Cornhusker Bank Full Service Branch Now Serving the Omaha Community

As Cornhusker Bank celebrates its branch opening at 11102 Blondo St., STE 102 in Omaha, it looks forward to continuing to serve the community from this full service branch. While COVID-19 changed plans for an official open house, and protocol for public health safety dictates limiting exposure, the team welcomes you to stop by the new location. Entrance is by controlled access at this time to help keep the community and Cornhusker Bank associates as healthy as possible.

Allen Chaffee, Omaha market president, reports the staff of the Blondo location is eager to serve customers with a high level of expertise during this unprecedented year of challenges in the economy. Associates, Allen Chaffee; Jenn Latshaw, customer service specialist; Tyler Albers, VP/relationship manager; and Zach Baedke, senior banker are ready to help with the products, services, and advice community members may need to take control of their plans to meet their financial goals. During the period the CARES ACT Payroll Protection Program applications were able to be submitted, Cornhusker Bank served over 600 businesses, facilitating their ability to stay in operation. At this time, the staff would like to remind customers of the mobile and online services they provide to you to do your banking anytime or anyplace.

Earlier in the year, a newly formed partnership with Stephen Center and Cornhusker Bank was announced. Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the first event to benefit the Stephen Center, “One Day Without Shoes” was postponed. As everyone is aware, flexibility is paramount for event scheduling now, and Cornhusker Bank and the Stephen Center will let the public know specifics of the first big event for their benefit as soon as solid plans may be arranged.

group_building_interior_COVER_REVcropCornhusker Bank Chairman, John F. Dittman; Stephen Center Executive Director, Michael Wehling; Cornhusker Bank Omaha Market President, Allen Chaffee, Bank President/CEO, Barry Lockard, and Bank VP/Relationship Manager, Tyler Albers with a barrel of shoes staff donated before the One Day Without Shoes was postponed.

Cornhusker Bank President/CEO Barry Lockard noted, “Cornhusker Bank believes it has a responsibility to the community, not only through the services and products it provides financially, but socially as well. Cornhusker Bank’s local ownership and management allows it to know the market and its needs thoroughly and form lasting relationships with organizations and customers. The new Cornhusker Bank location on Blondo is an indication of the bank’s commitment to serving the Omaha market as both a knowledgeable advisor and good neighbor.”

The bank’s first day of business offering full service banking was May 18, 2020. A Grand Opening will be planned for the branch in the fall. The team at 11102 Blondo, STE 102, Omaha, NE is ready to help you and excited for the Omaha market to experience the Cornhusker Bank commitment to your success.

Zachary Baedke Joins Cornhusker Bank Team


Cornhusker Bank is pleased to announce Zachary Baedke has been added to the Cornhusker Bank Team and will serve as Senior Banker/Customer Service Manager at the bank’s new location at 11102 Blondo, Suite 102 in Omaha.  Allen Chaffee, Omaha Market President for Cornhusker Bank reported that “Zach’s knowledge  gained from 10 years of banking experience makes him an excellent fit to handle branch management and complex customer service duties, including retail functions and consumer, home equity, and other personal loans for the bank’s Omaha customers”.  

Zach graduated from Concordia University in Seward, Nebraska.  He is a volunteer with Project Payback at Millard Public Schools and at Ignition Church in Bennington, NE, serves as their bass guitarist.    

The Cornhusker Bank team at the Blondo location live in Omaha and its surrounding communities.  As neighbors and friends, providing the “WOW” experiences is among the most important things Cornhusker Bank can do to foster trusted, long-lasting relationships.  According to Barry Lockard, Cornhusker Bank President/CEO, “Zach knows the community and its needs and will take an individually tailored approach to each customer’s situation.”

