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Busey Bank in Joliet welcomes 2 new associates this fall

Busey Bank in Joliet recently welcomed new associates Don Johnson and Jeff Rzasa.

Johnson serves as vice president, commercial portfolio manager, and Rzasa as senior vice president, commercial market president for Grundy and Will counties, according to a news release from the bank.

Both associates serve commercial clients from 2801 Black Road in Joliet, with Rzasa splitting his time at 25407 Bell Road in Channahon.

Don Johnson

Johnson has more than 14 years of banking experience, the release said. He manages the commercial loan portfolio and monitors commercial loan activities in northern Illinois. He also develops new and existing relationships by offering various deposit and lending products in addition to cash management services.

Johnson earned a bachelor’s degree from Western Illinois University, and in 2014, he graduated from the Illinois Bankers Association – Future Leaders Alliance Program.

He is very active in the community and has served on the Joliet Catholic Academy Alumni Association Board for the past six years.

Johnson also volunteers his time to local youth baseball organizations, including Minooka Rivercats, Elite Sports Performance and Channahon Pony Baseball.

Johnson, who is originally from Joliet, has lived in Channahon since 2004 with his wife, Lisa, and their sons, Louie, 14, Carson, 12, and Will, 10.

He can be reached at or 815-773-7002.

Jeff Rzasa

Rzasa assists customers with all of their commercial banking needs. With more than 21 years of local banking expertise, he delivers a proactive approach to customers’ unique situations with a foundation built on trust and confidence, the release said.

Rzasa earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of St. Francis in Joliet.

He is very active in the community, serving on the Board for Immaculate Conception School in Morris, as well as the Board for Special Connections of Grundy County.

Rzasa also coaches a wide array of youth sports, including ICS basketball, YMCA basketball and Morris Athletic Association youth baseball.

He has lived in Morris since 1999 with his wife, Ann, and their children TJ, 12, and Katie, 9, but is originally from Chicago.

Rzasa can be reached at or at 815-325-5400.

About the bank

First Busey Corp. is headquartered in Champaign.

Busey Bank, the wholly-owned bank subsidiary with total assets of $7.8 billion as of June 30, has 44 banking centers serving Illinois, 13 banking centers in the St. Louis, Missouri, metropolitan area, five banking centers serving southwest Florida and a banking center in Indianapolis, Indiana.

Busey Bank was named among Forbes’ 2018 Best-In-State Banks – one of five in Illinois and 124 from across the country, equaling 2.2 percent of all banks, recognized solely by customers. Best-In-State Banks are awarded for exceptional customer experiences as determined by a survey sample of 25,000-plus people across the U.S. who rated banks on trust, terms and conditions, branch services, digital services and financial advice.

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