Milwaukee Magazine and Five Star Professional recognized nine Associated Bank loan officers in their special section of Milwaukee Magazine this April. The following Associated Bank individuals have been selected for the 2017 Mortgage Professional recognition:


  • Christine Blackwood, Milwaukee
  • Angela Hausmann, Pewaukee
  • Christine Howard, Brookfield
  • James Larcheid, Brookfield
  • Rob Loppnow, Racine
  • Tammy Niemann, Menomonee Falls
  • Dianne Retzlaff, Slinger
  • Antonio Santoro, West Allis
  • Michele Takach, St. Francis



All Associated Bank recipients have received this award for at least three consecutive years including Blackwood and Howard for eight consecutive years, Takach for seven consecutive years, Larcheid for six consecutive years, and Loppnow for five consecutive years.

The Five Star Mortgage Professional Program is designed to identify mortgage professionals in a given market who satisfy objective criteria that are associated with providing quality services to clients.


“We are pleased that Five Star Professionals and Milwaukee Magazine have recognized these deserving loan officers for their commitment to outstanding customer service and dedication to their profession,” said David Bauer, senior vice president, director of mortgage sales, Associated Bank.


Award candidates are identified through nominations received by consumers and real estate agents. To receive the Five Star Mortgage Professional award, a mortgage professional must satisfy five objective eligibility and evaluation criteria that are associated with mortgage professionals who provide quality services to their clients. The award process is conducted annually in each market. Recent homebuyers (all area residents who purchased a home over $100,000 - $200,000 within an eight to 36-month period, depending on the market size) are asked to evaluate mortgage professionals with whom they have worked and evaluate them based upon five criteria. Area real estate agents, escrow and title professionals are also asked to submit an evaluation. Self-nominations are not accepted.


In order to be named a Five Star Mortgage Professional, an individual must satisfy the applicable state licensing requirement and be in good standing. The final list of Five Star Mortgage Professionals includes less than 7% of the mortgage professionals in a market.