Bank of Wisconsin Dells announced the retirement of Senior Vice President (SVP) and Chief Lending Officer, Paul Schaller, for July 10th, 2020. Schaller joined the Bank of Wisconsin Dells in 2008 with over 25 years of prior lending experience in the South Central Wisconsin market.
“We appreciate the leadership and energy Paul has brought to the bank. His devotion to our team has been instrumental in the growth and success of our bank,” says bank President, Scott Rockwell. “We will certainly miss Paul as a part of our team, but wish him and his family the very best throughout his retirement years.”
In reflecting on his time with the bank, Paul had this to say:
Spending the last 12 years of my 40-plus-year banking career with the Bank of Wisconsin Dells has been very rewarding. The community banking model is alive and well at the bank. With community member ownership, local decision-making and a commitment to the communities we serve; ending my career with the Bank of Wisconsin Dells has been a joy. My focus has always been the customer and that is the overall focus of the bank. The growth of the bank in my 12-year tenure is a testament to that customer focus.
I want to thank all my customers and business associates for making my time at the Bank of Wisconsin Dells so enjoyable. As a stockholder of the bank, I will enjoy watching the continued success and the commitment from all the employees to serve our communities well. Thank you to all those who have made my career fun. Again, especially my customers!
The Community Bank of Portage’s Outstanding Citizen Scholarship committee awarded its 2020 recipients. Portage High School graduates, Gabrielle Garrigan and Katelyn Zajicek, were each presented one $2,500 scholarship. This scholarship is awarded each year to two Portage High School seniors who demonstrate a strong commitment to improving the quality of life for people in his or her school and community.
Pictured from left, Ben Brancel, Katelyn Zajicek, Gabrielle Garrigan and Anastasia Kinney.
Bank Announces Promotions
Bank of Wisconsin Dells announces the promotion of Scott Rockwell as President. Scott joined the bank in 1995 as a Vault Attendant and Customer Service Representative. In 1999, he became a Consumer/Residential Lender, and shortly thereafter was promoted to VP/Commercial Loan Officer. Scott was promoted to Executive Vice President in 2018. He assumes the presidency from Jon Bernander who will continue in his role as Chief Executive Officer (CEO).
“Scott has been a loyal employee of the bank since his teenage years, starting in the vault rolling coin,” says CEO, Jon Bernander. “He’s worked his way up through the ranks over the past 24 years. Along with furthering his educational goals of attaining his Bachelor’s and MBA degrees, Scott is a recent alumnus of the University of Wisconsin Graduate School of Banking. The Board of Directors are fully supportive of this transition and are very confident in Scott’s leadership abilities.”
- Bank Donates $100,000 to Dells School District - December 2019
- Bank Supports St. Clare Foundation's Initiative - December 2019
- Bank Announces Miller Promotion - December 2019
- Bank Welcomes Schwartzer - November 2019
- Bank Announces Promotions - October 2019
- Bank Supports Fight Against Brest Cancer - October 2019
- Maki Celebrates 25 Years - September 2019
- Bank Awards Youth Apprenticeship Students - September 2019
- Bank Supports Baraboo Children's Museum - August 2019
- Bank Recognized in Top 200 Healthiest Banks - May 2019
- Bank Awards Multiple Scholarships - May 2019
- Bank Announces Retirement of Suemnicht - May 2019
- Bank Wears Blue to Show Support for Fight Against Child Abuse - April 2019
- Bank Announces Promotions - February 2019
- Quilts of Valor on Display at BWD - February 2019
- Bank Welcomes Timm - November 2018
- Bank Supports Fight Against Breast Cancer - October 2018
- Presenting Sponsor of 23rd Annual Golf Outing for Kids - July 2018
- Bank President Celebrates 35 Years - July 2018
- Bank Supports Community Foundation - June 2018
- Bank Awards $2,500 Scholarship - May 2018
- Bank Wears Blue to Support Fight Against Child Abuse - April 2018
- Walsh-Laehn Graduates Intro. to Commercial Lending School - April 2018
- Cascade Mountain Recognized by SBA - April 2018
- Pizza Ranch Opens in Watertown - April 2018
- Bank of Wisconsin Dells' Director Honored - March 2018
- Holtz Builders, Inc. Recognized for Bank Renovation - March 2018
- Bauer Awarded WBA Scholarship - March 2019
- Bank Joins Golden Oak Legacy - January 2018
- Bank Welcomes AVP/Commercial Loan Officer, Walsh-Laehn - January 2018
- Quilts of Valor on Display at BWD - January 2018
“Our bank and staff remain committed to the communities we serve, not only through monetary support, but also volunteer and leadership participation,” says bank president, Jon Bernander. “We’re excited for the benefits this new school will bring to future generations.”
