Senior Management

Northwestern Bank – Senior Management

  • Jamie Leibrandt
    Senior Vice President / Senior Lending Officer
    Chippewa Falls
    Commercial Lending
    NMLS Number: 507812
    Meet Jamie
    Jamie Leibrandt
    Senior Vice President / Senior Lending Officer
    Chippewa Falls
    Commercial Lending
    NMLS Number: 507812

    With over 25 years of commercial banking experience, Jamie provides business leaders a wealth of knowledge to help their company succeed. Jamie believes getting to know the client, their families and their businesses allows him to provide the best solutions for all their banking needs and truly appreciates Northwestern Bank’s commitment to building quality relationships. 

    Jamie is involved within the community through a variety of roles supporting the McDonell Area Catholic Schools, the Chippewa Falls Area Chamber of Commerce and the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Greater Chippewa Valley.

  • Tracey Smiskey
    Market President - Eau Claire Area
    River Prairie
    NMLS Number: 1577962
    Meet Tracey
    Tracey Smiskey
    Market President - Eau Claire Area
    River Prairie
    NMLS Number: 1577962

    Tracey her husband and three children have called the Chippewa Valley ‘home’ for the past 14 years. She believes the Chippewa Valley area is the best place to raise a family.

    Tracey’s professional passion is working with businesses to simplify the banking process. She enjoys seeing banking clients succeed in their endeavors and loves the opportunity to be a small part of that partnership process.

    Tracey is engaged with many local community organizations, including the Eau Claire Area Chamber of Commerce, Polka Dot Powerhouse and the Women’s Giving Circle. She is also involved coaching youth sports.

  • Michele Koch
    Chief Operating Officer
  • Jerry Kuehl
    Senior Vice President / Sales & Marketing
    Chippewa Falls or River Prairie
    Commercial Lending
    NMLS Number: 507808
    Meet Jerry
    Jerry Kuehl
    Senior Vice President / Sales & Marketing
    Chippewa Falls or River Prairie
    Commercial Lending
    NMLS Number: 507808

    Jerry’s banking career started in Milwaukee. In 1993, he relocated to the Chippewa Valley and joined Northwestern Bank. He has since been a leader in a variety of roles ever since.

    Jerry believes community banking is about relationships. Taking the time to learn about a client's dreams, passions, and goals is the most important part of his job. Along with helping his clients, Jerry enjoys being a community leader in the Chippewa Valley; a critical role of his position.

    Jerry hosts the Banker with a Beer podcast series where he interviews community and business leaders on a variety of general interest topics. The podcast has a strong following and is available on the Northwestern Bank website as well as Eau Claire Hometown RadioSpotify and Apple Podcasts stores.

    Jerry and his wife Mary have two adult daughters, a son-in-law, and recently welcomed their first grandchild. Outside of work, Jerry likes to travel, explore the arts, and enjoy fine malted beverages.

  • Melissa Grill
    Chief Financial Officer & Cashier
  • Jerry Jacobson
    President
    Chippewa Falls
    Started on Board: 1/1994
    Meet Jerry
    Jerry Jacobson
    President
    Chippewa Falls

    Jerry Jacobson is President of Northwestern bank and has been the CEO since 1998. A Chippewa Falls native, he continued his education at the University of Wisconsin- Eau Claire, where he graduated with a degree in Economics.  As a lifelong learner, he has also furthered his education in Chicago, earning his MBA in Finance. Jerry brings over 40 years of banking experience to the greater Chippewa Valley.

    Jerry has a strong passion for philanthropic giving, community engagement, and strengthening the future of the Chippewa Valley.