research and his desire to truly understand the business model of every Blackhawk customer that allows Rick and his team to confidently “dig in” and to think beyond the numbers when reviewing a business deal.

In March, 2013, Rick became a Certified Family Business Advisor upon completion of training in Los Angeles, CA.  Certification equips him with comprehensive tools to assist family-owned and closely-held businesses.  Advisors work to help the business create an exit strategy, succession plan and build an advisory board not only as a means to transition the business in the future, but also to help create a clear roadmap of how the business will operate to reach its goals.  Read the full News Release here.

Rick and his wife Jayme reside in Rockford, and are active participants in numerous civic and philanthropic organizations.

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Todd Larson, Senior Vice President Business Banking
2475 N. Perryville Road, Rockford, IL 815.877.2138

Todd's an expert advisor on business management matters and readily shares his knowledge with clients throughout the bank's market area. He directs Blackhawk's team of Business Bankers, Credit Analysts, Loan Underwriters and Administrative Assistants while developing and managing commercial loan relationships. With more than 27 years of experience in the local business banking arena, Todd's keen insights into the local marketplace position him as a lead member of the bank's Asset/Liability and Loan Committees.

The father of three young children, Todd lives in Belvidere where he's an active member of the Belvidere Cosmopolitan Club. His two favorite leisure activities are golfing and enjoying all the activities that go with being a dad.

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Brenda White, Vice President Business Banking
2475 N. Perryville Road, Rockford, IL 815.986.7120

Brenda knows the financial industry backward and forward and delivers prompt action to her clients. A former Personal Banker, Business Development Officer, Mortgage Originator and Manager of Blackhawk's real estate division, Brenda's 25 years of experience enables her to put together innovative solutions for her clients' specific needs. Since 2005 her primary emphasis has been in Commercial Banking, serving clients in Winnebago and Boone County.

Brenda's active with the Rockford and Belvidere Chambers of Commerce; she's a member of the Home Builders Association of Greater Rockford, the South Central Wisconsin Builder's Association and the Rockford Association of Realtors. She lives in Boone County and has an affinity for antique cars, travel and anything involving water!

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Andy Williams, Senior Vice President Business Banking
2475 N. Perryville Road, Rockford, IL 815.877.2421

Outstanding banking skills combined with intimate knowledge of the Rockford business scene are two valuable benefits Andy brings to local entrepreneurs. He's a go-getter who's won numerous new clients for the bank and proves his dedication to building relationships by delivering excellent service after the sale. Andy specializes in business banking solutions for manufacturers and healthcare professionals in Rockford and Winnebago County. A former Vice President of Organizational Development at the Rockford Chamber of Commerce, Andy knows nearly every business person in Rockford. Blackhawk acquired his professional sales skills in 2004.

Andy's a member of the Rockford Chamber of Commerce, RMA, and Women of Today's Manufacturing. Andy and his wife Chanin have two children and live in Winnebago. His hobbies include model rocketry, trap shooting, fantasy football and cycling.

Jim Pieschel
Jim Pieschel, Vice President Business Banking
2471 N. Perryville Road, Rockford, IL  815.544.4146

Jim is the newest member of the Business Banking Division. He brings 21 years of banking experience (18 of them in commercial banking) to the bank’s team of experts.  He previously managed a commercial banking division with 13 commercial bankers and loan balances in excess of $400,000,000. He has specialized expertise in Illinois revenue bond financing, as well as financing for manufacturing and the development of senior living communities.

As a management trainee during his first two years in banking, Jim learned how a bank truly operates and how multiple lines of business are engaged to meet the needs of its clients. 

Jim serves as a board member of the Crusader Health Foundation and Rockford Lutheran High School Foundation, and is a recent past treasurer of the University Club of Rockford.  He obtained a Bachelors of Arts / Economics degree from the University of Illinois, Urbana/Champaign.

A lifelong Winnebago County resident, Jim, his wife Courtney and their two children reside in Loves Park.  His favorite leisure activities include being entertained by the antics of his kids, listening to classic rock (Rockford’s very own Cheap Trick is # 1 in that book!), golfing, being a fan of University of Illinois athletics, the Cubs, Bears, Blackhawks, and the Bulls.

