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Charlie Funk

A note from Charlie – letter to Richard

February 9th, 2017 Charlie Funk

It might appear unusual to publish a letter in this space recently written to someone who leads an organization that competes with MidWestOne. But Richard Davis, CEO of US Bank, is an unusual and extraordinary person. Persons who stand for integrity and who advocate for their professions are worthy of our respect and admiration. Below is a […]

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A note from Charlie – 2017 predictions

January 12th, 2017 Charlie Funk

As the calendar turns and we enter the New Year, I thought it would be useful to share a few of my own bank-related forecasts for 2017. Note that this sort of thing is usually folly as few predict the future with much certainty. We are going to see higher interest rates in 2017. While interest […]

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A note from Charlie – holiday reflections

December 8th, 2016 Charlie Funk

I remember it as if it were yesterday.  We spent an early November night sitting in the stands at Brady Street Stadium in Davenport watching the City High Little Hawks have their season come to an end in the state play-offs. Connie and I then drove home and we were in bed by 10:30. Sometime […]

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A note from Charlie – the practices of a small town banker

October 6th, 2016 Charlie Funk

I’ve been writing occasional articles about the “keys to success” for banks – large and small – as described by JP Morgan CEO Jamie Dimon. I have received much feedback about these articles and I do, of course, appreciate each note of comment. Today, I will write about the practices of a small town banker, […]

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Note from Charlie – teamwork and leadership

September 8th, 2016 Charlie Funk

I recently had the privilege of speaking at a back-to-school kickoff event for the entire Iowa City Community School District about teamwork and leadership. I am sharing a portion of my talk below. I feel that this can easily translate to many professions and daily life. As I have thought about my own life, I […]

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Note from Charlie – a banking checklist

August 4th, 2016 Charlie Funk

Two months ago, I conveyed four of Jamie Dimon’s thoughts concerning what any bank – large or small – must do to succeed and regain the public’s trust. As I said then, the public’s trust in our industry was shaken by the financial crisis of 2008-10 and Mr. Dimon’s “checklist” seemed appropriate to share. Here, […]

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A note from Charlie – online banking tips

July 7th, 2016 Charlie Funk

At a recent community event, a distinguished senior citizen who is a former leader in our community approached me.  He said, “we need a banking for geezers” class. Say that again? What this man wanted was more information from his banker in terms of technology. As he said “we geezers know this stuff is good, […]

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Note from Charlie – a prescription for success

June 9th, 2016 Charlie Funk

The big banks have come in for more than their fair share of criticism over the past eight years. While some of it is undoubtedly merited, some isn’t and there is much to learn from some of their “best practices.” One of my favorite spring pastimes is to read the CEO’s letter in various bank […]

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Note from Charlie – good customer service comes in many forms

May 5th, 2016 Charlie Funk

Ok, I admit it. I messed up! How could I schedule a business trip on the night of the NCAA championship game? As I looked at my flight schedule, I saw that I would be arriving at New York’s LaGuardia Airport about two hours before tip-off. Ok, I thought, that should give me time to […]

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A note from Charlie – April 7

April 7th, 2016 Charlie Funk

I am writing this in the afterglow of March Madness. Since the footprint for MidWestOne has expanded, among other things, this means a much larger office pool in picking the tournament brackets, which brought much good natured banter in our workplace! That’s a good thing. We now have teams in our footprint in four states. This year’s tournament […]

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