The Board of Directors of Royal Bancshares, Inc. is deeply saddened to share the loss of Ronald F. Darga, Chairman of Royal Bancshares, Inc. and founder of Royal Bank.
Darga was instrumental in building the foundation for Royal Bank, establishing Royal Bancshares, Inc. in 1989. Darga recognized the value and importance of serving rural Wisconsin communities. Darga's vision was to build a network of locally-controlled offices that served the specific needs of each community. Throughout his tenure as President and Chairman of Royal Bancshares, Inc., Darga was a vital leader in the bank's aggressive growth strategy. Under his guidance, the organization grew from $20 million in assets in 1989 to nearly $450 million in assets today. By any measure, his career was an unequivocal success.
Darga was a leader of integrity and honesty who had a passion for the banking industry. He began his 53-year career in banking as a correspondent banker before becoming the first president of Affiliated Bank of Jamestown in 1973. Ron eventually served the industry as a highly sought-after bank consultant. Those experiences helped shape his core values and contributed to his bold vision for the future.
Darga was an innovative and visionary leader. He was known for pushing beyond what was believed to be possible, and had an admirable way of inspiring others to challenge themselves to think differently. He had a true appreciation for our employees and an exceptional commitment to the success of our organization. On numerous occasions, Ron shared how truly proud he was of everyone.
Darga was a dear friend and valued colleague and he will be greatly missed. Royal Bank is honored to continue his legacy of growing a strong community bank in the rural communities of Wisconsin.