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BYRON BANK ANNOUNCES LEMONADE STAND CONTEST: SUPPORTING YOUNG ENTREPRENUERS!

BYRON, ILLINOIS, June 3, 2024 – Byron Bank is excited to announce “The Sweetest Showdown of the Year” is set to take place on Friday, June 28, 2024, from 11 AM – 12:30 PM at the Green Space at Byron Bank (corner of 2nd and Washington streets). This fun, community event is designed to inspire and support young entrepreneurs in our community by providing them with an opportunity to set up and run their own lemonade stands.

Each participant will get a small business kit, money box and small business sign. To secure a spot, participants must complete the registration form by June 21, 2024. Forms and Lemonade Stand kits can be submitted and picked up in person at any Byron Bank branch.

“We believe in the power of small business and young entrepreneurs, as well as the importance of teaching them essential business skills early on,” said Samantha Ciaccio, Byron Bank Marketing Officer.

Prizes for Best Decorated, Best Lemonade and Top Seller will be awarded at the end of the event. Parents, friends, and community members are encouraged to come out and support these young entrepreneurs by purchasing a refreshing glass of lemonade and cheering them on! 102.3 The Coyote will be Live during the event, and we will be giving away ByronFest wristbands, mega passes and meet and greets.

“Byron Bank’s Lemonade Stand initiative is more than just a fun event; it is an investment in the future of our community,” said Scott N. Mincemoyer, Byron Bank President. “By teaching children the basics of running a business, we hope to inspire the next generation of leaders and innovators.”

For more information on this event or, to find out how your child can participate, please visit any Byron Bank location, or contact Samantha Ciaccio at 815-234-2561 or [email protected].

Byron Bank is proud to support the dreams of these young entrepreneurs and look forward to a fun-filled day! Come support them on Friday, June 28, 2024, and join us in nurturing the next generation of business leaders.

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BYRON BANK ANNOUNCES LEADERSHIP TRANSITION WITH MIKE KOHLSTEDT AS BOARD CHAIRMAN

BYRON, ILLINOIS, March 25, 2024 – After 34 years of dedicated service, Byron Bank proudly announces a strategic leadership transition. Mike Kohlstedt, a vital part of our organization, will retire on April 3, 2024, and step into the role of Board Chairman.

Mike has been an instrumental part of Byron Bank’s growth and success, consistently embodying our commitment to our “You Ask. We Help.” philosophy. His wealth of experience, leadership and dedication have been invaluable to both the bank and the community.

To ensure a seamless transition, Brent Baker moved to the role of Executive Vice President, Commercial Banking. Brent has been working closely with Mike over the last few months to ensure a smooth transfer of responsibilities.

This transition highlights Byron Bank’s commitment to effective succession planning and maintaining the highest standards of service to our valued customers. We believe that through this change, we will continue to strengthen our position as a community-focused bank.

“We are grateful for Mike’s outstanding contributions over the years, and we are confident that his leadership as Board Chairman will continue to guide us for many years to come,” said Jen Baker, Chief Operations Officer at Byron Bank.

Byron Bank is a local, family-owned community bank, and our focus remains on our customers and the communities we serve.

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BYRON BANK ANNOUNCES LEADERSHIP CHANGE

BYRON, ILLINOIS, January 02, 2024 – Byron Bank is pleased to announce that Scott N. Mincemoyer, current CFO of Byron Bank, will be stepping into the role of President, bringing fresh perspective and continued dedication to the bank’s core values and community focus.

Scott is a veteran in the banking industry and has over 37 years’ experience. With an impressive track record at Byron Bank, he is set to lead the bank into its next phase of growth and customer service excellence. With his deep understanding of the financial landscape and commitment to the bank’s philosophy, Scott is ideally positioned to steer Byron Bank towards new heights.

“Taking on the role of President is an honor and a responsibility I accept with great enthusiasm, “said Scott N. Mincemoyer. “I am committed to upholding our “You Ask. We Help.” philosophy, ensuring that we continue to meet the evolving needs of our customers and community with the highest level of service and expertise.”

In conjunction with this transition, Byron Bank’s current President, Brent Baker, will be moving into the role of Executive Vice President of Commercial Lending, allowing Brent to leverage his extensive experience and relationships to further enhance the bank’s commercial banking capabilities.

“This shift in roles is a strategic decision that aligns with our commitment to serving our community and ensuring that we put your needs first,” said Brent Baker. “I am excited to transition into this new role and to continue enhancing what it means to be a true community bank.”

