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Bank First Announces New Hire and Promotions

Mike Molepske, chief executive officer of Bank First (NASDAQ: BFC), is pleased to announce a new hire, Josiah Gamroth, and the recent promotions of Kristi Roush and Kathryn Schmitz.

Josiah Gamroth

Josiah Gamroth recently joined the Bank First office in Watertown as retail banker. Gamroth brings 10 years of experience in the lending industry, most recently specializing in mortgage loan origination. In his new role, he will assist new and existing retail customers in Watertown and the surrounding communities. Gamroth grew up in Oconomowoc and graduated from Lake Country Lutheran High School in Hartland. He attended Calvin University in Grand Rapids, Michigan where he earned a bachelor’s degree in small business administration and a minor in economics. With a recent move back to Wisconsin after living in Michigan and Texas, Gamroth is looking forward to establishing himself in the Watertown community. He and his wife, Charis, enjoy reconnecting with family and life-long friends in the area, taking walks at Oconomowoc Lake, and attending community events.

Kristi Roush

Kristi Roush has been promoted to retail market manager. Roush joined Bank First in 2020 through the merger with Timberwood Bank and has over 15 years of retail banking experience. In her new role, Roush will be responsible for the overall growth and performance of the retail lending portfolio of the bank’s Tomah market while providing mentorship to the retail lending team at the Tomah office. Roush has a bachelor’s degree in marketing from UW–La Crosse. Active in her community, she is a Greater Tomah Area Chamber of Commerce Ambassador, a member of Our Town Tomah Beautification, and the treasurer for the Tomah Youth Hockey Association. In her free time, Roush enjoys shooting trap, walking, watching her kid’s many sporting events, and spending time with her husband and children.

Kathryn Schmitz

Kathryn Schmitz has been promoted to vice president – retail banking. Schmitz joined the bank in 2016 and has over 15 years of experience in mortgage lending. Over the past six years, she has proven to be a leader in mortgage production and a strong resource of knowledge for her co-workers. She is a graduate of the UW–Green Bay where she received her bachelor’s degree in business administration. Schmitz is actively involved with the Manitowoc County Board of Realtors, the Manitowoc County Home Builders Association, and the Manitowoc Ships Girls Basketball Association. She and her husband have one daughter, and they keep busy most weekends watching her play sports. In her spare time, Schmitz enjoys running, swimming, and camping.