ROCKFORD, ILL. – February 16, 2021 – Michael Pura has joined Associated Bank as president of the Rockford Community Market. He is responsible for overseeing the banking and other financial service operations for Associated’s seven branches in the Rockford area.


Pura brings 26 years of banking experience to Associated Bank. Previously, he held a leadership role with JP Morgan Chase in middle market banking and specialized industries. Before that, he served 20 years at Wells Fargo and predecessor companies managing teams of commercial bankers in the commercial and industrial, franchise and healthcare sectors. Pura also has a background in internal audit and six sigma process.


“I am pleased to welcome Mike to the Rockford market team,” said Timothy J. Lau, executive vice president and head of community markets, Associated Bank. “His experience in the industry will continue to build on our long-term commitment to the Rockford community and our customers.” 


Pura succeeds Thomas E. Kress who retires on February 28. Kress started with Associated in 2014.  


Pura holds a bachelor’s degree in finance from the University of Vermont.


He is located at the Main Street location.


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