Loan Officers

Byron Bank has specialized in mortgage loans for 30 years. Because we are a locally owned bank, we can look at each loan request individually and help homebuyers make the best loan choice for their needs. Our loan officers can help you pre-qualify so you can shop for your home in the price range that fits your budget. They are familiar with the local customs and laws so we guarantee our closings are on time! Call one of our experienced loan officers today.


Leah Kays, Vice President Mortgage Loans and Branch Manager at Poplar Grove, is a lifelong resident of Boone County where she resides with her husband, Rich and son. She has been in banking for 23 years, working in several areas of the bank. Whatever the life event, her goal is to find the mortgage that best fits your needs and circumstances, and making the process simple. One loan definitely does not fit everyone.  She will find the one that will work for you. When you need a mortgage and not a runaround, call Leah and get the service and experience you deserve.  NMLS# 482532
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Brandon Johnson, Mortgage Loan Officer, has over 8 years of lending experience. He grew up and still currently lives in Winnebago with his wife Annie, their daughter Scarlett, and their dog, Dixie. He is experienced in Mortgage Loans, Home Equity Loans, Home Equity Lines of Credit, Auto and Personal Loans. Brandon is more than willing to work with you on finding what type of loan works best for your situation. He will do whatever he can to make you feel comfortable and understand all aspects of your loan. Contact him today and let him help you get your application started. NMLS# 237562
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Kris Proudfoot, Vice President Mortgage Loans, has 20 years of experience in the home mortgage business. She has worked in all aspects from processing, underwriting, originating and lending. She enjoys working with families and helping them find the best mortgage solution. Her friendly, professional manner makes getting a mortgage a comfortable process. She and her husband, Mike, have two grown children and live in Winnebago. They enjoy riding their Harleys. Call her about refinancing your present home, purchasing a home or getting a construction loan.  NMLS# 482527
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Brent Baker, Executive Vice President, has been a Byron resident and bank employee for 10 years. Brent graduated from the University of Iowa in 1992 and coached college basketball for 12 years before meeting his wife, Jennifer and moving to Byron.  Brent completed the Community Bankers of Illinois School for Community Bankers, has been the Branch Manager for our Poplar Grove location and currently is in charge of our business development program, while assisting with Commercial and Mortgage lending. Brent is the current Board President for the Byron Chamber of Commerce, a member of the ByronFest steering committee and keeps busy with coaching any or all of his 3 boys sporting teams.  Brent enjoys meeting with new customers ready to purchase a new home or refinance their existing mortgage. Please feel free to stop in or give Brent a call.  NMLS# 482530
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Brian Stukenberg, Vice President Consumer Loans, has 28 years of bank experience. He and his wife Kathy and two daughters have lived in Byron since 1994. Brian has worked with consumer loans, home equity and junior mortgages as well as mortgages over the years. He can help you find the best loan for your situation. Also, check with Brian if you need an auto loan.  NMLS# 482523
EmailEmail Briantelephone815-234-6102