Promotions & New Hires

Fond du Lac

Mark A. Heuer (pictured below) has joined FVSBank as vice president of business banking.

Ixonia

Ixonia Bancshares’ Board of Directors recently elected Susan Marshall (pictured below), founder of Backbone Institute, a local women-owned business, to the Board of Ixonia Bank.

Marinette

Elisa Rollo (pictured below, top left), senior vice president, was recently promoted to chief retail officer, Beth Larson (pictured below, top right) has been promoted to assistant vice president, Lynn Lowis (pictured below, second row, left) has been promoted to assistant vice president, deposit operations, and Marria Valitchka (pictured below, second row, right) has been promoted to eServices Officer at The Stephenson National Bank & Trust (SNBT). Justin Wroblewski (pictured below, last row, left), vice president - business banking officer and retail lending manager, has recently been promoted to the Senior Management Team. Additionally, Kim Van Osdol (pictured below, last row, right) has joined SNBT as vice president & business development officer.

McFarland

McFarland State Bank is pleased to announce the hiring of Ron Bowden (pictured below) to its mortgage lending team.

Oregon

Oregon Community Bank welcomes Pat Hereley (pictured below) to the bank as vice president, business banking. 

Waunakee

Waunakee Community Bank welcomes Chris Zellner (pictured below, left) to the bank as vice president – relationship development officer, and Sandra Ramsfield (pictured below, right) as assistant vice president – retail banking manager.

In Memoriam

Jess Stephen Levin

Jess Stephen Levin, 73, passed away Sept. 15, 2019 in Scottsdale, AZ surrounded by family. For 35 years, Jess served as the president, CEO and chairman of the Bank of Elmwood located in Racine, WI. He was a past director and president of the Wisconsin Bankers Association. Throughout his career, Jess received various awards for his work in and dedication to the Racine community.

Richard A. Larson

Richard A. Larson, 89, of Mequon, passed away on Sept. 23, 2019 at Lawlis Family Hospice in Mequon. Larson joined West Bend Savings in 1955, became vice president and secretary and was elected a director in 1965.  He was named president and CEO in 1968 and retired in 1993.  He served as Chairman of the Board until 2005. During his banking career, Larson was a past president of the Wisconsin League of Financial Institutions, a director of the United States Savings and Loan League, a director and vice chairman of the Federal Home Loan Bank of Chicago, a member of the Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corporation (Freddie Mac) Advisory Board, a member of the Advisory Board of the Federal Reserve Board of Governors in Washington D.C., and a past chairman of the Wisconsin Bankers Association. 

Anniversaries

Wisconsin Dells

Bank of Wisconsin Dells would like to congratulate Senior Vice President and COO, Tammy Maki (pictured below), on 25 years with the bank. Maki began her career with the bank in 1994 as a part-time customer service representative, and shortly thereafter transitioned to a full-time member of the IT department. In 2005, Tammy was promoted to electronic banking officer, advancing to VP of operations in 2017, then to senior VP/chief operations officer the following year. “I have been very fortunate to be a part of a great organization like BWD for the past 25 years,” says Maki. “They have afforded me opportunities to grow in my career, as well as understanding the importance of family life and the balance between them both.”

Community Events

Pictured: (from left to right) Ackerman; Pastor Brian Wipf, First Baptist Church in Medford; and Brian Lehman, VP/agriculture loan officer at AbbyBank in Medford.

Pictured: (from left to right) Ackerman; Pastor Brian Wipf, First Baptist Church in Medford; and Brian Lehman, VP/agriculture loan officer at AbbyBank in Medford.

Abbybanks Winning Bid at Taylor County Fair Helps Benefit Food Pantry at First Baptist Church In Medford

AbbyBank’s winning bid of a 250-lb. hog at the Taylor County Fair will help feed local families in need in the Medford and surround communities. After the sale, the bank processed the meat and had it delivered to the food pantry at the First Baptist Church in Medford.  “We were thrilled to have been the winning bidder of a hog at the fair. It was great to be able to have a two-fold win and donate that back into the community!” said Sue Ackerman, vice president and Medford branch manager. 

Pictured: (from left to right) Allison Anderson, Scott Rockwell, Brooke Albers and Aspen Eide. Shayla Stefan not pictured.

Pictured: (from left to right) Allison Anderson, Scott Rockwell, Brooke Albers and Aspen Eide. Shayla Stefan not pictured.

