Gary Heckendorf is a Vice President and Commercial Lender for Forte Bank. He is responsible for building, originating and servicing commercial loan relationships for both existing and potential customers of the bank. Gary joined Forte Bank in October 2019 and has been in banking for more than 25 years. He has more than 15 years in commercial banking experience.
Gary received a bachelor’s degree from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater and also is a 2008 graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s Graduate School of Banking. He is a lifelong resident of Jackson, and he and his wife Holly have three daughters. Gary is a coach for the Glory Midwest Fastpitch 18U softball team and the Kettle Moraine Lutheran varsity softball team. He and his family love traveling the Midwest for softball tournaments. When the weather is good and he’s not at a softball game, he likes to play golf.
Gary counts his clients as friends and strives to build long-lasting partnerships with them. Gary is always seeking to understand his clients’ goals and working to help clients achieve them. His mission is to always be available when clients have questions or would like his input.
Why a community bank? "Community banks serve a vital role in the growth of our communities. Our customers can trust us with their personal and commercial deposits, which will be used to help others build their business or homes. When we help businesses expand, it often means more jobs for the community. Community banks also support the community in charitable ways. Not only do employees serve on local boards and volunteer with area nonprofits, but community banks also make charitable contributions that go right back into supporting local programming and events."
Professional Activities & Accreditations
- Greater Jackson Area Business Alliance, Member, 2017-present
- Jonathon Clark House Museum Board, President, 2019-present
- Glory Midwest Fastpitch 18U softball team, Volunteer Coach, 2017-present
- Kettle Moraine Lutheran Varsity softball team, Volunteer Coach, 2018-present