Horicon Bank announced the hiring of Rick Schabo as Market President and Business Banker for their Appleton office at the corner of Oneida Street and Midway Road.
Schabo grew up in Appleton, and after graduating from UW-EauClaire, began working in banking as a teller supervisor and personal banker. Schabo later became a loan specialist, Mortgage Loan Officer and Small Business Loan Officer. Eventually he would move into the roles of VP of Commercial Banking, Senior VP of Commercial Banking and Market President before coming to Horicon Bank.
Schabo brings nearly 25 years of commercial banking experience to Horicon Bank and a background rooted in the local community.
“Having grown up in Appleton, I have a vested interest in seeing our community and small businesses grow,” said Schabo. “As a community bank, Horicon Bank has this same vested interest.”
Schabo calls being a community bank an “advantage” when it comes to lending to small businesses.
“We are able to make decisions locally and our lenders are not in another city or state,” said Schabo. “We’re your neighbors, and we want to see you succeed. I look forward to helping Horicon Bank grow their reputation as a trustworthy, flexible and reliable commercial bank.”
Outside of his economic interest in the community, Schabo spends time participating in the Appleton Rotary Club and is on the Board of and serves as Treasurer for the Hortonville Basketball Backcourt Club.
Horicon Bank President Fred F. Schwertfeger says Horicon Bank is excited to have Rick join their team.
“We’re looking forward to growing in the Appleton area with Rick’s help,” said Schwertfeger. “He is an exceptional banker who displays the core virtues of our bank – capability, honesty, respect and energy. He cares about growing relationships with his customers and is an excellent addition to our team.”
Schabo says building these relationships is key to the business’s success.
“The most rewarding aspect of being a commercial banker is when business owners consider you as one of the partners in their success,” said Schabo. “By building relationships and the trust of business owners, it’s my goal to be included in the challenges they face on a daily basis. Business owners begin to look to you not only for banking services, but also as a resource.”
Horicon Bank has fifteen offices stretching across six Wisconsin counties. Their northernmost office in Appleton can be found at 100 East Midway Road.