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Recent News Archive

Recent News

18th July, 2016

ART ON THE ROCKS

Lasco donates to Art on the Rocks which will be held in Marquette    July 30th and 31st.  Pictured are Jason Lindberg, Director of Art on the Rocks and Lois Ellis, EVP of Lasco.

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24th June, 2016

LASCO EMPLOYEES DONATE

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Lasco employees Friday Jean Day donation goes to Lakestate Industries this quarter.  Pictured on the left is Shelby Bischoff, Business Development & Community Engagement Manager for Lakestate Industries and Lois Ellis, Executive Vice President of Lasco.

 

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14th June, 2016

EIGHTH ANNUAL CHARITY GOLF OUTING

MARQUETTE, MI – Lasco proudly co-sponsored the 8th Annual Charity Golf Outing in Sault Ste Marie at Tanglewood Marsh Golf Course on June 7th.  The event was jointly sponsored by vendor partners that provide services to community banks in the Upper Peninsula region.   Associated Bank, BOSC, Inc., Charter, Enterprise Systems Group, FIS, First Service Corporation, The Form House and Lasco all collaborated to hold the event.

The participants and sponsors enjoyed the opportunity to spend a day together on the golf course while raising funds for a local Sault Ste Marie charity organization, Road to Recovery.  A total of 57 golfers played a scramble format at Tanglewood with several additional participants joining the group for dinner and networking after the day’s golf round concluded.   Congratulations to all the winners from the day’s golf competition.

The biggest winners of the day were the Road to Recovery program and the cancer patients the non-profit supports.  Outing attendees made contributions totaling more than $3,000 dollars which were presented to Jazell Raycraft from Road to Recovery at the event’s dinner and awards program. Road to Recovery provides free transportation for residents of the Eastern Upper Peninsula to Petoskey for needed cancer treatments.   This is accomplished by the commitment of 40 volunteer drivers during a time when the cancer patients may not otherwise be able to travel on their own due to the cost or exhaustion caused by their treatments.  The donations collected will be used towards the purchase of a van and the associated fuel and maintenance expenses.

Special appreciation goes to Mark Savoie of Central Savings Bank for serving as this year’s local event coordinator, to Melissa Murphy of Lasco for handling registration and organizing the day’s activities, and finally to the staff of Tanglewood Marsh for hosting the golf outing.

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Pictured left to right: Steve Prunske of BOSC, Inc., Todd Maki of First Bank, Dennis VanLandschoot of Lasco and Mark Larche of State Savings Bank of Manistique.

 

 

 

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24th May, 2016

ESG TECH IN THE PARK EVENT

Andrew Gale, VP of Technical Services and Lois Ellis, Executive Vice President attended the Enterprise Systems Group (ESG) Tech in the Park Event at Miller Park in Milwaukee on May 13, 2016.  The event welcomes ESG’s partners and customers to learn more about new technology products and services during a series of presentations, vendor booths and networking opportunities.  More then 150 attendees took part in the day-long session.  Topics highlighted at the event included telecommunications, video communications, wireless technologies, access control, surveillance and network performance analytics.  The day culminated with an inspiring talk by USA Speed Skating Olympic Champion Bonnie Blair and a Milwaukee Brewers game. attendees

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24th May, 2016

CEO ROUNDTABLE

In May, Lasco hosted our second Roundtable with our core financial institution CEO’s.  Discussions included a Lasco corporate update as well as discussions on strategic planning for leverages services and future products.

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31st March, 2016

Ellis Promoted to Executive Vice President of Lasco

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Lasco is pleased to announce the promotion of Lois Ellis from Senior Vice President of Business Development to Executive Vice President effective April 1st.

Since joining Lasco last October, Ms. Ellis has been learning the organization, building business relationships, cultivating new business development opportunities and understanding Lasco’s

customers’ needs. As Executive Vice President Ms. Ellis will take on more managerial responsibilities, continue building client relationships, assume increased responsibility for community relations and provide oversight for financial and human resources.  Ms. Ellis is on track to transition fully into the President/CEO role on January 1, 2017, when current President/CEO Mr. Dennis VanLandschoot will retire.

“I am so excited to have Lois on Lasco’s senior management team and to see the positive progress of our planned leadership transition,” Lasco President/CEO Dennis VanLandschoot says. “She has quickly integrated into our company’s culture and developed strong relationships with both our clients and employees.   I am also pleased with Lois’ ability to grow new business opportunities through her vast network of business contacts.”

Prior to joining Lasco, Ms. Ellis held the position of Business Development Manager for the Michigan Economic Development Corporation covering the Upper Peninsula on behalf of the statewide organization.  Her main role was providing resources and information to assist private sector companies across the U.P. with their opportunities, challenges and expansion projects.

