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James retires, Braser steps up

Published: Tuesday, Dec. 11, 2012 12:58 p.m. CST

DeKALB – Phil James has announced his retirement as director of insurance at Resource Bank, and Steve Braser will assume his position. The community is invited to a reception and retirement party for James at the Resource Bank Genoa Branch, 310 S. Highway 23, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 20.

James has been in the insurance business for 36 years. In 1978, he came to the area from an agency in Richmond,  to the Genoa Insurance Agency, where he spent 18 years. He joined Resource Insurance Agency in Malta in 1999. The agency was relocated to the Bethany Road branch in 2002, where it serves DeKalb County today.

“We are sorry to see him go,” said Richard Katz, Resource Bank president.  “Phil has been an invaluable team member for so long and made so many contributions to the insurance needs of DeKalb County. Of course, we wish him all the best in his retirement.”

Taking James’ position is Braser, of Sycamore. A business owner for nearly 30 years, Braser owned Downtown Shoes in Sycamore. After joining Resource Bank as a business development adviser, he quickly transitioned into the additional role of insurance adviser.

“Stepping into Phil James’ shoes is a challenging opportunity,” Braser said, “but I am excited to get started.”

Braser is also an executive board member of the DeKalb and Hampshire chambers of commerce and ambassador with the Sycamore Chamber of Commerce, as well as Sycamore’s Third Ward alderman.

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