Cornhusker Bank remains locally owned, demonstrating Nebraska values, stability, soundness, and showing a commitment to the Omaha community with the opening of its full service Omaha location in the spring of 2020.  For more information visit

Cornhusker Bank Promotes Essay and Gutschenritter

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Cornhusker Bank is pleased to announce the promotions of Andrew Essay and Matthew Gutschenritter to Vice President/ Mortgage Loan Officer.

Andrew Essay has been with Cornhusker Bank since December of 2013.   Matthew Gutschenritter has been with the Bank since September of 2012.  Both have proven themselves valuable assets to the Cornhusker Bank Mortgage Loan Team, developing and building relationships with customers by identifying their needs and expectations while offering them value in the products and services offered. Barry Lockard, Cornhusker Bank President/CEO reported, “Andrew and Matt consistently display a high level of skill in understanding the market, rules and regulations pertaining to mortgages and recommending the best products for customers’ goals, and both have been recognized by the Nebraska Mortgage Association multiple times as members of its Champions Circle.”

Cornhusker Bank remains the area’s oldest locally owned bank, demonstrating Nebraska values, stability, soundness, and showing a commitment to its customers, associates, and community.  For more information visit,

Omaha Advisory Board Established for Cornhusker Bank


The Cornhusker Bank Omaha Advisory Board was established to assist the bank in its marketing and community development activities within the Greater Omaha area.  This group is working alongside Allen Chaffee, Omaha Market President, to identify Omaha market trends and opportunities.  The board meets on a quarterly basis.

The board as pictured in the photo consists of (front row) Alex Epstein, Executive Vice President/OMNE Partners; David Shiffermiller, Executive Vice President – Lending/Cornhusker Bank;  Frank Mihulka, Attorney/Woods and Aitken, LLP; Allen Chaffee, Omaha Market President/ Cornhusker Bank; Dr. Matthew Klemke/View Pointe Vision; (middle row) Matthew DeBoer, Vice President – Managing Principal/HDR Architecture; Chris Tointon, CEO-President/ YMCA of Greater Omaha; James Prchal, Owner-Partner/ Prchal Petersen Group, LLC; (back row) John Dittman, Chairman/Cornhusker Bank; and Barry Lockard, President-CEO/Cornhusker Bank.  Allen Chaffee reported, “This group, comprised of professionals from different industries, enhances Cornhusker Bank’s understanding of the Greater Omaha area and matters which are important in the community.”

Cornhusker Bank Promotes Nuismer


Cornhusker Bank has announced the promotion of David Nuismer to Chief Credit Officer.  Barry Lockard, Cornhusker Bank President reports, “Dave’s extensive lending experience and strong analytical skills and sound judgement, along with a strength in knowledge of regulations governing lending will serve the bank and its customers well.”  

David, who has 18 years of banking experience has been with Cornhusker Bank since 2010 and has most recently served the bank as vice president/manager, Credit Administration.  In his new role Mr. Nuismer is responsible for overall management of the Bank’s credit administration, underwriting and loan review and analysis functions and support staff in those areas. 

Cornhusker Bank Welcomes New Directors

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Cornhusker Bank is pleased to welcome three new members to its Board of Directors: Heather Crockett, Douglas S. Dittman, and David Shiffermiller.

Heather Crockett comes to her Directorship with 25 years at Cherry Hill Companies which includes the Legacy Retirement Communities, currently serving as its Chief Financial Officer.  Doug Dittman is a Farmer, Dairyman, and Owner of a creamery and the Hub Cafe´.  David Shiffermiller serves Cornhusker Bank as Executive Vice President/Lending and has been with the bank over a decade, leading the lending department. 

“Cornhusker Bank and the community we serve are fortunate to have talented leaders like Heather, Doug and David willing to give their time, talents, and expertise to ensure the Bank is meeting its mission to provide solutions for lifelong success” reported John F. Dittman, Chairman.

