Staff Bios

Tom Noteboom
President of Pro Business Enterprise, Inc.  (Pro Business Enterprise, Inc. creates synergies between Pro Business Coaches and sister company VITAL Financial Services, LLC.)  Tom is among the Midwest’s premier business builders and solution providers. By this he leads teams of business specialists and supports Lenders who are clients of VITAL Financial Services. He provides management assistance to borrowers which help them to become better Borrowers for their Midwest area Lenders. Tom has more than two decades of experience in:

  1. Financial diagnostics of business performance
  2. Identifying macro and micro performance opportunities
  3. Locking in operational improvements
  4. Optimizing the human asset as well as hard asset improvement
  5. Building business owner capacity for success.

Tom has been instrumental in the success, turnaround and growth of many businesses that have then become profitable and secure for themselves and for their Lender.  With VITAL and Pro Business Coaches Tom gives a 360-degree approach to the loan process which helps Lenders succeed to help their Borrower to succeed. Healthy Borrowers make for Profitable Lending.




Jerry Wells
Senior Business Coach

Jerry Wells has over 35 years of manufacturing experience and has been President of four manufacturing companies, three of which were turnaround situations.

The Iowa Manufacturing Extension Partnership Group awarded Jerry the Partner of the Year Award in 2003 for his assistance in helping firms improve their operations.

As a Certified Instruction of Lean Manufacturing through the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and the Iowa Manufacturing Extension Partnership (IMEP), he works with companies teaching and implementing Lean principles and techniques in their facilities and organizations. Jerry has delivered hundreds of seminars on Lean Manufacturing Principles and Techniques training over 15,000 participants. Additionally, he works with many companies as a consultant implementing Lean principles and techniques.

Jerry has earned an MBA degree from Xavier University, Cincinnati, Ohio; a BS degree from Arizona State University, Tempe, Arizona; and an AA degree from North Iowa Area Community College, Mason City, Iowa.


Timm Funk, CPA
Chief Financial Officer of Timm Funk Associates

Timm was raised in Moville, Iowa and is now a resident of Sioux City, Iowa. He was a high school sports referee for 23 years. Timm and his wife, Jean, have two sons and a daughter.

Timm has industry experience in public accounting, auditing, not-for-profit organizations, a large public utility, and a warehousing and transportation company. His roles have included Controller, Executive Director, and Executive Vice President.

Founder of Timm Funk Associates in 2000, Timm has provided CFO services to 11 different companies, performed project work for 5 others, and provided litigation support to local law firms involving 20 different business income loss claims.


Michael Slater
President of VITAL Financial Services

Established VITAL Financial Services, Inc with business partner Tom Noteboom as a resource for banks and Borrowers to help analyze troubled companies, bring resources together to improve performance and restructure loans, allowing companies to either find a new Lender or become better banking clients.