First State Bank announces the promotion of Richard Wilcox to vice president agriculture/business banking officer.

“Rich joined our ag lending team last fall and is rapidly building relationships with our farm customers,” commented Jeff Whitrock, executive vice president of First State Bank. “This promotion is reflective of Rich’s commitment to our customers and agriculture in the region, as well as the contributions he has made to our organization in a very short period of time.”

Wilcox joined First State Bank in October 2020 and has 19 years agricultural lending experience. He previously was a lender for Portage County Bank, BMO Harris, and United Farm Credit Services. Before becoming a lender, he was plant manager for Wisconsin River Agronomy/Tomorrow Valley Coop.

Wilcox is very involved in the industry. He is the board treasurer for the Wisconsin Potato & Vegetable Growers Association Associate Division, serves as a board member for the Portage County Agri-business Council and the Portage County Dairy Breakfast Committee, and is a supervisor for the National Corn Growers Association Yield Contest. He and his wife, Jill, live in Stevens Point and have two sons.

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