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Meet Our Commercial Loan Officers

Commercial Loan Officers

You won’t find a better team of commercial banking professionals to meet your lending needs and help your company succeed. As you can see, our commercial loan officers have years of experience, but what you can't see is how much they care for their customers. As a community bank, we take the time to be sure you are in the right product, but we get your loan done quickly because at Byron Bank, business banking and personal service are a package deal.


Brent Baker


[email protected] 815-234-6118

Brent Baker is the President of Byron Bank. He graduated from the University of Iowa in 1992. Brent completed the Community Bankers of Illinois School for Community Bankers, and has been the Branch Manager for our Poplar Grove location. He has been an integral part of our commercial and mortgage lending areas for the past ten years. Brent’s commitment to friendly, personalized service for all of his customers make him a great business partner. Please contact Brent today to discuss your banking needs.

NMLS# 482530


Mike Kohlstedt

Senior Vice President - Commercial Loans

[email protected] 815-234-6103

Mike Kohlstedt graduated from the University of Platteville in 1981 and has his BS in Ag Business. Mike is currently the Senior Vice President - Commercial Loans of Byron Bank and is well known and active in the community. Having over 25 years of commercial loan experience, you will find Mike to have the extensive knowledge and the ability to find the best solution for your business needs. You will also find Mike to be professional and committed to providing superior customer service. Please contact Mike today to help you determine your next step.

NMLS# 482737


Don Banks

Executive Vice President - Commercial Loans

[email protected] 815-323-1452

Don Banks has 32 years of experience in the banking and financial industry with over 20 years in commercial lending. He is a graduate of Western Illinois University, the University of Wisconsin Graduate School of Banking, CBAI Community Bankers School, and ABA Commercial Lending School at Southern Methodist University. With such an extensive background in lending, Don is prepared to assist you in all of your lending needs with creative and unique solutions. Contact Don today!


Rhonda Sunden

Senior Vice President - Commercial Loans

[email protected] 815-323-1452

Rhonda Sunden has over 32 years of commercial lending, commercial banking, and portfolio management. She has held various executive level positions through her career. Rhonda is a graduate of 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. Rhonda’s long-time leadership and vast experience and expertise will aid in serving the needs of Byron Bank customers. She is active in the community, holding a board position at Patriot’s Gateway and is a member of Rockford Downtown Rotary Club. Rhonda has 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.


Doug Knodle

Commercial Loan Officer

[email protected] 815-234-6109

Doug Knodle is new to Byron Bank after spending 20 years working in the fulfillment industry. He grew up in the area and lives in Byron. Doug works closely with the commercial loan officers and is looked upon for his loan analysis ability. Doug is a member of the Rotary Club of Byron. He is also on the board at All Saints Lutheran Church in Byron and volunteers for Serenity Hospice and Home in Oregon.

NMLS# 1675619


Ed Geeser

Credit Analyst

[email protected] 815-234-6107

Ed Geeser is the Credit Analyst on our commercial loan team. He graduated from Bradley University with a degree in finance and has spent 18 years in commercial banking. He currently sits as a board member of the Riverfront Museum Park and Carpenter’s Place, and is a member of the Finance Council of St. James Parish in Rockford. Ed’s extensive career in commercial banking makes him a valued member of the Byron Bank commercial loan team.