News Release: Bastian Featured Speaker at FMA Executive Summit

June 29, 2018 (Elgin, IL) - Blackhawk Bank Chairman, Rick Bastian, was recently a featured speaker at The Fabricator®’s Executive Summit for the Fabricators and Manufacturers Association, Inc. (FMA). The summit was held at FMA’s headquarters in Elgin, IL, focusing on “Market and Grow Your Business.”

Bastian spoke to fabricating and manufacturing professionals from around the country on succession planning and its influence on company valuation. The sound advice and expertise Bastian brought to this subject was greatly appreciated by the attendees.

“In this capacity constrained economy, there are very specific steps businesses can take to enhance profitability and long term value,” commented Bastian. “It is just going to take some courage and discipline,” he concluded.

Bastian’s words educate and resonate with business owners, professional groups, students, and individuals throughout the Bank’s service area in northern Illinois and southern Wisconsin. Blackhawk Bank is committed to delivering this level of expert financial advice to help bolster the economic well-being of the communities it serves.

About Blackhawk Bank
Established in 1881, Blackhawk Bank has served individuals, families and business owners for 137 years. The Bank operates eight full service banking centers in Rockford, Belvidere, Machesney Park and Roscoe, Illinois, and in Beloit and Janesville, Wisconsin. The Bank also operates a Business Banking Center in Elgin, Illinois, and a Mortgage Processing Center in Roscoe, Illinois. Complete information about Blackhawk Bank can be found at

About FMA
The Fabricators and Manufacturers Association (FMA) is a professional organization whose mission is to advocate for the growth and sustainability of the North American metal, forming, and fabricating industries. The FMA brings metal fabricators and equipment manufacturers together through technology councils, educational programs, networking events, and FABTECH, the industry’s leading trade show. For more information on FMA visit