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At AFB serving businesses like no other is also called “just going about our business.”

Business banking is in AFB’s DNA. Our entire existence is based on our desire and commitment to being the best business bank in existence. The people we hire, the products, and services we offer, and the systems we have in place are all geared toward serving the business community like no other.

Why? Because we believe that businesses are the lifeblood of the community and the people who risk so much and sacrifice so much to start, run, and grow businesses deserve the very best banking experience possible, the best chance to fund their dreams, and a partner who understands what it takes to run a successful business. That’s just who we are.

David Verville

Chief Credit Officer

David Verville

Chief Credit Officer

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David Verville

Chief Credit Officer

David started working the teller line over 15 years ago at Fifth Third Bank and ascended so rapidly his ears popped.  He then moved to commercial credit where he worked in credit operations and became a Portfolio Manager for the middle market lending group. He came to AFB to head up the Credit Department before moving into his current role as Chief Credit Officer. His leadership in this role helps ensure our lending solutions remain on the cutting edge.

David graduated from Transylvania University in Lexington, KY.

 

Emie Bowlby

COO, CFO

Emie Bowlby

COO, CFO

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Emie Bowlby

COO, CFO

During her 18 years in banking, Emie has turned climbing the corporate ladder into an adrenaline sport. She started as a teller and worked her way through operations, accounting, loan processing, compliance, risk and IT, leading each department along the way. She is knowledgeable in all areas of banking and stands ready to assist the AFB team in bringing industry-leading cash-management solutions to our clients. She is certified as an AAP (Accredited ACH Professional) which allows her to help our clients maximize the efficiencies gained by electronic payments.

Emie graduated with an accounting degree from Eastern Kentucky University.

 

Linda Berry

VP, Commercial Banker

Linda Berry

VP, Commercial Banker

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Linda Berry

VP, Commercial Banker

Fun fact, Linda Berry has her own theme music that magically plays in the background whenever she walks into a room. That song? “Isn’t She Lovely,” by Stevie Wonder. Before joining American Founders Linda was with a super-regional bank for over 32 years serving as Vice President with the Louisville Business Banking group. She specialized in Construction Lending and Commercial Real Estate Lending for 20 years before retiring from PNC in 2008.

Linda attended Western Kentucky University.

 

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Barry Brauch

President and CEO

Barry Brauch

President and CEO

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Barry Brauch

President and CEO

When it comes to bank CEOs we’ll put Barry’s dance skills up against anyone’s. Seriously, he’s a maniac on the dance floor. And, with over 25 years in banking and a track-record that includes helping to grow a banks revenue 10-fold in 10 years, Barry brings AFB a wealth of savvy and experience. The son of a business owner by birth and a CPA by trade, Barry is passionate about helping businesses thrive, which is why he’s built AFB to serve the business community.

Barry graduated from University of Kentucky with a degree in Accountancy and earned his MBA at University of Cincinnati.

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Jon Baughman

VP, Commercial Banker

Jon Baughman

VP, Commercial Banker

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Jon Baughman

VP, Commercial Banker

Jon has been in banking for over 15 years and has been married for over 10 years, so he’s clearly someone who understands solid investments. Jon’s professional experience includes more than 15 years experience in banking, focusing his time working with commercial clients to provide capital solutions to help them grow their businesses. Jon specializes in financing equipment, commercial real estate, operating lines of credit, and succession planning.

Jon is a graduate of the University of Kentucky.

 

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Trish Osborn

Senior Vice President

Trish Osborn

Senior Vice President

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Trish Osborn

Senior Vice President

With over 28 years of banking experience in the Louisville market, Trish wields her big-bank experience like a broadsword when fighting for her clients’ best interests. Before joining AFB she was the Managing Director for the private banking group at US Bank.

Trish graduated from the University of Louisville with a degree in Accounting.

 

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Lorie C. Dressman

Customer Service Rep.

Lorie C. Dressman

Customer Service Rep.

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Alisha Smith

Customer Service Rep.

Alisha Smith

Customer Service Rep.

