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Gaston completes leadership program; Buch celebrates 20 years with bank

Jul 14, 2014

Gaston completes leadership program

Miles Gaston of Libertyville Savings Bank in Fairfield completed the Iowa Bankers Association Leadership Institute and was honored at a graduation event June 13 at The Hotel at Kirkwood in Cedar Rapids.

The Leadership Institute is a five-month program sponsored by the Iowa Bankers Association. The purpose of the program is to prepare up and coming leaders who want to broaden their communication, management and leadership skills. Session topics include public speaking, government relations, human resources, coaching skills, strategic thinking, economic development and marketing.

The Leadership Institute wrapped up in June with a presentation from Coach Kevin Kush who is known for leading his Boys Town High School football team of at-risk youth to an undefeated regular season. He spoke to the group on the eight traits of a quality teammate.

Gaston, investment and training officer, joined the Libertyville Savings Bank full time in December after graduating from the University of Iowa. He has worked for the bank on a part-time basis for eight years throughout his high school and college years. He assists in managing the bank’s bond portfolio and leads the bank’s training department.


Buch celebrates 20 years with bank

Sue Buch, vice president of real estate lending at Iowa State Bank & Trust Company, has celebrated 20 years years of service to the bank.

Buch began her responsibilities on July 5, 1994, as assistant vice president. One of her first responsibilities was to formulate plans for a new bank facility at Fourth Street and Burlington Avenue. She coordinated with the architect and contractors to oversee the construction from beginning to end.

Buch was promoted to vice president in 1998 and manages the mortgage lending department. She currently sits on a number of the decision-making committees of the bank and also chairs the marketing committee.

Aaron Kness, president and CEO of Iowa State Bank, added that Buch also directs the bank’s marketing team where she’s been instrumental in rolling out new products, like an on-line residential mortgage application.

Buch and her husband Jeff live northwest of Fairfield where they have raised six children. She enjoys following her children in their sporting events, travel and photography.

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