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Bank Officers

PeopleFirstBank has a strong history in community banking and community leadership, and that leadership begins with the Executive team.

David T. Stanton

David Stanton

Vice Chairman of the Board, President & Chief Executive Officer

In his capacity as President & CEO, Mr. Stanton is responsible for PeopleFirstBank’s strategic direction and growth initiatives. His banking career spans over 34 years serving primarily in community banking. Prior to joining PeopleFirstBank, he served in various senior management positions including Executive Vice President & Chief Lending Officer at local community banks. 

Mr. Stanton received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Finance from DePaul University in Chicago.  He is serving as a Director of the Community Bankers Association of Illinois, Chairman of his church’s finance council, and is also a member of the Knights of Columbus.

Contact Dave at (815) 207-6222 or dstanton@peoplefirstbank.com
 
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Mike Butters

 Mike Butters

Senior Vice President & Chief Financial Officer

Mr. Butters has over 20 years experience in the banking industry with concentrations in auditing, accounting, reporting, tax, and compliance.  He is a graduate of Lincoln-Way Central High School and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.  Mr. Butters began his career as an auditor.  His banking career includes positions as  Vice President of Financial Accounting for a regional banking group and later Vice President/Controller for a local community bank.  Mr. Butters is a certified public accountant.

Contact Mike at (815) 207-6205 or mbutters@peoplefirstbank.com
 
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Jack Masterson

Jack Masterson

Executive Vice President & Chief Lending Officer

As Executive Vice President and Chief Lending Officer, Mr. Masterson is responsible for PeopleFirstBank’s lending portfolio and commercial loan initiatives. His banking career covers 33 years, including positions as Senior Vice President of Credit Administration at a local community bank group. His deep community banking background includes experience with loan portfolio analysis, new business development and lending division management roles.

Jack received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Administration from St. Norbert College, DePere, Wisconsin. He also earned an MBA from Loyola University.

Contact Jack at (815) 207-6202 or jmasterson@peoplefirstbank.com
 
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The management team at PeopleFirstBank is second to none. Each officer brings a commitment to excellence and a proven track record of success in the financial industry. With over 250 years of combined experience, the management team at PeopleFirstBank is uniquely qualified to help you with your banking needs.

 

J. Matthew Bibo

J Matthew Bibo

Vice President - Retail Banking Manager

Mr. Bibo has worked in the banking industry for over 13 years. Launching his career with a national lender, he has served in a variety of credit and branch management roles. His experience covers both business and consumer banking. Mr. Bibo earned his Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration at Illinois Wesleyan University, Bloomington, Illinois. He serves as Retail Banking Manager for both the Joliet and Shorewood offices of PeopleFirstBank. Matt is serving as President of the Kiwanis Club of Shorewood and is also active in the Shorewood Area Chamber of Commerce and the Employer Advisory Council of Cornerstone Services, Inc.

 

Contact Matt at (815) 207-6268 or mbibo@peoplefirstbank.com
 
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Robyn Edwards

Robyn Edwards

Assistant Vice President - Residential Lending

A product of Joliet West High School, Ms. Edwards brings over 39 years of financial industry experience to PeopleFirstBank. Ms. Edwards has also served as a mortgage loan consultant for a large national lender as well as other local community banks. In addition to her mortgage lending experience, Ms. Edwards has worked with real estate tax analysis, insurance and escrow accounts.

Ms. Edwards studied at the Illinois Institute of Financial Education and the Illinois Bankers Association. Ms. Edwards is an active member of the Exchange Club of Joliet. Ms. Edwards also volunteers her time at other charitable organizations including the MorningStar Mission of Joliet. Ms. Edwards serves as a trustee and finance officer at her church.

 

Contact Robyn at (815) 207-6206 or redwards@peoplefirstbank.com
 
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Leticia E. Gans

Leticia Gans

Vice President & Cashier

Ms. Gans has been in the banking industry for over 15 years and is leading PeopleFirstBank’s bookkeeping and accounting functions. Ms. Gans has her roots in Will County having graduated from Joliet Central High School and later completing her Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration at Robert Morris College. Ms. Gans also volunteers with MorningStar Mission in Joliet. 

