Promotions & New Hires
Unity Bank is pleased to announce the hiring of Colette (Coco) Olson as Unity Bank Wisconsin’s Regional Manager; Laura Bensons as their Human Resources Manager; and Timothy Hau as their Chief Innovation Officer.
American Bank has announced the following staff changes and promotions (pictured below, left to right): Amber Lowe, has been named Loan Compliance Officer, along with her lending duties; American Bank’s current Electronic Services Manager and Security Officer, Dawn Schmidt, has been named as a full-time Mortgage Lender; Melissa Teeter is being promoted from Lead Customer Service Representative to Branch Manager at American Bank’s Spring Street location; Vice President / Commercial Loan Officer, Rebecca Anderson, has also been named Information Technology Manager and Information Technology Security Officer; Dawn Hakala has been promoted to Lead Customer Service Representative at the Spring Street Office; American Bank’s Executive Vice President / Chief Operations Officer, Pat Frankenstein, has been named Executive Vice President / Chief Financial Officer; and at the bank’s Necedah Office, Branch Manager, Markie Parrish, has been named BSA Officer and Deposit Compliance Officer, in addition to her duties as Branch Manager. Assistant Vice President, Ryan Martin (not pictured), is transitioning to Consumer and Mortgage Loan Underwriter.
Wisconsin Bank & Trust is pleased to announce that Joshua Murphy (pictured below) has joined the organization as a Commercial Banker, Vice President.
First Business Financial Services, Inc. announced that Brad Quade (pictured below, left) has been hired as Deputy Chief Credit Officer. First Business Consulting Services, a division of First Business Bank and part of First Business Financial Services, Inc., is pleased to announce that Craig Thieben (pictured below, right) was hired as Operations Manager.
mBank is pleased to welcome Danielle Buerger (pictured below, left) as the new Branch Manager at its location in St. Germain, Wisconsin, and Shelly Lindner (pictured below, right) as the new Branch Manager at its Niagara, Wisconsin location.
Julie Beyer has been promoted to Assistant Vice President, Risk Management Officer at The Stephenson National Bank & Trust (SNBT).
First State Bank President and CEO, Bob Van Asten, announced that Bill Gebert (pictured below) has been elected to the Board of Directors for First State Bank and Pioneer Bank respectively. Both banks are currently held under the parent company of First State Bancshares, Inc.
National Bank of Commerce (NBC) has promoted Cindy Theien (pictured below, top left) to VP - Retail Banking Director, and Cammy Hansen (pictured below, top right) to VP - Mortgage Banking Director. NBC has also hired Brian Kahlbaugh (pictured below, bottom) as a Commercial Banker.
Waukesha State Bank is proud to announce the promotion of Natalie Shane (pictured below) to personal trust associate within their Prairie Trust® division.
Peoples State Bank announces the addition of Robert McPherson (pictured below) as vice president of risk management.
Bank of Wisconsin Dells is pleased to announce the hiring of Brett Schwartzer (pictured below) as Vice President/Commercial Loan Officer.
Bell Bank has named Michael LaSalle (pictured below) senior vice president/bank channel director for its equipment finance team.
Gail Surrem (pictured below) retired at the end of 2019 after more than 50 years at Richland County Bank. Surrem was Vice President and a loan officer at the time of his retirement.
Ryan Snow (pictured) has retired after more than 26 years at Union Bank of Sparta and over 45 years in the banking industry. Snow's career began in June of 1974 when he began as a teller at First Bank of Sparta. In 1976, Ryan and his new bride ventured to California where he worked for Bank of America. After that year in California, he returned to First Bank until 1979. From 1979-1993 he worked at First Federal and then at Westland Savings bank. In 1993 he joined the team at Union National Bank & Trust Co. where he retired at the end of 2019. Snow would like to thank all the people he has worked with over the years. He has appreciated the many co-workers, customers, title companies, realtors, and attorneys he has worked with.
Premier Makes a Difference
Columbus Day is a traditional bank holiday, while the State observes Indigenous People’s Day. However, at Premier Community Bank, it’s an opportunity to give back. On Monday, October 14th the entire Premier Staff went M.A.D. in their local communities, volunteering their time to Make A Difference. Each of Premier’s ten branches partnered with local charities and service organizations, over 27 groups in total. Additionally, 50 local businesses accepted the Food Pantry Challenge, collecting over 1,350 items that were recently delivered to food pantries in the communities we serve. “Ronald Reagan once said that we can’t help everyone, but everyone can help someone,” said Tom Pamperin, President/CEO of Premier Community Bank. “Similarly, Albert Pike noted that what we have done for ourselves alone dies with us, but what we have done for others and the world that remains is immortal. In the end, our goal is to help people in our communities in meaningful ways that leave a lasting, positive impression.” The projects covered a wide spectrum, from volunteering in schools and nursing homes to cleanup and beautification efforts at local non-profits. Together, 99 Premier employees donated 643.5 hours on that single day.
