Union Bank & Trust (UBT) recently hired Michael Kuzma as a personal trust and wealth management officer. Mariana Garcia was promoted to assistant vice president – branch manager and mortgage loan officer, John Rolfes was promoted to project management officer, and Kate Stous was promoted to assistant vice president – digital experience and strategy.
Kuzma, as a personal trust and wealth management officer, will assist clients with all aspects of trust and estate administration. He brings over eight years of experience as a Nebraska licensed attorney. He also serves as an adjunct professor of business, teaching business law at Nebraska Wesleyan University. Kuzma graduate suma cum laude from Nebraska Wesleyan University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in history. He also holds a Juris Doctor from the University of Nebraska College of law where he graduated with distinction and was a visiting David L. Boren Scholar to Temple University in Tokyo, Japan.
In her new role as assistant vice president, Garcia is responsible for leading the development and growth of UBT’s Crete branch as well as overseeing all functions of the branch. She is also responsible for the origination, processing, and closing of residential mortgage loans. Garcia joined UBT in 2009 and has completed both the customer service development program and the leadership development program. She holds both a bachelor and master’s degree in business from Doane University.
Rolfes, now project management officer, is in charge of leading a team of project managers and business analysts to ensure a successful outcome for bank projects. He joined the bank in 2017, serving as a test coordinator. He has 20 years of industry experience and holds a degree in finance from the University of Nebraska – Lincoln. He is actively involved in the community, coaching numerous youth sports and volunteering for organizations such as CEDARS Home for Children and Center for People in Need.
As assistant vice president of digital experience and strategy, Stous will provide leadership and represent the voice of the customer to the bank’s cross-functional teams working to improve the digital customer experience. She also oversees user experience research and marketing of digital services. She joined UBT in 2014 and served most recently as digital experience officer. She received her bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Nebraska – Lincoln.
Union Bank & Trust is a privately owned, Nebraska bank that offers complete banking, lending, investment and trust services. The bank has 38 full service and loan production offices in Nebraska and Kansas. It is the third largest privately owned bank in Nebraska with bank assets of $4.0 billion and trust assets of $23.3 billion as of June 30, 2018.