James McKenna, president and CEO of North Shore Bank, was recently elected to a two-year term on the board of directors of the American Bankers Association (ABA). ABA is the country’s largest bank trade association, represents community, regional and money center banks and bank holding companies, savings associations, trust companies and savings banks. McKenna had served on the America’s Community Bankers Business Partners Board of Directors and was previously a Board member for America’s Community Bankers. “The merger of ABA and America’s Community Bankers offers an excellent opportunity to help guide the direction of the U.S. banking industry, and I am honored to serve on the board,” McKenna said. “ABA members represent more than 95 percent of the banking industry’s $12.7 trillion in assets and employ more than 2 million people. This is an extremely influential organization, and I am pleased to help bring a Wisconsin voice to this national group.” The ABA, headquartered in Washington, D.C., brings together banks of all sizes and charters into one association. The association provides educational benefits and programs for its members and the public, leads the industry’s federal lobbying efforts and speaks for the industry in the media.
R.W. Baird & Co. recently hired Jeffrey M. Seaman as a managing director on the firm’s financial sponsor investment banking team. Seaman, a senior investment banking professional with nearly 20 years of experience, is responsible for continuing to develop Baird’s financial sponsor network and generating additional private equity deal flow. Seaman is based in Baird’s Chicago office.
Doug Hall, was recently hired by Commerce State Bank as assistant vice president of mortgage lending. With more than 20 years of home lending experience, Doug instantly adds to the experienced Commerce State Bank staff serving Washington County and the surrounding area.