In 1995, an opportunity presented itself to Robert Traut to invest in a small, struggling check printer based in Los Angeles. As president of a nationwide Chicago-headquartered company at the time, Bob decided to leave the Windy City and return home to fulfill a lifelong dream of running a family business working side by side with his four sons and yes - no daughters if that is your next question.
Born out of the Great Depression in 1931, Superior had always maintained a strong client service reputation within the banking industry but needed new leadership and a new strategic direction. Robert’s big vision for his new venture? Create long lasting banking relationships built on trust, personal service, and be completely unique in the marketplace, delivering treasury products for a bank’s highest valued business clients.
Along the journey, Robert’s four sons, Kevin, Jason, Mike and Steve all joined Superior well after college and working for other organizations developing new perspectives from various roles and industries. Two of the boys successfully ran their own companies before joining Superior. Each son holds a leadership role and active in daily operations and managing their teams. What was once Robert’s dream, has become a reality for father and sons and ultimately brings them closer as a family. This family closeness and trust creates an environment where new dreams are born across all the Superior employees. Those dreams speak of steady growth, advancements in technology, a focus on enhancing the customer experience and always a readiness to change as the banking industry evolves.