- Chief Executive Officer Steve Burgess, National Bank of Commerce
NBC Chief Executive Officer Steve Burgess sees the bank's work with commercial customers as helping business owners achieve their goals.
"We are invested in making individual dreams come true," Burgess
But that investment goes beyond the individual into the community at large.
"Those dreams have birthed new businesses and the expansion of existing businesses that in turn develop commerce in our area," he
"With that comes new jobs, the purchase of new homes, hiring contractors for new buildings - the list just goes on and on."
That sentiment is reflected in NBC's
new mission statement: "To exceptionally enrich the community we serve and to be a catalyst to all clients, associates and shareholders to achieve their individual dreams, thereby fulfilling the time-honored role of being a community bank."
believes the bank's stated core values - of respect for others, integrity, teamwork and ultimate accountability to each other and the bank's customers - support that mission.
Burgess is new to the Twin Ports area, coming to NBC with 30 years of banking experience.
Prior to joining NBC, he was president and CEO of State Bank Financial for 11 years in La Crosse.
Before that he served as president and CEO of M&I Central Bank and Trust in Marshfield, Wis., for six years and president and CEO of First National Bank of Neillsville, in Neillsville, Wis., for nine years.
The prevailing heritage of taking pride in your vocation has provided an extremely strong work ethic that helps companies prosper in the very competitive environment we see today," Burgess
"The area has great arteries of transportation including first-rate trucking companies, one of the biggest shipping ports, a vibrant railroad industry and an international airport which connects the Twin Ports to the rest of the world in an economical way."
believes our quality of life in the Northland is an added incentive for new businesses to locate in the region.
"Our natural resources, wildlife, lack of traffic congestion, low cost of living and changing seasons create a very high quality of life," he
Community Bank President-Minnesota Bruce Webb also recently moved to the area from Michigan.
agrees that there is much to offer businesses in the Twin Ports - not the least of which is an existing, thriving business environment including industries such as mining, tourism, transportation, health care, and education.
said the biggest asset by far is the people in the area.
believes that's when a partnership with experienced bankers can really help the customer.
"For the most part, we're able to counsel the customer to develop solutions that are in the best interest of the customer and the bank.
We're able to offer solutions that have minimum impact on the business and employees," he
"We're on track for putting $100 million in new commercial loans into the community," Burgess
With a $9 million legal lending limit - the amount a bank can lend any one customer - NBC
is large enough to service the vast majority of customers within this region.
"Most businesses won't outgrow us," he
"A dynamic part of our marketing is to help the community grow," Burgess
said, noting that employees and board members serve in many community organizations, in addition to the bank making financial donations and sponsoring events and causes.