These leadership changes reflect Byron Bank’s dedication to it “You Ask. We Help.” philosophy – a commitment to understanding and addressing the unique needs of their customers and community. Because at Byron Bank, when you ask, we help – it’s our commitment to our customers and our community.

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FAMILIAR FACE. NEW PLACE. BYRON BANK WELCOMES ADAM TALBERT

BYRON, ILLINOIS, November 13, 2023 - Byron Bank is pleased to announce that Adam Talbert has joined the Byron Wealth Management Team as an LPL Financial Planner.

Adam Talbert has been involved in the financial services industry for nearly 20 years. Prior to joining Byron Wealth Management, he served in roles as a Wealth Advisor, Financial Planner, Trust Officer and Community Bank Executive. He holds the FINRA Series 7 and 66 licenses with LPL Financial and has over 20 years entrepreneurial experience.

“Byron Bank is excited to bring Adam on board as the newest member of Byron Wealth Management,” said Byron Bank President, Brent Baker. “His experience and commitment in our community, and his extensive knowledge will be a great addition to our team.”

Adam earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Finance from the University of Illinois Gies College of Business. He is actively involved in a variety of community organizations, including the Byron Boosters and Byron Junior Tackle Programs.

Byron Bank is a local family-owned community bank that is committed to building strong relationships with our customers and the communities we serve.

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BYRON BANK WELCOMES JIM WANG, SVP, COMMERCIAL BANKING

BYRON, ILLINOIS, September 12, 2023 - Byron Bank is pleased to announce that Jim Wang has joined the Commercial Banking Team as Senior Vice President, Commercial Banking, in their Poplar Grove location.

Jim has been a member of the Rockford community for over 40 years and brings over 28 years of commercial lending, commercial banking, and relationship management experience to Byron Bank. He has held various executive level positions throughout his career and understands the keys to success are providing value, service, and responsiveness to his clients.

“We are delighted to add Jim into this role with Byron Bank,” says President, Brent Baker. “His expertise and knowledge will not only support the bank, but will also enhance our commitment to our community and our customers.”

Jim attended Rockford College, majoring in finance, as well as completing the Lending School Series with the Illinois Bankers Association. Jim is actively involved with Kiwanis Club of Rockford, and has held various board positions with Rockford Area Economic Development Corporation, Healing Pathways Cancer Resource Center and Junior Achievement of Rock River Valley.

Byron Bank is a local family-owned community bank that is committed to building strong relationships with our customers and the communities we serve.

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STUFF-A-BUS CAMPAIGN DEMONSTRATES LOCAL BANKS’ CARING SPIRIT

BYRON, ILLINOIS, July 17, 2023 – Byron Bank’s annual Stuff-A-Bus campaign exists to help students have a strong start to the school year. Having a backpack full of much-needed school supplies is essential to help prepare students for success.

“Every donation will make a positive difference in the lives of these children,” says Byron Bank President, Brent Baker. “Schools are a vital part of our communities and as a local community bank, we are proud to be able to give back and help our schools in any way we can.”

Items that are most needed are backpacks, crayons, dry erase markers, scissors, spiral notebooks, 1-inch binders, index cards, ear buds or headphones, hygiene kits, and #2 pencils. All supplies donated will be delivered directly to the Byron School District, Meridian School District, District 100 in Belvidere and the Focus House Foundation and distributed by school staff.

“Byron Bank has had great success with our Stuff-A-Bus campaign,” says Byron Bank Marketing Officer, Samantha Ciaccio. “We are thrilled to have a wonderful outpouring of support from our communities.”

We encourage the community and area businesses to bring in school supplies to any Byron Bank location from now until Saturday, August 12th. Find a complete list of school supplies needed at byronbank.com.

Together we can give students the tools they need to start the school year prepared and confident.

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BYRON BANK TO HOST PET BANDANA PHOTO CONTEST

BYRON, ILLINOIS, June 5, 2023 – On your bark. Get set. Pose! Think you have the most adventurous dog? The cutest cat? The funniest goat? Byron Bank is looking to name them “Top Dog” in their Pet Palooza Bandana Photo Contest. The winner will take home a $150 gift card and a $150 donation to a local animal shelter of their choice.

Join us for the kick off on Saturday, June 24, 2023 for our Pet Adoption event with Tails Humane Society from 11am to 2pm in the green space off Washington and 2nd Street in Byron. 102.3 The Coyote will be there for a Live Broadcast and we will also be giving away ByronFest wristbands and meet and greets! Pick up your Byron Bank branded bandana during the event or pick up a bandana at the Byron, Davis Junction or Poplar Grove locations beginning June 24 – August 12, 2023.

