Officers & Directors

Officers & Directors

Senior Management

Lynn Butch Fuller
Executive Operating Chairman
Lynn is the Chairman of the Board, Executive Operating Chairman of Heartland as well as Director and Vice Chairman of the Board of Dubuque Bank and Trust. He joined Dubuque Bank and Trust in 1971, and remained with the bank until 1976, when he entered an officer-training program at First National Bank of St. Paul. He has held various executive positions within Heartland and its subsidiaries since his return in 1978. Lynn graduated from the University of Dubuque and obtained his Masters of Business Administration from the University of Iowa.

Deeply invested in the local community, after more than four decades of volunteer service and philanthropic giving, Lynn continues to serve on non-profit boards and support community non-profits.
Bruce K. Lee
President and CEO
Bruce joined Heartland in 2015, and brings more than 30 years of experience in the banking industry. Prior to joining Heartland, Bruce spent 12 years at Fifth Third, where he held numerous leadership positions with progressive responsibilities. As President and CEO of Heartland, Bruce oversees the 11 Heartland Banks and the holding company which provides support to 125 banking centers, serving 93 communities.

Bruce earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in business administration and management from Siena Heights University. A native of the Midwest, Bruce complements his extensive banking experience with a dedication to community service. He has served as Trustee of the Cincinnati Orchestra, and held board positions for the Medical College of Ohio Foundation, Siena Heights University and the University of Findlay.
Bryan R. McKeag
Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer
Prior to joining Heartland in September of 2013, Bryan served as Executive Vice President, Corporate Controller and Principal Accounting Officer with Associated Banc-Corp in Green Bay, Wisconsin. Bryan also spent nine years as an audit professional at KPMG LLP, including a position as Senior Audit Manager. He currently serves on the University of Dubuque Board of Trustees and is also a member of the Board of Directors for Luther Manor Communities.

A Certified Public Accountant (inactive), Bryan is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse with a Bachelor of Science degree in accounting. He is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants.
Brian J. Fox
Executive Vice President, Operations
Brian Fox joined Heartland as Executive Vice President of Operations in September of 2010, and has been involved with the banking industry for 35 years, holding a wide range of leadership positions.

Brian has a Bachelor of Arts degree with high honors in political science from Albion College. He has completed graduate classes at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and Michigan State University. He also has attended several banking schools including the Stonier Graduate School of Banking. Brian resides in Dubuque and currently serves on the boards of the Dubuque Symphony Orchestra and Hillcrest Family Services.
J. Daniel Patten
Executive Vice President, Finance/Corporate Strategy
Dan joined Heartland in 2016 as the Executive Vice President, Finance/Corporate Strategy. Prior, Dan was with CIC Bancshares, Inc., former parent of Centennial Bank and Trust in Denver, Colorado, which was acquired by Heartland in February 2016. While at CIC Bancshares and Centennial Bank and Trust, Dan was Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Offer.

Dan holds a Master’s of Business Administration with an emphasis in finance and entrepreneurship and a bachelor's degree in engineering from the University of Colorado at Boulder.
Janet M. Quick
Executive Vice President, Deputy Chief Financial Officer and Principal Accounting Officer
Janet joined Heartland Financial USA, Inc. in 1994 as Internal Auditor, bringing with her four years of banking experience accompanied by three years of public accounting experience. Janet is currently Executive Vice President, Deputy Chief Financial Officer and Chief Accounting Officer at Heartland Financial USA, Inc., an appointment she received in 2008.

Janet is a graduate of Iowa State University with a Bachelor’s of Administration in Accounting. She earned her Certified Public Accountant (CPA) certification in 1987, and completed the Graduate School of Banking program in Madison, Wisconsin, in 1997. Janet is a 1st Vice Chair on the Every Child Every Promise Board of Directors.
Laura J. Hughes
Executive Vice President, Chief Marketing Officer, Director of Retail Banking

Laura joined Heartland in 2017 with more than 20 years of experience in strategic marketing, branding, public relations and digital communications in the financial services industry. As Executive Vice President, Chief Marketing Officer, Laura is responsible for driving Heartland's corporate marketing strategy and is also responsible for retail, small business and consumer banking goals and strategies across Heartland's subsidiary banks.

Laura holds a bachelor's degree in journalism from Northern Illinois University and a Master of Business Administration degree from Northwestern University, Kellogg Graduate School of Management.

Michael J. Coyle
Executive Vice President, Senior General Counsel, Corporate Secretary
Mike joined Heartland in March of 2009. He brings 48 years of experience in corporate and contract law. Mike is responsible for the ongoing implementation of Heartland’s Legal Management Policy, overseeing and managing legal processes for Heartland and its subsidiary banks, as well as working with the banks' outside legal counsel as needed. Additionally, he reviews and evaluates all legal matters involving Heartland and its subsidiaries, working closely with bank leadership in resolving legal matters in the most expedient and cost-effective manner.

