Rising Star: Nick Patrum

Nick Patrum in detail

Age: 35.

Job title/occupation/place of employment: Commercial banker team lead, senior vice president, at Dubuque Bank and Trust.

Volunteer activities:

  • Dubuque Main Street, board member and treasurer.
  • Carnegie-Stout Public Library Foundation, board member and treasurer.
  • Dubuque County Early Childhood board member, vice chair and chair.

Education: Bachelor’s degree, major in finance, minor in mathematics, from Loras College. Masters of Business Administration from University of Iowa.

Family: Wife, Ashley; children, Brooklyn and Charlotte.

Person most inspirational to me and why: My mom, Nancy Patrum. She is the most caring person I have ever met in my life, constantly putting others before her own needs. I believe a lot of what I have accomplished and my propensity to help others is rooted in being raised by her.

Favorite thing to do outside of work: Outside of spending time with my family, play a round of disc golf.

One word to describe me: Driven.

What’s one thing that most people would be surprised to know about you: I played for various traveling, competitive Ultimate Disc (aka Ultimate Frisbee) clubs beginning in college up until the pandemic.

Greatest fear: Snakes.

What’s the one thing you are most passionate about in your life: Anything finance.

Nick Patrum, commercial team lead, senior vice president, DB&T

Nick Patrum accomplished a rarity in working his way from one positions to the next, all within the same company.

Patrum started as an intern at DB&T in 2009. He worked his way up the ranks to a teller, then a portfolio manager, a commercial banker and today he’s a commercial banker team lead, senior vice president.

“Nick is a great example of growing into leadership through hard work, determination and grit,” said Tyson Leyendecker, president/CEO at DB&T and the person who nominated Patrum for Rising Stars. “His rise through the company showcases his character of grit, patience, loyalty, determination and a drive to be better and learn more.”

Leyendecker said that during the past 13 years Patrum has made a tremendous impact at DB&T, its clients and the community.

“Nick demonstrates his knowledge and expertise each day as he assists our customers in providing tailored holistic financial solutions to businesses as they grow their business and gain efficiencies.”

Patrum says he advocates for the customer by digging deeper to help with efficiencies they might not have been aware of. He also does financial modeling to assure customers they are maximizing their credit structure, all to benefit the customer.

“Each client has a unique situation, and I think outside of the box to ensure they are getting the very best,” Patrum said.

Patrum and his wife, Ashley, have two daughters, and he volunteers in the community, as well. He serves as the treasurer and board member for Dubuque Main Street and is the treasurer and a board member for the Carnegie-Stout Public Library Foundation.

“Nick inherited a homegrown and quirky set of spreadsheets that we used to track income, expenses and account balances,” said Paula Connors, board member and past board president.

“One thing I appreciate about Nick is his willingness to continue with our legacy spreadsheets but also create additional reports that help us make decisions as a board. We also appreciate his monthly summaries that help us make sense of all of the different moving parts of our accounts,” Connors said.

“Nick is a role model each and every day in his work and personal life as he truly is a selfless person who is always thinking of others and working to make his team better. He is the type of leader who jumps into the trenches with his employees and gets his hands dirty,” Leyendecker said.