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Fortress Bank Adds Finance and
Investment Professionals

Sean McGuire and Ken Mauser recently joined Fortress
Bank as Senior Vice President – Financial Officer and
Senior Vice President – Funding & Investment Officer,
Sean McGuire most recently served
as the Business Unit Manager for
Liberty Diversified International/Miller
Container, Rock Island, Illinois, where
he managed two facilities, including over
200 employees. He also served as Vice
President of Finance and Controller for
Miller Container.
McGuire is a graduate of University
of Northern Iowa. He is a Certified Sean McGuire
Public Accountant and a member of the
American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the
Iowa Society of Certified Public Accountants.
McGuire is a member of the John Deere Classic Board of
Directors and was the 2019 John Deere Classic Chairman.
He is also a classroom volunteer for Junior Achievement.
Ken Mauser most recently served as
the publisher of the Peoria Journal Star
and was also general manager, controller
and assistant controller over his 32-year
career with the newspaper. He worked
for Price Waterhouse early in his career.
Mauser is a Certified Public Accountant.
Mauser is a graduate of Bradley
University with a Bachelor of Science
degree in Accounting and is a Certified Ken Mauser
Public Accountant. He is a past board
member of United Way, Big Brothers/Big Sisters, Center
for Prevention of Abuse, and Peoria Downtown Rotary.
“We are pleased to have Sean and Ken join our team of
bankers,” said Lee Garlach, Chairman and CEO of Fortress
Bank. “They are both experienced leaders who have a
proven track record of success. Their strong relationship
building skills, coupled with an outstanding background
in operations and finance, will enhance our banking
Fortress Bank began business in 1904. The privately held
bank has assets exceeding $450 million with locations in
Peoria, Macomb, Monmouth, Carthage, LaHarpe, Hamilton,
Blandinsville and Colusa, Illinois, and Davenport, Iowa.
The bank also operates a loan production office in
Des Moines, Iowa.

Honkamp Krueger promotes
Brawdy to partner

Honkamp Krueger & Co., P.C. (HK)
is announcing the promotion of tax
manager, Scott A. Brawdy, CPA, to
partner effective Jan. 2, 2020.
Based out of the firm’s Davenport office,
Brawdy leads the firm’s state and local tax
(SALT) department, assisting businesses
with complex sales and use tax issues,
nexus tax laws, compliance with the
South Dakota vs. Wayfair Supreme Court Scott A. Brawdy
case, sales tax audits, and more. With 20
years of experience, Brawdy applies his vast knowledge to
help clients uncover opportunities in these areas.
“Scott’s leadership in state and local tax issues has been
an asset to the firm and our clients,” said Greg Burbach,
president and CEO of HK. “His deep knowledge in this
practice means we can offer a complete and holistic
approach to tax planning for our clients.”
“I am looking forward to working with more clients
in the coming months and years as state and local tax
(SALT) laws continue to evolve, creating new challenges
and opportunities for businesses,” Brawdy said. “SALT is
a vast and complex network of tax laws, but with proper
planning and guidance, business owners can tackle this
issue with confidence.”
About Honkamp Krueger & Co., P.C.
Honkamp Krueger & Co., P.C. (HK) is a Top 100 CPA
and business consulting firm in the U.S. and the largest
Iowa-based CPA firm (Accounting Today, 2019). Serving
client organizations in all 50 states and thousands of
U.S. cities, we are one of the nation’s largest and most
respected professional service firms. HK is headquartered
in Dubuque, Iowa, with additional locations in Cedar
Rapids, Davenport and Des Moines, Iowa, Geneseo,
Illinois, and Madison and Platteville, Wisconsin. In addition
to the CPA practice, the HK Family of Companies includes
HK Financial Services (HKFS) and the HK Alliance, which
consists of CPA and business consulting firms throughout
the U.S. sharing resources and best practices.
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Mara Sovey Downing Joins SenB
Bank Board of Directors

SENB Bank is pleased to announce that
Mara Sovey Downing, Vice President,
Global Brand Management & Corporate
Communications and President, John
Deere Foundation, has been appointed to
the bank’s Board of Directors.
Mara began her career with Deere
in 2000 in the tax department. She
later moved to public affairs as manager
of state public affairs and director of Mara Sovey
international affairs. She was named
director of corporate citizenship in 2010
and later assumed responsibility for brand management.
In 2017 her role was expanded to include brand licensing.
Mara has responsibility for the company’s worldwide
communications activities, including editorial services,
employee communications, public relations, social media,
and research and information. She also leads the groups
responsible for brand management, brand licensing,
corporate archives, attractions & guest services, and
corporate citizenship.
President and CEO, Daniel P. Daly, stated, “We are
fortunate to have an energetic executive who embodies
the spirit of the community join our board. Mara’s skills
and professional experience will contribute immensely to
the future of SENB Bank.”
Mara holds a bachelor’s degree in accounting from St.
Ambrose University and an MBA from the Kellogg School
of Management at Northwestern University.
Mara is a tireless community volunteer and serves
on a number of community boards including the
John Deere Classic, the United Way of the Quad Cities,
Quad Cities Chamber of Commerce, the Regional
Opportunities Council (ROC), and the Lincoln Academy.
She also serves on a number of campaign committees
including the Quad Cities Culture Trust and co-chair of
the United Way of the Quad Cities Community Campaign.
About SenB Bank
SENB Bank has proudly served the Quad Cities and
neighboring communities since forming in 1961 and is
approximately $310 million in assets. In 2019 the bank
expanded into the Stateline (Beloit/Rockford) region of
Illinois and Wisconsin, with seven banking centers serving
Illinois, Iowa and Wisconsin.
SENB Bank offers a comprehensive portfolio of products
and services to meet the financial needs of the communities
it serves. The bank’s community support is evidenced by
its recognition as the Quad Cities’ Reader’s Choice ‘Best
Bank’ in the Quad Cities for two consecutive years.
The SENB Bank team is committed to its Smart. Easy.
Notably Better brand.