Snap a photo of your cute companion wearing the Byron Bank bandana and submit your photos by tagging Byron Bank on Facebook or Instagram. Entries can also be emailed to [email protected] with the subject line “2023 Pet Palooza Photo Contest”. Please include your name, telephone number and your pet’s name in the email.

Six finalists will be posted on Facebook and Instagram for a public vote on Monday, August 14, 2023. The picture with the most likes by the end of the voting period will take home the honor of “Top Dog”! For official rules, please visit byronbank.com. If you have any questions about the contest, please contact Samantha Ciaccio, Byron Bank Marketing Officer, at [email protected].


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BYRON BANK TO SPONSOR LOCAL LEMONADE STANDS THIS SUMMER

BYRON, ILLINOIS, MAY 22, 2023 - Lemonade stands, sponsored by Byron Bank, are back! Support small business and encourage the dream of entrepreneurship this summer!

“The lemonade stands are a fun way for youth to learn about entrepreneurship and running their own small business,” says Brent Baker, Byron Bank President. “Stop by one of our three locations in Byron, Davis Junction or Poplar Grove to have your child sign a ‘business contract’ and pick up their free lemonade stand kit!”

These young kidpreneurs will receive a poster board with their lemonade stand kit to create a unique sign for their small business. Post a photo of your child’s lemonade stand on Facebook and tag Byron Bank for a chance to win a basket of fun goodies! Photo contest ends July 31, 2023.

Mail in entries: (must be received by July 31, 2023)

Byron Bank
ATTN: Samantha Ciaccio

PO Box 901

Byron, IL 61010

Enjoy lemonade from a kidpreneur this summer and support small business!

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CAPTURE OUR COMMUNITY WITH BYRON BANK'S COMMUNITY CALENDAR CONTEST


Byron, Illinois May 1, 2023 — Beginning May 15, 2023, Byron Bank welcomes the community to submit their original photographs featuring local scenery and landscapes, animals, local businesses, historical locations, wildlife and more. Thirteen photos will be selected through the bank and community voting to fill the 1st Annual Byron Bank Community Calendar.

“The theme for our first community calendar is “Our Community. Our Home,” said Samantha Ciaccio, Marketing Officer at Byron Bank. “We are very excited to shine a light on the stunning communities in which we live, work and play.”

Photo submissions are accepted May 15, 2023 through August 31, 2023. Anyone wishing to enter the contest should email a digital copy of their photo and the entry form to [email protected] with the subject line: 2024 Community Calendar Contest Entry. All photos should be a minimum size of 5x7, high resolution, landscape-oriented and in JPG format.

At the end of the submission period, the community will have the opportunity to vote in the month of September. Visit Byron Bank’s Facebook page and byronbank.com to stay up-to-date on calendar voting. The cover photo winner will receive a $250 gift card and monthly winners will receive a $100 gift card!

Complete contest rules and copies of the required forms can be found at byronbank.com or by visiting any of their convenient branch locations. The contest is open to both customers and non-customers. If you have any questions about the contest, please contact Samantha at [email protected].

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BYRON BANK TO COLLECT PEANUT BUTTER AND JELLY FOR ROCK RIVER VALLEY PANTRY

BYRON, ILLINOIS, April 10, 2023 - It’s time for the Rock River Valley Pantry’s Peanut Butter and Jelly Rally, and Byron Bank is collecting peanut butter and jelly at their Byron, Davis Junction and Poplar Grove locations beginning April 10 to May 26, 2023.

“During the summer months when kids are out of school, the Rock River Valley Panty has a huge impact on many families that are struggling to provide for their children ,” says Brent Baker, Byron Bank President. “As a third-generation community bank, we believe in giving back to our communities and Byron Bank is proud to support the Rock River Valley Pantry.”

Stop by any Byron Bank location to drop off your donations. The pantry is asking for donations in plastic jars only. Please help Byron Bank collect this protein-rich staple and let’s help feed hungry children in need this summer.

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Ruse Burglaries Are On The Rise In Our Area

Definition: When an offender pretends to be a village or utility employee such as ComEd, Nicor, Comcast. Ruse burglaries are typically committed by those travelling in pairs. One offender will distract the victim by using a reason, a “ruse”, for the victim to go outside their home, while the other offender goes inside their house and robs the victims house of valuables, money, jewelry, etc.

What You Should Do:

  • Never allow someone you don’t know inside your home, unless you have a prescheduled appointment with that company
  • If they claim to be from the city or village, call the village/city to verify the individual first before letting them in your home
  • Require that workers show identification prior to allowing them into your house or on your property
  • Do not exit your home with an unscheduled, unknown individual
  • Never confront the unknown individual
  • Educate your family, friends and elderly members of the community on ruse burglaries and that this type of burglary is on the rise
  • If you suspect you are a target, call 911. If you can, get pictures of vehicles, write down license plate numbers and descriptions of individuals, as it can be helpful to police.
  • If you see something, say something. Call your local police department and report the suspicious activity immediately!

