Commercial Loans

Northwestern Bank specializing in commercial lending.

Our lenders are some of the most experienced in the area. No matter if your business is large or small we have the resources and expertise to be of help to you.

In addition, we utilize financial assistance programs such as:

    • Chippewa Falls and Eau Claire Industrial Development
    • Chippewa and Eau Claire County Economic Development
    • Chippewa Falls Main Street Facade Improvement Loans
    • Small Business Administration
    • WHEDA

Our Commercial Loan Officers welcome the opportunity to be of service to you and your business!

Commercial Loan Officers at Northwestern Bank

Jody Becker
Vice President

With over 20 years of commercial banking experience, Jody's knowledge of commercial real estate and medium-large businesses, combined with her commitment to delivering superior client service, makes her a valued and trusted Business Banker to her clients.

Jody enjoys building long-term relationships with business owners while providing financial solutions to help businesses grow in both the short-term and long-term. Jody is proud of the flexibility and array of options Northwestern Bank provides their clients to make financing possible.

Jody is also actively involved with a variety of local community organizations, and in her free time enjoys UW Badger sports and traveling with her family.

River Prairie
Commercial Lending
(715) 839.8642 [email protected]
NMLS Number: 507807
Jerry Kuehl
Senior Vice President / Sales & Marketing

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.

Chippewa Falls or River Prairie
Commercial Lending
(715) 723.4461 [email protected]
NMLS Number: 507808
Jamie Leibrandt
Senior Vice President / Senior Lending Officer

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.

Chippewa Falls
Commercial Lending
(715) 723.4461 [email protected]
NMLS Number: 507812
Greg Misfeldt
Vice President

Greg is a Chippewa Falls native who has been with Northwestern Bank for over 10 years. He appreciates that loan decisions at Northwestern Bank are made by people who are living, working and owning businesses in our local communities. Greg values Northwestern Bank’s commitment to serving others.

Greg is actively engaged within the community as a Special Olympics basketball coach, a parent-volunteer of McDonell Area Catholic Schools and within various roles supporting the City of Chippewa Falls.

Greg, his wife and two children and reside in Chippewa Falls.

Chippewa Falls
Commercial Lending
(715) 723.4461 [email protected]
NMLS Number: 507822
Kent Pickerign
Vice President

Combining Kent's 33 years of banking experience at Northwestern Bank and being a lifetime resident of the Chippewa Valley, Kent understands the big picture regarding lending in our area. He believes that Northwestern Bank stands out in the Chippewa Valley due to the high level of community involvement, and that the bank is truly embedded in the fabric that defines our neighborhoods.

Kent has been married to wife Chris for over 20 years.  She is a second-grade teacher at Cornell Elementary School and together they have two children, Abby and Sam.

Cornell & Thorp
Ag & Commercial Lending
(715) 239.6414 [email protected]
NMLS Number: 507818
Jodi Wolf
Vice President

Jodi brings over 25 years of finance and banking experience to the greater Chippewa Valley.  She feels one of the greatest rewards of her job is the opportunity to learn more about all of the amazing business leaders she works alongside.  It is Jodi’s passion to help local businesses succeed and truly enjoys what she does.

Outside of work, Jodi enjoys spending time with her family. Her and her husband Mike, along with their four children, spend much of their time doing outdoor activities and being active. Jodi has learned over the years that time with her family is priceless.

River Prairie
Commercial Lending
(715) 839.8642 [email protected]
NMLS Number: 894461
Tracey Smiskey
Market President - Eau Claire Area

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.

River Prairie
[email protected]
NMLS Number: 1577962