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Because we cater to business owners like you in Illinois, Wisconsin and Florida, we've assembled an agile team of sophisticated business experts ready to meet your needs. Read more about the people behind First American Bank's business division. 

Investment Real Estate

John Olsen

John Olsen
Executive Vice President
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(847) 586-2254
JOlsen@firstambank.com

John manages the bank’s commercial real estate lending group. His responsibilities include oversight for the development, origination and collection of the bank’s commercial real estate lending operations. With his 30 years plus experience, he and his team specialize in construction and term financing for many property types, including residential development, multi-family, industrial, commercial, retail and hospitality properties. Since his arrival in 1996, John has been responsible for crafting the bank’s CRE lending policy and directing all lending efforts in this arena. During his tenure at the bank, John has overseen the origination of over $1 billion in new loans. John has extensive experience with construction/development finance and is also a member of the bank’s Senior and Executive Loan Committees.

John received his MBA, with distinction, from Northwestern’s J. L. Kellogg Graduate School of Management. He also received his BA, magna cum laude, from Benedictine University.

Michael Realman

Michael Realman
Executive Assistant
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Maureen Prochenski

Maureen Prochenski
Senior Vice President
(847) 586-2298
MProchenski@firstambank.com

Maureen manages a $120 million portfolio within the commercial real estate lending group. Her responsibilities include origination and collection of commercial real estate; focusing on construction and term loan financing for multi-family, industrial, commercial, retail and hospitality property types. She has over 34 years of experience in multiple roles within Retail Banking, Loan Operations, Business Banking and Commercial Real Estate. Maureen joined the bank in 2010 and is a member of the bank’s Senior Loan Committee.

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ESOP

Bart Nikoniuk

Bart Nikoniuk
Vice President
(847) 586-2207
BNikoniuk@firstambank.com

Bart joined First American Bank in early 2020 as a relationship manager on the commercial and industrial banking team. His prior banking career spans 18 years and two national banks across Chicagoland and Anchorage, Alaska.

Bart specializes in cash-flow lending, real estate financing, SBA financing, business acquisition and partner buyout financing, and custom-tailored treasury management solutions for closely held middle-market companies. While industry agnostic, he works with manufacturers, wholesale distributors, construction firms, freight forwarders, transportation companies, technology companies, importers, and professional services firms. He partners with a proven network of reputable accounting, commercial real estate, legal and other professionals to support his clients’ long-term business and personal goals.

Bart holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in International Economics and Cultural Affairs from Valparaiso University in Indiana. While at Valpo, he was a member of the Crusaders’ Division I swim team. Bart resides in northwest suburban Chicago with his family.

James M. Walrack

James M. Walrack
Senior Vice President
(847) 586-2285
JWalrack@firstambank.com

James is a commercial relationship manager working with a variety of businesses ranging from heavy manufacturing to consulting and brokerage companies. He specializes in ESOP financing and lending to closely held middle-market companies with an emphasis on cash flow lending.

James holds a Bachelor of Science from Iowa State University. He is an active member of the Illinois Chapter ESOP Association as well as the National Center for Employee Ownership (NCEO) and regularly speaks at conferences outlining the intricacies of employee ownership.

Michael Realman

Michael Realman
Executive Assistant
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Total a normal person who has always led a normal human life. Likes food, sleep, commenting about bad referreeing, you know, normal human stuff. 

Not-for-Profit

Michael Realman

Michael Realman
Executive Assistant
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Total a normal person who has always led a normal human life. Likes food, sleep, commenting about bad referreeing, you know, normal human stuff. 

Treasury Management

Michael Realman

Michael Realman
Executive Assistant
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Total a normal person who has always led a normal human life. Likes food, sleep, commenting about bad referreeing, you know, normal human stuff. 

Business Banking

John Olsen

John Olsen
Executive Vice President
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(847) 586-2254
JOlsen@firstambank.com

John manages the bank’s commercial real estate lending group. His responsibilities include oversight for the development, origination and collection of the bank’s commercial real estate lending operations. With his 30 years plus experience, he and his team specialize in construction and term financing for many property types, including residential development, multi-family, industrial, commercial, retail and hospitality properties. Since his arrival in 1996, John has been responsible for crafting the bank’s CRE lending policy and directing all lending efforts in this arena. During his tenure at the bank, John has overseen the origination of over $1 billion in new loans. John has extensive experience with construction/development finance and is also a member of the bank’s Senior and Executive Loan Committees.

John received his MBA, with distinction, from Northwestern’s J. L. Kellogg Graduate School of Management. He also received his BA, magna cum laude, from Benedictine University.

Commercial Banking

Mark E. Kroencke

Mark E. Kroencke
Executive Vice President
(847) 586-2242
MKroencke@firstambank.com

Mark is in charge of C&I and the bank’s Not-for-Profit Banking Group. He has responsibility for the group’s $450,000,000 portfolio. He is a shareholder of the bank and a member of the bank’s Executive and Senior Loan Committees. Since joining first American in 2002, he has focused on managing and building relationships with middle market companies and not-for-profits. Mark works with a wide variety of clients, including manufacturers, contractors, distributors, plastic molders, engineering firms, professional service firms, private day schools, charter schools, specialized education, vocational and graduate schools, healthcare and human service organizations. 

Mark holds a Bachelor of Science in Finance from the University of Illinois. He has been involved with various charitable and for-profit boards including the Ray Graham Association and Xamin, Inc. He is also a member of the Council of Development Finance Agencies.

Steve J. Eikenberry
Senior Vice President
(847) 586-2231
SEikenberry@firstambank.com

Steve oversees tax-exempt finance and interest rate derivatives for the bank. Prior to joining First American in 2005, he worked for Bank One Capital Markets and predecessor organization American National Bank since 1984. Steve has over 30 years' experience marketing and originating tax-exempt bonds for not-for-profit corporations, municipalities and middle-market manufacturing companies, and he has completed more than 250 transactions totaling over $1 billion. In addition, he has executed derivative hedging transactions including interest rate swaps, caps and collars for over 100 customers with a total notional value exceeding $1.2 billion.

Steve’s clients include a wide variety of not-for-profit organizations including independent schools, private colleges and universities, graduate schools, social service agencies and cultural institutions. He speaks regularly at conferences on topics related to tax-exempt finance and derivatives, and his comments have also been reported in publications including Business Week, The Bond Buyer and The Illinois Manufacturer. He also plays an active role lobbying for legislation expanding and enhancing the use of tax-exempt bonds.

Steve holds a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from The Colorado College. He is an active member of the Council of Development Finance Agencies and its Legislative Committee, and he is a Board Trustee of the Science and Arts Academy. He is also a Public Member of the Institutional Actions Council for the Higher Learning Commission, one of six regional accreditors for colleges and universities in the United States.

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