One year after her promotion to president of Stearns Bank, Kelly Skalicky has been named CEO of the company. She succeeds her father, Norm Skalicky, who will maintain his position as chairman of the board and remain a vested member of the Stearns Bank family.
Norm Skalicky has led Stearns Bank since 1964. Under his leadership, Stearns Bank has achieved nationwide recognition, including twice being named the #1 Top Performing Bank in the Nation by American Banker Magazine.
“It is a privilege to take on this new role. I’m humbled to accept this leadership position in our family’s company that has been instrumental in my life and the foundation of my entrepreneurial drive,” said Kelly Skalicky. “I’m thrilled to continue to work alongside our talented, ambitious team to innovate and excel as one of the nation’s strongest, well-capitalized and highest performing banks.”
2019 promises to be a big year for Stearns Bank, with new initiatives in online platforms and deposit programs, including an expanded focus on customized financing within niche and growth markets. The bank also plans to introduce a new suite of products to help manage money and cash flow for its business customers.
Kelly Skalicky has been involved with Stearns Bank since childhood, when she spent Saturdays at the office with her dad, using stationery to “play banker”. After graduating from law school, she served as legal counsel to the bank, before coming onboard full time seven years ago. She had been serving on the board of directors and as general counsel until her promotion to president.
“I have full confidence in Kelly’s ability to lead Stearns Bank. Passing the torch to my daughter is personally so rewarding for me and a natural progression for both Kelly and the business,” said Norm Skalicky. “As a father, it has been my greatest pleasure to watch Kelly grow into the leader she is now. I speak for myself and for everyone at Stearns Bank when I say, she can certainly get the job done.”
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