Arizona: Skalicky Named CEO of Stearns Bank

One year after her successful transition to president of St. Cloud, Minnesota-based Stearns Bank, Kelly Skalicky has been named chief executive officer. She succeeds her father, Norm Skalicky, as CEO of the bank, which, in addition to Minnesota, operates locations in Arizona and Florida. Norm will maintain his position as chairman of the board and remain a vested member of the Stearns bank family.

Norm has led Stearns Bank since 1964. Under his leadership, it has achieved nationwide recognition for excellence, including twice being named the “No. 1 Top Performing Bank in the Nation” by American Banker magazine.

Kelly’s involvement with Stearns Bank dates back to her childhood, when she spent Saturdays at the office with her dad, using stationery to “play banker.” After graduating from law school, she served as legal counsel for the bank. Seven years ago, she came onboard full time, serving on the board and as general counsel until her promotion to president last year.

“Passing the torch to my daughter is personally so rewarding for me,” Norm says. “As a father, it has been my greatest pleasure to watch Kelly grow into the leader she is now.”

Founded in 1912, Stearns Bank is part of Stearns Financial Services Inc., a $2-billion independent financial holding company.

Published in Bankers Digest March 11, 2019