For over 38 years, Mark Mallow has been synonymous with Ixonia Bank. However, after Friday, June 8, a new era without a Mallow in the Bank’s leadership ranks began as Mark Mallow announced his retirement from the banking industry.

“To many customers and community members the Mallow name will always be associated with the excellent banking service and relationships provided by Ixonia Bank,” states Dan Westrope, Chairman & CEO of Ixonia Bank. “Not only has Mark helped countless customers finance their dreams over all these years, he has also served as a resource to his fellow bank associates. To understate the obvious, we will deeply miss his professional presence.”

Mark joined the Ixonia Bank in July 1979 when there was only the one location in Ixonia with approximately 11 employees. He started out as a teller and worked in the bookkeeping department before becoming a full-time lender. Although Mark has been primarily located at the Ixonia branch, he has assisted in serving both Watertown offices throughout the years.

“My almost 39 years that have been spent at Ixonia Bank have been a wonderful experience. I have worked with many great people and have seen a great deal of changes – many of them having to do with technology. When I started in 1979, most processes, including balancing the accounts and writing loans at the bank were done manually.”

Mark is retiring from banking, but he will be joining his wife Diane in the family bowling business at Watertown Bowl 18 & Watertown Bowl North in Watertown. He also has plans to remain active in his church, and in local softball groups serving as an officer and board member of both the Ixonia Softball League and Watertown Girl’s Fastpitch Association. He will also continue to serve on the Board of Directors for Forward Mutual Insurance Company in Ixonia.

The Bank hosted a celebration for Mark at the Ixonia branch on Thursday, June 7.