Making the Transition
Veteran Mentor Pays it Forward
Bank of America’s Ann Peterson is an Army veteran, mother and corporate mentor. The HR executive guides other bank colleagues making the transition from military to civilian life.
A Small Business Mentor
Mike Olsen, Vice President at Lincoln Savings Bank in Grinnell, Iowa was named the 2018 Iowa SBA Veterans Small Business Champion of the Year. Mike, a retired Lieutenant Colonel in the Iowa Army National Guard, volunteers his financial expertise and draws from his military experience to conduct training for the U.S. Small Business Administration’s Boots to Business: Reboot program. The program helps veterans and their families start, grow and build small businesses with comprehensive training and mentorship.
From Army Pilot to Bank Executive
Mick Guttau of Iowa’s Treynor State Bank wasn’t always a banker. But the helicopter pilot in Vietnam—who returned from service to work for his hometown bank that he later bought—has always been an advocate for fellow veterans. Guttau draws from his Army experience to help shape both his successful career in banking and the culture of TS Bank, where he now serves as chairman.
Career Assistance for Veterans
Citibank, New York City, helps veterans and their families start and build their careers through Citi Salutes.
Helping Our Heroes
A New Lease on Life
Potters Lane is a 16-unit recycled shipping container housing project for formerly homeless veterans and their families, made possible by Pacific Premier Bank and the FHLB of San Francisco.
An Annual Salute to Veterans
American Community Bank & Trust in Woodstock, Ill., is a founding sponsor of Veteran’s Salute, an annual day in September to honor local veterans for their service and sacrifice. The event, which sells out every year, features golf, games, food and camaraderie. One veteran sums up the generosity of the bank and fellow organizer’s with, “Many people know the sacrifices veterans make, however few have done as much as you folks to let us know it was appreciated.”
InFirst Bank in Indiana, Penn., is a title sponsor of Veterans Marathon, now in its seventh year. All proceeds from the event go to veterans in need through the Western Pennsylvania Veterans Relief Fund. More than 300 runners competed in the 2017 event, which includes a half marathon and marathon relay through a local trail.
Segways for a Cause
Missouri Bankers Association members have raised more than $622,000 to support Segs4Vets, a nonprofit organization that awards Segways and ALLY chair adapted Segways to severely disabled service members. Banks throughout Missouri hold fundraisers, like the Heroes Cup golf tournament, and partner with local businesses to support the worthy cause. Heroes Cup, which has raised more than $32,500 for Segs4Vets, is now in its third year.