If you feel you have been a victim of a ruse burglary or you have seen suspicious vehicles/subjects, please contact your local Police Department and report these incidents.

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COMMUNITY BANKS REMAIN STRONG AND SECURE

March 15, 2023 - Considering the recent news surrounding Silicon Valley Bank, Signature Bank, New York, and most recent, Credit Suisse, Byron Bank wants to reassure our customers of the strength, viability and resiliency of community banks, as well as bring the community-banking difference to the forefront.

As a third-generation community bank, Byron Bank remains well-capitalized and well-positioned to continue to serve our customers and community. As a community bank customer, you have access to our experienced team, and we stand ready to assist you at all times with any of your questions or concerns. As a community bank, we take pride in our relationship-based mission which is focused on building long-term trust with our customers. We live in your community too, and your success is our success.

Consumers can bank with confidence at their local community bank, knowing their money is safe because it is insured by the FDIC. No one has ever lost a dime of FDIC-insured deposits up to $250,000. You can feel secure keeping your money with Byron Bank. Byron Bank is committed to being a stable and reliable cornerstone in our community.

For those customers who have questions about whether additional insurance coverage is needed, we are ready and prepared to assist you. We encourage you to access the following resources or give us a call directly at 815-234-2561.

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BYRON BANK HIRES KRISTIE SULLIVAN AS MORTGAGE LOAN ORIGINATOR

BYRON, ILLINOIS, March 2, 2023 - Byron Bank is pleased to announce the addition of Kristie Sullivan, Mortgage Loan Originator at our Byron location.

Kristie has over 20 years of experience in servicing the Northern Illinois and South Wisconsin areas. Kristie has extensive experience in writing all types of mortgage loans, including Conventional, FHA, VA, and in-house specialty loans.

“We are thrilled to have Kristie on our Mortgage Lending Team,” says Brent Baker, Byron Bank President. “Her experience, professionalism and commitment to her customers will be a huge asset to our already skilled team.”

When she is not working, Kristie enjoys spending quality time with her friends and family. She also enjoys expressing her creativity through crafting and decorating her home and yard. Kristie is a devoted animal lover, finding great joy in caring for her pets and contributing to animal charities.

Stop by the Byron Bank location in Byron to welcome Kristie!

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BYRON BANK TO BE A COLLECTION LOCATION FOR TOYS FOR TOTS

BYRON, ILLINOIS, October 24, 2022 - Byron Bank is proud to participate in the Toys for Tots program during the 2022 holiday season.

“Byron Bank is excited to help Toys for Tots brighten the holidays for families in our communities,” says Brent Baker, Byron Bank President. “As part of our wonderful community, we take great pride in being a collection location, as well as, contributing to this charitable cause.”

Toys for Tots is run by the United State Marine Corps Reserve and has distributed toys to less fortunate youth since 1947. The program has supported 272 million children to date thanks to generous community engagement.

“We are thankful to our communities for their generosity each year and grateful to be able to support Toys for Tots during the holiday season,” says Samantha Ciaccio, Marketing Manager for Byron Bank.

Drop-off new, unwrapped toys, specifically for kids ages 8 and up, at any Byron Bank location from October 17th through December 10th.

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Byron Bank Welcomes Maryjo Pirages Reynolds to its Board of Directors

BYRON, ILLINOIS, Tuesday, August 2, 2022 – Byron Bank is pleased to announce Maryjo Pirages Reynolds has accepted a position on the bank’s Board of Directors beginning June of 2022.

Maryjo is a highly respected attorney and partner with Allen Galluzzo Hevrin Leake, LLC in Rockford. She was a “40 under 40” recipient from the Rockford Chamber of Commerce and was also named “Next Up” Young Leader by the Rockford Register Star in 2019. She has been admitted to practice before the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois and the Illinois Courts. Maryjo was selected by her peers for inclusion in Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch for Labor and Employment Law. Her areas of expertise are in Labor & Employment, Business & Commercial Transactions, Immigration and Estate Planning and Wealth Preservation.

“We are thrilled to have someone with such high character and an outstanding skill set join our team,” says Byron Bank President, Brent Baker. “Maryjo is an excellent addition to our Byron Bank family.”

