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  • Kent Kohlbacher

    Kent Kohlbacher

    Senior Vice President, Business Banking Team Leader

    NMLS# 1159333

    Division: Business Banking Phone: (815) 489-1936 Contact Me

    A member of the Northwest Bank Team since 2012, Kent Kohlbacher takes pride in the hands-on approach Northwest Bank takes in helping local business Customers. Kent works to build and maintain relationships with high-quality, local companies and their management teams, creating a positive experience that will help Northwest Bank continue to develop new relationships through referrals.

    A self-described avid golfer, Kent loves taking in the outdoor recreation opportunities and amenities that Rockford offers. That love of local recreation led Kent to join the Rockford Park District Foundation Board. Kent enjoys cheering for the Chicago Bulls and Chicago Bears.

  • Craig Carlson

    Craig Carlson

    Senior Vice President, Senior Relationship Manager

    NMLS# 1159334

    Division: Business Banking Phone: (815) 489-1921 Contact Me

    Craig Carlson, Senior Relationship Manager, works with local business owners to provide a consultative approach that offers unique and optimal solutions for their business banking needs. Craig handles all types of business credit, including real estate and equipment loans, working capital lines of credit, and SBA loans. He also has a variety of cash management and deposit product solutions that provide efficiency and convenience.

    Craig is married to Lynn, a Registered Nurse, and has 2 daughters, Cassie and Allie, who are both Registered Nurses. Craig is active in the community, serving as Chairman of the Board for the Parks Chamber of Commerce and as President of the Board for the Literacy Council.  He is also a mentor in the Black Male Initiative through the United Way, and does volunteer work with the YMCA Strong Kids Campaign. A lover of music, Craig has written and recorded two CDs in recent years.


  • Rob Gillette

    Rob Gillette

    Vice President, Relationship Manager

    NMLS# 944023

    Division: Business Banking Phone: (815) 986-4917 Contact Me

    Rob Gillette joined the Business Banking team at Northwest Bank in April of 2016 as Vice President, Relationship Manager.  Rob has more than 20 years of banking experience, including working with commercial customers in the Northern Illinois area for more than  15 years.  He has developed great relationships with his customers by working to ensure that their needs are being met and ultimately that their business is successful.  His experience with Equipment Loans, Lines of Credit, Small Business Administration and Commercial Real Estate are a great addition to the Northwest Bank team.

    Rob is a life-long Rockford area resident.  He volunteers for several local organizations including the Stateline Chamber Board, Stateline Chamber Ambassador, Stateline Chamber Golf Play Day Committee, and he is a baseball coach at  the Rockford Boys and Girls Club.  He and his wife are the parents of one son, and share their home with their dog Millie.  When he is not coaching his son in baseball and basketball, working in the yard, or spending time with his family, Rob is cheering on the Chicago Cubs, Chicago Bears, Chicago Blackhawks and the University of Notre Dame.

  • Steve McKeever

    Steve McKeever

    Business Development Specialist

    Division: Business Banking Phone: (815) 986-4914 Contact Me

    Steve McKeever joined the Business Banking team of Northwest Bank in June 2017. He works with local business owners to onboard their current and future business banking needs. He was the President and Owner of two successful local businesses for 39 years where he developed business relationships with small to multi-state businesses throughout the Rockford and surrounding areas. As a former business owner, Steve is well equipped to listen, analyze and match each customer’s business needs with a member of his team of business banking specialists to help them meet and exceed their customer’s goals. Steve was born in Rockford and graduated from Northern Illinois University with a BS in Business Administration. In June of 2009 he became a Board of Director of Northwest Bank. He is married to Theresa Ferguson, who works as a CPA in Chicago. He is a big fan of collegiate wrestling and a fan of Chicago Cubs and the Chicago Bears.

  • Sheryl Haberle

    Sheryl Haberle

    Assistant Vice President, Cash Management Leader, Sales Associate Leader

    Division: Business Banking Phone: (815) 489-1920 Contact Me

    Sheryl Haberle has been part of the Northwest Bank Team since 2001. In her current role, she is responsible for overseeing the bank’s cash management services and assist our business Customers in tailoring financial strategies to help take their business to the next level.

    Sheryl enjoys spending time with her family and her dog. When it comes to sports, she cheers for teams from Wisconsin, especially the Green Bay Packers and the Milwaukee Brewers.

  • Barb Robinson

    Barb Robinson

    Business Sales Associate

    Division: Business Banking Phone: (815) 489-1935 Contact Me

    Barb has been a team member at Northwest Bank since March 2017. Barb has over 10 years of experience supporting business Customers and Business Banking Teams. In her role, Barb will be working closely with the Relationship Managers and Customers to ensure that they receive great service and that their banking needs are met.

    Barb enjoys spending time with family and her cat, Oscar. Barb’s hobbies include going to auctions, cooking, and needlework.

  • Allix Cardenas

    Allix Cardenas

    Business Sales Associate

    Division: Business Banking Phone: (815) 986-4912 Contact Me

    Allix has been part of the Northwest Bank team since February of 2017. Her previous position in the bank was a Universal Banker at the Rockton Avenue location. Allix has been in her current role as a Business sales associate since May of 2021. She will be working to provide great customer service to business’ day-to-day financial needs. Allix is a Rockford native and loves to talk about the changes to the Rockford area over the course of her lifetime, including before her time. Allix also loves to hike and go camping in her spare time.