The North Bend Eagle


Local bank makes leadership changes

Published 2/7/18

NORTH BEND – The Platte Valley Bank Board of Directors has announced new leadership roles in the locally owned bank. These changes were approved at the bank’s Jan. 16 annual shareholders meeting.

Katy Wolf Bode, was elected Chief Executive Officer and cashier. She will be responsible for overall management of all activities of the bank while continuing focus on technology, new product development, contract negotiations, financial reporting and serve as IT Security Officer. Bode has served as a member of the Board of Directors since January 2007.

Tom WolfThough Platte Valley Bank named Brent Karnatz president and Katy Bode CEO, Tom Wolf will remain as Chairman of the Board at the bank.

Bode began her banking career at Platte Valley Bank in 1993 working part-time as a high school student. She earned a degree in business administration with emphasis in accounting from the University of Nebraska – Lincoln. Bode returned to Platte Valley Bank in Dec. 2004 after nearly six years with Smith Bucklin Corporation, an association management company.

Brent J. Karnatz was elected president of Platte Valley Bank and elected to its Board of Directors. Karnatz joined Platte Valley Bank in Jan. 2005 as assistant vice president. He will be responsible for overall management of the bank including lending functions. Karnatz will continue handling and managing a portfolio of commercial, agriculture, consumer, and real estate loans in addition to bank secrecy act officer, internal auditor, co-compliance officer, and a member of the Information Technology, Loan and Security Committees.

Mark D. Flamme was elected senior vice president and is Platte Valley Bank’s senior lending officer and primary agriculture loan officer. Flamme joined Platte Valley Bank Sept. 18, 2000, as vice president and loan officer. He is co-compliance officer, prepares Community Reinvestment Act reports to the Board and is a member of numerous committees.

Cheryl J. Wietfeld was elected vice president and assistant cashier. She joined the bank in August 1997 as a teller/bookkeeper. Wietfeld advanced to position of personal banker in March 2004 assisting customers with new accounts, individual retirement accounts, certificates of deposits, ACH payments and audit, wires and banking compliance. Most recently she has transitioned into lending.

Thomas E. Wolf will continue his position as chairman of the board. Wolf’s banking career spans almost 59 years, beginning with check filing June 1, 1959, in the vault of Platte Valley Bank. While a student at UNL, he worked as an assistant auditor at the National Bank of Commerce. After receiving a masters degree in business administration from Santa Clara University, Wolf worked at First Hawaiian Bank, Oahu, Hawaii, returning to Platte Valley Bank in 1969. He continued his banking experience at First National Bank Omaha from 1970 to 1974.

Upon the death of his father, Arden D. Wolf, he returned to Platte Valley Bank in April 1974 and accepted the duties of executive vice president and CEO. He was elected president and CEO in 1979, and chairman of the board in 1984. Wolf has been active with the Nebraska Banker’s Association serving as chairman in 2004-05.

“The combined energy and experience of this group of leaders positions Platte Valley Bank to balance growth in fast changing financial systems while delivering the highest degree of customer service and satisfaction to meet our client’s financial needs,” Wolf said. “I am proud to have this talented group of leaders serving Platte Valley Bank, our customers, and community.”

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