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Suburban Bank & Trust Co-Founder, Daniel M. Bash, 84, Dies

ELMHURST, Illinois, September 27, 2013 - Daniel M. Bash, a former resident of Elmhurst and Oak Brook, died September 1, 2013. He was a resident of Vancouver, Washington, where he lived with his wife of 63 years, Maxine.

In 1976, Mr. Bash joined with several local businessmen to form Suburban Bank & Trust (SBT), excited for the opportunity to provide banking services to local businesses, offered by bankers who would uniquely understand the point of view of the business owner and the financial needs of growing businesses. That tradition continues today, with a network of eleven branches serving businesses and families in eight communities.

Mr. Bash enjoyed a successful 32-year career as a vice president at Sunbeam Appliance Company during which time he co-founded Suburban Bank & Trust. He served as SBT's CEO and President for 10 years prior to his retirement.

He was a member of the First Congregational Church of Elmhurst where he established its endowment fund, and was a member of the Board of Trustees.

Mr. Bash was a well-known and avid Duplicate Bridge player who ran one of the largest clubs in the Chicago area for more than 30 years. He served as president of the Chicago Contract Bridge Association twice, each time for a four-year term of office.

In retirement, Dan and Maxine Bash traveled the world and enjoyed meeting their fellow travelers on Crystal Cruises. He was an avid reader and movie buff who built a wide-ranging library of books and films.

Mr. Bash is also survived by his son, John Phillip (Marianne), and grandchildren, Alex, Tom, and Kerrie. He was preceded in death by his son Tom.


Suburban Bank & Trust Names Michael Himmes Vice President / Commercial Banking

Well-known veteran banker joins SBT's commercial banking team

ELMHURST, Illinois, September 13, 2013 - Suburban Bank & Trust announced today that Michael Himmes has joined SBT as Vice President, Commercial Banking.

Before joining SBT, Himmes was Assistant Vice President / Commercial Banking at MB Financial.

SBT President Donald A. O'Day made the announcement saying, "We're pleased to welcome Mike to SBT. Mike is a familiar face in the Elmhurst community not only as a banker but also through his involvement with the Chamber and the Jaycees."

"Mike's experience in commercial and industrial lending, as well as his knowledge of the Chicago market serve only to enhance SBT's capabilities as we continue to grow our business loan portfolio."

Prior to MB Financial, Himmes began his banking career at Harris Bank.

"I got into this business to help my clients move their businesses forward and SBT is the ideal place to do that," Himmes commented. "The entire team at SBT is dedicated to providing our customers with the business growth and working capital financing they need. I also like helping my clients create efficiencies in their operations with customized cash management solutions."

Himmes is active with the Elmhurst Chamber of Commerce and Industry and has served on its executive board as Treasurer. He also serves on the Board of Directors of the Elmhurst Jaycees and on the Development Council of RML Specialty Hospital in Hinsdale. He has been active with the Tooling and Manufacturing Association and the Midwest Business Brokers and Intermediaries association.

Himmes graduated Summa Cum Laude from Elmhurst College with a degree in Finance/Economics. He lives in Villa Park with his wife, Cassandra, and their family.


Suburban Bank & Trust Promotes Joseph Masotti To Vice President / Business Development Officer

Elmhurst Market Manager joins SBT's Commercial Banking team.

ELMHURST, Illinois, September 13, 2013 - Elmhurst, IL – Suburban Bank & Trust announced today that Joseph Masotti has been promoted to Vice President / Business Development Officer. SBT Chief Credit Officer, Clay Belongia, announced the promotion on Wednesday. Masotti was the Market Manager for SBT's Lake Street and Park Avenue - City Centre branches. In his new role, he will assume portfolio management and new business responsibilities.

"Joe has demonstrated an ability to build relationships with new and existing customers. He's the type of banker who will work tirelessly for small business owners who have fewer and fewer banking options these days. Joe will be able to cut through the red tape these businesses may have experienced elsewhere and help them get the financing they need," said Belongia.

