First State Bank announced that John Baur, vice president – business banking, will be retiring as of June 1, capping off a 38-year career in banking.
Baur got his start in consumer banking in St. Paul, Minn., in 1983 eventually expanding his experience to private banking before moving to Marshfield in 1998 to work as vice president, business and private banking for U.S. Bank. He was vice president, commercial banking for Associated Bank from 2002 to 2015, before joining Pioneer Bank later that year. Baur transitioned to First State Bank as vice president – business banking when the Pioneer Bank merger took place in February 2020 and has been responsible for business development within Marshfield and surrounding communities.
Over the years, Baur has continued to be heavily involved in the community serving on committees and taking on leadership roles in numerous organizations for their betterment and that of the community. He has supported the Marshfield Area Chamber of Commerce and Industry since 1999 and has been the chair of its Small Business Council since 2010 and a member of the Firm of the Year Committee since 2019. For more than 20 years, Baur has also been a member of the Marshfield Noon Rotary, has assisted in various roles with the Marshfield Medical Research Foundation Auction of Champions, and has been a youth coach, referee, and member of the finance committee for the Marshfield Youth Hockey Association—to name a few.
“We have been extremely proud to have John on our team,” commented Jeff Whitrock, executive vice president of First State Bank. “John has not only done a tremendous job of taking care of our business customers; he has always been a leader both within and outside of the bank.”
For his remaining month, Baur is meeting with his customers and introducing them to their new lender, Tony Abney, who joined First State Bank’s Marshfield staff as vice president – business banking in March. “It’s great to connect with customers one more time to let them know that I’ve enjoyed working with them and to assure a smooth transition,” said Baur. “Then, I’m looking forward to spending more time at our cottage in Minocqua fishing, golfing with friends, hunting this fall, and traveling with my wife. It’s been a great and very rewarding career and now I’m looking forward to the next chapter in my life.”
Customers and community members are invited to stop by First State Bank on Tuesday, June 1, to wish Baur well in his retirement.
By, Alex Paniagua