Financial Services Industry People in the News

Business Lending Services LLC, a Muskego-based cooperative financial service entity with Business Lending Group and Corporate Central Credit Union, announced today that Linda Kennedy has joined the company as its new chief executive officer. Business Lending Services and Business Lending Group are member-owned financial cooperatives dedicated to delivering expert commercial loan services. Business Lending Services was formed in 2004. Business Lending Group launched in 1999. Business Lending Services and Business Lending Group are structured as Credit Union Service Organizations (CUSO) and currently manage more than $380 million in loan assets. Kennedy brings more than 30 years of experience in the financial industry to her new position. As CEO, Kennedy is responsible for managing overall strategies of both Business Lending Services LLC, which focuses on the Milwaukee and Madison regions, as well as Appleton-based Business Lending Group, which covers northeastern Wisconsin. Her responsibilities include leading a team of 30 commercial lenders and staff for the company’s Wisconsin offices. "It is a pleasure to have Linda join Business Lending Services as CEO. She brings a wealth of experience and leadership skills to our organization. With her commitment to member service, she will be a welcome addition to our team of experts," said Robert Fouch, chairman of Business Lending Services.

Madison-based Wisconsin Community Bank recently named Charles Dearth to its Board of Directors. Dearth is president of Charles Dearth Pontiac-Buick-Cadillac-GMC Truck Inc. and Dearth Motors Inc., of Monroe.

M&I Wealth Management recently named Judith C. Wood as vice president, trust services. Wood will serve as a relationship manager for high-net-worth individuals and families. Wood will help clients with wealth transfer and legacy planning.

Bank Mutual recently named Robert Kaiser as vice president, commercial banker at its Southeast region commercial banking center located at 2600 N. Mayfair Road, Wauwatosa. Before joining Bank Mutual, Kaiser was vice president at another financial institution.

Jefferson Wells recently hired Kash Mansori as manager in the Transfer Pricing Center of Expertise. Mansori will be responsible for overseeing client engagements and developing long-term client relationships across all of Jefferson Wells’ offices. Mansori will be based out of the firm’s Charlotte, N.C. office

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