She also previously served as the Vice President of Economic Development for the Lake Superior Community Partnership in Marquette County where she provided business consultation services, planned and implemented economic development strategies, managed staff, budgets and facilities and was the staff lead for the Marquette County Economic Development Corporation.  Ms. Ellis was responsible for all aspects of maintaining a $1M revolving loan fund that held federal, state and local monies for the Marquette County Economic Development Corporation.   Ms. Ellis started her professional career with MFC First National Bank in Marquette in consumer lending.

Ms. Ellis is a Certified Economic Developer (CEcD), earning the designation from the International Economic Development Council in 2010 after completing courses and practical experience in the areas of real estate development, finance, business retention and growth strategies, marketing, ethics and organizational management. Additionally, Ms. Ellis earned the Economic Development Finance Professional (EDFP) designation from the National Development Council in 2011 after completing coursework in financial statements, credit analysis, negotiations and deal structuring.  She is also a graduate of the Lake Superior Leadership Academy.

Ms. Ellis currently serves as a board member for the Lakes States Bankers Association, is a Marquette County Ambassador and a member of the Economic Club of Marquette County.

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15th February, 2016

LASCO/FIS CYBER SECURITY WORKSHOP

During the week of February 15, 2016, Lasco is partnering with FIS to hold a Cyber Security Workshop for Lasco’s financial institution clients that utilize FIS for core services.   The goal of the three day workshop is to assist clients with having a better understanding of cyber security and to assist them with completing their FFIEC Cyber Assessment Tool.

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8th February, 2016

Wisconsin Bankers Association Conference

Lasco’s Lois Ellis, SVP Business Development and Robert Baer, SVP Client Management, attended the Wisconsin Bankers Association Conference in Madison, WI during the week of February 8, 2016.

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14th January, 2016

Lasco Grows Private Hosting Environment

Lasco recently signed contracts with two Michigan based financial institutions for Private Hosting solutions.   The banks will be migrated over to Lasco’s Private Hosting platform in the first quarter of 2016.

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14th January, 2016

CEO Roundtable Discussions

In December, Lasco hosted a dinner and Roundtable with its core financial institution CEOs for a strategic planning session on future products and services.   Lasco will continue to hold these sessions throughout 2016.

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24th November, 2015

Lasco donates to United Way

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Lasco donates to United Way.    Pictured are Lasco’s SVP of Business Development, Lois Ellis and Barb Meyer from the United Way.

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24th November, 2015

Lasco renews contracts

Lasco recently renewed 3 contracts with Upper Peninsula banks for Core Processing Services and Technology Services.

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24th November, 2015

Lasco donates to Hematite Power Packs

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Lasco’s SVP of Business Development, Lois Ellis, is shown with Diana Sundberg representing the Ishpeming High School Hematite Power Packs.   Lasco donated funds to assist the school with their power pack initiative.

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13th October, 2015

Room At The Inn Donation

Lasco and its employees donate to Room At The Inn.   Lasco employees donate a $1 every Friday for casual day.  Lasco then matches those dollars and chooses a charity to donate to every quarter.  This quarter, Lasco has chosen Room At The Inn.    Pictured are Douglas A. Russell, Executive Director of Room At and Lasco’s Lois Ellis, Senior Vice President of Business Development.ROOM AT THE INN PIC 3

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30th September, 2015

Lasco hires new SVP of Business Development

LASCO is pleased to announce the hire of Lois Ellis as the future President/CEO of Lasco.

Ms. Ellis will join Lasco’s team on October 1, 2015 as the Senior Vice President of Business Development.   Ms. Ellis will then phase into the role of President/CEO over the next 18 to 24 months as which time Mr. VanLandschoot will officially retire.

For the past two and half years, Ms. Ellis has been the Business Development Manager for the Michigan Economic Development Corporation covering the Upper Peninsula on behalf of the statewide organization.  Her main role was providing resources and information to assist private sector companies across the U.P. with their opportunities, challenges and expansion projects.

Previously she served as the Vice President of Economic Development for the Lake Superior Community Partnership in Marquette County where she provided business consultation services, planned and implemented economic development strategies, managed staff, budgets and facilities and was the staff lead for the Marquette County Economic Development Corporation.  Ms. Ellis was responsible for all aspects of maintaining a $1M revolving loan fund that held federal, state and local monies for the Marquette County Economic Development Corporation.   Ms. Ellis started her professional career with MFC First National Bank in Marquette in consumer lending.

