Cornhusker Bank Announces Promotion of Sassaman

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Cornhusker Bank is pleased to announce the promotion of Nick Sassaman to Vice President/Director of Loan Operations.  “Nick’s experience in construction, mortgage, and commercial lending, as well as general management experience, will enable him to lead the Loan Operations team in its service to customers and achieve the department’s strategic goals.” reported Barry Lockard, Bank President/CEO.

Mr. Sassaman joined Cornhusker Bank in 2013 and has served as VP/Relationship Manager.  Nick is assuming the daily responsibilities for management of all operational and servicing functions of lending.   Nick noted his new role, “offers me an opportunity to help grow and develop the bank on a broader scale by utilizing my experience to build relationships and enhance the internal and external customer experience.”

Cornhusker Bank remains the oldest locally owned bank, demonstrating stability, soundness, and investing in the future growth of the community, its valued customers and associates throughout its 115 year history.  For more information, please visit

Cornhusker Bank welcomes Chaffee to expand services in the Greater Omaha market.


Cornhusker Bank is pleased to announce the addition of Allen Chaffee, Market President, Greater Omaha area, to our staff.

Allen has over 19 years of banking experience, 14 in the greater Omaha area.  He graduated from the University of Kansas with a business and economic degree and from the Colorado Graduate School of Banking.  According to Barry Lockard, Cornhusker Bank President/CEO, “Allen is a gifted leader and a great fit with our team at Cornhusker Bank.  His experience in both retail and commercial banking will serve our team and customers well as we continue to develop the greater Omaha market.  In his position as Market President of the greater Omaha area, Allen will be challenged with developing the market and working with our existing team to execute our growth strategies.  Allen lives out our motto with clients and associates, ‘Committed to Your Success’ to the utmost degree.”

Allen is a member of the Greater Omaha Chamber Leadership Omaha Class 40, the Vice Board Chair of the Blair Family YMCA, sits on the board of the Omaha Outward Bound School, is a Past Grand Knight and Trustee of the Knights of Columbus, and is active in many other organizations in the Greater Omaha and Blair areas.   Allen noted he is excited to bring Cornhusker Bank’s rich history, full service, products and true community banking to the Omaha market.   John F. Dittman, Cornhusker Bank Chairman reported, “Allen Chaffee provides strong banking and relationship skills which bring significant benefits to our Omaha market clientele, all while remaining within the context of Cornhusker Bank’s community banking mindset.”

Cornhusker Bank, chartered in 1903, remains the oldest locally owned bank, demonstrating stability, soundness, and investing in the future growth of the community, valued customers and associates.  For more information please visit us at








Congratulations to Tammi Gusler, the 2016 recipient of the Cornhusker Bank Golden Apple Award of Excellence and to Adam Boyle, the 2016 recipient of the Cornhusker Bank 360 Award of Excellence.

The Golden Apple Award of Excellence is presented to the general associate best representing bank standards of excellence.  Ms. Gusler’s position as Loan Servicing Supervisor utilizes her ability to supervise staff, allocating and coordination of work flow in the daily operational responsibilities of the loan administration department.  Tammi “has worked diligently to bring teamwork and respect to her team members and the customers they serve” according to one team member.

The 360 Award of Excellence is presented to a bank officer displaying the highest standards of excellence.  Mr. Boyle serves the bank and its customers as Information Systems Officer.  He is responsible for ensuring the integrity, security, availability, redundancy and efficiencies of the bank’s core data processing and ancillary banking software applications.  Adam is known for his ability to answer questions in a very positive way and embodies a positive attitude.  “Adam is an excellent example of the bank’s 360 Model in action.”

Award Winners Announced

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Congratulations to Roxane Bergen, the 2015 recipient of the Cornhusker Bank Golden Apple Award of Excellence and to Nicholas Schaffer, the 2015 recipient of the Cornhusker Bank 360 Award of Excellence.

The Golden Apple Award of Excellence is presented to the general associate best representing bank standards for excellence. Ms. Bergen’s position as an HR Specialist utilizes her diligence in data processing for payroll, taxes and compliance to all applicable state and federal wage and hour laws, as well as her ability to back up all other HR positions. Roxane has been noted to be “the epitome of teamwork and collaboration… a positive and professional representative with both internal and external customers”.

The 360 Award of Excellence is presented to a bank officer displaying the highest standards of excellence. Mr. Schaffer serves the bank and our customers as AVP/Retail Banking Operations Manager. He is responsible for branch operations and the customer service function of retail banking, leading the division in development and implementation of retail customer service and operation policies and procedures. Nick is known for providing instruction and guidance to his associates on a daily basis. He goes above and beyond what is expected of him every day, and is always willing to help our customers when filling in for teller or banker positions for unexpected scheduling gaps. He is a shining example to our associates of “doing life together”.