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Kevin Busker, Vice President Cash Management, Certified Treasury Professional, AAP
9609 Forest Hills Road, Machesney Park, IL 815.877.2084

Kevin's the cash management specialist that teaches clients how to make their deposits really work. With more than 25 years of banking experience, he instructs clients in the use of online tools such as one-time or reoccurring ACH transactions, wire transfers, direct deposits, sweep accounts, remote deposit capture, account analysis, zero balance accounts, property management and more. Kevin meets with clients throughout northern Illinois and southern Wisconsin, demonstrating the ease and benefits of Remote Electronic Deposit.

Kevin's a member of the Association for Financial Professionals and holds the Certified Treasury Professional (CTP) credential. The CTP designation is evidence that an individual is certified in corporate treasury and cash management.  AAPs (Accredited ACH Professional) are recognized throughout the payments industry as subject matter experts.  

Kevin is actively involved with Scouting, Westminster Presbyterian Church, and Abundant Life Tries Dias. He's married to Thelma and they have two sons. The Busker family enjoys the great outdoors together by spending time camping, hiking, biking and traveling.

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Chris Agnitsch, Vice President Business Banking
2475 N. Perryville Road, Rockford, IL 815.877.2481

With an insider's perspective on initiatives and legislative issues that affect business, Chris also comes to Blackhawk from a Chamber background. Most recently he served as President of the Lancaster, Ohio Chamber of Commerce; before that, he spent five years as the Rockford Chamber's Vice President of Government Affairs. Chris earned a Bachelor's degree in Communications with a concentration in Economics; his education and business proficiency equip him to be a valuable asset to business clients.

Chris and his wife Amy Boston are parents to sons Will and Ben. Chris enjoys trap shooting, hunting, fishing and golf.

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Steve Sinkiawic, Vice President Business Banking
2475 N. Perryville Road, Rockford, IL 815.986.7160

Clients can rely on Steve's 27+ years of banking experience to help bring creative solutions to their business banking relationship. He's worked with a wide variety of businesses, from retail, to wholesale, to manufacturing, as well as with many not-for- profit agencies including churches. His goal is to be a partner in his clients' success by finding ways to help them save money, make more money and to focus on the entire client relationship, for both their business and personal banking needs.

Steve's the father of three boys and currently has four grandchildren. He continues the strong Blackhawk tradition of service to the community. He's a Past President of the Machesney Park Lions Club, has been active with the Boy Scouts of America and the American Heart Association. He currently is on the Board of Directors of Rockford Meld, the Parks Pinnacle Committee, and has been a team leader for the Rockford YMCA Strong Kids campaign. Steve is also a trustee for the North Suburban Library District. His hobbies include fishing, travel, cooking, and playing duplicate bridge.

Dale Reeves
Dale Reeves, Senior Vice President Business Banking
400 Broad Street, Beloit, WI 608.299.3422

Dale's a powerful resource for business people who want to strengthen or expand their business. He's a fount of knowledge with more than 27 years of experience in business and consumer banking, investment services and wealth management. He administers a portfolio of long-term, successful clients in the Stateline area while cultivating new business in Beloit and Janesville.

Dale is a former chair of the Stateline United Way Campaign and is a Beloit Memorial Hospital Foundation Director. Dale and his wife Lisa live in Roscoe. Their son Patrick and his wife Emily reside in Fort Collins Colorado, and daughter Alyssa is a student at UW LaCrosse. Dale's hobbies include scuba diving, cycling and traveling.

Dave Holterman, Vice President Business Banking
Dave Holterman, Vice President Business Banking
400 Broad Street, Beloit, WI

Dave’s experience spans 16 years in banking in the Rock County market working with both consumer and small business clients as a multi-branch banking center manager.  Today he specializes in loan and credit services, cash management and deposit services for the area’s business clients.

In addition to banking expertise, Dave’s a huge community supporter currently serving as a Board Member for the Milton Area Chamber of Commerce, a member of the Economic Development Commission for the City of Milton and a member of the Janesville Morning Rotary Club.  He is a multi-year recipient of the Volunteer of the Year designation awarded by the Milton Area Chamber of Commerce.  He’s a board member for the Wisconsin Banker’s Association, and has a multi-year volunteer record with the United Way of North Rock County.

Dave graduated Cum Laude of the University of Wisconsin Whitewater with a Bachelor of Business Administration, with an emphasis in Finance.  A Rock County native, Dave, his wife and three children are residents of Milton.

Dave's hobbies include reading, golf, woodworking, bicycling and riding his motorcycle.  He's a Wisconsin sports fan, enjoys outdoor activities, and spending time with family and friends.