Bank of Wisconsin Dells would like to congratulate Senior Vice President and COO, Tammy Maki, on 25 years with the bank.
Tammy 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 Tammy. “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.”
Bank of Wisconsin Dells is beyond grateful for the time and effort Tammy has committed throughout these 25 years. Congratulations and thank you, Tammy!
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!”
Pictured from left, Allison Anderson, Scott Rockwell, Brooke Albers and Aspen Eide. Shayla Stefan not pictured.
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.
Bank of Wisconsin Dells was also recognized in 2015 by DepositAccounts’ list of Top 200 Healthiest Banks in America, placing 118th. Each year, DepositAccounts.com evaluates over 5,000 federally insured banks within the United States on their financial health. Ratings are graded on a number of factors – including capitalization, deposit growth, loan quality and loan reserve ratios – in order to determine a comprehensive health score.
Bank of Wisconsin Dells and its branches joined Columbia County Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) in wearing blue on April 17th, 2019, in support of “I am for the Child Day”.
Wisconsinites were encouraged by CASA to wear blue and call attention to the issue of child abuse and the need for advocates. The bank held an internal fundraiser, pledging a $5 contribution to CASA for every bank employee wearing blue. Between its three branches, Bank of Wisconsin Dells was able to raise $350. Contributions will be used to empower CASA volunteers serving children in Columbia County.
For more information regarding CASA, visit: http://columbiacountycasa.org/
The organization hopes to attract volunteers, raise funds and collect as much fabric and quilt-making items as possible leading up to the event. Since its founding in 2003, the organization has donated more than 119,000 quilts to veterans and those touched by war.
The deadline for registering for the event is Jan. 31st, 2019, and registration forms are available in the Bank of Wisconsin Dells' main branch lobby.
Bank of Wisconsin Dells demonstrated its continued support for the Easter Seals Wisconsin Camps in Wisconsin Dells by being the presenting sponsor of the Annual Golf Outing for Kids. This sponsorship will assist in supporting the organization’s camps for children and adults with disabilities. The event was held on Wednesday, June 27th, marking the 23rd year of the signature fundraiser for the organization.
The officers, directors and employees of Bank of Wisconsin Dells would like to congratulate President and CEO, Jon Bernander, on 35 years with the bank. Jon began his tenure with Bank of Wisconsin Dells in 1983 as a Commercial Lender, working his way into upper-level management. In 2006, Jon was promoted to the role of President/CEO, and was later elected in 2008 as Chairman of the Board for Dells Bancshares, Inc.
Jon, a Pardeeville native, attended the University of Stevens Point, graduating in 1978 with a degree in Psychology. In 1988, he graduated from the University of Wisconsin Graduate School of Banking. Jon has 40 years of banking and financial experience, beginning with a five-year employment with ITT Finance.
The bank is appreciative of Jon’s continued inspiration, guidance and leadership.
Bank of Wisconsin Dells has recently joined the Greater Sauk Community Foundation's Founders Society with a sizable gift contributed toward the Foundation's endowment fund.
"We are honored to welcome the Bank of Wisconsin Dells as our partner in giving back to the community,” says Foundation Executive Director, Robin Whyte. “Bank of Wisconsin Dells has a long history of local engagement, and their gift helps to guarantee the Foundation's future. Together we are supporting education, the arts, conservation, local culture, and our area's most vulnerable residents. We commend the Bank of Wisconsin Dells for their vision and commitment to long-term charitable giving."
The Greater Sauk Community Foundation is a local charity established to promote private philanthropy and encourage local gifts to serve local needs. Governed by a volunteer board of community leaders, the Foundation is based in Baraboo and serves all of Sauk County as well as six contiguous counties. The Foundation is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year and has distributed more than $3 million in charitable gifts and grants since its inception.
For more information, contact the Greater Sauk Community Foundation, PO Box 544, Baraboo, WI 53913, www.greatersauk.org, 608-355-0884.
The Scholarship Committee of Community Bank of Portage Outstanding Citizen selected its first recipient, Portage High School Senior, Caitlin Warren, to be awarded one $2,500 scholarship. The senior graciously accepted her award at the high school’s award night from bank director, Ben Brancel, in early May of 2018.
The Community Bank of Portage Outstanding Citizen Scholarship is given to high school seniors who have demonstrated social responsibility and a strong commitment to improving the quality of life for people in his or her school and/or community through community service involvement and personal integrity.
Bank of Wisconsin Dells and its branches joined Columbia County Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) by wearing blue on April 18th, 2018 for “I am for the Child Day”.
