Lee H. Garlach | NMLS 462229
Chairman of the Board, President of First State Bancorporation, Inc.
Lee is the Chairman and CEO of Fortress Bank and principal shareholder, key organizer and President of the Bank’s parent company, First State Bancorporation, Inc. He is responsible for the strategic planning for the Bank and for the development of the Bank’s activities in its northern markets. Lee is an entrepreneur with considerable experience in the merger, acquisition and operations of small businesses. His experience in banking includes working as a bank and bank holding company examiner for the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City and as an accountant and loan review specialist for a Denver CPA firm. He is a Certified Public Accountant and holds a Finance degree from the University of Wyoming. Lee received his master’s degree from the University of Denver.
Dean A. Heinzmann | NMLS 462228
President, Fortress Bank
Dean is the President of Fortress Bank, responsible for the leadership of the Bank and for the development of the Bank’s activities in Central Illinois, with a focus on the Peoria market. Additionally, Heinzmann is Executive Vice President and Director of First State Bancorporation, Inc., which is the holding company for Fortress Bank. He served as an organizer of the holding company in connection with its acquisition of the Bank in 2008. Prior to 2008, Dean served as Senior Vice President and Division Manager for LaSalle Bank National Association (acquired by Bank of America) and Senior Vice President of Bank One Illinois, N.A. (currently JP Morgan Chase). A graduate of the University of Illinois (B.S. Finance) and Southern Illinois University – Edwardsville (MBA), Dean’s community activities include Metropolitan Airport Authority of Peoria, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Illinois, Lutheran Hillside Village, FC Peoria and Heart of Illinois United Way.
Keith Worner | NMLS 1389899
Executive Vice President
Keith is responsible for Fortress Bank’s commercial banking division. He joined the bank in 2015 and most recently was a Commercial Banking Officer with Parkside Financial Bank & Trust in St. Louis, Missouri serving middle market business clients. Keith earned his undergraduate degree from the University of Northern Iowa in 2009 and his MBA from St. Louis University in 2013. While in St. Louis, Keith also volunteered with Rise Community Development, an organization providing capacity-building technical assistance and training to community development organizations, government agencies and institutions in the Greater St. Louis area.
Andrew J. Bastert | NMLS 462230
Andy is Fortress Bank’s Western Illinois Regional President. Andy’s lending career began over 30 years ago as a loan officer for Mississippi Valley Production Credit Association. After five years with the Farm Credit System, he joined the Carthage branch of First Midwest Bank which would soon become part of First State Bank of Illinois, now Fortress Bank and later served as senior vice president overseeing the lending function. Andy obtained his Bachelor of Science degree from Western Illinois University and is a graduate of the Madison Graduate School of Banking. Andy is a long time trustee of the Carthage Public Library District and also serves on the boards of the Hancock County Health Department, Western Illinois Community Development Corporation, and Carthage School Foundation and is co-chairman of the Hancock County Jobs Task Force Committee.
Michael T. Bavery | NMLS 432223
Senior Vice President – Chief Credit Officer and Risk Management
Mike has been with the bank since 1991 and has been a lender since graduating from college in 1986. Mike received his Bachelor of Science degree from Western Illinois University and is a graduate of the Illinois Banking School and the Graduate School of Banking, Madison, Wisconsin. Mike serves on the Illinois Bankers Association Agricultural Advisory Committee and is a member of the Carthage Kiwanis Club.
Troy McCrery | NMLS 1281798
Senior Vice President - Retail Banking Division
Troy has been in banking since receiving his Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration with a minor in Finance from Monmouth College in 1987. He worked 28 years with Norwest and then Wells Fargo, serving for the last 10 years as Area President for Illinois and Southeast Iowa. Currently, Troy serves with the Galesburg Athletic Boosters.
Lisa Lewis | NMLS 509281
Senior Vice President- Mortgage Banking
Lisa Lewis leads our Mortgage Division, coming into this position during the COVID-19 pandemic. Despite countless challenges, she has successfully lead the department through unprecedented growth. Lisa has been a Mortgage Banking professional for over thirty years. Prior to joining Fortress, Lisa held several positions with Quad City Bank and Trust and Ruhl Mortgage Company. A lifelong Quad Citizen and proud mother and grandmother, Lisa has enjoyed being a part of this growing community. She earned her Associate's Degree from Scott Community College. Lisa has enjoyed volunteering with local school districts.
Senior Vice President – Information Systems and Operations
Brian has management responsibility for all systems, technology and operations of the Bank including electronic customer delivery platforms. Brian graduated with honors in 1986 from University Of Iowa, Iowa City, Iowa with a Bachelor of Business Administration degree - emphasis in Finance. Brian has an extensive IT and operational background having served in leadership roles for several middle market companies in the Quad Cities market. Most recently, he was Technology and Management Consulting Director for RSM (formerly McGladrey). Brian served as the Chairman of the 2011 John Deere Classic PGA golf tournament and continues to be a member of the board of directors.
Senior Vice President – Funding & Investment Officer
Ken Mauser most recently served as the publisher of the Peoria Journal Star and was also general manager, controller and assistant controller over his 32-year career with the newspaper. He worked for Price Waterhouse early in his career. Mauser is a Certified Public Accountant. Mauser is a graduate of Bradley University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting and is a Certified Public Accountant. He is a past board member of United Way, Big Brothers/Big Sisters, Center for Prevention of Abuse, and Peoria Downtown Rotary.
Senior Vice President – Financial Officer
Sean McGuire most recently served as the Business Unit Manager for Liberty Diversified International/Miller Container, Rock Island, Illinois, where he managed two facilities, including over 200 employees. He also served as Vice President of Finance and Controller for Miller Container. McGuire is a graduate of University of Northern Iowa. He is a Certified Public Accountant and a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Iowa Society of Certified Public Accountants. McGuire is a member of the John Deere Classic Board of Directors and was the 2019 John Deere Classic Chairman. He is also a classroom volunteer for Junior Achievement.