Maryjo is committed to her community and serves on the Goldie Floberg Center Board as Vice President and the Next Rockford Board as Past-President. She also serves as a certified arbitrator for the 17th Judicial Circuit Court and volunteers with the Community Foundation of Northern Illinois and Holy Family Church. Previously she served on the Rockford Area Crime Stoppers Board and the Davis Park Task Force, was President of the Winnebago County Young Lawyers’ Association, and regularly volunteered with Transform Rockford and Big Brothers Big Sisters. She is also a graduate of the Leadership Rockford Chamber of Commerce Program and a proud wife and mom.

Maryjo wishes to express her sincere gratitude to Byron Bank for this opportunity: “I have the utmost respect for the bank’s leadership and staff and am humbled and excited to contribute toward the continued success of this dynamic third-generation local business.”

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STUFF-A-BUS CAMPAIGN DEMONSTRATES LOCAL BANKS’ CARING SPIRIT

BYRON, ILLINOIS, July 11, 2022 – Byron Bank’s annual Stuff-A-Bus campaign exists to help students have a strong start to the school year. Having a backpack full of much-needed school supplies is essential to help prepare students for success.

“Every donation will make a positive difference in the lives of these children,” says Byron Bank President, Brent Baker. “Schools are a vital part of our communities and as a local community bank, we are proud to be able to give back and help our schools in any way we can.”

Items that are most needed are backpacks, crayons, dry erase markers, scissors, spiral notebooks, 1-inch binders, index cards, ear buds or headphones, hygiene kits, and #2 pencils. All supplies donated will be delivered directly to the Byron School District, Meridian School District, and District 100 in Belvidere and distributed by school staff.

“Byron Bank has had great success with our Stuff-A-Bus campaign,” says Byron Bank Marketing Manager, Samantha Ciaccio. “We are thrilled to have a wonderful outpouring of support from our communities.”

We encourage the community and area businesses to bring in school supplies to any Byron Bank location from now until Saturday, July 30th. Find a complete list of school supplies needed at byronbank.com.

Together we can give students the tools they need to start the school year prepared and confident.

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BYRON BANK TO COLLECT PEANUT BUTTER FOR ROCK RIVER VALLEY PANTRY

BYRON, ILLINOIS, April 28, 2022 - It’s time for the Rock River Valley Pantry’s Peanut Butter Rally, and Byron Bank is collecting peanut butter at their Byron, Davis Junction and Poplar Grove locations beginning May 2 to May 28, 2022.

“During the summer months when kids are out of school, the Rock River Valley Pantry is an important organization for families in need to help feed their children,” says Byron Bank President, Brent Baker. “We believe in giving back to our communities and Byron Bank is proud to support the Rock River Valley Pantry.”

Rock River Valley Pantry’s goal is to collect 20,000 jars of peanut butter. Please help Byron Bank collect this protein-rich staple and let’s all help feed hungry children in need this summer.

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The “Zelle® Scam” is Spreading Quickly Across the U.S. and Scammers are Spoofing our Phone Number

Scammers are spoofing our phone number! Byron Bank does not call late at night, and we do not call and ask for your online banking credentials. If something doesn’t seem right, hang up immediately and call Byron Bank using the phone number on our website. Ask for the individual you were speaking with to confirm it is a valid Byron Bank employee and not a scammer.

Also, keep these tips in mind:

  • Refunds are not issued through Zelle®. If somebody calls you and offers refunds via Zelle®, hang up the phone and call Byron Bank.
  • Byron Bank will never call you to request information you received via text (SMS)
  • Don’t provide your account number or personal information via email or text.
  • Don’t trust caller ID; Caller ID may be modified to show Byron Bank’s name.
  • Don’t feel pressured to provide information immediately in response to requests via text, email or phone. Using the phone number on our website, reach out to Byron Bank to confirm that the request is legitimate.
  • Don’t give information over the phone if you receive a call stating that a transaction is canceled, even if the caller claims to be from Byron Bank. Once again, contact Byron Bank, using the phone number on our website, to inquire about the transaction.
  • Don’t click on links in unsolicited emails or texts.
  • Don’t give an unsolicited caller remote access to your computer.

Zelle® users should be aware that they could become targets as the scam continues to spread. Those who respond to a fraud text and then get a phone call, allegedly from Byron Bank, should hang up immediately and call Byron Bank, using the phone number on our website, and ask if the fraud alert is real.

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INTRODUCING BYRON BANK’S NEW LOGO AND BRAND

BYRON, ILLINOIS, January 24, 2022 - Byron Bank announced today they will be launching a new brand this January 2022. This new brand includes a new logo along with renewed messaging to highlight their ongoing commitment of providing the highest degree of products, services and technology to exceed their customer’s expectations.

