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PREMIER BANK. Officials of the newly formed Premier Financial Corporation announced April 10, 1998 that it planned to open "the first locally owned and operated bank since the mid-1930s." (1) Premier Bank opened its first office on October 26, 1998 at 1975 John F. Kennedy Road following a planned $800,000 renovation of the former Riley Auto Sales Company. The bank's holding company, Premier Financial Corporation, had been formed the following spring. (2) The bank was formed by Jeffrey Mozena, Martin MCNAMER, David Horstmann, Darryl K. Mozena, Phillip A. RUPPEL and Scott J. TAYLOR and sixty investors who established five million in start-up funds. (3) The bank originally employed fifteen people.

The second full-service branch of the bank was opened in 2001 at 9th and Iowa. (4)

Premier quickly established itself in the community. Among other projects, in 2000 it led a consortium of groups which sponsored a free seminar entitled "Restore, Retool and Reuse: The Economic Revitalization of Dubuque's Historic Buildings." (5) In 2005 the bank purchased two large oil murals. Painted by local artists Chriss and Donald GLASELL, the murals had been featured in an article in the Telegraph Herald. Long in storage, the paintings were to be refurbished by GERMAIN FINE ARTS and then displayed in the bank's entryway at its new office and operations center being constructed along the NORTHWEST ARTERIAL. (6) The same year, the bank announced that it would provide $200,000, interest-free, to the city's Historic Preservation Loan Fund which had been credited with helping homeowners restore their historic homes. (7) Dubuque Main Street, Premier Bank, The Fischer Companies and a local committee organized a winter farmers' market in 2007. (8) In 2008 the bank announced five year loans of up to $10,000 for projects to bring businesses in Dubuque into compliance with the Americans With Disabilities Act. (9)



1. Wilkinson, Jennifer. "Investors Plan New Local Bank," Telegraph Herald, April 10, 1998, p. 1. Online: http://news.google.com/newspapers?id=GzpFAAAAIBAJ&sjid=ZrsMAAAAIBAJ&pg=3399,2033635&dq=premier+bank+dubuque&hl=en

2. "Premier Bank Hosts Grand Opening Today," Telegraph Herald, Nov. 2, 1998, p. 2. Online: http://news.google.com/newspapers?id=TVlFAAAAIBAJ&sjid=5LsMAAAAIBAJ&pg=1493,474024&dq=premier+bank+dubuque&hl=en

3. Berg, Renee. "Premier Set for Sequel," Telegraph Herald, November 25, 2000, p. 4. Online: http://news.google.com/newspapers?id=Xx1aAAAAIBAJ&sjid=Q0sNAAAAIBAJ&pg=5437,5041305&dq=premier+bank+dubuque&hl=en

4. "Premier Kicks Off Grand Opening Monday," Telegraph Herald, May 13, 2001, p. 17. Online: http://news.google.com/newspapers?id=YSFaAAAAIBAJ&sjid=Z0sNAAAAIBAJ&pg=3375,2823506&dq=premier+bank+dubuque&hl=en

5. Pieters, Jeffrey," Experts: Historic Preservation Takes Community Effort," Telegraph Herald, March 1, 2000, p. 1. Online: http://news.google.com/newspapers?id=yAlaAAAAIBAJ&sjid=LEsNAAAAIBAJ&pg=2339,17477&dq=premier+bank+dubuque&hl=en

6. Nevans-Pederson, Mary. "Premier Bank Purchases Two Historic Dubuque Paintings," Telegraph Herald, August 13, 2005, p. 3A. Online: http://nl.newsbank.com/nl-search/we/Archives?p_product=DQ&p_theme=dq&p_action=search&p_maxdocs=200&p_topdoc=1&p_text_direct-0=10BF83F20106CD58&p_field_direct-0=document_id&p_perpage=10&p_sort=YMD_date:D&s_trackval=GooglePM

7. Kittle, M. D. "Premier Antes Up $200,000 For Loans," Telegraph Herald, February 13, 2005, p. 13A. Online: http://nl.newsbank.com/nl-search/we/Archives?p_product=DQ&p_theme=dq&p_action=search&p_maxdocs=200&p_topdoc=1&p_text_direct-0=1083E63D1955FA56&p_field_direct-0=document_id&p_perpage=10&p_sort=YMD_date:D&s_trackval=GooglePM

8. "Winter Farmers' Market Continues," Telegraph Herald, November 23, 2007, p. 4. Online: http://nl.newsbank.com/nl-search/we/Archives?p_product=DQ&p_theme=dq&p_action=search&p_maxdocs=200&p_topdoc=1&p_text_direct-0=11D1E82B6BC0CE40&p_field_direct-0=document_id&p_perpage=10&p_sort=YMD_date:D&s_trackval=GooglePM

9. Bragg, Mary Rae. "Dubuque Aims to be 'Proudly Accessible,' Telegraph Herald, June 30, 2008, p. 1. Online: http://nl.newsbank.com/nl-search/we/Archives?p_product=DQ&p_theme=dq&p_action=search&p_maxdocs=200&p_topdoc=1&p_text_direct-0=121A688C58DAC718&p_field_direct-0=document_id&p_perpage=10&p_sort=YMD_date:D&s_trackval=GooglePM