Cornhusker Bank Promotes Biggs, Brase, and Schaffer

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The promotions of Matthew Biggs to Vice President/Relationship Manager, Matthew Brase to Vice President/Financial Operations Officer, and Nicholas Schaffer to Vice President/Operations Officer were recently announced.   Barry Lockard, bank President/CEO reported, “These associates each display a very high level of commitment to both our internal and external customers’ success, while developing and maintaining a comprehensive knowledge base in their respective areas.” 

Matt Biggs duties as a commercial relationship manager include development of new commercial business, the growth and expansion of existing business relationships and ongoing service of customers.  Matt has broad knowledge of commercial loan policies and procedures and the ability to provide financial consultation to customers to help them develop roadmaps to arrive at their goals.

Matt Brase supports Bank management and all departments with his extensive abilities in statistical analysis, identifying trends, solving issues and developing forecasts in different areas of the bank.  Matt completes required regulatory reports and supports the entire Financial Operations team, ensuring the accuracy of Bank financial data.  

Nick Schaffer manages the Operations Center team and all tasks they complete in accordance with bank policies and applicable laws.  His department is responsible for providing backroom technical support for the bank’s retail division in the areas of Customer and Account Management, Electronic Funds Transfer, and Item Processing.  Nick’s detail oriented expertise and high level of confidentiality assure customer information and service are provided at the highest levels.

Cornhusker Bank Promotes Post and McGill


Cornhusker Bank is pleased to announce the promotions of Sherla Post to Executive Vice President/Human Resources and Talent Development and Lynda McGill to Vice President, Audit Manager.  “Both of these associates continue to develop themselves and their departments and take on added responsibilities in their areas as the bank continues to grow.  They serve the bank with excellence, a high attention to detail, and commitment.” noted President/CEO, Barry Lockard.

Ms. Post develops and leads all Human Resource Functions, as well as the Human Resource staff for the Bank, including all talent development based efforts.  Sherla collaborates with Management to develop a talent based organization, which cultivates the bank’s culture and operating model.

Ms. McGill leads the bank’s internal audit function and supervises internal audit staff.  Her responsibilities include conducting internal audit risk assessment, determining the annual audit schedule, and coordinating the department’s activities with applicable regulatory agencies and examiners.

Cornhusker Bank Awards of Excellence Presented to Associates

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Cornhusker Bank is pleased to announce its 2018 Awards of Excellence Winners, Jen Baker, and Brian Johnson.  Jen Baker was presented the Golden Apple Award of Excellence and Brian Johnson was presented the 360 Award of Excellence.

The Golden Apple Award of Excellence is presented to the general associate best representing bank standards of excellence.  Ms. Baker serves Cornhusker Bank as Trainer/Retail Recruit Coordinator in our Human Resources Department.  Jen epitomizes the bank’s core values and is a servant leader.  She models the Cornhusker Bank culture not only in her instruction and training but in her daily actions and demeanor.  

The 360 Award of Excellence is presented to a bank officer displaying the highest standards of excellence.  Mr. Johnson serves the bank and its customers as Vice President/ Relationship Manager.   Brian’s nomination for the award noted he consistently goes above and beyond for bank customers.  He will always make himself available when a customer needs help, even if it is not a relationship he normally works with. Brian is quick to share a greeting with any customer or associate he comes across and displays a positive attitude, setting a great example for associates in all departments.  Brian displays the Bank’s core values in his service to customers and to the community at large.

Kellen Completes Commercial Lending Program


Cornhusker Bank is proud to announce Christopher Kellen has recently earned his diploma from the Commercial Lending School in Manhattan, Kansas.   The Commercial Lending School is sponsored by the Kansas and Nebraska Bankers Associations and in partnership with the Colorado, Iowa, Louisiana, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wyoming Bankers Associations.

The school provides bankers intense instruction in the entire commercial lending process.  Barry Lockard, Cornhusker Bank President/CEO, noted, “Chris is a valuable part of our lending team, and the completion of this program has further developed his skills, allowing him to better serve Cornhusker Bank’s customer’s multiple financial needs.”