The Illinois Bankers Association in Springfield has elected Mark A. Hoppe to a one-year term as president.Mr. Gaines is an executive vice president at ABN Amro's LaSalle Bank in Chicago. He is in charge of the specialty banking group at $46 billion-asset LaSalle. He also oversees LaSalle National Leasing Corp. He has been a director of the Illinois Bankers Association for four years.

He said that as president of the trade group he plans to establish close working relationships with banking organizations in Illinois and other states.


Goldman Sachs Group Inc. in New York has hired Michael Zimm as a vice president in its U.S. investment research group to cover the electronics manufacturing industry.Mr. Zimm was a director and senior analyst at CIBC World Markets in New York. Before that he was a Salomon Smith Barney analyst focusing on the server and enterprise hardware industries.

Before entering the securities industry Mr. Zimm designed, developed, and managed global-scale information systems at Bankers Trust Co., Digital Equipment Corp., and the law firm of Kaye, Scholer, Fierman, Hays & Handler.

KPMG LLP in New York has named Robert F. Arning national industry director of its banking practice, a unit of its financial services line of business.He will focus on retail and institutional banking, investment banking, and securities firms and will report to Gene O'Kelly, vice chairman of financial services line of business.

Mr. Arning had been a national director in the firm's investment banking and securities practice for two years. He started his career at KPMG 16 years ago as an assistant accountant.

In his new post he succeeded Jane Jelenko, who is now a managing director of KPMG's consulting group.


Wachovia Corp. in Winston-Salem, N.C., has promoted executive vice president David L. Gaines to comptroller.He succeeded Donald K. Truslow, who became chief risk officer.

Mr. Gaines, 40, will be responsible for accounting and finance and tax functions of the finance group in the financial management division.

He will also continue to head the portfolio management group for corporate financial services.

Before getting the portfolio management job he had been responsible for risk management functions at Wachovia Capital Markets Division and Wachovia Securities Inc.

Mr. Gaines joined Wachovia in 1985 and has held corporate banking and loan administration positions in Atlanta and Winston-Salem.

Comerica Inc. in Detroit, has hired Rick D. Skolrood as vice president of the private lending unit at its private banking center in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida.Mr. Skolrood was a vice president and loan officer at Liberty Bank in Austin, Tex., where he worked for two years. He has more than 13 years of financial services experience in Texas.

Earlier he was a bank examiner for four years for the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency.

Comerica has $32 billion of assets.

OnLoan.com, a technology solutions provider for the mortgage industry, has hired a former Bank of America and IndyMac executive Maxine Matteo as executive vice president and chief operating officer.She will oversee technology, sales, and production initiatives.

Ms. Matteo was the interim chief operating officer and chief marketing officer for six months at California-based Finet.com, an e-commerce provider of financing services that facilitate homeownership. Before that she was a senior vice president and managing director of strategic marketing for the Bank of America's consumer group in San Francisco, where she worked for two years. She had also been an executive vice president and chief marketing officer at IndyMac in Pasadena, where she worked for five years.

She has 20 years of banking and finance experience, including executive positions at Warehouse Lending Corporation of America, Shearson Lehman Mortgage, GE Capital, and PaineWebber Inc.

OnLoan.com is headquartered in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. Ms. Matteo will report to its board of directors and Barney Danzansky, president and CEO.

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