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Erik Julson, Starion Bank

IB’s Professional of the Week is the premier way to meet Dane County’s professionals. This week features Erik Julson, AVP, business banker, Starion Bank.

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1. What are the most challenging and rewarding aspects of your job and why?

The most rewarding part of my role is watching a customer grow and flourish with the financing that my team was able to provide. Working with multimillion dollar real estate investors or providing an upstart business with an SBA loan — it makes me proud knowing that I helped them reach their goals. The challenging part is reminding customers of potential risks and recommending different scenarios to minimize or remove those risks.

2. Who do you look up to or admire in business and why?

A former manager of mine in Illinois. He paid for his own college, got into commercial banking at a small bank, and was able to work his way up to the Midwest manager of commercial real estate and CMBS markets for Chase Bank. I learned a ton from him and follow his mantra of, “It’s okay to make a mistake, just don’t make it twice.”

3. What has been the high point of your career so far?

Moving to Madison and not knowing a single person in the business community, immersing myself in various organizations, and getting myself in front of way more clients than I expected. It is a true testament to how much activity is going on in Madison. If you are a true professional and can deliver on your promises, you can be very successful.

4. Thinking back on your career, what advice would you give your 21-year-old self?

Always force yourself to try new things, attend new events, join a new group, etc. There is always something you can learn by interacting with other people; at the same time, teach others something new, as well. The easiest way to earn customers and their trust is by telling the truth, whether it’s what they want to hear or not.


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May 23, 2017 11:50 am
 Posted by  Greg T.

Congratulations Erik! If you are looking for a successful business relationship with a banker...Erik is definitely a banker to get to know and partner with...he has done a fantastic job with my account!

May 23, 2017 01:33 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

Erik brings great culture and accountability to Starion. Keep up the great work and continue to grow with the amazing culture that you have at Starion.

May 23, 2017 04:52 pm
 Posted by  Arnie

Hi Erik,

We just wanted to congratulate you on this accomplishment and for being recognized as a business professional of the week!
We’re very glad that you are part of the Starion Bank team and that you have hitched your Wagon To Our Star!

Keep up the great work and if we can help you in anyway please us know!!

Take care and continued success!!!

Arnie Strebe

Sep 27, 2017 02:15 am
 Posted by  Anonymous

Erik is someone you can depend on. While he has his certifications, how he applies it in his every day work is what makes him stand out. He knows what he's doing. He doesn't have uncertainties about his choices. He ensures that he has all of the information before he will make decisions.

When looking to start a new business or something of the sort, know that someone who has all the credentials in the world doesn't mean a thing if they aren't able to apply it.

He is willing to look into things and he really does make the extra efforts to ensure that his work is professional. There isn't much more to ask for!

If you want someone who is going to be up front with you and help you try to get what you want, see Erik. He genuinely cares.

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