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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
Regional President

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.

Brian Kardell
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.

Ken Mauser
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.

Sean McGuire
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.


LEE H. GARLACH, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer  NMLS 462229

DEAN A. HEINZMANN, President NMLS 462228

ANDREW J. BASTERT, Western Illinois Regional President & Ag Division Manager 462230

MICHAELT T. BAVERY SVP/Chief Credit Officer & Risk Management  NMLS 432223

KEITH WORNER, SVP-Commercial Banking Division Manager NMLS 1389899

BRIAN KARDELL SVP/Information Systems & Operations

TROY MCCRERY SVP/Director of Sales & Development NMLS 1281798

SHAWN JOSLYN VP/Information Technology

TRACY MCDOWELL Internal Auditor 

JUDY WILLARD  System Data Administrator

SEAN MCGUIRE, SVP Financial Officer

KEN MAUSER, SVP Funding & Investments

MICHAEL LONG, Compliance Officer

AMBROSE ROCKWELL, Systems Administrator 

CLAIRE GRIFFITH, Manager of Human Resources & Development

JAMIE PEEL  AVP Banking Center Manager, Monmouth, Peoria & Quad Cities

JENNY GARLACH, Treasury Management Specialist


JACOB THOMAS, Relationship Manager NMLS 1382938
GINA DESPAIN,  Banking Center Manager NMLS 1782838


KEVIN DEITRICH VP/Relationship Manager NMLS 462226

STEPHEN PATRICK Commercial Loan Officer NMLS 462227

KIM TAYLOR VP/Banking Center Manager-Carthage & Hamilton NMLS 992914


JAMIE PEEL AVP Banking Center Manager, Monmouth & Quad Cities

ELIZABETH REITMAN Relationship Manager NMLS 1552065


LORA HEILLE Banking Center Manager, NMLS 1747490

APRIL PARKER SVP/Portfolio Management NMLS 1207293 

NICK ESSER VP/Commercial Banking  NMLS 1178400




LISA LEWIS  SVP/Mortgage Banking- Davenport NMLS 509281

MARIAN GREBNER SVP/Residential Mortgage - Peoria NMLS 257995

SHEILA WALKER AVP/ Mortgage Loan Officer - Pekin NMLS 258949

SHERRY POSEY  AVP/ Mortgage Loan Processing- Davenport  NMLS 1100048

DEANNA COOK AVP/ Mortgage Loan Closing - Davenport 

RICK LASEK VP/ Mortgage Servicing-Davenport NMLS 673696



SCOTT JARVIS  SVP/Des Moines Division Manager

STEPHANIE AVERY  VP/Mortgage Market Manager NMLS 446578

JENNIFER DONIELSON AVP/Mortgage Loan Originator- Des Moines NMLS 51206


TERRY FINNEGAN VP/Financial Advisor