“The Byron Bank brand is over 55 years in the making. It is founded on a rich history of helping people, businesses and communities succeed,” says Byron Bank President, Brent Baker. “Our new look and brand are a modernized interpretation of the company’s classic four B’s insignia.”

“While we have streamlined our logo, our commitment to our customers, employees and community remains the same; to provide exceptional customer service and help them reach their financial goals,” says Samantha Ciaccio, Marketing Manager. “New look for us; same commitment to you.”

Byron Bank remains deeply committed to giving back to the communities it serves and supporting numerous non-profits, organizations and schools to make our communities a better place for all.

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BYRON BANK TO HONOR VETERANS & ACTIVE MILITARY SERVICE MEMBERS IN NOVEMBER

BYRON, ILLINOIS, October 1, 2021 - In honor of the service and sacrifice our Veterans, active military service members and their families have given, Byron Bank will be hosting a Veterans/Active Military Memorial during the month of November.

“We will be handing out canvases for our community to personalize and create their own memorial and then bring back so we can display them,” says Byron Bank President, Brent Baker. “Byron Bank is a proud community partner and is proud to support all our military Veterans, active military service members and their families Let’s all take a moment to remember the sacrifice of these brave men and women, now and every day.”

Pick up your canvas at any Byron Bank location from October 4 – October 29 during business hours and use your creativity to honor your favorite Veteran or active military service member. We ask that you decorate them in red, white, and blue colors. These beautiful pieces will be combined into a collage to commemorate all those that have served and displayed in the Byron Bank lobby in Byron for the month of November. The community can pick up their art beginning November 29th for you to display or give to your favorite Veteran or active military service member.

“Please join us in honoring and remembering those who served, who fought, those still missing, still fighting, and those who made the ultimate sacrifice by giving their lives for our country,” says Steve Scholl, Byron Wealth Management CFP® and United States Marine Corps Veteran.

Byron Bank Employees will also be honoring our Veterans and active military this November by wearing red (Remember Everyone Deployed) every Friday in November. We will also wear jeans for our Monthly Charity Jean Day on Friday, November 12th. All jean day donations will be matched by Byron Bank and donated to the Byron Cemetery Veterans Memorial in Byron.

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Washington proposes new bank reporting of all personal and business financial account info to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS).

As your local community bank, we care about our customers, our community and your privacy. Byron Bank wants you to know about a potential change proposed by Washington that would require banks to report your account information to the IRS. Byron Bank does not endorse this change and believes in the protection of your privacy. If you want to learn more about this proposed change or share your opposition with Congress, visit https://www.icba.org/bank-locally/consumer-alert-from-icba.

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Scheduled Digital Banking Maintenance

Byron Bank Online Banking, Mobile Banking, Business Online, Business Mobile Banking, Zelle®, Bill Pay, Mobile Deposit and Telephone Banking will be offline for software upgrades, equipment upgrades, and testing. This maintenance will take place at 5pm Friday, September 17 through Monday, September 20 approximately at 8am.

We intentionally schedule downtime overnights/weekends to minimize the impact to our customers.

ATM’s, debit cards and credit cards will be functional.

Thank you for your patience during our scheduled maintenance and thank you for banking with Byron Bank.

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BYRON BANK ANNOUNCES ANNUAL STUFF-A-BUS EVENT

BYRON, ILLINOIS, July 08, 2021 - Byron Bank is collecting school supplies during their annual Stuff-A-Bus event. Having a backpack full of much-needed school supplies is essential to help prepare students for success during the year. With the recent pandemic, more area families are facing financial hardships.

“I don't think the community realizes just how much the supplies they share with us are appreciated,” says Monroe Center Grade School Principal, Deana Simpson.

Items that are most needed are backpacks, crayons, dry erase markers, scissors, spiral notebooks, 1-inch binders, index cards, ear buds or headphones, hygiene kits, and #2 pencils.

“If there is a way that we can help support area families and kids with the tools they need, just like their peers, then they are in the best frame of mind to focus on their learning,” Simpson says. “All students should have the supplies they need to be successful at school and I love being part of a community that believes that!"

All supplies donated will be delivered directly to the Byron School District, Meridian School District, and District 100 in Belvidere and distributed by school staff.

You can support the Byron Bank Stuff-A-Bus event by dropping off new school supplies at any Byron Bank location from now until Saturday, July 31st.

Together we can give students the tools they need to start the school year prepared and confident.

