Bank of Wisconsin Dells Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Jon Bernander announced his plans to retire at the end of the calendar year after 37 years with the bank. The bank’s board of directors formally accepted Bernander’s retirement notice in November of 2020, followed by the unanimous endorsement of President Scott Rockwell to assume the additional role of CEO effective Jan. 1, 2021. Bernander will remain Chairman of the Board, a position he has served since 2006.
“We have successfully executed our strategic succession plan this year, preparing the bank’s management team to move forward seamlessly into 2021 under its new leadership. Scott has worked diligently over the past few years in preparation of this transition. I am very proud and confident in his abilities to assume the leadership role of the bank for what we hope will be many years into the future,” stated Bernander. “My thanks to all who have been so instrumental in allowing me the opportunities to enjoy my career in banking. The many mentors, fellow employees, customers and dear friends will never be forgotten.”
After attaining his undergraduate degree in 1978 from UW - Stevens Point, Bernander began his career in finance. He joined the staff at the Bank of Wisconsin Dells in 1983 as a commercial lender. In 2006, he was promoted to the role of President, CEO and Chairman of the Bank of Wisconsin Dells and Dells Bancshares, Inc. Bernander is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin Graduate School of Banking and is a former Board member of the Wisconsin Bankers Association.
Bernander’s retirement party will be announced at a later date, when everyone can gather safely to celebrate his wonderful milestone.