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Rob Haines

Ken Thompson, president and CEO of Capitol Bank, is pleased to announce that Rob Haines and Autumn Nelson have joined the Capitol Bank team as universal bankers.

Haines joined Capitol Bank with one year of banking experience and three years of finance experience. He has a bachelor’s degree in business administration with a minor in finance from Lancaster Bible College in Pennsylvania. He is an avid sports fan, especially of the LA Dodgers and Tom Brady. In his free time, Haines enjoys hunting, fishing, backpacking, and visiting museums.

Autumn Nelson

Nelson joined Capitol Bank as a universal banker in 2022 with two years of teller experience. She has completed courses at Madison College and is currently studying marketing at University of Wisconsin – Madison. Outside of work, Nelson shows horses competitively around the United States, where she competes for national and world titles. When not in competition, Nelson and her family enjoy taking their miniature horses to visit residents of nursing homes.

Aric Chaltry and Jenna Newingham have been promoted to business banking officers at The Stephenson National Bank & Trust (SNBT). Their responsibilities of developing and managing commercial loan relationships will also include commercial lending for real estate, equipment, SBA loans, and lines of credit.

Jenna Newingham

Newingham began her career at SNBT in 2012 and has over nine years of banking experience, six of them in business banking. She has held the previous positions of underwriter/document specialist and business loan servicing supervisor. She received her associate degree in accounting and has also continued her education through the WBA Commercial Lending School and has completed Relationship Sales Training through Pohl Consulting.

Newingham resides in Wausaukee, Wis. with her fiancé, Jeremy, and two daughters. In her free time, she enjoys spending time outdoors, going for walks, and photography. She is active in her community as a member of the group 100 Women Giving Back – Northwoods and Crime Stoppers.

Aric Chaltry

Chaltry began his financial career at SNBT in 2020 as a credit analyst. He graduated with his bachelor’s degree in business management from Northern Michigan University in Marquette, Mish., and he continued his education through the Wisconsin Bankers Association (WBA), completing the Commercial Lending School and Advanced Credit Analysis course.

Chaltry resides in Marinette, Wis. with his wife, Rebecca, and their two daughters. When he is not working, Chaltry enjoys boating, fishing, hiking, and hunting. He is also active in his community, coaching Peshtigo Youth Girls Softball and Basketball. In addition, he is a M&M United States Power Squadron Educator and Boat Vessel Examiner, participates in Adopt-A-Highway, and is an M&M Great Lakes Sport Fisherman Member.

Rose Oswald PoelsBy Rose Oswald Poels

Friends are people we all want in our lives both personally and professionally, and I’m very humbled to say that Wisconsin Bankers Association (WBA) has many friends across the banking association industry. This was very evident as we navigated, since May 2021, the trademark legal matter that I discussed earlier last month involving Western Bankers Association. Since my last communication to you, 10 states in the West sent a letter to Steve Andrews, the president and CEO of Western Bankers, expressing their concerns and requesting that he address them — including the trademark legal matter. Following that, the states involved in the trademark legal matter organized 17 state associations outside of the West and 15 state association board chairs, including the Wisconsin Bankers Association’s, to sign on to a coalition letter to Mr. Andrews and his executive committee, supporting the concerns of the 10 western states indicating that something needs to be done to resolve these issues and repair the fracture that exists across the Alliance of state bankers associations.

I am very pleased to say that I received an email late on Friday, February 12 from our attorneys indicating that Western Bankers had filed on Friday in the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) “Surrender of Registration” documents for both CBA and WBA acronyms. This is a long-overdue result but very positive news! With the filing by Western Bankers of their surrender document without our consent, the USPTO, just this morning — pursuant to the rules — granted our Petition to Cancel and entered judgment against Western Bankers in our legal action. This morning’s action by the USPTO effectively favorably ends our legal action and because judgment on the Petition was entered in our favor, the ruling is with prejudice, which means that Western Bankers is precluded from trying to register the WBA mark in the future.

In addition to the public support of 16 other state associations signing on to the coalition letter, several other state association colleagues made phone calls to Mr. Andrews and/or California bankers to support our concerns. Furthermore, Joe Witt, president and CEO of Minnesota Bankers Association, organized a legal fund for the four states involved in the legal action that, had the legal process continued, would have helped offset legal expenses for all four states. Mr. Witt sent out communication to the associations in the central part of the country, along with others, requesting donations and seeding the fund with MBA’s own $5,000 contribution. The outpouring of financial support we received from many other state associations for this fund was inspiring.

All of these collective efforts demonstrate why it is so powerful for the state associations to work together for the benefit of the banking industry. So much good can be accomplished from collaboration and respect for one another. Certainly, this action by Western Bankers Association is a very positive step forward in the right direction toward repairing the fracture that exists in the Alliance. However, I continue to remain concerned about their attempts to cross state borders in selling education without the involvement of the state association, soliciting membership from banks with no physical presence in California, and sending general communications under the guise of “community banking” to bankers across the country. I am deeply grateful for all of your support of WBA and hope that you will continue to keep the issues we still struggle with as it relates to Western Bankers in your mind when you receive emails or other solicitations from them. I know my state association friends across the country who have supported us in this legal matter will appreciate your awareness as well.