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BYRON BANK WELCOMES GREG BUHL, MORTGAGE LOAN ORIGINATOR

Greg Buhl, Mortgage Loan Originator
Greg Buhl, Mortgage Loan Originator

BYRON, ILLINOIS, June 1, 2021 - Byron Bank is happy to announce the addition of Mortgage Loan Originator, Greg Buhl, to our mortgage team.

With over 16 years’ experience in banking, Greg has a well-rounded background in both operations and lending. He takes pride in building lasting relationships with the customers he serves.

“Greg’s experience and drive will be a great asset to our mortgage team,” says Byron Bank President, Brent Baker. “His strong customer focus skills align with our community bank philosophy.”

Prior to Byron Bank, Greg held many different banking positions from Branch Manager to Loan Operations Manager. He loves working in a community bank setting because he is able to personally connect to customers and find solutions to fit their needs.

Byron Bank is committed to ensuring customer satisfaction and building on relationships to exceed every customer’s expectations.

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BYRON BANK WELCOMES RHONDA SUNDEN, SVP, COMMERICAL LENDING

Rhonda Sunden, Senior Vice President, Commercial Lending
Rhonda Sunden, Senior Vice President, Commercial Lending

BYRON, ILLINOIS, April 19, 2021 - Byron Bank is pleased to announce the addition of Rhonda Sunden as Senior Vice President, Commercial Lending, in our Poplar Grove location.

Rhonda has over 32 years of commercial lending, commercial banking, and portfolio management experience and has held various executive level positions through her career. She believes in building strong banking relationships and providing excellent customer service while helping clients achieve their financial goals.

“We are fortunate to have an accomplished and experienced commercial lender join our team ,” says Byron Bank President, Brent Baker. “Rhonda’s long-time leadership and vast experience and expertise will aid in serving the needs of our customers.”

Rhonda attended the University of Arkansas, majoring in business. She also attended The American Bankers Association (ABA) National Commercial Lending School and the ABA Financial Statement Analysis Workshop<a data-href="file:///Z:/Word%20Files/Press%20Releases/2021%20PR/Rhonda%20Sunden%20PR.docx#_msocom_1" class="msocomanchor" id="_anchor_1" language="JavaScript" name="_msoanchor_1" ] <a data-href="file:///Z:/Word%20Files/Press%20Releases/2021%20PR/Rhonda%20Sunden%20PR.docx#_msocom_1" class="msocomanchor" id="_anchor_1" language="JavaScript" name="_msoanchor_1" ] . Rhonda is active in the community, holding a board position at Patriot’s Gateway and is a member of Rockford Downtown Rotary Club. She has also been involved in various organizations including Women of Today’s Manufacturing, Rockford Symphony Orchestra, Girl Scouts of Northern Illinois, Junior Achievement, IL Executive Mansion and United Way.

Byron Bank is committed to ensuring customer satisfaction and building on relationships to exceed every customer’s expectations.

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BYRON BANK WELCOMES KELLY RINK, RETAIL OPERATIONS OFFICER

Retail Operations Officer, Kelly Rink
Retail Operations Officer, Kelly Rink

BYRON, ILLINOIS, April 14, 2021 - Byron Bank is happy to announce the addition of Retail Operations Officer, Kelly Rink, to our team.

Kelly’s retail banking and customer service experience is extensive; spanning 30 years. She has held several positions throughout her career and brings a solid understanding of retail banking. Kelly is dedicated to designing financial products to fit the needs of customers.

“Kelly is a wonderful addition to our Byron Bank retail team,” says Byron Bank President, Brent Baker. “Her customer focus, wealth of knowledge and experience, and passion for developing talent will add tremendous value to our customers and our bank.”

Prior to Byron Bank, Kelly held a number of senior leadership and management positions where she developed and mentored employees.

Kelly attended the Graduate School of Banking and the Graduate School of Retail Banking at the University of Wisconsin – Madison. She understands community banking and the importance of supporting community events and organizations.

Byron Bank is committed to ensuring customer satisfaction and building on relationships to exceed every customer’s expectations.

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We want you to know that our customers' privacy and security are of the utmost importance to Byron Bank. We have become aware that a third-party has taken control of the Byron Bank Facebook page, on which we post our community events and general notices. This page is for general informational purposes only; we do not share any personal or account information through our Facebook page. The actors involved may pretend to act on behalf of Byron Bank or its employees by posting general or direct messages from our business page to individual customers. We have followed all possible procedures and avenues with Facebook to regain control of our Facebook page.

We want to remind you of our social media guidelines and general security measures to protect your privacy at all times. Byron Bank will never ask for confidential information such as a customer's user name, password, social security number, date of birth or other account information through social media. However, it is Byron Bank’s established security procedure to ask a customer to verify their information and identity when contacting the bank. If any parties have solicited you to reveal personal or bank details through social media, email or phone; please call us at 815 234-2561 or email us at [email protected].