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Chris Houck

Operations Processor

Chris Houck

Operations Processor

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Jeff Fields

VP, Portfolio Manager

Jeff Fields

VP, Portfolio Manager

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Jessica Tretter

CFP™

Jessica Tretter

CFP™

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Joe Escola

VP, Controller

Joe Escola

VP, Controller

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Cathy Sullivan

Funding Desk Manager

Cathy Sullivan

Funding Desk Manager

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Kulwant Singh

Senior Banker

Kulwant Singh

Senior Banker

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Stacey Kochersperger

Senior Banker

Stacey Kochersperger

Senior Banker

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Robert Byers

Enterprise Risk Officer

Robert Byers

Enterprise Risk Officer

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Robert Byers

Enterprise Risk Officer

Robert has more titles than a used car lot. He’s currently AFB’s Enterprise Risk Officer, but he’s also a Compliance Officer, Internal Audit Manager, BSA Officer, and Community Reinvestment Officer. Prior to joining AFB, Robert served as the Business Development Manager for Integrity Staffing Solutions where he worked with and trained both clients and recruiters on finding higher quality candidates. He also worked at Fifth Third Bank as an Assistant Vice President and a Financial Center Manager.

Robert graduated from University of Kentucky with a degree in Integrated Strategic Communications.

 

Nick Buckler

Senior Accountant

Nick Buckler

Senior Accountant

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Kristen Davis

AVP, Senior Operations Officer

Kristen Davis

AVP, Senior Operations Officer

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Michele Lukeas

Customer Service Rep.

Michele Lukeas

Customer Service Rep.

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Bernie Fineman

Bernie Fineman

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Bernie Fineman

For someone with so much experience and success, he’s hard to find on the internet, but here’s what we know about the mysterious Mr. Fineman. From 1975 to 1985, Mr. Fineman served with First National Bank, Louisville, Ky. He soon settled into an investment banker roll where he helped manage the sale of Caldwell Tanks. Mr. Fineman now serves as President of Caldwell Group, Ltd. and its subsidiary Caldwell Tanks, Inc.

Bernie graduated from University of Louisville where he also earned his MBA.

 

 

John Neace

John Neace

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John Neace

John owns a beer company. That’s all we really need to say, but John has founded a number of businesses, most notably Neace Lukens Insurance which he founded in 1991 and sold to private equity in 2011. A successful businessman and venture capitalist, he now owns Falls City Brewery and is the CEO of Louisville City FC. Did we mention he owns Falls City?

John earned his Bachelor’s degree from Northern Kentucky University and his Master’s degree from Xavier University.

 

 

William P. "Bill" Butler

Chairman of the Board

William P. "Bill" Butler

Chairman of the Board

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William P. "Bill" Butler

Chairman of the Board

At 72, Wild Bill Butler still takes on black-diamond ski runs. Not at all surprising from someone who became an entrepreneur at  22 and is now a builder of buildings, businesses, communities, and people. He’s built an empire across the US that’s headquartered in Kentucky. He’s very active giving back to the community by giving his time to sit on numerous boards and running the Butler Foundation. Bill is the majority shareholder at AFB.

Bill is a graduate of the University of Cincinnati.

 

Clay Patrick

Clay Patrick

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Clay Patrick

With a name like Clay Patrick, being the principal of a Law Firm was foregone conclusion. His practice is located in Frankfort, Kentucky, where he is engaged in a general civil litigation and administrative law practice. He is also currently Chairman of the Board of American Founders Bank.

Mr. Patrick obtained a B.S. in Zoology from the University of Kentucky and his Juris Doctorate from the University of Louisville.

 

Jim Lacey

Jim Lacey

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Jim Lacey

You might recognize Jim from our Flip-Flop case study where we helped him open a business in the Caribbean. Jim was admitted to the Kentucky Bar Association in 1998 and practiced as an attorney specializing in tax issues, working as a consultant for Price Waterhouse Cooper and Montjoy & Bressler in Louisville, KY. More recently, Jim was General Counsel and CFO for Zirmed, Inc.  In this role, Mr. Lacy gained significant experience in the healthcare revenue cycle industry.

Jim graduated Centre College with a B.S. in Economics and he graduated law school from University of Louisville’s Brandeis School of Law.

 

Leigh Buse

Leigh Buse

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Leigh Buse

What does one do when one can work a crossword puzzle and a sudoku puzzle at the same time? Apparently, she serves Corporex as Corporate Secretary for 100+ legal entities within the Corporex family, and has responsibility for the accounting and preparation of periodic reports to Corporex’s internal and external partners. Ms. Judd’s career in public accounting started with Arthur Andersen, followed by several years in the financial services industry. Ms. Judd is a licensed CPA, who joined Corporex in 2008.

Leigh received a B.S. in Accountancy from Miami University and an M.B.A. in Finance from Xavier University.

 

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