Brandon Karaba Joins Commercial Banking Team

Brandon Karaba Joins Peoples Commercial Banking Team


photo of Brandon KarabaWausau, Wis. (February 14, 2023) Peoples State Bank announced that Brandon Karaba has joined the Commercial Banking team as a vice president – commercial banker. Karaba will continue to work out of the bank’s Rhinelander office, where he has served as a mortgage lender for 18 years.

“I have been very fortunate to work with a lot of great people throughout the area on their home loans, some of whom owned their own businesses,” said Karaba. “Moving over to the commercial banking team will give me the opportunity to work with those same great people and help continue building on those relationships.”

Karaba is transitioning into the new role, assisting newly hired mortgage lender Ericka Eckardt while assisting the bank’s northern market commercial team, including long-time commercial banker Craig Lau.

“Brandon’s experience in the market is incredible. He’s so well-known and respected,” said Lau, Peoples State Bank’s northern market president. “I’m excited for Brandon to branch out and grow in this position while helping our business customers with all their financial needs.”

Karaba—a native of Rhinelander—was a standout for the Hodags basketball team and has served as an assistant varsity coach for several years. He is the president of the Rhinelander Athletic Booster Club, a Kiwanis member, a police and fire commissioner, and has organized an annual alumni basketball tournament for 19 years.

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Peoples State Bank is a community bank headquartered in Wausau, Wisconsin, serving north, central, and southeast Wisconsin from ten full-service banking locations in Marathon, Milwaukee, Oneida, Vilas, and Waukesha Counties, as well as a commercial loan production office in Stevens Point, WI. Peoples provides financial services to business owners and individuals and investment and retirement planning services through Peoples Wealth Management, a division of Peoples. Peoples was founded in 1962 and has $1.3 billion in total assets. PSB Holdings, Inc., the parent company of Peoples State Bank, trades its common stock under the stock symbol PSBQ on the OTCQX Market. Peoples is an Equal Housing Lender and Member FDIC. More information about Peoples can be found at