Her professional achievements include:  In 2010, Ms. Ellis achieved the Certified Economic Developer (CEcD) designation from the International Economic Development Council.  After completing courses and practical experience in the areas of real estate development, finance, business retention and growth strategies, marketing, ethics and organizational management, she successfully passed the comprehensive 2-day examination that is required to earn CEcD status. Through the National Development Council, Ms. Ellis earned the Economic Development Finance Professional (EDFP) designation after completing coursework in financial statements, credit analysis, negotiations and deal structuring.  She is also a graduate of the Lake Superior Leadership Academy.

Affiliations:  Ms. Ellis is a past board member of the Economic Club of Marquette County, the Michigan Economic Developers Association and the Upper Peninsula Economic Development Alliance.

Ms. Ellis and her husband Dean live in Negaunee Township and have two adult sons. She is an avid golfer who also enjoys snowshoeing and following the MSU Spartans, Green Bay Packers and the New York Yankees.

Please help us in welcoming Ms. Ellis to the team. We look forward to many successful years with her as we continue our long term partnerships with our clients.

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22nd September, 2015

Lasco’s partner FIS, acquires Sunguard.

Lasco’s long term partner for banking processing services, FIS, acquired Sunguard.   Please click here for additional information.     http://www.fisglobal.com/C040107

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22nd September, 2015

Lasco President/CEO, Dennis VanLandschoot attends the Michigan Bankers College in Traverse City during the Community Bankers of Michigan Conference.

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22nd September, 2015

Lasco signs Wisconsin bank for Communication Services and Hosting Services.

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22nd September, 2015

Lasco signs Wisconsin bank for Communication Services.

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22nd September, 2015

Lasco signs two new banks for statement print processing services.

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27th August, 2015

“ART ON THE ROCKS DONATION

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25th August, 2015

Lasco’s New Hire

August 17, 2015 – Lasco is happy to announce the new hire of Sam Graci.   Sam is our new Help Desk Support Manager.   Please help us welcome Sam to our team.

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25th August, 2015

Art on the Rocks Sponsorship

August 5, 2015 – Lasco is a proud sponsor of the 2015 Art on the Rocks event held in Marquette County.

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25th August, 2015

Partner Renewal

July 1, 2015 – Lasco would like to announce its contract renewal with PrimaData for Statement Print and Mail Services.   We continue to look forward to partnering with PrimaData  into the future.

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25th August, 2015

Charity Golf Outing

June 8, 2015 – Lasco, along with several of our partners, held our annual charity golf event on June 8, 2015 at the Irish Oaks Golf Course.    Over 60 golfers and over 70 for dinner were in attendance.     Getting to socialize with our clients as well as our partners was part of the fun, but we also got to raise over $2,500 for the Delta County Animal Shelter.

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25th August, 2015

First Bank, State Savings Bank and Central Savings Bank are now additional owners of Lasco.

April 1, 2015 – Lasco has additional new owners.   As of April 1, 2015, First Bank, State Savings Bank of Manistique and Central Savings Bank are all now part owners of Lasco.   Lasco is looking forward to working more closely with its new board of directors in the future.

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2nd April, 2015

Lasco Acquired by a Community Bank

Marquette, MI – Lasco Development Corporation’s current owners, Dennis VanLandschoot, President/CEO and Kris Sweeney, Senior Vice President, have been working diligently over the past two years to find the appropriate replacement owners for Lasco as they near their retirements. Lasco is pleased to announce that Peoples State Bank of Munising has purchased Lasco. During the transition period and into the future, business will continue as normal with Lasco’s mission and goal of providing value to its client base in an open and honest manner. Long term, Lasco will be looking to expand its client base as well as its financial product offerings. Mr. VanLandschoot and Ms. Sweeney will continue in their current roles…….

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29th January, 2015

Charter Business to Provide a Wide Area Network for Lasco Throughout the U.P.

Marquette, MI – Charter Business, the commercial services division of Charter Communications, will construct a fiber-optic Wide Area Network (WAN) for Lasco, a leading provider of Information Technology (IT) services to financial institutions and commercial businesses throughout the Upper Peninsula of Michigan and Wisconsin. Utilization of the new network will provide Lasco and its clients with dramatically increased bandwidth – allowing a more efficient operation and offering the potential to provide additional bandwidth for future needs. Lasco is excited about their new relationship with Charter Business. “The ability to provide the newest communications technology to our client base and our prospective clients, allows us to grow and stay on the leading edge of the industry.” says Tim Shandonay, Vice President of Information Technology at Lasco. “In addition, it will provide the scalability and capacity to facilitate the fast paced needs of our clients as technology continually changes.” “Establishing a fiber-optic WAN for Lasco’s use helps them continue to provide cutting edge banking services in communities throughout the Upper Peninsula,” said Sean Hayes, Vice President of Regional Field Operations for Charter, and a Munising resident. “A network such as this benefits and strengthens the business community in the U.P.”

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