Promotions & New Hires
American Bank is proud to announce the newest addition to its team: Laura Joswick (pictured below), business development officer.
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National Exchange Bank & Trust is pleased to welcome Thomas Schuettpelz (pictured below) to the Trust Division as a trust & wealth management officer.
Ben Becker (pictured below, top left) has joined Cornerstone Community Bank as VP – senior commercial lender. Becker will be assisted by Business Support Specialist Rose Metke (pictured below, top right), who also has joined Cornerstone. Cornerstone Community Bank is also pleased to announce the promotion of Chris Zirbes (pictured below, bottom) to VP – senior commercial lender.
Michael J. Haddad (pictured below, left) was elected to the Associated Banc-Corp Board of Directors at the Annual Meeting of Shareholders. Haddad, 52, is the president and chief executive officer of Schreiber Foods, Inc., an employee-owned, international dairy company headquartered in Green Bay. Denis Hogan (pictured below, right) has re-joined Associated Bank as the Northeast Wisconsin and Fox Valley regional president and senior vice president of Corporate Banking.
First Business Bank is pleased to announce that Melissa Fellows (pictured below), CTP, was hired as the treasury management market leader in Madison.
Bankers’ Bank has recently promoted Matthew Hladio to executive vice president and chief commercial banking officer.
Capitol Bank is pleased to announce the recent hiring of Tim Nemec (pictured below) as vice president of commercial lending.
Beth Durow has recently been promoted to chief financial officer at The Stephenson National Bank & Trust (SNBT).
PNC Bank, N.A. has promoted Nicholas “Nick” Robinson (pictured below) to vice president and business banking sales manager for Wisconsin.
Waukesha State Bank has hired Leslie Rightmire (pictured below) as mortgage consultant.
Marty Reinhart (pictured below), CEO of Partners Bank, retired from his position as of May 31, 2019. Reinhart joined the bank in 2010, however his successful banking career spans over 40 years.
Connie Suemnicht (pictured below), Bank of Wisconsin Dells’ Vice President and Commercial Lender, announced her retirement for May 17th, 2019. Suemnicht joined Bank of Wisconsin Dells (BWD) in March of 2011, with 42-years of prior banking experience and a purpose to strengthen the bank’s relationships in both the Reedsburg and Baraboo markets. Coming from a corporate institution, Suemnicht was thrilled to return to community banking and pass on all the benefits that follow to her customers. “We are so appreciative of Connie’s contributions to the growth and success of our bank,” says bank President Jon Bernander. “Her incredible abilities to bring the ideas of commercial customers to fruition have literally ‘made dreams come true’ for so many. We are truly going to miss Connie being a part of our team; and yet wish her and husband, Dale, the very best in their retirement years ahead.”
Time Federal Savings Bank Donates $25,000 to Huey’s Hideaway
Time Federal Savings Bank is excited to contribute to the newest adventure of Huey’s Hideaway Children’s Museum with the addition of their outdoor space development. The 20’ X 20’ tree house will join a greenhouse, garden, jungle gym, picnic area, outdoor amphitheater and outdoor classroom. Huey’s Hideaway is working hard to raise funds for this outdoor space that will aid in developing an understanding of the importance of spending time outdoors. “Spending time outside helps to develop imaginations, creativity, attention spans, curiosity, fine and gross motor skills, and relationships with the natural world and others,” states James Stokes, Director of Huey’s Hideaway. Time Federal Savings Bank is a community bank looking to continually support our community to make it a great place to live. “We are thrilled to donate to this project that will help encourage outdoor creativity for families and area schools,” states Renée Leinfelder, Medford Branch Manager of Time Federal Savings Bank.
CSB Awards 15 Local High School Students Scholarships as Part of Financial Literacy Program
Community State Bank awarded 15 local high school students scholarships as part of their financial literacy program, known as MyLIFE (My Local Interactive Financial Education). Since the program was launched in 2013 CSB has awarded 54 educational scholarships.
Strength in the Community Scholarship Announces $10,000 Winner
National Bank of Commerce (NBC) has teamed up with Fox21 to present the Strength in the Community Scholarship for the past three years. The scholarship is designed to help lessen the burden of paying for higher education for local students in our region. To apply, students needed to write a 350-word essay about what growing up in the Northland means to them. The winners were chosen by the Scholarship Committee of the Duluth Superior Area Community Foundation. Through the scholarship program ten students receive $1,000, one student receives $5,000 for best essay only, and one student receivers $10,000 for overall essay and additional criteria. At the scholarship ceremony Avantika D’Cruz-Wigren from Ashland, WI was announced as the big $10,000 winner. The Duluth Superior Area Community Scholarship Foundation will work with Avantika to make sure the funds are properly allocated to her each semester. In the fall she will go on to study Wildlife Ecology at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point.
Farmers Savings Bank’s Executive Chairman Mary Jo Ceniti (pictured below) was honored on June 18 with the WBA Lifetime Service Award. Ceniti has been with Farmers Savings Bank since 1969, Bookkeeping, loan, teller, loan secretary, human resource, vice president, and president are all positions that she has held in her half-century with the bank. Congratulations!
Forward Bank recently made a $50,000 donation toward the Elk Lake Park Splash Pad project. The project to add a splash pad to the already popular Elk Lake park will create a center piece for the community that families will enjoy for years to come. “A donation of this magnitude is part of our mission to give back to our community,” commented Bill Sennholz, President & CEO of Forward Bank. “Our community support is how we pay dividends to our owners. Instead of sending checks to individuals, we invest in our community with projects like the splashpad.”
First National Bank of River Falls celebrated Employee Appreciation Day on Friday, March 1 through a Donuts & Donation theme. Employees enjoyed donuts and directed a donation of $100 in their honor to a non-profit organization of their choice. As a result of the celebration, 41 different non-profit organizations are putting $7,400 into action thanks to FNBRF employees! The following local non-profit organizations received donations as part of the celebration: Adoray Home Health & Hospice, Autism Support Group of St. Croix County, Basics for Local Kids, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northwest Wisconsin, Benefit for Tanner Kelm, Ellsworth Area Ambulance Service, Family Resource Center St. Croix Valley, Free Clinic of Pierce & St. Croix Counties, Funsters of Ellsworth, Grow to Share, Halos of the St. Croix Valley, Have a Heart, Helping Hands for Pets, Hudson School District’s Raider Network, Our Neighbor’s Place, Pierce County 4-H Horse Committee, Prescott American Legion, Prescott Area Food Pantry, Prescott K-9 Fund, Prescott Lion’s Club, River Falls Community Food Pantry, River Falls Lion’s Club, River Falls Sunshine Fund, River Falls Wildcat Band Boosters, River Falls Youth Hockey Association, St. Bridget’s Catholic Church, St. Croix Animal Friends, St. Croix Central School District Backpack Program, St. Joseph Parish School, Turningpoint for Victims of Domestic and Sexual Assault, United Way St. Croix Valley, and Walk On Therapeutic Riding.
Wisconsin Bankers Association Employee Benefits Corporation, Inc. is pleased to announce that Racheale Ward has accepted a part-time position in EBC as an account manager.