Cornhusker Bank Welcomes Bates


Cornhusker Bank is pleased to announce the addition of Audrie Bates, Relationship Manager, to our team.  Audrie is currently located at the 11th and Cornhusker Highway location until completion of the new Cornhusker Bank Center at 84th and O Street, at which time she will relocate to the new location.

Ms. Bates has over 25 years of banking experience.  Barry Lockard, President/CEO, reported, “The utilization of Audrie’s knowledge will add great value to the bank.  Her relationship management skills will assist customers in maintaining a  360 degree view of all banking products they may need, including traditional products, wealth management, insurance, mortgages, and private banking services. “

Audrie’s service as President of the Board of Directors for Lincoln Boys’ Choir, active participation at St. Andrew’s Lutheran Church, and service as co-treasurer of the Lincoln East Softball team are just a few of the ways she displays her commitment to our community.

Audrie notes, “I look forward to building and working with Cornhusker Bank’s current client base, as well as establishing new customer relationships.”

Salute to labor: Meet 5 Nebraska women who were trailblazers in jobs traditionally held by men

These women represent the faces of progress: They wouldn’t take a back seat in their professions.

“You have to earn it.”

That’s true for workers of all stripes, but it’s perhaps especially true for a group of Nebraska women who were among the trailblazers in jobs traditionally held by men.

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From, September 2015

Getting To Know Perry Haralson, Chief Financial Officer


Cornhusker Bank remains Lincoln’s oldest locally owned bank, demonstrating stability, soundness, and continued commitment to the success of its valued customers and associates.  Perry Haralson is the Chief Financial Officer for Cornhusker Bank.

Tell us a little about your business. – My job is to oversee the regulatory and financial reporting of the bank along with data analysis of the profitability, financial risk profile, accounts payable, and the overall financial performance of the bank. Cornhusker Bank is a local community bank founded in 1903 with six current locations and a new Corporate Center to break ground in May. Cornhusker Bank has a strong culture of dedication and service to the community and is committed to the success of its staff, customers and the Lincoln community.

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Cornhusker Bank Promotes Pete and Schaffer

Cornhusker Bank is pleased to announce the promotion of Lawrence Pete to Senior Vice President/Retail Banking and Nick Schaffer to Assistant Vice President/Retail.

Lawrence Pete

Lawrence’s 20 years of banking experience have made him a valuable asset to the bank’s Senior Management Team.  Mr. Pete holds an active Real Estate License.    He also holds Series 6 and Series 63 Licenses.  “Lawrence is uniquely qualified to lead the retail team at Cornhusker Bank in its strategies for enhancement of the Retail Division as the bank elevates is service orientation and grows” said Barry Lockard, President/CEO.   Lawrence continually strives for development within the industry and is starting his second year at Colorado Graduate School of Banking (Boulder).  Mr. Pete has served on the boards of Goodwill Industries and Habitat for Humanity.  He currently sits on the board for the Nebraska Independent College Foundation.


Nick Schaffer has served in multiple retail  positions in the bank, including Branch Manager.  His varied retail experience, attention to detail,  and desire to enhance the capabilities of the department have made him an integral part of the bank’s retail division. Nick holds a degree in Professional Studies in Business with an emphasis in Marketing from Doane College.  Nick has also earned a Personal Banking Diploma from the American Institute of Banking.

Cornhusker Bank Welcomes Essay


Cornhusker Bank is pleased to announce the addition of Jim Essay, Private Banking Officer to its staff.

Barry Lockard, President/CEO noted, “We are excited to have Jim join us with over 35 years of experience in banking.  Jim’s blend of experience and personal character set him apart.  His focus on integrity and building trusted relationships are highly valued by his clients.”

Mr. Essay earned a degree in Business Administration from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.  He has been involved in many community organizations, including: past president of the Nebraska Mortgage Bankers Association, past board member and treasurer of the YMCA of Lincoln, past board member of the Catholic Foundation of the Diocese of Lincoln, past president of Legatus of Lincoln, past president of the Serra Club of Lincoln, board member and treasurer of Eastmont Towers Foundations, board member and treasurer of Christian Retirement Homes, Inc., dba Eastmont Towers, chairman of St. Joseph’s Church finance council, mentor for the Lincoln TeamMates program.

Jim reports he is “very excited to begin helping customers with Cornhusker Bank products and services”.