Names & Notes

Leffler and Bach promoted at FSB

Farmers Savings Bank Board Chair Larry McKibben announced the appointments of Jerrod W. Leffler as president/CEO and Norman L. Bach as executive vice president. McKibben said, “Jerrod and Norm are both active members of the Marshalltown community and have been officers with FSB for several years, so this change is a natural progression. Both are committed to making FSB the first option for the best banking experience in the area.”

Leffler joined the FSB staff in January 2013, relocating from the Osceola area. He is an experienced banking professional with 24 years in the financial industry. He is a graduate of Illinois College, the Graduate School of Banking at Colorado and earned his MBA at Western Illinois University. He and his wife, Michelle, live in Marshalltown. In addition to his responsibilities with FSB, Leffler is a Reserve Officer with the Marshalltown Police Department, a board member of both the Marshalltown Central Business District and the Community Foundation of Marshall County.

Bach has been FSB’s Trust Officer for the past 14 years. He has extensive experience in investment management and with almost 30 years in banking in the Marshalltown area, he knows the community well. Bach grew up locally and is a graduate of William Penn College and the ABA National Graduate Trust School. He lives in Marshalltown with his wife, Alicia. Norm’s community involvement includes volunteering through the Chamber, the Animal Rescue League Board President and is a Noon Kiwanis member.

Farmers Savings Bank is a locally owned, locally managed commercial bank with two Marshalltown locations and an office in Beaman.

Wertzberger named partner in law firm

The law firm of Cartwright, Druker & Ryden is announcing that Christopher R. Wertzberger has been named a Partner in the law firm. Wertzberger joined the firm as an associate in 2015, after graduating from the University of Iowa College of Law with distinction. He will continue his general practice of law with John Veldey, Joel Greer, Sharon Soorholtz Greer and associate Nick Crosby at 112 W. Church St.

Southridge Specialty Care rated 5 stars

Southridge Specialty Care in Marshalltown received a 5-star ranking throughout 2017 in “Quality Measures” for a skilled nursing facility from the federal government’s Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.

Administrator Charissa Bassett says the caring environment the staff provide every day is the reason for their success. “Everyone on our staff works diligently to ensure the best care and environment for our residents and their families. It’s our caring staff who make the difference.”

Southridge Specialty Care is an 82-bed skilled nursing facility offering rehabilitation services, skilled nursing care, long term care and hospice care.

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