Peoples State Bank Holds Military Care Package Drive
Peoples State Bank customers, employees, and the general public donated more than 7,500 items and over $1,345 in cash to the annual military care package donation drive held by the bank. Peoples State Bank’s eight locations in north and central Wisconsin served as drop-off points for the donation drive. The collection of items and cash were donated to the Rhinelander Military Support Group, which sends items to Wisconsin soldiers serving overseas and Wisconsin’s veterans who are in need of assistance. Members of the Rhinelander Military Support Group (RMSG) accepted a check for $1,333 from Peoples State Bank’s Rhinelander location.
First Presbyterian Church Free Clinic Receives Donation From Time Federal Savings Bank
Time Federal Savings Bank is pleased to contribute $10,000 to the First Presbyterian Church Free Clinic in Wausau. This clinic will serve those who do not have health insurance and who are living in poverty, as well as the underserved populations and those with other issues as obstacles to healthcare access. The clinic has had an overwhelming response with providers and businesses donating time, supplies and equipment. Run exclusively by licensed medical volunteers, the clinic will operate on a regular weekly schedule once in its permanent site, expanding to meet needs as they are identified. While awaiting a permanent site, a weekly outreach clinic has been established the past two winters to serve the homeless population at Catholic Charities Warming Center on 3rd Avenue.
Woodford State Bank raises $6,264 for Komen Foundation
For the month of October, Woodford State Bank teamed up with the Komen Foundation for the fight against breast cancer. The Susan G. Komen Foundation raises funds to help local women and men impacted by breast cancer. The funds that are raised will be used for health services and educational programs, and will support research to find the cures for breast cancer. Through this program, 75% of the funds raised remain in our local communities to help fund local breast cancer initiatives. Funds were raised by monetary donations with donation jars throughout the community, hosting a pie sale, silent auction, ribbon sales, sip & shop event, and a chili cook-off. Other local also participated. Greenwoods State Bank and Wisconsin Bank & Trust participated in ribbon sales. The Bank of New Glarus gave a monetary donation of $250. The goal was to raise $5,000, and they exceeded this goal and raised a total of $6,264!
Jerry Muck, 78, of Bonduel, passed away on November 6, 2019. Jerry joined the Bonduel State Bank in 1971 and became president in 1987, retiring from the bank in 2011. He continued on the board until 2015.
Associated Bank recently gifted nearly 13,000 evergreen tree saplings to customers throughout its three-state footprint to help amplify its sustainability and symbolize the strong roots the bank has in the communities it serves. Through a partnership with the Arbor Day Foundation, Associated Bank delivered saplings to each of its more than 200 locations for distribution to customers.
Wolf River Community Bank has wrapped up a successful first year of the WRCB Field Goal Contest at Hortonville and New London High Schools. At each varsity home football game, a contestant was drawn randomly from the stands and had the option to kick a 35-yd. field goal with the chance to win $1,000 ($500 to the contestant, $500 to the school district) or an extra point, with the chance to win $100 ($50 to the contestant, $50 to the school district). The excitement started early in the season at Hortonville High School’s first home game of the year when Jared Deli of Greenville successfully made a 35-yard field goal, winning $500 for himself and $500 for the school district! That excitement continued later in the season when Mike Wisniewski of New London successfully kicked an extra point at New London’s Homecoming game on October 4th, winning $50 for himself and $50 for the school district. Although there was only one successful kick at each school, to wrap up the season, Wolf River Community Bank presented each school with a $500 donation.
Bank of Luxemburg launched their new BOL Cares volunteer program in conjunction with October’s national “Make a Difference” day and following the announcement of their new community-focused brand. During the week of October 21st, now known to the bank as BOL Cares week, 27 Bank of Luxemburg employees spent their work day giving back to local non-profits including Kewaunee County Aging Resource Center, Humane Society of Sturgeon Bay, Green Bay Habitat for Humanity, Habitat ReStore and the Einstein Project. Collectively, the group donated over 200 hours of community service.
Samantha M. Smiley (pictured below) recently received the 2019 Mary L. Staudenmaier WINGS (Worthy Individual Noted for Generous Service) Award. This award was named in honor of The Stephenson National Bank & Trust’s (SNBT) former-chairman and long-time president. The award epitomizes Smiley’s unwavering participation in public service for the community.
Ann Mayer (pictured below, top) and Jenna Newingham (pictured below, bottom) have received The Stephenson National Bank & Trust (SNBT) Award of Excellence. Created in 1988, the award is given to two employees annually. Recipients are nominated by their co-workers for demonstrating excellence in customer service, reliability, responsiveness to customers’ and bank employees’ needs, superior job knowledge, professionalism, motivation, and productivity.
Larry Schwenn (pictured below), senior vice president, business development officer, Bank of Sun Prairie, has been named 2019 WBD Elite Lender. This honor signifies his work to provide small business owners with U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) loans 10 or more times.