More than 14,900 Milwaukee homebuyers and industry experts were surveyed to create a list of top mortgage and home and auto insurance professionals in the area, and two Associated colleagues made the cut—Christine Blackwood, Residential Loan Officer at Milwaukee-Kilbourn Ave., and Jim Larcheid, Residential Loan Officer at the Brookfield-Moorland branch.

Blackwood has been named to this prestigious list for the second time. She has been with Asssociated for over 27 years. Her responsibilities include supporting Associated's downtown locations as well as private and business banking groups. Previously, Blackwood worked in mortgage lending.

Larcheid, who also made the list, joined Associated on April 25 and brings over 20 years of mortgage lending experience. Jim specializes in new construction lending, and was previously employed at North Shore Bank FSB where he received the North Star award, which recognizes the top overall lender in the bank.

"It's exciting to be recognized. I work with a great team that provides me with endless support in order to achieve this result," said Christine Blackwood, Residential Loan Officer. "Our team strives to exceed customer's expectations and we will continue to perform in a way that produces customer satisfaction."

"It is great to be recognized by our customers. I aim for making their experience with Associated a positive one," said Jim Larcheid, Senior Mortgage Loan Officer. "Having consistent communication with Associated customers along with attention to details are what I strive for on every loan."

Milwaukee Magazine and FIVE STAR Professional joined forces to evaluate overall satisfaction of more than 3,500 Milwaukee area mortgage professionals. Qualifying individuals were reviewed by a panel of experts and the final list was revealed. This special group represents a core group of professionals, and is a useful tool for any individual in the Milwaukee area looking for mortgage or insurance services.