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BNB Employees Honored/Promoted

By Randy Alderman
January 2016

   At the bank’s annual Employee Appreciation Dinner held January 9th at Copper Dock Winery, several employees were recognized for their years of service with the bank.
   Vice president Cathy Eyman, who oversees all technology at the bank, was recognized for 30 years of service.

   Eyman joined the bank in 1985 after graduating from Kaskaskia College with a Associate in Applied Science Degree in Data Processing.  She has served as the IT department supervisor and manager since 1989.  Since that time, Cathy has guided the bank through many technological conversions and upgrades, most recently the banks conversion to a real-time digital banking platform. 

   Bradford National Bank president Doug Stroud said, "In banking, as with nearly every aspect of life today, technology is incredibly important.  We are always upgrading systems and researching new products.  Somehow, Cathy is able to stay on top of this constantly changing environment.  She works very hard at her job and Bradford is very lucky to have her in charge of our Information Technology department.”

   Loan Processing supervisor Cheryl McCario was honored for 25 years of service.  She has worked in the loan department for most of her career at the bank, assisting customers with loan payments and more.  Cheryl currently supervises her staff and coordinates the loan processing and payments at all BNB branches.

   Kelly Hubbard, who works in the bookkeeping department was honored for 10 years of service.  Cara Snow, who splits her time between loan processing and teller work, was recognized for five years of service

Staff Promotions

   The Bradford National Bank board of directors recently announced two staff promotions at the bank.  Joanie Willis and Michelle Brown were both promoted to assistant vice presidents of the bank.
   Joanie Willis serves as a Bradford National Bank consumer lending officer at our Highland location.  She specializes in home, auto, and personal lending.

   She has over 20 years’ experience in retail lending, accounting and management.  Additionally, she has a great deal of experience working with realtors, developers and title companies.  Willis has completed a number of bank specific courses as well.

   Joanie is very civic minded as well, serving as secretary of the St. Rose Booster Club, is a member of the St. Rose Ladies Sodality, member of the PAWS Booster Club, delivers Meals on Wheels and is a member of the Highland Kiwanis Club, Highland Chamber of Commerce, and is a member of the Greater Gateway Association of Realtors.

   Call or stop by our Highland location today to discuss your lending needs with Joanie!

   Michelle Brown is a May 2011 graduate of SIU Edwardsville with a bachelors in Business Administration specializing in finance and management. She started working full-time at the bank the Monday after her graduation and has been employed for nearly five years.

   Her primary job title is Credit Analyst, doing annual loan reviews for existing customers and monitoring financial information.  She performs loan review for new commercial and agricultural lending requests as well.  Commercial and agriculture appraisal reviews are also part of her job.

   In addition to her loan review work, Michelle also supervises the accounting department and works some as a loan teller when needed.

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