Prevail Bank – Stevens Point won this year’s United Way of Portage County’s 2023 Best New Campaign Award. This recognition is awarded to an organization that demonstrates best practices and a concerted effort to support the community through United Way. Prevail Bank professionals (l to r) Troy Kempfert, Branch Manager; Michelle Mangal, Commercial Credit Analyst; Amanda Jordan, Process Improvement Analyst; and Dale Sankey, VP; Commercial Lending Officer accepted the award at United Way’s Recognition Luncheon on February 14 at the Holiday Inn Convention Center in Stevens Point.
First Business Bank is pleased to announce Eric Schremp’s promotion to vice president – commercial banking.
Schremp has over 10 years of commercial banking experience primarily serving family businesses and closely held companies of all sizes. He joined First Business Bank since 2013, initially serving as a credit analyst before moving onto the client-facing commercial banking team.
Schremp serves on the Board of Ambassadors for Coaches vs Cancer Wisconsin and has also been active with the United Way of Dane County and National W Club.
He received his bachelor’s degree in business management from the University of Wisconsin – Madison, where he was also a student athlete with the Wisconsin Men’s Golf Team. Schremp was born and raised in Wausau.
Peoples State Bank announces the hire of Stephen DeLassus to the bank’s southeastern Wisconsin commercial banking team. DeLassus will be charged with helping to lead the Milwaukee-area commercial banking team.
“In a short time in the market, Peoples has built a great reputation as a community bank that puts its customers and employees first,” said DeLassus, vice president and commercial sales team leader. “I’m excited to bring my commercial banking experience to Peoples and to help lead the growing banking team in the greater Milwaukee-area.”
In his new role at Peoples, DeLassus will assist the southeastern Wisconsin business bankers in building client relationships. He brings more than 18 years of experience in commercial banking, most recently helping develop a team of commercial bankers at an established southeastern Wisconsin bank. DeLassus will work closely with Jeff Musa, Peoples’ southeastern Wisconsin market president.
“Stephen’s experience, especially in developing a top-notch sales team, is just what Peoples looked for in this new position. He’s personable, well-connected, and understands that every customer has unique banking needs,” said Musa, Peoples State Bank regional president, southeast Wisconsin. “He’ll be an asset to our commercial banking team, but beyond that, his banking experience will help all facets of our growing Milwaukee-area banking efforts.”
DeLassus is a Michigan native who has lived in greater Milwaukee for nearly twenty years. He studied business administration and finance at Valparaiso University. DeLassus spends time with his family, attending his son’s activities, and volunteering for various non-profit organizations.
Additionally, Peoples State Bank hired Matthew Meidl to its commercial banking team. Meidl will work with current and new commercial customers to provide flexible lending programs and deposit solutions to advance their businesses. He’ll be based at the bank’s 1905 Stewart Avenue location in Wausau.
“Peoples is excited to have Matt as part of our commercial banking team,” said Craig Lau, Peoples State Bank vice president – commercial banking. “His banking experience and drive to assist customers will help area businesses grow and succeed.”
Before joining Peoples, Meidl worked as a commercial banker, relationship manager, and credit analyst for other financial institutions in central Wisconsin.
“Working with business customers is challenging yet rewarding,” said Meidl. “I’m excited to learn from Peoples’ experienced commercial banking team and work with new and existing customers to help them grow their businesses.”
Meidl is a Rothschild native, with a Bachelor of Science degree from UW–Stevens Point. He volunteers his time with the Mosinee Area Soccer Association and is a member of both the Wausau Chamber of Commerce and the Portage County Business Council.
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Farmers & Merchants State Bank, a trusted partner in the community for over 125 years, is excited to announce the opening of its newest branch in Lake Mills, Wisconsin. This expansion is a testament to our commitment to serving the financial needs of the communities we proudly call home.
The new branch, located at 550 West Tyranena Road, will offer a full range of banking services designed to enrich the financial lives of our customers. Whether you’re looking for personal banking solutions, mortgage assistance, business banking services, or investment options, our experienced and dedicated team at the Lake Mills branch is here to provide exceptional value and service.
WNB Financial is pleased to announce that Samantha Oliver has joined the bank as mortgage loan officer in Winona.
In her new role, Oliver will use her knowledge and expertise to assist customers through the mortgage loan application and home-buying process. She brings over six years of real estate industry experience, previously working at a title company as a closer, and most recently as a mortgage loan officer at Altra Federal Credit Union. She began her banking career as a teller.
“Samantha is a wonderful addition to our team,” said Scott Ulik, vice president & mortgage manager. “Her knowledge of home lending from beginning to end, her focus on her borrowers, and her positive attitude recommend her well to WNB Financial and any prospective borrowers.”
“While working as a closer at a title company, I realized my passion for the real estate industry,” Oliver said. “From there, I dedicated myself to becoming an expert in the mortgage loan process from start-to-finish. I strive to make the home-buying process seamless and easy for my customers.”
Oliver lives in Galesville with her husband, Shaun, and 14-year-old twins, Kyle and Kira. She’s active in her industry and community as a member of the La Crosse Area Builders Association, the Holmen Business Association, the Apple Affair Committee for the Galesville Area Chamber of Commerce, and looks forward to giving back to the Winona community.
