Peoples Hires Ericka Eckardt

Eckardt Joins Mortgage Team in Rhinelander


photo of Ericka EckardtWausau, Wis. (January 19, 2023) Peoples State Bank announces the hire of Ericka Eckardt (NMLS# 1543851) as a mortgage lender serving the greater Rhinelander area. Eckardt will be based at the bank’s Rhinelander location but will meet with mortgage customers throughout northern Wisconsin.

“Peoples has a great reputation helping customers with mortgage loans and financing their dream homes,” said Eckardt. “I’m excited to work with Brandon Karaba, who has grown the Peoples mortgage business in Rhinelander and beyond.”

Eckardt joins Peoples with two years of experience as a mortgage lender, along with an additional eight and a half of experience in retail banking.

“Ericka’s experience in helping families finance their homes in the Rhinelander area is a big benefit to anyone looking for a home in Wisconsin’s Northwoods,” said Curtis McElhaney, Peoples State Bank vice president, mortgage. “Pairing Ericka with Brandon—who has taken on additional oversight of our Northwoods mortgage lenders—will create a great team for homebuyers in Rhinelander.”

Eckardt—a Rhinelander native—will assist customers in obtaining financing to purchase a home, refinance an existing mortgage, or set up a construction loan while building their dream home.

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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