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SNBT Community Leadership Award Honors Mike Biehl

Pictured left to right are: John Reinke, SNBT Chairman of the board, presents the SNBT Community Leadership award to Mike Biehl with Patty Hassemer.

Mike Biehl, local Marinette business owner, recently accepted the Community Leadership Award from The Stephenson National Bank & Trust (SNBT). Now in its third year, this award highlights one of SNBT’s Core Values: Community Leadership, and will be given annually to a person, a business, or a non-profit organization.

Biehl was chosen for a number of reasons. Most recently, he donated a two-story building in Marinette to become a rehabilitation and transformation center for Marinette County Corrections. The Group Hope Association named the building in his honor, Biehl Bridges to Recovery Center.

He has also been a pivotal employer in the region. In June 2015, he was a critical member of restarting the papermill in Manistique, Mich. In doing so, he received the Rick Snyder Spirit of Entrepreneurship Award for the impact on that region by employing over 100 individuals. Additionally, he owns numerous businesses in Marinette, Menominee, and Peshtigo employing roughly 100 people.

“You may not know this about Mike, but he is a ‘quiet’ humanitarian. In other words, he silently does good deeds, not to get noticed, but because he loves this community,” said Dan Peterson, SNBT president and CEO. “This is our chance to share some of those good deeds. Mike cares about seeing this area succeed and has a passion to reinvest in the community.”

“It’s just what we do,” said Biehl. “It’s not like you think about doing it, it simply works out. We’re just blessed that we can help out. It’s [Biehl Bridges to Recovery Center] going to turn into a good thing for the community. They have it in their hearts to make it work, and I’m just part of it.”

He continued by saying “Thank you. It’s a true honor to do what I do and an honor to receive this award. I would like to thank everybody that also supports the entire area. Let’s just keep going. I’m sure there’s a lot of things we can keep doing together and many that I’m sure we plan on doing. Thank you Stephenson National Bank & Trust and the entire team.”

The Community Leadership Award was presented to Biehl at a small ceremony and is a miniature replica of the sculpture “Eye of the Storm” created by local artist Rusty Wolfe and erected on the SNBT Marinette Campus. Wolfe and Kim Brooks received the inaugural award from SNBT for their leadership in the public art movement.