Waukesha State Bank has hired Rachel Priddy as assistant vice president – commercial banking officer.
“We are pleased to welcome Rachel to our commercial banking team,” stated Tony Laszewski, Waukesha State Bank senior vice president – commercial banking manager. “She brings a broad financial background and the technical expertise businesses of southeastern Wisconsin desire from commercial bankers.”
Priddy has nearly 10 years of financial experience including both business and retail banking in addition to internal auditing expertise and earned her bachelor’s degree from the University of Minnesota – Twin Cities. Prior to joining Waukesha State Bank, Priddy worked for the State Bank of Newburg as a commercial loan officer. In her new role as assistant vice president – commercial banking officer, Priddy will be responsible for prospecting, developing, and managing commercial relationships.
Priddy is active in the community serving on the board of directors and as family outreach chair for Love 4 Lexi Foundation (L4L), a Cedarburg non-profit organization dedicated to raising public awareness of the critical need for organ and tissue donation as well as helping children and families who are affected by gastrointestinal dysfunction and other life changing conditions.
Kristin Guelig joined National Exchange Bank & Trust on January 16, 2024, as the operations manager for the Chilton and Marytown offices.
Prior to joining the bank, Guelig worked as a search administrator for Info Pro Lender Services. In Guelig’s new role as operations manager for National Exchange Bank & Trust, she will oversee the daily operations of the branch to ensure smooth and efficient transactions and lead her team in providing excellent customer service.
Guelig grew up in Fond du Lac and attended Goodrich High School. She continued her education with Marian College and Moraine Park Technical College. Guelig currently resides in Fond du Lac with her husband, Tim, and their family.
First Business Bank is pleased to welcome Randall Guenther to its South Central Wisconsin Advisory Board.
As President of Hovde Properties, Guenther oversees operations, development, and fiscal affairs. He has 25 years of diverse real estate experience in operations management, capital planning, development, finance, and strategic planning across a multitude of asset classes throughout the United States. During his career, Guenther has overseen $1.5 billion in financing/capital placements, sales and leasing transactions exceeding $750 million, and numerous ground-up development projects.
Prior to joining Hovde in 2018, Guenther served as Chief Executive Officer and Chief Financial Officer for Vanta Commercial Properties in Madison, WI, held various management positions with Zilber Ltd. based in Milwaukee, WI, and worked for Arthur Andersen in Milwaukee, WI, in public accounting as an auditor covering multiple industries, including real estate, banking, manufacturing, consumer products, and oil and gas.
Guenther earned a BBA degree in accounting from the University of Wisconsin–Madison. He serves on the advisory board of CG Schmidt, is a member of the Commercial Real Estate Development Association (NAIOP), has served on the UW–Madison Graaskamp Board of Advisors, and is involved in several local charities.
On Monday, February 19, Bank Five Nine proudly announced the recipients of its President’s Awards during their annual All Employee Meeting. These awards, presented by Bank President and CEO Tim Schneider, celebrate the exceptional accomplishments and exemplary work of Bank Five Nine employees.
Employees submit nominations during the month of January, which are then carefully reviewed by Tim Schneider for final selections. This year, the awards were once again presented in five distinct categories: Mark W. Mohr Mentorship Award, Leader in Community Service Award, Rising Star Award, Leader in Customer Service Award, and Financial Achievement Award.
Laura Edwards, Bank Five Nine commercial loan operations manager, was honored with the Mark W. Mohr Mentorship Award. With a legacy of dedicated service spanning decades, Edwards has not only overcome various challenges but has also emerged as a positive and influential figure for her team. Colleagues commend her expert oversight of commercial loan operations and the exceptional training she provides to her team.
Derek Berube, Bank Five Nine Brookfield West branch manager, received the Leader in Community Service Award for his exceptional commitment to community betterment. In 2023 alone, Berube volunteered nearly 200 hours, showcasing exemplary leadership at events such as the Brookfield Village Kids Fest, Beer Gardens, and tree lighting ceremony. His contributions have not only enhanced the bank’s mission but have earned him respect and recognition within the local community.
Recognizing consistent high achievement, Danielle Peters, Bank Five Nine compliance analyst, was awarded the Rising Star Award. Despite her relatively young age, Peters has already accumulated a decade of outstanding service at Bank Five Nine. Since joining the Quality Assurance Department in 2018, she has demonstrated exceptional skills, particularly in saving the bank money and reducing risk through her role in completing the annual Fair Lending review.
Kris Barger, Bank Five Nine Mequon branch manager, was recognized with the Leader in Customer Service Award for her exceptional dedication to customer satisfaction. Barger not only exceeds traditional expectations in her role but also actively contributes to the community. Her involvement with the local Chamber and genuine approach to customer interactions have set her apart, earning her this well-deserved accolade.
Kim Berger, Bank Five Nine Deposit operations director, was this year’s recipient of the Financial Achievement Award, showcasing remarkable skill in negotiating two vendor contracts over five months in 2023. Her efforts resulted in significant savings for the bank and have played a role in enhancing the bank’s financial standing.
Bank Five Nine expresses gratitude to all employees who participated in the nomination process, contributing to the selection of these outstanding individuals. “We are fortunate to have so many great employees who strive to make lives better for our customers and coworkers each day,” said Schneider.