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Mark Brzeskiewicz Promoted to Commercial Lender at Forward Bank May 20, 2019

Mark Brzeskiewicz has been promoted to Commercial Lender at Forward Bank. In his role as a Commercial Lender, Brzeskiewicz will focus on guiding businesses in the area through the borrowing process. His financial services experience spans 39 years.

His dedication to the community encompasses numerous activities and positions with the Phillips Area Chamber of Commerce including serving as Chamber President for 3 years. Brzeskiewicz also has been extremely involved with the school through speaking, coaching, and mentoring young athletes.

“Mark is a great member of the Forward team,” said Dave Clark, Executive Vice President of Forward Bank. “His experience and willingness to be a financial advisor and advocate for his customers through the borrowing process makes him a very valuable lender in the area. Mark’s approach to service and community involvement fits extremely well with Forward’s purpose driven mindset.”

Sam Pritzl Promoted to Vice President at Forward Bank May 13, 2019

Sam Pritzl has been promoted to Vice President / Commercial Lender at Forward Bank who recognizes his ongoing contributions to the success of the Park Falls team.

In his role as VP/Commercial Lender, Pritzl will focus on guiding businesses in the area through the borrowing process. His experience in banking spans 16 years.

His dedication to the community includes co-founding and serving as President of the Park Falls Area Development Corporation. Pritzl has been active with various boards including the Flambeau Hospital, Park Falls Industrial Development Committee, Price County Development Association, and Park Falls Chamber of Commerce. He shares his heart with the community as the Founder and President of The Jonny Angel Foundation.

“Sam is a great addition to the leadership team of Forward Bank,” commented Bill Sennholz, President and CEO. “He will be able to provide a great deal of insight into our northern communities given the connections that he has nurtured throughout his years in banking and in business.”

Tom Armstrong Continues to Lead Forward Bank Offices in Price County May 6, 2019

Tom Armstrong is continuing in a leadership role at Forward Bank as Senior Vice President/Market President.

In his role as SVP/Market President, Armstrong will lead the outreach efforts in the community and act as a resource for the Commercial Lenders in Park Falls and Phillips. He has extensive experience in banking spanning 34 years and gives back to the banking industry serving on the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis.

His dedication to the community includes serving as the President of the City of Park Falls Revolving Loan Board, President of the Park Falls Little League Board, and as the Head Coach of the Chequamegon High School Baseball team.

“We’re excited to have Tom lead the team in Phillips and Park Falls,” commented Bill Sennholz, President and CEO. “His experience working with businesses in the Northwoods will be valuable as we move forward together. Tom’s genuine connection and concern for the Park Falls community will drive the bank’s outreach to non-profits and on community projects.”

Forward Bank and First National Bank Receive Regulatory Approval of Purchase April 12, 2019

Forward Bank and First National Bank have received approval from banking regulators to complete the purchase of all the deposit and loan relationships held by First National Bank.

As announced in December, Forward Bank will be assuming all the deposits and loan accounts of First National Bank.  The banks are continuing the process of working with the customers in Phillips and Park Falls on the details of the transaction. The transition is expected to close on May 3, 2019.

“We have reached out to all of our customers with letters letting them know of our intention to join with Forward Bank,” commented Tom Armstrong, President of First National Bank of Park Falls. “Our ongoing communications with customers and our community include the details of the transition process and how the move to Forward Bank will benefit them.”

“The team at Forward is excited to complete this transaction and begin our outreach specifically to non-profits in Park Falls and Phillips,” stated Bill Sennholz, President & CEO of Forward Bank. “With the guidance of Tom and his team, we’ll be well on our way to advancing the mission of supporting healthy and successful communities.”

Dates set for First National Bank of Park Falls Conversion March 22, 2019

Dates have been set for the conversion of First National Bank of Park Falls customers to Forward Bank. The offices of First National Bank will be closed at 2:00 p.m. on Friday, May 3 and will remain closed through the weekend. On Monday, May 6, offices in Park Falls and Phillips will open as Forward Bank.

All offices of Forward Bank will have normal business hours this weekend.

First National Bank customers have received welcome materials outlining key dates and details on the transition of their accounts.  There will be some follow-up mailings for a few specific accounts and services sent shortly after the book.  These will not apply to all customers.

If you are a current customer of First National Bank of Park Falls, we encourage you to open all correspondence from Forward Bank as it will contain information to help make the transition smooth.

We are excited to have the staff and customers of First National Bank join our Forward family in May!

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