Parkside Invests in Growth

October 2020
Amid the uncertainty and turmoil of the COVID-19 pandemic, Parkside wanted to ensure we had the capacity to serve existing clients who may require extra attention during these challenging times, while also continuing to add new relationships with those who may not be receiving the attention they deserve from their current financial providers. Therefore, as we shared in the St. Louis Business Journal article available here, we committed to accelerating our late 2020 and 2021 hiring goals.
“With many talented individuals out of work, or re-evaluating career opportunities, we viewed this as an opportunity to invest in our growth,” says Parkside CEO Jim Wagner.

Since the beginning of the pandemic, Parkside is proud to have welcomed nine talented team members. Their support and expertise will be well-utilized, helping our clients with their financial needs. We invite you to get to know each of them below.

Micki Boerst – Bank Operations Specialist
Micki joins our team with more than 16 years of diverse bank operations experience, including specific expertise with ACH, cash management, exception processing and data rationalization.

Allison Green - Client Service Representative
Allison joins Parkside with eight years of client service experience, most recently as a teller for a local bank. We are grateful for her valuable support, especially as we provide uninterrupted service during this time.

Mary Malan, CSOP – Trust Support Specialist
With more than 15 years of diverse experience serving trust clients, Mary is a valuable addition to our Trust team. Mary offers expertise in trust administration, compliance, and operations, including trading, new account set-up, disbursements and fee processing.
Abbi Marks – Trust & Family Office Operations Specialist
Abbi joined our Operations team in August. After earning her MBA in Business Management and Consulting in Israel, Abbi continued her career in the US, gaining experience in customer relations, compliance, corporate bookkeeping, reporting and trading.
Drake Naylor – Trust & Family Office Analyst
Drake is a May 2020 graduate of University of Missouri – Columbia. We witnessed Drake’s impressive talent and potential first-hand as a participant in our 2019 Summer Internship Program, and appreciate his contribution to our team.
Kelia Nakagawa – Commercial Credit Analyst
A 2019 graduate of Lindenwood University, with a Bachelor of Science in Finance, Kelia joined our commercial lending team in May. Prior to working at Parkside, Kelia developed valuable skills as an equity analyst intern and then account coordinator for local financial firms.
Eric Peterson - Senior Vice President, Commercial Lender
Eric has 18 years of diversified experience in banking and business development, most recently with BBVA Compass in Denver. We look forward to expanding Parkside's Denver presence with Eric on our team.

David Schmid – Vice President, 401(k) Plan Advisor
David joined our team in September to focus exclusively on serving and building our 401(k) plan services. He offers more than 30 years of diverse financial services experience. Leading institutional teams at several local banks, he helped establish investment goals and make investment selections for 401(k) plan clients.

Kelly Wright – Vice President, Commercial Lender
Kelly is the newest member of our growing Denver lending team. With more than 10 years of experience in sales, credit analysis and administration, Kelly most recently managed an impressive commercial real estate focused loan portfolio. Her strong reputation and proven ability to build long-term quality relationships are valuable assets as we continue to expand our presence in the Rocky Mountain region.

A Successful Summer Internship Program

Parkside is excited to have successfully hosted four talented interns for a combination virtual and in-person 10-week Summer Internship Program. We understand the importance of a valuable internship experience during critical skill-building college years and were proud to uphold our commitment to these students. Though our program functioned differently than anyone expected, we are grateful for the contributions they made to the Trust, Family Office, Commercial Banking, Human Resources and Marketing departments. Learn more about their experience through the 2020 Internship Blog available below, and stay tuned for additional information about our 2021 program.

Career Opportunities
Our search for great talent continues! Parkside is actively looking for a Loan Coordinator and Senior Loan Documentation Specialist to join our Commercial Lending team.  Click below to learn more about these positions. We encourage you to share these opportunities with your contacts. Should you have any questions regarding these positions, please contact Meredith Osborn, Director of Human Resources, at