Promotions & New Hires

Fort Atkinson

Badger Bank is pleased to announce the promotion of Dee Horn (pictured below, left) as branch manager of the bank’s Jefferson location. Mitch Weyer (pictured below, right), branch manager and loan officer of the Johnson Creek location, will be transitioning to oversee all loans for both Jefferson and Johnson Creek, with a specific focus commercial loans. Additionally, Belinda Vargas has joined Badger Bank as branch manager for the bank’s Johnson Creek location.


Horicon Bank announces the appointment of Frederick C. Schwertfeger (pictured below) as a new board member.


Ixonia Bank is proud to announce the promotion of Karla Lauersdorf (pictured below, left), to vice president – branch banking. With Lauersdorf transitioning into her new role, Steven Kirst (pictured below, right), assistant vice president and branch manager will move to the bank's Downtown Milwaukee office and assume an expanded role as a small business lender.


Capitol Bank, is pleased to announce the promotions of Anne Conlin (pictured below, top left) to assistant vice president relationship banking, Mandy Ayers (pictured below, top right) to director of human resources/officer, Natalie Gregerson (pictured below, bottom left) to director of marketing/officer, and Sheri Zahler and Sara Schultz to senior loan representatives. Additionally, Capitol Bank is pleased to announce the hiring of Derek Mickelson (pictured below, bottom right) as software integration specialist.

First Business Growth Funding, accounts receivable financing arm of First Business Financial Services, announced that Aaron Dever (pictured below, left) has been hired as vice president – business development officer and Lana Fidelscaia (pictured below, right) has been hired as vice president – business development officer.

Manistique, Mich.

mBank is pleased to announce the promotions of Katelyn Gage (pictured below, top left) and Melissa Hopkins (pictured below, top right) to branch manager roles, and Bethany Cody (pictured below, bottom) to vice president marketing manager.


Bank First is pleased to announce the following promotions: Derek Klahn has been promoted to vice president – business banking, and Eli Steimle has been promoted to business banking officer. Additionally, Wendy Conto recently joined the bank as vice president of retail banking.


New Glarus

The Bank of New Glarus and Sugar River Bank Branches is pleased to announce the recent hiring of Brianna Wethal (pictured below) as a commercial lender.


Waukesha State Bank has promoted Mike Danielson (pictured below) to assistant vice president – commercial banking officer.


Peoples State Bank is pleased to announce the promotion of Amber Gober (pictured below, left) to business development specialist and mortgage loan originator. Peoples State Bank also announces the addition of Chelsea Rader (pictured below, right) as a personal banker.

Community Events

Oak Bank Celebrates 20th Anniversary

For 20 years, Oak Bank has served the Fitchburg community. Not only as a financial institution but also as a neighbor and partner. To mark the milestone, Oak Bank celebrated by handing out face masks and giving away gift cards to local businesses as a token of their appreciation. “It wasn’t the celebration we had planned, but seeing the clients lined up in the drive up before we opened and the steady stream of cars all day long, was a fun way to mark the occasion,” said Bob Gorsuch, Oak Bank founder & CEO. “Clients seemed to really enjoy the in-person, but socially distant greeting when they came by the drive-up lanes,” said Jim McNulty, senior vice president, business banking. “We personally thanked everyone, masked-up, of course.”

Bluff View Bank Breaks Ground in Holmen

An official groundbreaking ceremony was held on Thursday, Aug. 27 for the new Bluff View Bank branch located at 1749 Spakenburg Road in Holmen. The new facility will replace their current location at 2200 Staphorst Lane and provide upgraded technology offerings as well as a more dynamic space to better serve their customers. “This is a very exciting time for us,” said Scott Kopp, president and CEO. “We are looking forward to continuing to grow our business, and to keeping the outstanding relationships we have developed in this community. This new space gives us the opportunity to provide our customers the personal service they have come to expect, as well as the technology that allows them to bank whenever and however they like.”



The Stephenson National Bank & Trust recently awarded scholarships totaling over $13,000 to recent local high school graduates. These scholarships recognize the achievements of outstanding area students.


Joshua Nerat (pictured below), trust officer at The Stephenson National Bank & Trust, recently received his Certified Trust and Fiduciary Advisor (CTFA) certification. He also graduated from Cannon Financial Institute’s Personal Trust School.


Premier Community Bank recently celebrated a milestone of reaching $300,000,000 in assets. This accomplishment is only achieved because of the support provided by the people, businesses, and organizations they serve. To help celebrate, Premier sponsored an internal "Pay It Forward" campaign that each employee was given the opportunity to give back $100 to a charitable non-profit donation of their choice. “Financial milestones are nice to celebrate and in staying true to our values, it is even nicer to celebrate by doing something for others,” said Premier Community Bank President Tom Pamperin. “I’m excited we can pay it forward to the people and organizations that do so much in our communities yet ask nothing in return.”



WaterStone Bank announced that it will open a new branch location in Milwaukee at 6801 W. Oklahoma Ave. The addition marks the 14th branch location for the bank. The branch will take over an existing building and is slated to open this fall. “WaterStone Bank has been an active lender, and has provided community support in the City of Milwaukee for many years,” said Doug Gordon, president/CEO of WaterStone Bank. “We are excited to establish our first branch in the city where we can provide total banking solutions to its citizens and businesses.”

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