Chief Financial Officer Ed Sloane will retire in March 2023 and Chief Accounting Officer Brian Spielmann will be named to succeed him
First Business Financial Services, Inc. (the “Company”, the “Bank”, or “First Business Bank”) (Nasdaq: FBIZ) announced that Chief Financial Officer Edward G. Sloane, Jr. intends to take his retirement on March 31, 2023 and that the Company plans to appoint Chief Accounting Officer Brian D. Spielmann to succeed him as Chief Financial Officer effective the same date.
“Brian has a deep understanding of our Bank, our finance and accounting team, and our strategic vision for continued growth and success, as well as the needs of our internal and external stakeholders,” said Chairman and CEO Corey Chambas. “As a strategic contributor and trusted advisor to me and the entire management team for many years, Brian truly embodies First Business Bank’s commitment to creating value by living our values and is a perfect fit to serve as our next CFO.”
Spielmann will serve as deputy chief financial officer and chief accounting officer until he succeeds Sloane as chief financial officer of the holding company and First Business Bank on March 31. The 16-year veteran of the company has been instrumental in First Business Bank’s strategic planning, capital planning, asset/liability management, liquidity management, financial reporting and investor relations activities . Prior to being named chief accounting officer in 2020, Spielmann held a number of progressive finance leadership roles after joining First Business Bank in 2006. He earned his accounting degree from Bradley University and his master’s degree in administration of Business from Edgewood College. A certified public accountant, Spielmann also completed the ABA Stonier Graduate School of Banking program and holds a Banking Leadership Certificate from the University of Pennsylvania – The Wharton School.
“I have had the pleasure of working closely with Brian since joining the Bank and know that the finance team and the company as a whole will be in excellent hands with him as Chief Financial Officer of First Business Bank,” said Sloane. “I want to thank Corey, the Board of Directors and all my colleagues for the incredible opportunity they have given me to contribute to the special mission of this company and to the community of Madison. which I am very proud to now call home.”
Sloane’s distinguished 40-year career includes serving as Chief Financial Officer of First Business Bank since 2016. Previously, he was Chief Financial Officer of Peoples Bancorp, Inc. and held various positions at WesBanco, Inc., including Vice President Principal of Strategy Planning. Sloane holds a BSBA from Marshall University, a Leadership Certificate from the University of Wisconsin-Madison Graduate School of Banking, and is a Certified Public Accountant.
“Ed joined First Business Bank as Chief Financial Officer over six years ago, and we have benefited immensely from his decades of experience in regional and community banking,” Chambas added. “Nowhere is Ed’s impact on our organization more evident than in the exceptional finance and accounting team he has built for the Bank, including the development of a strong cadre of emerging leaders. I am very pleased that we can continue to rely on his expertise over the next 10 months as he and Brian continue to work closely together to support the continued execution of our growth initiatives and our overall strategic plan.”
About First Business Bank
First Business Bank specializes in corporate banking, including corporate banking and specialist finance, private banking and banking advisory services, and through its refined focus, it offers expertise, accessibility and unparalleled responsiveness. Specialty finance solutions are provided by First Business Bank’s wholly owned subsidiary, First Business Specialty Finance, LLC. First Business Bank is a wholly owned subsidiary of First Business Financial Services, Inc. (Nasdaq: FBIZ). For more information, visit firstbusiness.bank.
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