Promotions & New Hires


Great North Bank has hired Michael Sullivan (pictured left) as vice president – loan operations manager and Sara Ferguson, CPA (pictured right) as controller.



Michael Sullivan has joined Great North Bank as vice president - loan operations manager.


Fort Atkinson

Badger bank has promoted Leanne Lehmann (pictured) to assistant vice president.

La Crosse

Coulee Bank has announced several organizational changes that will support its growth in the Wisconsin and Minnesota markets: Dirk R. Gasterland has been promoted to Chief Executive Officer of the bank. He will step down as Chairman of the Board (but will remain on the Board of Directors). Brad Sturm has accepted the position of Chairman of the Board. His last official day with the bank was March 31, 2018. Joe Zoellner was promoted to Wisconsin Market President. Chief Financial Officer Olaf Gilbertson has accepted the role of Vice Chair of the Board in addition to his role as CFO. Chief Operating Officer Mike Gargaro has accepted the role of Board Secretary in addition to his role as COO.

State Bank Financial has hired Lindst Schwarz as branch manager for the bank’s Sparta location. The bank has also promoted Colin Fleming to the role of relationship manager in the business banking department.


North Shore Bank has hired Claudio Lanza (pictured top left) as a new mortgage loan officer for Milwaukee, Grafton, and the North Shore. The bank has also promoted Margaret Capper (pictured top right) to senior vice president, commercial banking; Eric Freeman (pictured bottom left) to senior vice president, commercial real estate lending; and Mark Ohlert (pictured bottom right) to senior vice president, chief credit officer.


Choice Bank has hired Fred Siemers (pictured) as executive vice president and chief credit officer.

Port Washington

Port Washington State Bank has announced several staff promotions: Kelly Lambrecht (pictured top left) to vice president - mortgage lender; BreAnna Porth (pictured top right) to vice president - branch manager; Ronald Prom (pictured bottom left) to information technology officer; and Angie Regnitz (pictured bottom right) to personal banker II.

Sun Prairie

Bank of Sun Prairie has promoted Ron Blawusch (pictured left) to executive vice president, chief loan officer and Dave Suchomel (pictured right) to executive vice president, chief credit officer.


Waldo State Bank has promoted Derrick Hermann (pictured) to vice president of lending.


Waukesha State Bank has hired Michael Danielson (pictured top) as a commercial banker and Kevin O’Connor (pictured bottom) as a mortgage consultant.


Peoples State Bank has promoted several members of its staff: Ben Bowman (pictured top left) to information security officer; Jared Morris (pictured top right) to assistant vice president – credit administration; and Darren Parker (pictured bottom) to assistant vice president – commercial banking.


Community Events

Community State Bank Donates to American Legion

Community State Bank Donates to American Legion

Community State Bank Donates to American Legion

Community State Bank is proud to announce a recent donation to American Legion Post 171. The $1,000 donation is part of a larger plan to develop a drive-up that will provide better access to the building’s current handicap entrance. Pictured above: American Legion Post 171 Commander Frank Konieska (left) and President of Auxiliary Unit Sandy Mannix (right) accept the donation, presented by Community State Bank Senior Vice President David Moyer (center).

First Bank FInancial Centre Wins Legacy Award

First Bank FInancial Centre Wins Legacy Award

First Bank Financial Centre Wins Legacy Award

On March 1, First Bank Financial Centre was presented with the Hartford Area Chamber of Commerce’s Legacy Award during the Chamber’s annual dinner and awards presentation. The bank, headquartered in Oconomowoc, has supported the Hartford community for 20 years through charitable giving and volunteerism.

SNBT Donates $150,000 to Community REC Center

The Stephenson National Bank & Trust (SNBT) has donated a three-year pledge amounting to $150,000 to the new Community REC Center in Marinette. SNBT will receive naming rights to the center ice logo and the entrance and exit corridor of the convention center. The pledge made to the Community REC Center did not reduce the annual support given to local organizations.

In Memoriam

Beaver Dam

The American National Bank’s Board Member and former President & CEO Edward C. Jacobs passed away on March 8. Jacobs had dedicated 30 years of service to the bank and provided leadership through many changes in the bank and the financial services industry. His passion for the bank and the people he worked with will be missed. Our condolences go out to all of his family, friends, and coworkers.




Lee Schmalz (pictured top right) has retired from his position as the Chairman of the Board for East Wisconsin Savings Bank. At the same meeting, the Board elected Steven Haen (pictured top left) to the Board (he previously served as the BSA, Compliance and Security Officer of the bank); and elected Charles Schmalz (pictured bottom) as Chairman of the Board, carrying on the tradition as the third generation of the Schmalz family at East Wisconsin Savings Bank to lead the Board.





AbbyBank is celebrating 50 years in community banking! A special 50th Anniversary logo has been designed to honor the occasion. CEO Patrick McCrackin stated, “We want to express our sincere gratitude for the many years of loyalty from our customers and the communities we serve. An Anniversary Celebration held at each location and more information will be posted as these events get closer. We look forward to celebrating this great milestone with those who made it possible!” Congratulations!


Associate Members - Announcements

Young & Associates, Inc. has been sold by Gary J. Young, the company’s founder, to Jerry Sutherin, a senior consultant with the firm. Upon the sale’s effective date (Jan. 31, 2018) Young became Chairman of the Board and Sutherin became President and CEO.

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