Great North Bank, a leader in family-owned, independent community banking in northern Wisconsin and Upper Michigan since 1891, announces the appointment of Will Wittkopf and Todd Kinart to its Board of Directors.

Will Wittkopf, senior vice president of data strategy and analytics for OptumRx (a division of UnitedHealth Group based in Minnesota), was unanimously approved as a new Board member. Will is an international business leader with Florence roots. He is honored to carry on the bank’s guiding principles of independence and service that have been a part of his family and the community for generations.

“The addition of Will to our Board of Directors brings valuable experience in areas that will only help us to become a better community bank as we move forward to accept the challenges and opportunities facing the financial services industry in the future,” explains President Tom Wittkopf, Jr.

A graduate of Florence High School, Wittkopf earned his Ph.D. (ABD) and a master’s degree in organizational communication from the University of Minnesota and a bachelor’s degree from St. Norbert College. In his current role at OptumRx, he is responsible for securing and managing capital for technology projects as well as overseeing operations for drug pricing, pharmacy appeals, network operations, and a variety of analytics projects.

From 2018-2020 Will led the OptumRx Operations in Dublin, Ireland, a team of approximately 70 people – data analysts, pharmacists, strategists, and process engineers, dedicated to improving Rx operations and outcomes. Will is a 12-year veteran of Optum, spending time in sales operations, data strategy and analytics, data visualization and reporting, and, most recently, pharmacy care services in the U.S. and Ireland.

Before Optum, Wittkopf spent five years at Carlson Marketing Group. At this Minneapolis-based consulting firm, he focused on strategic marketing and customer loyalty programs in banking, retail, automotive, travel, and other industries. He began his analytics career with five years at catalog retailer Lands’ End.

Wittkopf has been a member of the bank’s one-bank holding company, Florence Bancorporation, Inc. Board of Directors since its inception in 1980.

Great North Bank also unanimously approved the appointment of Todd Kinart to its Board of Directors. Kinart is a 22-year veteran in the financial services industry and brings a strong finance and compliance background with strategic planning and recruiting experience. He is currently Great North Bank’s Business Development Officer and a member of the bank’s Management Team.

Kinart began his career as a Financial Advisor with SII Investments Inc. based in Appleton, where he advanced to the firm’s executive management team, spending the last 12 years as the firm’s President and CEO. This role included recruiting and managing over 600 Independent Financial advisors with an annual revenue stream of approximately $190M and a home office staff of nearly 200 employees. When SII Investments sold in 2018, he entered early retirement. Kinart graduated from the University of Wisconsin–Madison in 1988. He is originally from Crivitz, Wisconsin, and understands and appreciates the culture of a family-owned, independent community bank. He resides in North Venice, Fla., and returns to Wisconsin in the summer months.

“We are confident in the future of Great North Bank and the direction and oversight that will be provided by these talented and knowledgeable members of our Board of Directors,” stated Chairman Tom Wittkopf, Sr. “I look at where the bank has come from in the past 129 years and know it will continue to serve our neighbors, our customers, and our communities for years to come as a successful independent community bank.”