Masotti is actively involved with both the Elmhurst Chamber of Commerce and Elmhurst City Centre, and he serves on the Board of Directors of the Elmhurst Family YMCA. He earned his bachelor's degree from Columbia College. Joe and his wife, Brynne, and their family reside in Bloomingdale.


SBT Units to March in Local St. Patrick's Day Parades

Elmhurst, Illinois, March 1, 2013 - Suburban Bank & Trust (SBT) is proudly sponsoring the Elmhurst St. Patrick's Day Parade which will step off at noon Saturday, March 9 on Spring Road. 2013 marks the 17th year for the parade. Each year, SBT's Spring Road branch offers complimentary hot chocolate and coffee before and during the parade at their hospitality tent in the parking lot of the bank, 513 Spring Road. Elmhurst Family Restaurant will supply the hot beverages.

Led by bank president Don O'Day and CEO Blanch E. Hill, SBT employees, family, and friends, representing six local branches will march in the Elmhurst parade accompanied by two of the bank's popular VW Bugs.

In Lemont, Market Manager Lisa Schield and her staff, along with family and friends, and another SBT Bug, will participate in the parade there which steps off at 1:00 pm.


Suburban Bank & Trust Volunteers Offer Translation Services at Help for Homeowners Community Event

Elmhurst, Illinois, April 24, 2012 – Suburban Bank & Trust (SBT) employees offered their services as translators to non-English speaking homeowners at the Help for Homeowners Community Event held Monday, April 23 at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont. Irena Bratko, Jerry Krzywicki, Joe Masotti, Mary Solomon, Cleo Stames, and Angela Villegas served as translators for attendees who speak Lithuanian, Russian, Polish, Italian, Hindi, Greek, and Spanish.

Sponsored by the U.S. Department of the Treasury, the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), NeighborWorks America, along with Fannie Mae and the Hope Now Alliance, the Help for Homeowners Community Event offered free help to homeowners trying to prevent foreclosure.

Cleo Stames, Vice-President / Director of Consumer Lending organized the SBT team. Stames commented on the event, saying, "This was an excellent event. There's clearly a need for more events like these for homeowners who need help navigating through the refinancing process or seeking loan modifications. It is great to see mortgage servicers reaching out to homeowners who need help. This public/private cooperative effort, involving federal and local government agencies, housing counselors, and loan servicers helping homeowners avoid foreclosure and keep their homes is simply tremendous. I am proud that SBT employees embraced this opportunity to serve, volunteering their time at this event, and making a difference to homeowners throughout the Chicago metro area."


Suburban Bank & Trust Partners With the Elmhurst Heritage Foundation to Promote the 2012 Membership Plus Program

ELMHURST, Illinois, March 29, 2012 – The Elmhurst Heritage Foundation is proud to announce the second year of its membership program to support "Our Town, Our History, and Our Heritage." The 2012 Membership Plus Program supports the Foundation's mission to stimulate broad-based support for local history, the Elmhurst Historical Museum and the Churchville Schoolhouse through advocacy, education and fundraising.

As an added incentive this year, the Elmhurst Heritage Foundation is partnering with Suburban Bank & Trust to stretch membership dollars. Suburban Bank and Trust will donate ten dollars for every new or renewed membership registered in the 2012 Membership Plus Program. Full story.

Suburban Bank & Trust Secret Santas Spread Christmas Joy

Elmhurst, Illinois, December 22, 2011 - Suburban Bank & Trust (SBT) and its employees are making this holiday especially bright for three local families affiliated with PACT, Inc., a local service organization that annually serves more than 6,000 individuals with disabilities. Families who are struggling financially in meeting the needs of their disabled family member along with their daily living expenses are eligible to participate in PACT Inc.'s holiday gift program.

Beginning in late November, employees of SBT embarked on a mission to make holiday dreams come true as they fulfilled on the wish lists of the three PACT families. SBT employees collected cash, bought gift cards, and "adopted" family members to shop for. On Friday, December 16, representatives from PACT arrived at SBT with two vans that they filled with wrapped gifts and gift cards for each of the families. On hand to present the gifts were: SBT Chairman of the Board, Blanche E. Hill; Elmhurst Market Manager, Angela Villegas; Sue Petry, Dana Custardo, Yolanda Coleman, and Senior Vice President/Trust (and PACT, Inc. board member), Alyne Polikoff.

