Business Banking Team
Senior Vice President, Business Banking Team Leader
NMLS# 1159333Division: 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.
Senior Vice President, Senior Relationship Manager
NMLS# 1159334Division: 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.
Senior Vice President, Senior Relationship ManagerDivision: Business Banking Phone: (815) 713-2208 Contact Me
Amy has been a team member at Northwest Bank since March of 2023. She has over 34 years of commercial banking experience and business acumen that allows her to provide beneficial solutions that assist companies in realizing their strategic goals. Collaborating with companies and serving as a consultant, she actively listens to the client to create financial solutions that are tailored to their specific growth objectives, using a holistic approach to the wide range of available Banking services. Her approach has allowed her to develop and maintain strong client relationships assisting them in each stage of their company's life cycle. Amy holds a bachelor’s degree in Finance with a minor in Business Administration from Illinois State University. Amy is the recipient of the “2012 Twenty People You Should Know” by the Rockford Chamber of Commerce, has been named as a Pinnacle Professional in the “Inner Circle Executive” Magazine, invited by TD Ameritrade to be a panelist for “Estate and Trust Planning for a Family Business – A Team Approach” at their LINC National Conference and most recently received the Pinnacle Achievement Award as a 2022 Top Commercial Sales Performer. As an active member of the community, she works with numerous organizations and boards. Amy is currently serving as Chair of the Salvation Army Board.
Vice President, Relationship Manager
NMLS# 944023Division: 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.
Assistant Vice President, Business Banking Relationship Manager & Central Credit Officer
NMLS# 2342269Division: Business Banking Phone: (815) 713-2224 Contact Me
Rich has been a team member with Northwest Bank for over 19 years. After a successful career in television broadcast management, Rich joined Northwest Bank in 2003. In changing careers, Rich entered a 2-year bank management training program working in every department: Retail Banking; Business Banking; Mortgage; Loan and Deposit Operations. After successfully completing the training program, Rich became a Business Banking Relationship Manager. In 2008, Rich transitioned into the Credit Administration Department as a Senior Credit Analyst responsible for analyzing business and consumer loan requests. Additionally, Rich is responsible for overseeing the Consumer Central Credit approval process, approving all consumer loans. In 2022, Rich has returned to a Business Banking Relationship role as well as continuing overseeing the Consumer Central Credit area.
Business Development SpecialistDivision: 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.
Assistant Vice President, Cash Management Leader, Sales Associate LeaderDivision: 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.
Business Banking Sales AssociateDivision: 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.
Business Banking Sales AssociateDivision: Business Banking Phone: (815) 986-4912 Contact Me
Michael has been a team member at Northwest Bank since September 2014 and joined the Business Banking team in February 2021 as a Sales Associate. He has over 14 years of experience in banking and customer service. In this role, he will work closely with the Relationship Managers and customers to ensure that they achieve financial success. Michael holds a seat on the Board of Directors for Keep Northern Illinois Beautiful and enjoys volunteering his time. Michael’s spare time is spent with his wife and two children,as well as his dog. Michael’s hobbies include working out regularly, 3D printing homemade designs, playing guitar, and woodworking.