Press Releases


 Bank Announces Promotions
 
January 2019
 
Bank of Wisconsin Dells is pleased to announce recent staff promotions. We invite you to join in congratulating the following employees on their well-deserved promotions.

 Scott Rockwell   Scott Rockwell | Executive Vice President
 
Sean Brennan  Sean Brennan | VP/Commercial Loan Officer/Security Officer
 
 Keara Brecka  Keara Brecka | Consumer & Residential Mortgage Loan officer
 
 Theresa Hoppmann headshot  Theresa Hoppmann | AVP/Personal Banker
 
Additional promotions: 
Tammy Maki | SVP/Chief Operations Officer
Tracy Stowell | AVP/BSA/Compliance Officer
Kathy Mackesey | AVP/Personal Banker

Quilts of Valor on Display at BWD
 
January 2019
 
Quilts of Valor, a national group that aims to cover service members and veterans touched by war with comforting and healing quilts, has displayed two quilts in the lobby of Bank of Wisconsin Dells’ main branch in an effort to promote National Sewing Day. The group invites you to join in their National Sewing Day on February 2nd, 2019, at the Kilbourn Public Library from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

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.
Quilts of Valor lobby display
Quilts of Valor members, Barbara Sigmund and Joanne Van Wie, joined the bank’s Executive Vice President, Scott Rockwell, to kick off their effort in promoting National Sewing Day.

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.
 
For more information, please call Joanne (608) 393-0354, Barb (608) 254-2658, or visit http://www.qovf.org/.

2019

  • Bank Announces Promotions - February 2019
  • Quilts of Valor on Display at BWD - February 2019

2018

2017


Bank Welcomes Commercial Loan Officer, Timm

November 2018
 
Bank of Wisconsin Dells is pleased to announce the hiring of Stephen Timm, Commercial Loan Officer. In his role at the main bank, Stephen will be working with commercial customers, assisting them in attaining their financial goals.
 
Commercial Loan Officer - Stephen Timm headshot
Stephen, graduated from the University of Wisconsin Stevens Point (UWSP) with a major in Business Administration and minor in Economics. Stephen started his financial career in 2012 with Wisconsin Business Development as a Commercial Loan Underwriter.
 
“We are very pleased to have Stephen join our commercial lending team,” stated bank president, Jon Bernander. “He brings a wealth of knowledge and experience that will be beneficial as we continue to grow.”
 
 
 

Bank Supports Fight Against Breast Cancer

October 2018
 
Bank of Wisconsin Dells presented a $2,400 check to Sauk County Bosom Buddies to support the fight against breast cancer. During the month of October, employees at all Bank of Wisconsin Dells locations were given the option to donate $5.00 weekly for the opportunity to wear jeans and a pink shirt on that corresponding Friday—better known internally as Go Pink Fridays! Proceeds were collected and matched by the bank. 
 
Bank presenting check to Bosom Buddies organizationIn addition to this internal fundraiser, each branch had a designated Breast Cancer Awareness table set up in lobbies encouraging customers to participate in a “Coin Drop” game. Customers were instructed to drop a quarter into a large water-filled jar and attempt to get it into a shot glass placed at the bottom. Those who successfully got their quarter into the shot glass won a small pink goodie bag. All coins were collected, matched by the bank and added to the overall donation.
 
Bosom Buddies is a breast cancer support group for breast cancer patients and survivors who meet to share experiences and information about the side effects of treatments, reconstructive surgery, doctors and nurses, family member difficulties, counseling options, hair loss, where and how to purchase a wig and prosthesis, sexuality, useful library and other resources.
 
Bosom Buddies meets the fourth Wednesday of each month from 7-9 p.m. at the Sauk Prairie Healthcare Campus in Café Conference room. Meetings are informal and there is no fee to participate in the group. Call Pam Schreiner, RN facilitator, at 608-643-0986 or email pinklady@merr.com for more information. You’re not alone! 
 

Banker Celebrated for 50 Years of Service

September 2018
 
Bank of Wisconsin Dells’ Commercial Lender, Connie Suemnicht, was honored at the Wisconsin Bankers Association (WBA) Management Conference in Madison—one of the largest banking events in Wisconsin, on September 12, 2018. Connie and the other inductees were recognized by WBA’s Lifetime Service Award for providing extraordinary service to Wisconsin’s financial industry.
 
connie pictured with WBA team and award.
Connie joined Bank of Wisconsin Dells in March of 2011. She came to the bank with over 44 years of banking experience, with an emphasis on commercial lending, compliance and SBA lending. The bank is appreciative of Connie’s continued commitment and hard work.
 
The Wisconsin Bankers Association is the state’s largest financial industry trade association, representing nearly 270 commercial banks and savings institutions, their nearly 2,300 branch offices and 23,000 employees.
 
 
Pictured: David Werner (WBA Chair), Connie Suemnicht, Rose Oswald-Poels (President & CEO of WBA)
 

Presenting Sponsor of 23rd Annual Golf Outing for Kids

July 2018
 
Bank representatives present at Easter Seals Golf Outing

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.