Mike graduated from the University of Iowa, College of Business (1967); College of Law in 1970. Mike resides in Dubuque and serves on the Board of Directors for the Northeast Iowa Council of Boy Scouts, a member of the Optimist Club of Dubuque and Catholic Charities Foundation.
Deborah Deters
Executive Vice President, Chief Human Resources Officer
Deb Deters joined Heartland as Senior Vice President, Chief Human Resources Officer in December 2017. She oversees Heartland’s Human Resource function and helps build and retain talented teams to serve our customers. Deb joined Heartland after nearly eight years at HUB International, LTD, where she served as their first Senior Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer. Deb attended Indiana University where she obtained her bachelor’s degree in Business Management and Human Resources.

Deb is a member of Human Resources Professional Association (HRPA), Society for Human Resource Management and is a certified Global Professional in Human Resources (GPHR). She relocated from Chicagoland to Dubuque. Deb has two children, Brittney and Joe. Deb enjoys traveling and nearly all outdoor activities, specifically hiking, skiing and is attempting to learn golf.
Andrew E. Townsend
Executive Vice President, Chief Credit Officer
Drew joined the Heartland family at Dubuque Bank and Trust as the bank’s Loan Review Officer in 1993. Drew has served in multiple roles during his career with Heartland including serving as President and CEO of Galena State Bank (now known as Illinois Bank & Trust) for nine years. He moved into his current role as Executive Vice President, Chief Credit Officer in 2016, where he is responsible for guiding Heartland’s focus on growing and managing the credit risk of the Company’s loan portfolio. Drew earned his Bachelor’s of Business Administration degree in Finance from Iowa State University.

Throughout his career, Drew has served and continues to serve in leadership roles for various community organizations including: Galena Art & Recreation Center, Galena Chamber of Commerce, the Community Development Fund of Galena, Tri-County Economic Development Alliance of Northwest Illinois, Visit Galena Tourism, Galena Golf Club and Galena School District. Drew resides in Galena with his wife, Michelle, and their three children. He enjoys golfing, traveling and spending time at his children’s extracurricular activities.
Rodney L. Sloan
Executive Vice President, Chief Risk Officer
Rod Sloan joined Heartland as Senior Vice President, Credit Administration in January 2011 with over 30 years of banking experience, and was promoted to Executive Vice President, Chief Risk Officer in August 2011. As CRO, Rod oversees all facets of the enterprise-wide risk management program. Rod holds a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Aurora University and a Masters of Business Administration from Keller Graduate School of Management, both with honors. He is also an honors graduate of the American Bankers Association’s National Commercial Lending Graduate School.

Rod previously served as board president of Visiting Nurse Association of Fox Valley, was a board member with United Way, was a member of Lion’s club and served in numerous leadership positions with his local church. Rod currently lives in Asbury, Iowa, with his wife Georgia. Together, they have a daughter and son-in-law from Denver, Colorado, a son and daughter-in-law from Gurnee, Illinois, and two granddaughters.
Kevin W. Ahern
Executive Vice President, Heartland Private Client Services
Kevin Ahern joined Heartland in 2016, when it acquired CIC Bancshares and its subsidiary bank, Centennial Bank. Kevin is the Executive Vice President of Heartland Private Client Services and has more than 30 years of proven executive experience in the financial services industry, including commercial banking, investment management and trust, and more. Kevin currently serves as a member of the Board of Directors for Citywide Banks. He earned his bachelor’s degree in Finance from the University of Northern Colorado and his Master’s of Business Administration from the University of Connecticut.

As an active member of his community, Kevin previously served on numerous boards of community organizations. Currently, he serves on the Boards of Trustees for the University of Northern Colorado and ACE Scholarships. Kevin and his wife Annie reside in Denver, Colorado. They enjoy outdoor activities including skiing, golfing, fly fishing and camping. In their free time, they remain actively involved in the Vail Valley community.
Steven E. Ward
Executive Vice President, Regional President
Steve Ward, Regional President and EVP has leadership responsibility for the Illinois, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri and Texas markets within Heartland Financial USA, Inc. Steve is a seasoned executive with 25 years commercial banking experience. He has held several leadership positions across Heartland including President and CEO of Morrill & Janes Bank and Trust, President of Centennial Bank and Trust and President and CEO of Illinois Bank & Trust. He has a proven track record of integrating banks through mergers and acquisitions.

Steve earned an MBA with concentrations in finance and marketing from DePaul University and a bachelor’s degree in finance from Illinois State University. Steve resides in Illinois where he has served as a member of the Rockford Area Economic Development Council Board of Directors, the Rockford Local Development Corp. Board of Directors and the Illinois Bankers Association Board of Directors.

