Showing posts from August, 2014


It’s mid summer; 2014 is flying by.   I can’t help but take notice of some milestones that have occurred so far in 2014; both professionally and personally.   A few that top the list are: I celebrated my 25 th year work anniversary with LSB in April.   It’s gone by in a blink of an eye. When I look back at all the technology changes and how much the bank has grown, I start to feel the years.   I absolutely love coming to work every day and am very grateful for the opportunity to work at LSB. We’ve just completed our 1 st week in our new Keota location!   This takes me to the above paragraph.   When I started in 1989, LSB had assets of 25 million and 8 employees.   With the Keota acquisition, we are above 300 million in assets and close to 50 employees.       Libertyville was the only location then, and now we are happy to be in and support 5 communities.   We are thrilled to be a part of the Keota community!   It’s been a year since my diagnosis of Sjogrens Syndrome.

The Devil is in the Details

I consider myself to be a “big picture” guy. Given enough time, I can usually come up with a viable solution to a problem. My shortcomings lie in the 238 intricate steps and processes that lie between finding the problem and actually getting it resolved. That’s right, I’m talking about the details. After several years of self evaluation in this realm, I’ve come to the conclusion that patience or rather the lack thereof, is part of my problem. I want my tractor fixed now and I don’t want to waste a lot of time on the phone with the dealer, waiting on parts, tearing the tractor apart or putting it back together. I just have no patience for those things. But a lack of patience is just a part of my problem. In a lot of cases, I’m just not particular enough. “Close enough for me” and “that’s fine for now” are big parts of my vocabulary. For example, on the rare occasions when I wash my truck, if I notice I’ve missed a spot or two it’s no big deal. I can live with a little dirt. I di