First Federal Bank of Wisconsin is proud to announce the addition of three new members to the bank’s Board of Directors: JoAnne Anton, Director of Giving for Herb Kohl Philanthropies; James P. Lenahan, President & CEO of Ludman Industries; and DeVona Wright Cottrell, Director and Associate General Counsel of Robert W. Baird & Co. Incorporated. 

JoAnne Anton, age 49, is Director of Giving for Herb Kohl Philanthropies where she works to advance former U.S. Senator and businessman Herb Kohl’s philanthropic goals, investments, and community involvement, a position she has held since 2014. Prior to her current position, she spent nearly 25 years working various roles for federal, state, and local elected leaders. Currently, she and her husband operate a small outdoor digital advertising company, Atlas Media LLC and formerly, owned and operated several local restaurants. Anton serves on the boards of the Greater Milwaukee Committee and the Harbor District Inc. and is a past president of the Rotary Club of Milwaukee. She is also a member of Professional Dimensions, a women’s leadership and professional organization. She has been recognized by The Milwaukee Business Journal’s 40 Under 40 award, a Woman of Influence distinction, and has been named to their Power Broker list two years in a row. She was recently inducted into The Milwaukee Business Journal’s 40 Under 40 Hall of Fame. Anton’s position and philanthropic experience, her knowledge of the region, and her contacts with community leaders will provide the Board of Directors with insight to the many growth efforts being made in our market area. 

James P. Lenahan, age 61, is a corporate executive with more than 25 years of experience building and running successful companies. He is currently President & CEO of the following businesses: Ludman Industries LLC, a manufacturer and provider of heavy equipment to the mining, food, wastewater, chemical, and pharmaceutical industries, headquartered in Milwaukee, a position he has held since 2011; Northern Engineering and Manufacturing, a provider of machining for customers in the Midwest, headquartered in Milwaukee, a position he has held since 2012; Keystone Stack Equipment LLC, the largest provider and rebuilder of aftermarket lifts for the construction industry, headquartered in Milwaukee, a position he has held since 2017, and Keystone Riverview LLC, a land development and building construction company, headquartered in Milwaukee, a position he has held since 2015. He has received the Vatican John Paul II Award for the Archdiocese of Milwaukee in 2017, and is a Former Navigator, President, and Grand Knight of the Knights of Columbus, among many other board positions for various organizations in the Milwaukee area. Lenahan’s extensive experience as a business owner will provide the board with an important perspective on managerial oversight and business development. 

DeVona Wright Cottrell, age 45, is Director and Associate General Counsel of Robert W. Baird & Co. Incorporated, positions she has held since 2015. She joined Baird in 2007 and has broad exposure to Baird’s businesses and primary legal responsibility for Baird’s Fixed Income Capital Markets business unit and provides legal support to several of the firm’s corporate resource groups, including Risk Management, Compliance and Facilities with regard to information security, privacy, regulatory, and commercial real estate related matters. Wright Cottrell is a diligent volunteer and mentor in the greater Milwaukee area and received the 2020 TEMPO Mentor Award, one of The Milwaukee Business Journal 2019 C-Suite Awards for Best Assistant General Counsel, one of The Wisconsin Law Journal’s 2017 Women in the Law Awards, the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee 2015 Alumni Gold Award for Graduate of the Last Decade, The Milwaukee Business Journal’s 40 Under 40 Awards in 2014 and many other awards and recognitions. Wright Cottrell’s legal experience and her vast contacts in our market area will provide the Board with legal expertise, business acumen as well as business development opportunities.

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