Business Lending Team

Your Business Lending Team

We live here. We work here. We're here for your business.

Our team has a combined 170+ years of commercial lending experience, and we're here to help your business's story unfold the way you envision. We take the time to get to know you and your business, and to develop long-lasting relationships. Royal offers local decision-making by our team of seasoned loan officers and knowledgeable committee members. Reach out to one of us today and get the conversation started!

Business Lending Team

Royal Credit Union | Char Gurney

Char Gurney

Vice President - Eau Claire View Bio
Royal Credit Union | Char Gurney

Char Gurney

Vice President - Eau Claire

Email charlotte.gurney@rcu.org

Phone 715-833-8222

Char has worked in business financing and economic development for over 20 years. Working directly with businesses is her passion. She is able to provide opportunities for financial assistance, growth, and profitability.

Char attended UW-Eau Claire to receive her degree in finance. She also has the Economic Development Financial Professional certification from the National Development Council.

Making a difference in her community is important to Char. She serves as Treasurer of the Eau Claire Children’s Museum, Secretary of the Eau Claire Noon Rotary Club, Board Member of Momentum West, and is involved in Junior Achievement, Downtown Eau Claire Inc., and the UW-Eau Claire Entrepreneurial Program, to name a few.

She grew up in Waconia, Minnesota, and currently resides in Eau Claire with her husband and three sons.

Royal Credit Union | Scott Jones

Scott Jones

Vice President - Hudson View Bio
Royal Credit Union | Scott Jones

Scott Jones

Vice President - Hudson

Email scott.jones@rcu.org

Phone 715-246-8010

Scott has been a Royal Credit Union team member for over 6 years and has 12 years of business lending experience.  Scott has found it rewarding to help foster the spirit of entrepreneurs. He thrives on helping people achieve their business dreams.

When he’s not working, Scott loves being outdoors. Some of his favorite activities are hunting, camping, and family time with his wife and two boys.

Scott has lived and worked in the St Croix Valley since 1998.  He loves the sense of community in this area that he calls home.

 

Royal Credit Union | Al Kiecker

Al Kiecker

Vice President - New Richmond View Bio
Royal Credit Union | Al Kiecker

Al Kiecker

Vice President - New Richmond

Email alan.kiecker@rcu.org

Phone 715-246-8024

Al has been with Royal Credit Union for almost 2 years. He is a wealth of knowledge from his 19 years in financial services and 15 years in business lending.

On the weekends, Al enjoys getting together with his family. He is married to his wife, Bonnie, and they have three children, Ellie, Bennett, and Sam. They also have two cats and a dog.

Al anticipates the changing seasons – it’s his favorite part of living in the Midwest. He grew up in Bloomington, Minnesota, so he’s been enjoying the seasons for a while now.

Professionally, he loves working with entrepreneurs who know what they want and are willing to work to get it.

Royal Credit Union | Dan Leibman

Dan Leibham

Vice President - Eau Claire View Bio
Royal Credit Union | Dan Leibman

Dan Leibham

Vice President - Eau Claire

Email daniel.leibham@rcu.org

Phone 715-833-8159

Dan’s favorite part of working at Royal Credit Union is the relationship he has with his members. For 8 years, he’s had the pleasure of serving the members of Royal. Dan has vast experience in the business service world. He’s been working in this field for 20 years.

Growing up in Sheboygan, Wisconsin, Dan obtained an appreciation for the seasons, which is his favorite part about living in the Midwest.

Dan has a wife and four children. On the weekends, he enjoys a great game of golf. 

Royal Credit Union | Timm Sandstrom

Timm Sandstrom

Vice President - Eau Claire View Bio
Royal Credit Union | Timm Sandstrom

Timm Sandstrom

Vice President - Eau Claire

Email timm.sandstrom@rcu.org

Phone 715-833-8181

Timm’s favorite part of his job is getting to know Members and their businesses. He helps to provide good financial solutions to their opportunities and challenges. For four years, Timm has been doing this for the business Members of Royal Credit Union, and he draws upon his 26 years of business service experience to best serve their needs.

Timm grew up in Luck, Wisconsin. His wife and two high school-aged sons enjoy spending time outside together. Timm especially loves watching his sons’ sporting events on the weekends.

Being a Midwestern guy, he loves getting outdoors in the spring and fall seasons for a game of golf, fishing, or sports.

Royal Credit Union | Bob Todd

Bob Todd

Vice President - St. Croix Falls View Bio
Royal Credit Union | Bob Todd

Bob Todd

Vice President - St. Croix Falls

Email robert.todd@rcu.org

Phone 715-294-1006

Bob brings 36 years of business service related experience to the Royal Credit Union team. Since joining Royal 6 years ago, Bob has continued his passion of working with small businesses and helping them succeed.

