Wisconsin Bank & Trust, a Madison-based community bank serving businesses and individuals from 17 branch offices statewide, announced that Curtis Chrystal has been named president and CEO effective January 1, 2018. Current president and CEO, Kevin Tenpas, who has over 30 years in banking has led the bank since 2013, will be assuming the position of president and CEO of Rocky Mountain Bank in Billings, Montana. Both banks are members of Heartland Financial USA, Inc., a Forbes Best Bank 2017.
In making the announcement, J. Cory Recknor, chairman of the Wisconsin Bank & Trust board of directors, said, “We are excited to have Curtis join our executive leadership team. His industry experience, operational know-how and commitment to the community will be invaluable as we continue to deliver banking, investment and insurance solutions to Wisconsin residents and businesses. His background includes significant expertise in commercial lending, commercial real estate and agricultural lending.”
Tenpas commented, “While I am sad to leave Wisconsin, this move to Montana brings my wife and me closer to our families. I will always have very fond memories of the people and incredible places in Wisconsin.”
Chrystal has over 35 years experience in banking including his most recent position as president and CEO at Rocky Mountain Bank. His years of bank credit and lending experience includes positions as business banking manager and president and CEO at banks in Montana, Iowa and Kansas.
He has a long history of civic involvement and volunteerism serving as a director on the Boys and Girls Clubs of Yellowstone Endowment Foundation. He also helped spearhead the award of $7.5mm for the City of Ottumwa from Vision Iowa in 2001 as part of a $21mm projects for an events center and was on the city council for Sac City and Ottumwa.
Chrystal holds a degree from the Iowa State University and the University of Wisconsin-Madison Graduate School of Banking. An avid Harley Davidson rider, he and his wife Kara love the outdoors and own a farm in west central Iowa.
About Wisconsin Bank & Trust
Wisconsin Bank & Trust (WBT) is a business-focused community bank with assets more than $1.1 billion serving customers in the Madison, Milwaukee, Green Bay, Sheboygan, Monroe and southwest areas of Wisconsin. From 17 banking centers and one mortgage origination office, WBT offers a wide range of personal and business banking, wealth management and mortgage lending services. The bank is a subsidiary of Heartland Financial USA, Inc. (NASDAQ: HTLF), which has assets more than $9.6 billion. WBT is a member of the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation and an Equal Housing Lender. Learn more at www.wisconsinbankandtrust.com.
About Heartland Financial USA, Inc.
Heartland Financial USA, Inc. is a diversified financial services company with assets exceeding $9.6 billion. The company provides banking, mortgage, private client, investment, insurance and consumer finance services to individuals and businesses. Heartland currently has 121 banking locations serving 88 communities in Iowa, Illinois, Wisconsin, New Mexico, Arizona, Montana, Colorado, Minnesota, Kansas, Missouri, Texas and California. Additional information about Heartland Financial USA, Inc. is available at www.htlf.com.