Bank of Wisconsin Dells Announces Youth Apprentice Scholarship Program Recipients

Bank of Wisconsin Dells (BWD) announced its Youth Apprentice (YA) Scholarship Program recipients. Wisconsin Dells High School graduates, Allison Anderson, Aspen Eide, Shayla Stefan, and recent Madison College graduate, Brooke Albers, were each awarded one scholarship from the bank’s Executive Vice President, Scott Rockwell. These students are the first group to receive the bank’s YA scholarship. “We are pleased to be able to work with such talented students, and wanted to highlight the great partnership between BWD and the local school districts’ youth apprentice program,” says bank President/CEO, Jon Bernander. “Congratulations to our young scholars!” BWD’s YA students are selected through Wisconsin's YA program, a statewide school-to-work initiative. Cooperative Educational Service Agency #5 (CESA 5) coordinates the YA program for 35 Wisconsin schools districts. It is designed for high school students who want hands-on learning in an occupational area at a work site along with classroom instruction. Upon completion of a program, students receive a certificate of occupational proficiency from the State of Wisconsin.

Peoples State Bank Donates $2,500 to Boys & Girls Club of Wausau Area

Peoples State Bank announced a $2,500 donation to the Boys & Girls Club of the Wausau Area.

“Peoples believes in transforming the lives of young people as they grow, mature, and find their calling,” said Scott Cattanach, president and CEO of Peoples State Bank. “It’s easy to step up and contribute when you see the vibrancy of the children served at the Club.”

“This donation will help programs at the Boys & Girls Club for academic success, healthy lifestyles, career development, STEAM, and will help us provide meals to kids,” said Matt Jameson, CEO of the Boys & Girls Club. “Providing meals with our programming is needed because it is so important our youth have food security.” Pictured: Members of the Boys & Girls Club of Wausau Area held the ceremonial big check presented to the club from Peoples State Bank. Club members, along with Jameson (back left) accepted the check from Mark Oldenberg, chief financial officer, Cattanach, and Janel Thoune, AVP of marketing at Peoples State Bank.

First Bank Financial Centre Donates to Several Local Schools Through School Supply Drive

During the last few months of summer, First Bank Financial Centre (FBFC) coordinated their annual School Supply Drive. With the help of FBFC employees, customers and community members, they donated thousands of items including notebooks, binders, folders, glue sticks, rulers, scissors, brand new backpacks, and much more. FBFC would like to thank all those in our communities who donated. “As a true community bank, our mission is to ‘Make Lives Better.’ I am lucky to work for such an amazing organization that encourages us to get out within our community and truly show that we stand behind our mission.  Giving back and showing support to the members of the communities we serves enriches the lives of all,” said Joseph Glomski, FBFC’s Hartland branch manager

Announcements

Cornell

Citizens State Bank opened a new full service branch office at 221 Bridge Street, Cornell, WI 54732 on Sept. 4, 2019. President/CEO, Tim Cruciani, says, “It is with absolute excitement that we pursue expanding into Cornell.  We serve a base of customers from the area and our new branch makes us more agile and able to serve those customers with better care, accessibility, and efficiency”.  He also stated, “Citizens State Bank is on a mission to grow.  We care about our customers and work to find the best solution for them by learning about them, their situation, and their needs and dreams.  Growth allows us to continue this mission and help more people and communities”.

Manitowoc

Bank First is excited to announce it has exceeded $300,000 in tuition reimbursement since introducing the program in 2015, helping 23 employees obtain degrees of higher education, including Associate, Bachelor and Master degrees. “It is the mission of Bank First to help employees grow personally and professionally by providing opportunities for continued education and advancement,” stated Mike Molepske, chief executive officer of Bank First. “The tuition reimbursement program provides an option to employees who otherwise may not be able to further their education. We have seen that employee success in the classroom has lasting positive effects on their lives as well as the lives of our customers and the communities we serve.”

McFarland

McFarland State Bank has a rich history of giving back to the community. That history continues with its recent gift of property to Stoughton Hospital. The building is located at 3162 County Highway B in the Town of Pleasant Springs and was a former branch office for the bank. The hospital and bank started working together on this venture in mid-May when the Chairman and CEO of McFarland State Bank, E. David Locke, contacted the hospital. “It was an easy decision to gift the property to Stoughton Hospital,” said Locke. “We’re very happy to be giving back to the hospital and continuing our support for the communities we both serve.” McFarland State Bank recently donated their former downtown branch office building and parking lot to the City of Stoughton. That property is now being used as Stoughton City Hall.

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