 

Contact Leti at (815) 207-6213 or lgans@peoplefirstbank.com
 
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Leslie Gomora

Leslie Gomora

Vice President of Lending

Mr. Gomora is a lifelong Joliet area resident that has held a variety of management roles during his five decades in the banking business. Throughout his career, Mr. Gomora has worked for both community banks and large national lenders in various lending and business development capacities.  He also served as the President of a community bank in the western suburbs. Mr. Gomora manages business account relationships and represents the Bank at the Exchange Club of Joliet (past president ’74). Mr. Gomora attended St. Raymond’s Grade School, Joliet Catholic High School and studied at Lewis University.

 

Contact Les at (815) 207-6230 or lgomora@peoplefirstbank.com
 
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Debra Lopez

Debra Lopez

Loan Operations Officer & Manager

Ms. Lopez has been in the banking industry for over 19 years and is currently a Loan Operations Officer and Manager at PeopleFirstBank. During her career in community banking, Ms. Lopez has worked in various areas of banking including, teller operations, accounting, and finance.  Ms. Lopez is a graduate of Moraine Valley Community College.

 

Contact Debra at (815) 207-6270 or dlopez@peoplefirstbank.com
 
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Erik Schelling

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Senior Vice President of Lending

A fourth generation Joliet resident, Mr. Schelling has been in the banking industry for over 22 years, working in a variety of banking functions prior to joining PeopleFirstBank. He also serves as PeopleFirstBank’s CRA officer. Mr. Schelling started his career as a teller at a local community bank, gradually working his way into consumer lending and branch management roles.

Mr. Schelling is a former member of the Joliet Area Young Professionals (Past President, former Board Member, and Joliet Young Professional of the Year), and is currently a member of The Joliet Exchange Club (’05-’06 Rookie of the Year), Joliet Area YMCA Gallowich Advisory Council, and serves regularly in various roles at The Morning Star Mission. He is an active member of the music ministry team at Southwest Community Church in Minooka.

 

Contact Erik at (815) 207-6231 or eschelling@peoplefirstbank.com
 
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Thomas Skraba

Thomas Skraba

Vice President - IT & Security Officer

Mr. Skraba has been a banker for over 33 years, beginning his career as a teller supervisor and working his way to Assistant Vice President of Tellers for a large regional bank. Mr. Skraba completed an Associate’s degree at St. Xavier College and completed coursework with the Illinois Bankers Association. In addition to his duties at PeopleFirstBank, Mr. Skraba serves as a committee member of MorningStar Mission’s Box City, and the Miracle League of Joliet. He is also a member of the Knights of Columbus.

 

Contact Tom at (815) 207-6263 or tskraba@peoplefirstbank.com
 
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Michelle Tracz

Michelle Tracz

Vice President of Lending

Ms. Tracz has been in the banking industry for over 39 years holding multiple titles and is currently PeopleFirstBank’s Vice President of Lending. She has an extensive background in loan processing, servicing and collections.  Her lending experience includes construction, commercial, and consumer lending.  Ms. Tracz has studied at Moraine Valley College, Sheshunoff, and ICBA School of Banking. In her free time, Michelle has served as a board member of a south suburban Chamber of Commerce and Sertoma Speech and Hearing, an organization that empowers adults with developmental challenges.

 

Contact Michelle at (815) 207-6220 or mtracz@peoplefirstbank.com
 
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Kathleen Zydek

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Senior Vice President & Managing Director - Marketing & Banking Services

Ms. Zydek has nearly four decades of management experience in the banking industry with an in depth understanding of community banking and bank marketing. Prior to joining PeopleFirstBank, Ms. Zydek held a variety of leadership and business development positions with one of North America’s largest electronic transaction processors. Additionally, she has served in management roles at various regional and community banks in the Chicagoland area. Ms. Zydek was also a faculty member at the American Institute of Banking, where she taught classes on bank operations and business development topics.

Ms. Zydek holds a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Illinois-Chicago and is an active member of the Joliet Rotary (former Board Member), Shorewood/Joliet Chambers of Commerce and the Holly Club; The oldest service organization in Joliet.

 

Contact Kathleen at (815) 207-6232 or kzydek@peoplefirstbank.com
 
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