He graduated from UW-River Falls with a Bachelor of Science, and then received a degree from UW-Madison Graduate School of Banking.

Bob is from the small town of Brownton, Minnesota. He and his family have a golden retriever, enjoy the changing seasons, and he loves spending the weekend fishing on Deer Lake.

Royal Credit Union | Kristi Voller

Kristi Voller

Vice President - Stillwater View Bio
Royal Credit Union | Kristi Voller

Kristi Voller

Vice President - Stillwater

Email kristine.voller@rcu.org

Phone 952-683-9765

Kristi lives in Woodbury with her husband.  She cover all four Royal locations in Minnesota:  Stillwater, Apple Valley, Edina,  Coon  Rapids and St. Paul. She is happy to meet members at the branch most convenient for them.  Kristi majored in Finance and earned a  Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from St. Cloud State University and attended UW- Madison Graduate School of Banking. Kristi and her husband grew up  in Minnesota and raised their family there - Go Vikings!  We have two adult children and a yellow Lab named Lilly. In her spare time, Kristi enjoys spending time with family and friends at her cabin in Northern Wisconsin. She also enjoys running, water skiing, boating, and just being outdoors in general.

Royal Credit Union | Royed Wollberg

Royed Wollberg

Vice President Senior Loan Officer - Eau Claire View Bio
Royal Credit Union | Royed Wollberg

Royed Wollberg

Vice President Senior Loan Officer - Eau Claire

Email royed.wollberg@rcu.org

Phone 715-858-5248

Royed has been with Royal Credit Union since 2014. In 1981, he began his career in financial services, doing everything from working as a teller to managing multiple branch locations.  Royed has 36 years of experience he brings with him to Royal. He has a passion for assisting members in achieving their financial goals so they can improve their lives. 

He grew up in Melrose, Wisconsin. Living in the Midwest, Royed enjoys the changing seasons. He is especially appreciative of the people and their values who reside in this area.

Royed is married to his wife, Carla. They have 2 adult daughters – one who teaches middle and high school sciences and the other teaching high school  Spanish. Royed enjoys spending time with his family and friends in his free time, along with golfing, sporting events, and day trips to new places. 

Royal Credit Union | Joseph Fischer

Joe Fischer

Vice President - River Falls View Bio
Royal Credit Union | Joseph Fischer

Joe Fischer

Vice President - River Falls

Email joseph.fischer@rcu.org

Phone 715-246-8036

Joe has been serving business owners and real-estate investors for more than eight years. He brings a wealth of knowledge and experience in working with entrepreneurs, small businesses, large corporations, and real-estate investors. His previous experiences include business lending, real-estate investing, auditing, and public administration.  Joe’s passion is partnering with business owners and real-estate investors to tailor business loans and services, in order to help them achieve their business goals and financial success.

Joe grew up in River Falls and earned both his Master of Business Administration and Bachelor of Science in Business Management from the University of Wisconsin – River Falls.  He continues to be active in the community and the St. Croix Valley area.

When he’s not working, Joe and his wife enjoy traveling, playing sports, being active, fishing, and spending time outdoors. They also enjoy time with family and friends.

Larry Lightfield

Larry Lightfield

Vice President - Eau Claire View Bio
Larry Lightfield

Larry Lightfield

Vice President - Eau Claire

Email Lawrence.Lightfield@rcu.org

Phone 715-855-2238

Larry started his employment with Royal Credit Union in April of 2017.  He has been working in the financial services industry in northwestern, WI since graduating from UW-Platteville in 1978.  Larry’s decision to come to Royal grew from a desire to work for a customer focused organization that delivers sound financial solutions. 

Larry was raised on a dairy farm in southeastern WI where he grew to appreciate the strong work ethic that business owners bring.  Larry is married to his wife Patty who is a teacher in the School District of Menomonie .  Together they have an adult son that lives & works in MN and a daughter that’s in High School.

Larry is active in the community serving as an officer for the Menomonie Lions Club and also is a Board Member for the Chippewa Valley Free Clinic in Eau Claire.

Karlee Wallin

Karlee Wallin

Small Business Lending Officer View Bio
Karlee Wallin

Karlee Wallin

Small Business Lending Officer

Email karlee.wallin@rcu.org

Phone 715-552-3094

Karlee has worked with business loans at Royal Credit Union since 2006.  She enjoys connecting with her members and being a partner in their business growth.  She strives to make it easy for the member and loves seeing them succeed.

Growing up in the Midwest, Karlee appreciates the beauty of this area and the wonderful sense of community here.  She resides in Eau Claire with her husband and two daughters.  As a family, they enjoy spending time outdoors, traveling and experiencing the fun activities our community has to offer.