2011 marks the third year SBT has participated in PACT Inc.'s holiday gift program. "The PACT holiday program is something our employees have really embraced," said Patti Greco, Director of Human Resources for SBT. "Everyone is eager to participate and we all feel great doing something nice for these families - providing basic things like clothing or a set of sheets, and making sure the children have some fun gifts to open at Christmas." Greco coordinated the effort for SBT along with Mrs. Villegas.

For more information about PACT, Inc., visit


Suburban Bank & Trust's Heart Walk Teams Raise

Over $6500 for the American Heart Association!

Elmhurst, Illinois, September 28, 2011 - At least 75 Suburban Bank & Trust (SBT) employees, family members, business associates, and friends laced up their jogging shoes to help raise more than $6500 for the American Heart Association at the West/DuPage Heart Walk, held September 24 in Downers Grove.

SBT dedicated its participation in the event to the memory of Markham branch guard, Ron Spivey, and bank director, John S. Carroll. Chairman of the Board, Blanche E. Hill, and bank President, Donald O'Day led the group of SBT walkers. Members of SBT's teams included representatives from Linden Group (Des Plaines), the bank's benefits provider, and Marilyn Fitzpatrick of Carroll Hartigan & Cerney, Ltd.

All SBT branches were involved in the effort, collecting donations for the American Heart Association in the bank lobbies. Ten of the bank's 13 branches were represented at the walk itself. Individual walkers solicited support through direct donations, emails to family and friends, and social media links to their personal Heart Walk donation pages.

For more information about the American Heart Association 2011 Heart Walk, visit


CEO Blanche E. Hill Named Elmhurst Children's Assistance Foundation 2011 Friend of the Children

Elmhurst, Illinois, June 9, 2011 - Complete story...


Suburban Bank & Trust Promotes Donald A. O'Day to President

Leadership and management experience to strengthen community bank's position

Elmhurst, Illinois, September 22, 2010 – Donald A. O'Day has been promoted to President of Suburban Bank & Trust (SBT). Bank Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Blanche Hill announced the promotion of O'Day, 43, who also will become a member of the Elmhurst, Illinois-based bank's board of directors. The veteran Chicago banker previously served as executive vice president of commercial banking and chief credit officer.

"Don has demonstrated tremendous leadership skills and management capability, and his promotion is well-deserved recognition of his contributions," said Hill. "He will apply his substantial talent and experience to growing Suburban Bank & Trust into an even stronger institution in the future."

"Don brings deep experience to his new position in both the retail and commercial sides of banking. He understands the challenges that community banks and their customers face in today's difficult economy. Time and again, he has demonstrated an ability to build relationships, manage, assess risk and creditworthiness and lead our strong team of people."

Prior to joining Suburban Bank & Trust in 2007, O'Day served as senior vice president, Illinois business banking director at Banco Popular North America. Before his time at Banco Popular began in 2002, O'Day spent seven years in leadership roles at Cole Taylor Bank as a senior vice president and director of community banking. He began his career at Oak Brook Bank in 1989.

"My goal is to make SBT even stronger for our customers and shareholders," O'Day said. "We will pursue opportunities we identify in today's economic environment to develop additional business with our existing customers as well as new underserved customer segments. As customers continue to value and trust the service and relationships community banks provide, our entire team stands ready to deliver and serve their needs."

Mr. O'Day is a graduate of the University of Illinois-Champaign, and holds a bachelor's of science degree in finance. He and his wife, Gayle, reside in Naperville. Mr. O'Day was born and raised in Elmhurst.

Mrs. Hill has led Suburban Bank & Trust since the death of her husband, David, in 2002. She said O'Day's broader responsibilities will allow her to focus on board matters, strategy and policy-making as well as pursue the bank's community relationships and her own civic and charitable activities.

She is president of the board of directors of the Elmhurst Art Museum, a board member of the Elmhurst Memorial Hospital Foundation, and a member of the board of trustees of the Glenwood School for Boys and Girls.