We will keep you posted as more information becomes available.

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BYRON BANK TO CLOSE MINI BANK INSIDE COUNTY MARKET

BYRON, ILLINOIS, October 5, 2020 - As of January 1, 2021, the Byron Bank Mini Bank inside County Market at 201 W. Blackhawk Drive in Byron will permanently close.

“Reflecting on the reality of the current environment with COVID-19 and the option for our customers to utilize our main bank location as well as our digital channels, we made the decision to close the Mini Bank location,” says Byron Bank President Brent Baker. “Byron Bank would like to thank the Cacciatore family and County Market for their commitment and partnership over the years.”

Byron Bank lobby hours at the main bank location, located one block north at 200 N. Walnut Street in Byron, are 8 am to 5 pm Monday through Friday and 9 am to 12 pm on Saturdays. The Byron Bank drive-up and walk-up are open 8 am to 5 pm Monday through Wednesday, 8 am to 6 pm on Thursday and Friday, and 8 am to 2 pm on Saturdays.

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Byron Bank Welcomes Vanessa Stanton

BYRON, ILLINOIS, October 23, 2020 - Byron Bank is happy to announce the addition of Mortgage Manager, Vanessa Stanton, to our mortgage team.

Mortgage Manager, Vanessa Stanton
Mortgage Manager, Vanessa Stanton

With over 21 years’ experience, Stanton brings a solid understanding of the residential mortgage lending and real estate industries to Byron Bank. She believes in developing strong customer relations and has an unwavering commitment to customer service.

“Vanessa brings a fresh perspective to the bank and her extensive knowledge in mortgage lending will help Byron Bank create a stress-free mortgage experience to better serve our customers,” says Byron Bank President Brent Baker. “We are very excited to have her on board.”

Stanton utilizes her strong mortgage background to offer the best lending options to her customers.

“I believe there is more to getting a mortgage than simply securing the lowest interest rate,” Stanton says. “I take the time to get to know you and your situation so I can offer you the best options for your specific needs.”

Stanton has been on the board at HomeStart since 2019. HomeStart serves a 10-county region in Northern Illinois, including Boone, Carroll, DeKalb, Jo Daviess, LaSalle, Lee, Ogle, Stephenson, Winnebago and Whiteside counties.

Byron Bank is committed to ensuring customer satisfaction throughout the life of the loan and building on relationships to exceed every customer’s expectations.

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Byron Financial Services is now Byron Wealth Management

BYRON, ILLINOIS, July 6, 2020 – We are happy to announce important news regarding our financial services department within Byron Bank. Byron Financial Services will now be known as Byron Wealth Management.

“We are excited to showcase our firm with a new name and logo as we seek to build relationships we have with our clients, prospective clients, and our community,” said Steven Scholl, CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™.

Though our name is changing, we will continue to present ourselves as a trustworthy and respected partner in our communities. Our commitment to our clients and partners remains our highest priority, and we will continue to provide objective financial advice that helps our clients work toward the financials goals they have for themselves and their families.

“The new name and logo reflect the goals, philosophies, and services we have as a firm,” said LPL Financial Planner, Sean Considine. “We hope that when our clients see our logo, they associated it with trust, value, and relationships we strive to create in every encounter we have with them.”

Byron Wealth Management has been serving clients in our community for 36 years, providing financial planning, investment management, retirement planning, and estate planning to individuals and small business owners.

Please visit our new website at www.byronwealthmanagement.com.

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ATM Maintenance Update

BYRON, ILLINOIS, June 19, 2020 – Technicians will be onsite beginning Monday, June 22, 2020 to perform ATM updates and maintenance. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause. The drive-up and lobbies in Poplar Grove, Davis Junction, and Byron will be open to assist you.

During this time, ATM service will be unavailable to customers:

  • Poplar Grove (Monday June 22, 2020)
    • 11159 Hwy 76 | 9:00 am to 10:00 am
  • Davis Junction (Wednesday, June 24, 2020)
    • 5653 N Junction Way | 10:00 am to 11:00 am
  • Byron (Thursday, June 25, 2020)
    • 200 N. Walnut St | 9:00 am to 10:00 am
  • Byron Mini Bank inside County Market (Thursday, June 25, 2020)
    • 201 W Blackhawk Dr | 10:00 am to 11:00 am
    • Reminder: The Mini Bank is currently closed.

Click here to view all ATM locations. Regular maintenance allows Byron Bank to better serve our communities by keeping ATMs in good operating condition.

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