In honor of Child Abuse Prevention Month, bank employees wore blue on this day to show support for children. Additionally, the bank held an internal fundraiser which
encouraged employees to wear blue, promising a $5 contribution to CASA per participating employee. Between its three branches, Bank of Wisconsin Dells was able to raise $250 which will be used to empower CASA volunteers serving children in Columbia County.
Bank of Wisconsin Dells’ Commercial Loan Officer, Tanya Walsh-Laehn, graduated from the Wisconsin Bankers Association (WBA) Introduction to Commercial Lending School in late March, 2018 here in Wisconsin Dells. The curriculum is designed to provide bankers with a basic understanding of the principles and concepts of commercial lending.
Tanya has worked with Bank of Wisconsin Dells for the past three months and is actively involved in Adams County Rural Development and the Mauston Future Farmers of America (FFA) Alumni. In her role at the bank, Tanya works with commercial customers, assisting them in attaining their financial goals.
Cascade Mountain, owned and operated by Rob and Vicki Walz, was recognized by the Small Business Association (SBA) for its success as a family-owned business. In addition to being one of 17 Wisconsin winners, Cascade Mountain was also honored by SBA for its 2016 expansion which included expanding the lodge and base area, increasing snow production, and adding eight ski trails and two chair lifts.
Second generation owners, Rob and Vicki Walz, purchased Cascade Mountain in 2006 from parents, Phil and Adele Walz, who purchased it in 1977. Sons, Adam and Evan Walz, are also involved with the family business. The Walz family hopes to one day transfer Cascade Mountain to the third generation.
Pictured: Cascade Mountain owners, Vicki and Rob Walz
After announcing its plans in 2017 to open a new location in Watertown, Wisconsin, Pizza Ranch recently celebrated its new Ranch opening with a ribbon-cutting, accompanied by their associates and representatives from Bank of Wisconsin Dells, Watertown’s Mayor and Chamber of Commerce.
Pizza Ranch ownership group purchased the vacant building located on Watertown’s Church Street in 2017, and immediately started a 5-month project to convert the building to a Pizza Ranch restaurant. The Watertown Pizza Ranch employs approximately 50 employees. They are one of over 200 stores in this rapidly growing restaurant franchise known for its Legendary Pizza and Crispy Ranch Chicken.
Pictured: Pizza Ranch Team accompanied by partners and Bank of Wisconsin Dells representatives.
Tom Diehl, Director at Bank of Wisconsin Dells, is being honored by NorthWestern Financial Review as an “Amazing Outside Director” for 2018. Tom’s 27 years with the bank and his overall value to the local economy has ignited this well-deserved recognition.
“Tom understands the value of well-thought-out strategic planning and the maintaining of good, conservative banking philosophies,” says Jon Bernander, President and CEO of the bank. “His understanding and oversight of sound Risk Management practices is yet another strength that he brings to the Board.”
Prior to locating to the area, Tom was a professor at the esteemed Cornell University. Bernander largely credits Tom’s keen business sense and vast knowledge of finance to the bank’s ability to weather though the tough economic times, and thrive during the good. This is especially evident in the Board’s decision-making when faced with the complexities of servicing—what the banking industry often considers, high risk industries.
Aside from his role at the bank, Tom has been a visionary leader in the Wisconsin Dells Visitor and Convention Bureau successes, played a key leadership role following 2008’s Lake Delton water-way breach, was instrumental in the development of the Premier Resort Tax which benefits several tourism areas across Wisconsin. Additionally, Tom and wife, Margaret, own and operate the regionally-acclaimed Tommy Bartlett Show.
“Tom’s biggest value to not only our bank, but the entire local economy, is that he does what he says he will do—leadership by action, not just words,” says Bernander. “He is truly deserving of this prestigious recognition.”
The Bank of Wisconsin Dells’ Lake Delton Branch was recently recognized as being among the most impressive and unique construction work in 2017. Holtz Builders, Inc. (HBI), received a Silver Projects of Distinction – Restoration & Renovation Award by Associated Builders & Contractors (ABC) of Wisconsin for the project.
“There are six independent expert judges who use stringent criteria such as onsite safety, unusual circumstances or challenges and the overall quality of construction delivered to the customer,” said John Mielke, ABC of Wisconsin President. “Projects that receive awards are not only unique, but impressive!”
Bank of Wisconsin Dells announced its plans to renovate and expand in September 2016. Officers and directors of the bank were joined by representatives from Architectural Design Consultants (ADCI), Holtz Builders and the Village of Lake Delton as the project was unveiled at the ceremonial ground breaking. The renovation and expansion was completed by June 2017 as expected.