Madison School Students Sitting Pretty

Thanks to artistic donation from Suburban Bank & Trust

Elmhurst, Illinois, September 2, 2010 – Madison School students will have the opportunity to experience art in a new way thanks to a donation from Suburban Bank & Trust. This fall the school is scheduled to receive a custom designed picnic table commissioned by SBT that is currently on display in Elmhurst's City Centre plaza as part of this year's Cool Kiddie Art exposition.

Artist Deb Conroy, working with SBT, designed the table with the children of Madison School in mind. The top of the lime green table features triangles, stars, squares, and circles in primary colors and a large pink heart in the center. SBT President Blanche E. Hill added her handprints to the design as "wings" on either side of the heart and Madison School students further personalized the table by adding their own handprints to the table top and benches.

Commenting on the bank's donation, Conroy said, "SBT has been one of ECAF's biggest supporters through the years. As an artist it has been a privilege to work with Blanche Hill on unique designs that each year have raised thousands of dollars for sick and disabled children in our community. SBT has allowed ECAF to help many children."

In its eighth year, Cool Kiddie Art is a collaborative effort of the City of Elmhurst, Elmhurst City Centre, and Elmhurst Children's Assistance Foundation (ECAF), who is the beneficiary of funds raised from the exhibition and sale of the artwork.

"We are pleased to support ECAF with our purchase and to make a donation of the table for the benefit of the students of Madison School. Sharing artwork is a personal passion of mine and I love that the students will be interacting with our donation on a regular basis," said Mrs. Hill.

SBT first participated in Cool Kiddie Art in 2005 and has purchased a piece every year since. Currently, SBT's tortoise (2007), "Write Your Own Story," a whimsical piece also designed and painted by Conroy, sits outside of the bank's Spring Road branch, and an "SBT-green" car is stationed at the entrance to the bank's Butterfield Road office. A fire engine, the 2008 design, is currently on display at SBT's Lake Street branch.

For more information about Elmhurst Children's Assistance Foundation,


Suburban Bank & Trust Names Elvin Kubicki Network Administrator

Elmhurst, Illinois - July 19, 2010 – Suburban Bank & Trust (SBT) welcomes Elvin Kubicki as Network Administrator. Kubicki joins SBT from Diamond Bank, FSB where he was employed as Director of Vendor Management. Prior to that Kubicki worked at First Chicago Bank & Trust and the former Bloomingdale Bank & Trust in Information Systems and project management roles. A resident of Aurora, he has worked in the banking industry for 10 years.

Elvin will be located at SBT's Main Branch in Elmhurst and he can be reached by phone at 630.592.2038 or via email at


Suburban Bank & Trust Raises $1000 for New Lenox Park District Scholarship Program at Community Night

SBT and Joliet Jackhammers Co-Sponsored June 17 Event

Elmhurst, Illinois - June 28, 2010 – Suburban Bank & Trust branch manager Lisa Kline and representatives of the New Lenox Park District gathered on the diamond at Silver Cross Field during Community Night June 17 to share a moment of celebration following a successful fundraiser for the Park District's Scholarship Program. Kline, who manages SBT's New Lenox branch, presented a check on behalf of SBT to Brian Fischer, New Lenox Community Park District Board President; Shirley Braglia, Recreation Superintendent; Lauren Lotz, Communications / Marketing Supervisor; and Tony Kroll, President of New Lenox Friends of the Parks Foundation. Money for the scholarship fund was raised through ticket sales for the annual Community Night game. A matching donation by SBT increased the amount of the donation to $1000.

"We want to thank the New Lenox community, businesses, organizations, and the New Lenox Chamber of Commerce who participated in the 9th annual New Lenox Jackhammer Community Night. It was a pleasure working with the New Lenox Community Park District and the New Lenox Chamber of Commerce this year to help support the Park District Scholarship Program. This program will help children be able to participate in park district activities whose families could not otherwise afford it," said Kline. The needs-based scholarships awarded through the program benefit approximately 20 families in New Lenox each year and the program is featured in Park District program catalogs.

SBT and the Joliet JackHammers co-sponored the 9th annual event.


