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Corey Chambas: President & CEO of First Business Financial Services, Inc.

Corey Chambas, President & CEO of First Business Financial Services, Inc. is a featured blogger for IBMadison.com. Corey has over 25 years experience working with local businesses. He currently serves as a director of several of First Business's companies, is a board member of M3 Insurance Solutions, an advisory board member of Bellbrook Labs and Aldine Capital Fund, and a member of the Strategic Issues Campaign Committee for the United Way of Dane County.

Corey's recent blog postings are featured below.

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Recent Blog Posts

July 13, 2015

Ask, listen, and look – how to make better informed decisions

OK, I admit in some ways I’m a dinosaur. I thought I was with it and hip... wait, is "hip" still hip? But I’ve been a banker now for 30 years. When I first started and had to wear a suit and tie, I absolutely hated it. Over time I became used to it and started to believe that “suit and tie” was how a banker should look. 

But recently I changed my mind.

In a recent blog I mentioned the value of surveying employees in measuring …

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June 16, 2015

The worst shall be first – Why you need to do the hardest thing first

When I was 25, I thoroughly analyzed, wrote up, and prepared my very first commercial loan for loan committee. I was confident I had done a good job and was surprised when the chief credit officer (CCO) of the large bank I worked for called me into his office. He was a bit of a crusty old guy — probably about my age now! The whole of the conversation went like this:

CCO: “You should pull this loan.”

Me: “Why?”

CCO: “You should pull this loan.”

Me: “But why?”

CCO: “You should pull this …

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October 14, 2014

The value of relationships

Every weekend when I bike along a portion of the local trail, I get stopped and asked to show my trail pass. At first this was a source of frustration as I am somewhat obsessed with tracking my average speed and this slows me down. After a couple of times, I asked the guy if he remembered me from the previous week and we struck up a bit of a conversation. Before we parted, I asked him his name and he had mine from looking at my trail pass. The next weekend as I approached him, instead of getting frustrated, I called out, "Hey Ken, it’s Corey," and he waved me by as he said hello. We …

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