Board of Directors

Lynn Butch Fuller
Executive Operating Chairman
Lynn is the Chairman of the Board, Executive Operating Chairman of Heartland as well as Director and Vice Chairman of the Board of Dubuque Bank and Trust. He joined Dubuque Bank and Trust in 1971, and remained with the bank until 1976, when he entered an officer-training program at First National Bank of St. Paul. He has held various executive positions within Heartland and its subsidiaries since his return in 1978. Lynn graduated from the University of Dubuque and obtained his Masters of Business Administration from the University of Iowa.

Deeply invested in the local community, after more than four decades of volunteer service and philanthropic giving, Lynn continues to serve on non-profit boards and support community non-profits.
Bruce K. Lee
President and CEO
Bruce joined Heartland in 2015, and brings more than 30 years of experience in the banking industry. Prior to joining Heartland, Bruce spent 12 years at Fifth Third, where he held numerous leadership positions with progressive responsibilities. As President and CEO of Heartland, Bruce oversees the 11 Heartland Banks and the holding company which provides support to 125 banking centers, serving 93 communities.

Bruce earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in business administration and management from Siena Heights University. A native of the Midwest, Bruce complements his extensive banking experience with a dedication to community service. He has served as Trustee of the Cincinnati Orchestra, and held board positions for the Medical College of Ohio Foundation, Siena Heights University and the University of Findlay.
Duane E. White
Director
Duane is a partner at Aveus, a management consulting firm in St. Paul, Minnesota. Prior to joining Aveus, Duane was an independent consultant for six years and has over nine years of banking experience with U.S. Bancorp. He began his career working for the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency as an examiner and was also involved with the regulatory supervision of problem banks in his role as the Assistant to the Regional Director of Special Projects.

Duane resides in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
Thomas L. Flynn
Vice Chairman
Tom is retired (Flynn Ready-Mix Concrete, President). Tom was elected to the Iowa State Senate in 1994, where he served two full terms. Throughout his terms, he served on various committees, including the Senate Appropriations Committee; Administration and Regulation Budget Subcommittee; Commerce, Ways and Means Committee; and the Small Business, Economic Development and Tourism Committee.

Tom obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree in accounting and finance from Loras College and a Master’s of Business Administration from the University of Dubuque. He also previously served for ten years as an adjunct faculty member in the business department at Clarke College in Dubuque, Iowa. Tom resides in Epworth, Iowa.
John K. Schmidt
Director
John is the Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer (CFO) at AY McDonald Manufacturing. John served as CFO at Heartland after holding various executive positions within Heartland and its subsidiaries. John was employed by the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency and Peat Marwick Mitchell, currently known as KPMG LLP, in Des Moines, Iowa. John is a graduate of the University of Northern Iowa and an inactive holder of the Certified Public Accountant certification. John resides in Dubuque, Iowa.
Kurt M. Saylor
Director
Kurt has more than 40 years of experience in the banking industry. Most recently, he served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Morrill & Janes Bank and Trust Co.

Kurt graduated from Kansas State University in Manhattan, Kansas, with a degree in Business Administration in 1974. He resides in Sabetha, Kansas.
Mark C. Falb
Vice Chairman
Mark currently serves as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Westmark Enterprises and Kendall/Hunt Publishing, which are primarily involved in real estate ventures and textbook publishing. Mark was employed in an executive role with the Wm. C. Brown Company Publishers for nearly 20 years until a majority of the company was sold in 1992.

A graduate of the University of Iowa and a Certified Public Accountant (inactive), Mark resides in Dubuque, Iowa. He is a philanthropic leader and continues to support important community initiatives.
R. Michael McCoy
Director
Mike has been the President and Partner of the McCoy Group, Inc., a full-service commercial truck leasing, rental and contract maintenance company, since 1993. Mike also serves on the Board of Directors of Dubuque Bank and Trust Company.
Martin J. Schmitz
Director
Marty was elected to the Heartland Board of Directors in May 2018. He served as Chairman of Citywide Banks, which was acquired by Heartland Financial USA, Inc. in 2017, and simultaneously merged with Centennial Bank and Trust. Marty represented the second generation of family leadership for the bank's holding company, its 12 branch locations and subsidiary businesses. As Chairman, he oversaw business development and the bank's commercial banking operations. He was with the organization for 21 years and transitioned the bank from a $275 million organization to a $1.4 billion organization at the time of sale.

Marty holds bachelor's degrees in accounting, economics and business administration. He currently serves as a trustee on the Regis University Board and is a board member of the Boys and Girls Clubs of Metro Denver.