Wisconsin Bank & Trust Announces Key Leadership Changes and Additions; Doug Kohlbeck Named President

Wisconsin Bank & Trust (WBT), a member of Heartland Financial USA, Inc. (NASDAQ: HTLF) that operates under the brand name HTLF, has announced several key leadership changes and additions to the team as Doug Kohlbeck is named President and John Hintze has been hired as Senior Vice President, Director of Middle Market.

Doug Kohlbeck has been promoted to President of WBT and will serve on the bank’s Board of Directors.  Kohlbeck joined WBT in July of 2020 as EVP of Commercial Banking. This promotion reflects his hands-on leadership and as president, Doug will continue to strategically align the commercial team for growth and help WBT grow across the state. Doug has served as a leader in the commercial and business banking space for over 25 years at various financial institutions.

“We are fortunate to have Doug Kohlbeck take over as President at Wisconsin Bank & Trust,” said Steve Ward, CEO of Wisconsin Bank & Trust.  “Doug has an unwavering commitment to serving customers and dedication to community involvement. His customer-focused leadership approach makes him perfectly suited to lead Wisconsin Bank & Trust into the future,” Ward concluded.

WBT has also added key talent with John Hintze joining the organization. John brings over 20 years of commercial banking experience and will serve as the Senior Vice President, Director of Wisconsin Middle Market, assisting middle market companies with their growth objectives.

John most recently served as the Senior Vice President in Middle Market Banking at U.S. Bank in Madison.  He is a UW-Green Bay graduate and currently serves on various boards in the Madison area including the Madison Children’s Museum, American Heart Association and Capital Off-Road Pathfinders.  John also serves on the board of directors for My Choice Wisconsin located in Milwaukee.

“John is a very experienced commercial banker with a demonstrated and proven track record in the banking industry,” said Doug Kohlbeck, President, Wisconsin Bank & Trust. “We’re excited to continue to expand our commercial banking team in Wisconsin as John brings deep industry knowledge and a skillset that matches our core strategy to bring meaningful tangible value to our clients that is even more important today given the rapidly changing business environment.”

WBT is a member bank of HTLF, an $18 billion holding company with locations in 12 states. HTLF’s strength and resources match those of regional and national banks, but with strong local leadership and local decision making.  WBT offers advanced lending, treasury and payment solutions, retirement planning services and more, including high touch private banking with advanced technology offerings.

By, Cassie Krause