Promotions & New Hires


Fortifi Bank announced the appointment of Dave Mills (pictured), Theresa Weckwerth (pictured), Gina Evans (pictured), and Loni Meiborg (pictured) to new bank leadership roles. Promoted from within the company, these individuals cover the areas of business lending, risk management, wealth management, and organizational development, respectively.



North Shore Bank has announced Craig Bauer (pictured) as the vice president of commercial banking and Michael Williams (pictured) as the new branch manager of the bank’s Milwaukee Capitol branch.

Eau Claire

Prevail Bank is excited to announce that David Johns (pictured) has recently joined the Eau Claire team as their new chief retail officer.

Elkhart Lake Area

National Exchange Bank & Trust is pleased to announce that Dustin Zanin (pictured) is ready to serve the community as a retail lender for Elkhart Lake and the surrounding communities.


Oak Bank is pleased to welcome Linda Lindgren (pictured) to its team as a personal banker.


mBank is pleased to announce the promotion of Kelsey Chellew (pictured) from head teller to branch manager.

Fond du Lac

The Board of Directors of Fox Valley Savings Bank (FVSBank) announced that they have named Steven Walber (pictured) as president. FVSBank is also proud to announce the promotions of Ryan Galligan to assistant vice president along his with his current role of network & systems administrator, Jason Mayer (pictured) to vice president along with his current role of controller, Corrin Wilson (pictured) to assistant vice president in her role as compliance officer, and Celeste Zemlicka (pictured) to vice president and chief credit officer.




First Business Bank is pleased to announce the promotions of Jodie Johnson (pictured), MBA, to senior director of marketing & communications, Zak Showalter (pictured) to commercial banking officer, and Dawn Wilcox to senior director of IT security & compliance. The bank also welcomes Ken Ladochi (pictured) to its equipment finance team as vice president – equipment finance.


Mound City Bank is excited to announce Staci Upmann (pictured) has been hired as loan operations supervisor.


Bank of Wisconsin Dells is pleased to announce the hiring of Eric Czarnecki (pictured) as assistant vice president and commercial loan officer at the Community Bank of Portage.


Peoples State Bank has hired longtime Waukesha resident and commercial banker Chadd Frank (pictured) to lead the Peoples banking team in Waukesha. Peoples State Bank has also hired Kevin Ile (pictured) to its commercial banking team.


WaterStone Bank has announced Brianne Smith (pictured) as new community president at its West Allis/National Ave branch.




North Shore Bank today announced that 50 schools across the state will now have access to expanded resources through the community bank’s financial literacy program. North Shore Bank significantly increased its financial support of the initiative, quadrupling the number of schools that can participate, as the program has shown significant upticks in student financial literacy.



Dan Westrope and Boards of Directors for both Ixonia Bank and Ixonia Bancshares are excited to announce that David J. Lubar (pictured) has been elected to both Boards. Additionally, he has become Board Chairman of Ixonia Bancshares with the announcement of Sheldon B. Lubar, current Board Chairman, stepping down from the position.



Capitol Bank has announced plans to open a third location, which will be on Madison’s East side in the American Center, at the intersection of American Parkway and Eastpark Boulevard.


One Community Bank recently announced the sale of the Alpine Parkway location to the Village of Oregon, which will be the home of the new Village Hall beginning in October of 2021.


In Memoriam

Don L. Taylor (pictured) of Waukesha died peacefully at home surrounded by his loving family on Friday, April 16, 2021, at the age of 88.

Don has deep roots in the Waukesha community. His father, Carl, founded Waukesha State Bank in 1944, and, when Carl retired, Don succeeded him, leading the bank as president and CEO for 25 years from 1969 until 1994. His public service commitment, both personally and through the bank, helped many organizations over the years.

Woodford State Bank Opens New Glarus Location

Woodford State Bank opened its fifth banking location, with the addition of the newest branch in New Glarus, located at 618 Highway 69. Woodford State Bank is a locally owned community bank, established in 1915. The other bank offices are located in Green and Lafayette counties, which include the main office in Monroe, along with branches in Argyle, Blanchardville, and South Wayne.

Schwertfeger Donates $1.25 Million Toward Horicon Athletic Complex

The Horicon School District kicked off a fundraising campaign Monday night for the future Marshmen Sports Complex by accepting a $1.25 million donation from Fred F. Schwertfeger, president of Horicon Bank, during its monthly school board meeting. The donation will go towards a new and modern complex for the district that will be located just west of the district’s single-campus building.

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