Horicon Bank is pleased to announce the addition of Jason Scherer to their treasury and commercial payment solutions team.

A south Milwaukee native, Scherer is a graduate of South Milwaukee High School and UW-Whitewater. He brings more than 20 years of banking experience to his role at Horicon Bank including personal banking, treasury management for commercial customers, and most recently as a treasury consultant for local businesses in southeastern Wisconsin.

Scherer says he enjoys being resource and advisor for customers and the community.

“I enjoy meeting with businesses and helping them navigate through the different tools and resources related to cash flow and automation,” said Scherer. “I love when customers call me and say, ‘I just want to bounce this idea off you and get your feedback.’ That’s what I’m here for.”

Scherer says it was Horicon Bank’s employee culture that attracted him to the organization.

“Everyone I met from Horicon Bank was so caring,” said Scherer. “Now I understand why they kept saying to me ‘Welcome to the Horicon Bank family.’”

President Fred F. Schwertfeger welcomes Scherer to the team.

“Jason’s knowledge is a great asset to our commercial team,” said Schwertfeger. “At Horicon Bank, we strive to be relationship bankers who care about our customers and community. Jason’s experience demonstrates those same values working with local businesses.”

Reverend Bill Harris (left), founder of People Helping People, accepts a donation in the amount of $1,000 from Prevail Bank’s chief commercial lender, Craig Philipp.

Prevail Bank donated $1,000 to the People Helping People organization, a nonprofit whose mission is to strengthen the community by giving direct help to low-income families and disadvantaged job seekers.

“Prevail Bank’s donation could not have arrived at a better time,” said Reverend Bill Harris, founder of the faith-based, non-profit charity. “These funds will allow us to focus on our mission to form relationships between people who have needs and those who have the time, talent, and gifts to share through our five programs.”

The five programs of People Helping People are: Adopt a Family, Stomp Out Hunger, Adopt a Veteran, a School Supply Program, and a Work Ready Program.

“We really want to expand our ‘Work Ready Program’ this year or next with additional career path offerings,” said Harris. “We’re working closely with state, county, local officials, and contractors to make this happen.”

“Prevail Bank is very proud to support the People Helping People organization,” said Craig Philipp, chief commercial lender of Prevail Bank in Baraboo. “They’ve provided food to low income families and those in crisis, personal mentoring and free career training to unemployed adults, and school supplies to elementary students in need. They are a grassroots organization that truly makes a difference in the lives of those living in Wisconsin.”

Prevail Bank’s goal is to pursue what’s possible within its local communities. It is always looking for ways to give back and enhance the quality of life and success of its customers and communities. Prevail Bank donates funds to local non-profits that assist low-to-moderate income individuals, contributes and invests in local economic development, and facilitates financial literacy workshops.

Citizens First Bank is delighted to announce the hiring of Mike Gargaro as their CFO/CIO/COO. Gargaro has an extensive background in the banking industry where he has worked for the past three plus decades. He is very excited to join CFB to fully utilize his experiences gained in the banking industry and continue to provide leadership to teammates and customers with his wide array of talents.

Pictured left to right are: John Reinke, SNBT Chairman of the board, presents the SNBT Community Leadership award to Mike Biehl with Patty Hassemer.

Mike Biehl, local Marinette business owner, recently accepted the Community Leadership Award from The Stephenson National Bank & Trust (SNBT). Now in its third year, this award highlights one of SNBT’s Core Values: Community Leadership, and will be given annually to a person, a business, or a non-profit organization.

Biehl was chosen for a number of reasons. Most recently, he donated a two-story building in Marinette to become a rehabilitation and transformation center for Marinette County Corrections. The Group Hope Association named the building in his honor, Biehl Bridges to Recovery Center.

He has also been a pivotal employer in the region. In June 2015, he was a critical member of restarting the papermill in Manistique, Mich. In doing so, he received the Rick Snyder Spirit of Entrepreneurship Award for the impact on that region by employing over 100 individuals. Additionally, he owns numerous businesses in Marinette, Menominee, and Peshtigo employing roughly 100 people.

“You may not know this about Mike, but he is a ‘quiet’ humanitarian. In other words, he silently does good deeds, not to get noticed, but because he loves this community,” said Dan Peterson, SNBT president and CEO. “This is our chance to share some of those good deeds. Mike cares about seeing this area succeed and has a passion to reinvest in the community.”

“It’s just what we do,” said Biehl. “It’s not like you think about doing it, it simply works out. We’re just blessed that we can help out. It’s [Biehl Bridges to Recovery Center] going to turn into a good thing for the community. They have it in their hearts to make it work, and I’m just part of it.”

He continued by saying “Thank you. It’s a true honor to do what I do and an honor to receive this award. I would like to thank everybody that also supports the entire area. Let’s just keep going. I’m sure there’s a lot of things we can keep doing together and many that I’m sure we plan on doing. Thank you Stephenson National Bank & Trust and the entire team.”

