Richard (Dick) Pamperin recently announced his retirement from the board of directors of Premier Community Bank after 40 years of service.
Pamperin’s banking career began in March 1964 at Production Credit Association in Green Bay, followed by a position with the Federal Intermediate Credit Bank of St. Paul, Minnesota. In 1971, he returned to Wisconsin to accept a position at the Gillett State Bank. In August 1978, he joined the Marion State Bank, now known as Premier Community Bank, where he served as President for 27 years and most recently as Chairman of the Board.
Pamperin oversaw significant growth in size and services while President of the Bank. In 1978, the Bank had $12 million in assets and had three offices. Today, the Bank has $300 million in assets with ten offices, serving over 7,000 families in its market area. In addition to banking, insurance and investment services were added to fully serve the financial needs of its communities. In addition to growing the Bank, he also developed the careers of many other bankers as numerous senior managers at other financial institutions were trained and encouraged to grow under Pamperin’s leadership.
Dedicating his career to banking, community and personnel development, Pamperin served in many roles, setting by his example what it meant to be a community banker. The banking industry benefited from his leadership positions with the Wisconsin Bankers Association as member of its board of directors and with the American Bankers Association as its Chairman of the Community Bankers Council. Additionally, he served on the board of directors of four other community banks. Within the community, he has organized and served the boards of the Gillett Industrial Development Corporation, Marion Area Economic Development Corporation, Marion Area Community Foundation, Clintonville Area Foundation, Wolf River Health Care Foundation and the Waupaca County Economic Development Corporation.
While never one to seek the spotlight, Pamperin was nonetheless frequently recognized for his efforts by many different groups. In 1991, he was recognized as the Wisconsin Community Banker of the Year for his service to banking and the community, and in 2007, the American Bankers Association awarded him the Bruning Award, recognizing the significant service to America’s agricultural and rural community. In 2008, the Wisconsin State Legislature recognized and cited Pamperin for over 40 years of exemplary service.
Pamperin shares, “After graduating from UW Madison with a degree in agricultural science with the intention of becoming a cheesemaker, lending people money was the furthest thing from my mind. 54 years later, I cannot think of a more satisfying career to have been part of than banking. I’ve always been surrounded by exceptional people and working together with a great team is where success begins. I’m grateful to have been part of so many lives for so many years.”