New Lenox Community Night Announced

Suburban Bank & Trust and the Joliet Jackhammers co-sponsor event scheduled for Thursday, June 17

Elmhurst, IL, May 20, 2010 - Suburban Bank & Trust and the Joliet JackHammers have teamed up to sponsor the 9th annual New Lenox Community Night, a family-oriented evening of fun, baseball and fundraising. Community Night will take place at Silver Cross Field on June 17 at 7:10 p.m when the JackHammers take the field against the Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks.

The proceeds from this year's Community Night will be donated to the New Lenox Park District Scholarship Program. The scholarship program benefits approximately 20 families in New Lenox each year and is featured in program catalogs. To be considered for a scholarship, residents should contact Recreation Superintendent, Shirley Braglia, at 815.485.1737 to set up an appointment. The scholarships are awarded based on financial need of each applicant.

To get involved, fans may purchase Box Seats at $10 each. For each Box Seat sold up to 200, $3 will be donated to the New Lenox Park District Scholarship Program. For each Box Seat sold between 200 and 500, the donation will increase to $4! For each box seat sold over 500 the donation will increase to $5!

To purchase Box Seats, please visit Suburban Bank & Trust at 400 E. Lincoln Highway. Or, contact Lisa Kline at (815) 717-6982. As an added bonus, when purchasing Box Seats, attendees may enter their children's names in a drawing to participate in selected in-between-inning activities during the game!

Businesses that purchase 20 or more Box Seats will receive concourse exhibit space at Silver Cross Field where they can distribute information or promotional items. Businesses that purchase 50 or more Box Seats will receive recognition over the Silver Cross Field PA system and video board during the game in addition to concourse exhibit space!

"It's exciting to be at Silver Cross Field on New Lenox Community Night," said Lisa Kline, SBT Assistant Vice President and Branch Manager. "The Joliet JackHammers provide this exciting fundraising opportunity and the New Lenox community has always responded in a very big way, raising thousands of dollars for local organizations and charities."

"The New Lenox Community Night has consistently proven to be a success," said Jim Rice, Jackhammers Group Sales Manager. "Suburban Bank & Trust's strong support of the New Lenox community truly makes this special night possible."


Suburban Bank & Trust To Provide Banking Services To Lemont-Bromberek Combined School District 113A

Online Banking and Remote Deposit Services Included in Contract

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Suburban Bank & Trust Encourages Consumers To Join The Move Your Money Revolution

Elmhurst, IL – January 13, 2010 – At the beginning of 2010 a viral video sensation called Move Your Money began sweeping the nation. The video, the brainchild of The Huffington Post founder Arianna Huffington, and accompanying website at moveyourmoney. info urges Americans to move their money into small, community-based banks, thereby punishing the Big Four -- Citibank, Chase, Wells Fargo and Bank of America -- for triggering a financial crisis with their "reckless investments." The movement seems to have tapped into nationwide sentiment because traffic has been pouring into the Move Your Money website, where search tools help consumers find a strong community bank near them, including Suburban Bank & Trust.

Executive Vice President of Retail Banking, Joe Kirkeeng, notes that there is more to the movement than meets the eye: "This movement almost seems primal in nature. It's amazing how many people share the same frustration about banks deemed "too big to fail." Whenever I'm approached by people asking me what they can do, I now say, let them know how you feel by moving your money! The end result is good for everyone, because when you invest your dollars locally you are helping to keep your community strong and growing. It also means that you are investing in your neighbors, local jobs and local businesses that keep your dollars on Main Street…not Wall Street!"

Judging from the evidence on sites like Facebook and Twitter, many Americans are ready to make the move. Facebook users became fans of the project -- over 7,000 in seven days -- and started sharing their stories through the Move Your Money FaceBook fanpage as well as The Huffington Post page. Ultimately, YouTube may prove to be the most powerful medium through which Americans can share their stories. Currently, the original Move Your Money video has been viewed on YouTube's site more than 326,000 times.

Consumers are invited to learn more and share their opinion on SBTs FaceBook page where they can find links to the Move Your Money site. Visit SBT's website at to find SBTs FaceBook link, or use the Move Your Money link on the SBT homepage to be connected to the site.


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