The Projects of Distinction Awards, which recognizes projects built on merit, were presented February 15, 2018, at the Glacial Canyon Conference Center in Wisconsin Dells. Nearly 400 attendees were on hand to experience the many high-quality projects that ABC member contractors delivered for business and industry. In all, 45 projects were recognized with gold and silver awards
See more photos of the Lake Delton Branch Renovation:
About Associated Builders and Contractors
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The Wisconsin Bankers Association (WBA) has named Molly Bauer, Vice President/Human Resources Officer at the Bank of Wisconsin Dells, as recipient of the Graduate School of Banking’s Human Resource Management School Scholarship. Graduate School of Banking Human Resource Management School is a week-long premier banking school held at the University of Wisconsin-Madison that combines critical human resource issues with the business of banking.
This $1,050 scholarship, established and funded by the Herbert V. Prochnow Educational Foundation, furthers the goal of supporting banker education. The scholarship is made available annually to a selected individual who has demonstrated outstanding leadership and a commitment to his or her community and to the banking industry.
The Wisconsin Bankers Association sponsors the Graduate School of Banking through its membership in the Central Sates Conference of State Bankers Associations. Rose Oswald Poels of the Wisconsin Bankers Association is a member of the school’s Board of Trustees.
Bank of Wisconsin Dells recently became the 97th member of the SSM Health St. Clare Foundation Golden Oak Legacy Society at St. Clare Hospital, Baraboo.
The Golden Oak Legacy Society honors and recognizes friends of the St. Clare Foundation who generously gift $5,000 or more to the Foundation's endowment, permanent investment portfolio. All gifts to the endowment last forever, with only the fund's investment income used to purchase medical technology and fund program sponsorships for St. Clare Hospital facilities.
Pictured Left to Right: SSM Health St. Clare Hospital President Laura Jelle, SSM Health St. Clare Foundation Executive Director Julia Randles, Bank of Wisconsin Dells President Jon Bernander and Nancy Zingsheim, President of St. Clare Foundation Board of Director's.
The Bank of Wisconsin Dells is pleased to announce the hiring of Tanya Walsh-Laehn ( NMLS #553127 ) as Assistant Vice President/Commercial Loan Officer. In her role at the main bank, Tanya will be working with commercial customers, assisting them in attaining their financial goals.
Tanya, a native to Mauston, graduated from Upper Iowa University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration and minor in Finance. She began her financial career in 2005 as a Mortgage Residential Officer at a corporate institution located in Mauston, Wisconsin and was later promoted to Branch Market Manager at the same institution in Adams, Wisconsin.
“We are very pleased to have Tanya join our commercial lending team,” stated bank president, Jon Bernander. “She brings a wealth of knowledge and experience that will be beneficial as we continue to grow.”
Tanya currently resides in Mauston, Wisconsin with husband, Seth, and daughter, Chloe, on their family farm, known as Walsh Grain Farms. She enjoys spending time with her family and the great outdoors—whether it be hiking or relaxing at the lake.
The Quilts of Valor (QOV), a national group that aims to cover service members and veterans touched by war with comforting and healing quilts, invites you to join in their National Sewing Day on February 3rd, 2018 at the Kilbourn Public Library from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Dells QOV member, Joanne Van Wie, and husband, John Van Wie, joined bank President, Jon Bernander, at the Bank of Wisconsin Dells' main branch to kick off their effort in promoting the event by hanging a quilt in the bank's lobby. Additionally, Bernander committed $200.00, on behalf of the bank, to help kick start their fundraising campaign.
Pictured from left: John Van Wie, Joanne Van Wie, and bank president, Jon Bernander.
QOV hopes to attract volunteers, raise funds and collect as much fabric and quilt-making items as possible leading up to the event. Items needed include sewing machines as well as red, white, blue, neutral-colored and patriotic-themed fabrics, roller cutters, cutting mats, rulers, scissors, pins, seam rippers, etc.
The Deadline for registering for the event is Jan. 31, and registration forms are available in the Bank of Wisconsin Dells' main branch lobby.
Since its founding in 2003, Quilts of Valor has donated more than 119,000 quilts to veterans and those touched by war.
For more information on The Quilts of Valor please visit http://www.qovf.org/.
Quilts of Valor National Sewing Day
February 3, 2018
Place: Kilbourn Public Library
Time: 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
What to Bring: Sewing machine, red, white, blue, neutrals, Patriotic fabrics (or whatever scrap fabrics you want to use), roller cutter, cutting mat, ruler, scissors, pins, seam ripper, etc.
You may have your own QOV quilt design or you may choose to make the half square triangle as a group. Lunch, beverages and snacks will be provided.
Please call Joanne (608) 393-0354 or Barb (608) 254-2658 for any questions.