CHICAGO – April 29, 2014 – Keith Butala, age 28, has been hired as assistant vice president, relationship manager, with Associated Bank. As a member of the Commercial Middle Market division, he works with senior business leaders to provide commercial banking relationships resulting in optimal sales growth.

Formerly, Butala held the position of assistant vice president, portfolio manager, with BMO Harris Bank where he supported private and public middle market companies with financial modeling, underwriting, and capital structure advising.

Butala is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin – Madison School of Business having earned a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in investment banking and finance. His office is located at 525 W. Monroe St., Chicago.

Corry Harris, age 38, joins Associated Bank as bank manager for the location at 2311 W. Pioneer Pwy, Peoria, Ill. In this role he develops new business relationships and grows existing relationships working closely with internal departments to provide customized banking products. Managing the overall operations of the branch, Harris develops staff through ongoing coaching sessions and trainings with a focus on exceeding customer expectations.

Harris brings 18 years of business lending, real estate lending, credit counseling, SBA lending, and consumer lending experience to Associated Bank, having previously served as assistant vice president with Regions Bank. He was recognized by Regions Bank as number one in investment revenue and volume for 2012 and small business loan production in 2011 across a three-state area. Harris holds certifications in commercial lending, life and health Insurance, and housing and credit counseling.

In the community Harris serves as chairman of the Illinois Business Financial Services and teaches financial literacy classes.