The Community Leadership Award was presented to Biehl at a small ceremony and is a miniature replica of the sculpture “Eye of the Storm” created by local artist Rusty Wolfe and erected on the SNBT Marinette Campus. Wolfe and Kim Brooks received the inaugural award from SNBT for their leadership in the public art movement.

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Pictured left to right are: Josh Grzadzielewski and Nancy Lettner of First National Bank and Trust Company and Cole Bawek, president of the Arcadia Chamber of Commerce

First National Bank and Trust Company, formerly State Bank of Arcadia and B&E Investments the prior owner of the State Bank of Arcadia, recently donated $7,500 to help jump-start community giving for the new ‘Welcome to Arcadia’ signs. This two-phase project will include the installation of four signs near Arcadia city limits.

As part of phase one, two large signs will be placed on Highway 93 facing north and south. Later, phase two will include two smaller signs on Highway 95 facing east and west.

“The new ‘Welcome to Arcadia’ signs have been a community topic for many years now,” said President of the Arcadia Chamber of Commerce, Cole Bawek. “As an organization that knows first impressions make a difference, the Chamber wanted to spearhead this initiative as it will help attract people to see all Arcadia has to offer.”

The City of Arcadia has currently committed to contribute $10,000 for the signage projects. With the city’s contribution, this leaves the Chamber just shy of $40,000 to fundraise for phase one by spring 2022. The launch of phase two is dependent on funds raised for phase one.

“We are very fortunate First National Bank and Trust Company has rallied with us to kick-off our fundraising campaign with such a generous gift! I’m hopeful their act of generosity will inspire others to partner with us to get this project completed,” added Bawek.

As listed in the chamber’s fundraising material, there are five compelling reasons to contribute to the new city signs including: 1) represents Arcadia as the economic hub of Trempealeau county; 2) conveys the community’s image as a welcoming and high-quality place to work and live; 3) increases property value; 4) permits long-lasting stone slab for generations with minimal upkeep; and 5) creates an attention-seeking, memorable impression for visitors and locals.

The learn more about the project or to donate, contact Arcadia Chamber of Commerce at RKDchamber@gmail.com. Checks can be payable to: Arcadia Chamber of Commerce – Memo: City Sign and mailed to PO Box 81, Arcadia, WI 54612.

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One Community Bank continues to believe in, support, and celebrate colleague development. As we enter 2022, this includes the promotion of several colleagues to the senior leadership team at One Community Bank. OCB is thrilled to announce the expansion to its senior leadership team with the following colleagues: Dan Carey, Shelley Edgington, Scott Hoerth, and Brian O’ Handley.

Dan Carey is senior market president – McFarland. Carey has been in the banking industry for a little over 10 years and has been with OCB since 2016. Carey started at the bank as AVP – commercial lending and has continued to grow within the organization. Carey has a strong focus on growing our McFarland market and has recently taken on our new Middleton market as well.

Shelley Edgington is senior VP, retail banking. Edgington has been in the banking industry for almost 37 years – with 35 of those years being celebrated with One Community Bank. Edgington started with the bank as a teller and has climbed the OCB ladder throughout her 35 years with the organization.

Scott Hoerth is senior market president – Oregon. Hoerth has been in the banking industry for over 20 years and has been with OCB for five years. Hoerth started at OCB as AVP – commercial lending. Hoerth has played a large role in helping to expand our Oregon market.

Brian O’ Handley has been promoted to senior vice president – head of mortgage lending. O’ Handley has been in the banking industry for over 20 years and has been with OCB for a little over 3 ½ years. O’ Handley’s new role involves overseeing all mortgage lending for the bank as well as all strategic planning responsibilities for the mortgage department.

“As an organization, we believe in the growth, development, and support of our colleagues. We look forward to seeing what the new group of senior leaders will accomplish for years to come, and how they will continue to support our clients, colleagues, and communities.” said Steve Peotter, president and CEO. “Congratulations to all of these colleagues in their expanded roles!”

Effective February 2022, FNC Bank has moved to renewable energy sources to power each of its four branch buildings.

The bank partnered with New Richmond Utilities (serving its New Richmond branch), and Xcel Energy (serving its Hudson, Somerset, and Dresser branches) to shift to 100% renewable energy sources. This approach meets sustainability goals using dedicated wind, solar, and biogas resources, and achieves the bank’s goal of fully powering all FNC Bank buildings with 100% renewable energy. The decision to move to a cleaner power source is consistent with the bank’s commitment to social responsibility within the communities is it serves.

“FNC Bank is very proud to take full advantage of energy programs through the local utility companies to power our branches with 100% renewable energy. We feel that choosing this path is not only our responsibility in furthering the larger goal of energy sustainability, it also fits squarely with our 100+ year tradition of being community-minded in everything we do. These energy partnerships enable all of our buildings to be powered 100% by renewable energy.”

The bank’s move to 100% renewable energy will result in the annual equivalent of 98 cars being taken off the road, 122.5 acres of trees planted, or 180 tons of coal not burned.