In just one day of golf, over $120,000 was raised for Easter Seals Wisconsin Camps. Hosts Pat and Barry Richter, along with numerous celebrity athletes, enjoyed a day on the course with 230 fellow golfers playing at Wild Rock Golf Club at the Wilderness and Trappers Turn Golf Club, two world-class courses located in Wisconsin Dells. Following the event, players had the opportunity to visit Camp Wawbeek and meet the children with disabilities benefiting from the funds raised, and learned firsthand what makes Easter Seals Wisconsin Camps so special.
 

Bank President Celebrates 35 Years

July 2018
 

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.

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Bank Supports Community Foundation

June 2018

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.


Bank Awards $2,500 Scholarship

May 2018

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.

Bank director awarding PHS recipient scholarship

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.








 

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Bank Wears Blue to Support Fight Against Child Abuse

April 2018

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.


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Walsh-Laehn Graduates Intro. to Commercial Lending School

April 2018

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.


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Cascade Mountain Recognized by SBA

April 2018

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



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Pizza Ranch Opens in Watertown

April 2018

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.

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Bank of Wisconsin Dells' Director Honored

March 2018

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.”

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Holtz Builders, Inc. Recognized for Bank Renovation

March 2018

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:

https://www.dellsbank.com/lake-delton-branch-renovation 

About Associated Builders and Contractors

Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) is a national construction industry trade association established in 1950 that represents more than 21,000 members. Founded on the merit shop philosophy, ABC and its 70 chapters help members develop people, win work and deliver that work safely, ethically and profitably for the betterment of the communities in which ABC and its members work. Visit us at www.abcwi.org.

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Bauer Awarded WBA Scholarship

March 2018

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.

Molly Bauer

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.

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Suemnicht Named One of Wisconsin's Top Lenders

February 2018

WBD Inc. (formerly Wisconsin Business Development) has recognized Bank of Wisconsin Dells’ Vice President/Commercial Loan Officer, Connie Suemnicht, as one of Wisconsin’s top eight lenders. This award recognizes eight lenders from across Wisconsin as WBD Elite Lending Partners for their success in helping small business get the financing they need to grow, create jobs and build communities.

Pictured with award: Connie Suemnicht of Bank of Wisconsin Dells, Member FDIC, and Kyle Kuntz of WBD, Inc.

"WBD has helped thousands of businesses and worked with hundreds of banks and lenders, but this group has distinguished itself as our top lending partners, proving time and again they will put the needs of their customers first when it comes to helping their small business customers get the financing they need to grow and succeed," explained WBD President/CEO Dan Schneider.

These lenders have distinguished themselves by helping 10 or more businesses move forward by partnering with WBD to provide business financing solutions. Their combined efforts have identified 100 financing projects in 22 different counties, placing over $165 Million into the hands of these small businesses for growth and expansion.

"This group shares our commitment growing our economy by investing in the ideas, ingenuity and hard work of small businesses across Wisconsin. Together these projects have created 791 new jobs and helped retain another 741 existing jobs." stated Schneider. “We are especially proud that ¼ of all the businesses financed by this group over the years were owned by women.”

WBD's relationships with local lenders are true partnerships that work in the best interests of the businesses they serve. Local lenders work hard to keep their finger on the pulse of the communities they serve and are committed to finding ways to help small businesses with big dreams realize their potential.


About Wisconsin Business Development

Since 1981, Wisconsin Business Development (WBD) has been partnering with Wisconsin financial institutions to provide business financing solutions to help small businesses grow and keep our economy strong. As a SBA Certified Development Company, WBD is able to access financing solutions that help reduce risk for lenders and improve terms for borrowers, helping more small businesses get access to capital for growth and expansion. WBD is proud to have funded more than $2 billion of development projects which have created more than 50,000 jobs statewide.


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Bank Announces Promotions

February 2018

Bank of Wisconsin Dells is pleased to announce the following staff promotions:

Kim Pearson, VP & Retail Sales Manager, to Senior Vice President.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Scott Rockwell, VP / Commercial Loan Officer, to Senior Vice President.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Keara Brecka

Keara Brecka ( NMLS# 1299601  ), to Consumer & Residential Mortgage Loan Officer.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Bank Joins Golden Oak Legacy

January 2018

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.

Bank president pictured with SSM Health Oak Legacy group

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.

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Bank Welcomes AVP/Commercial Loan Officer, Walsh-Laehn

January 2018

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. 

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Quilts of Valor on Display at BWD

January 2018

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.

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Bank Donates to Pauquette Park Pavilion

December 2017

The Bank of Wisconsin Dells and Community Bank of Portage, Member FDIC, recently donated $5,000 toward a band shell to be built in Pauquette Park located in Portage, presently being fund-raised by the Portage Service Club Association (PSCA). 

Pictured from left back row, Marianne Hanson of the Portage Chamber, Anastasia Kinney of Community Bank of Portage, Mike Hurd of PSCA, Jon Bernander of Bank of Wisconsin Dells, Nancy Beasley of PSCA, Ben Brancel of Bank of Wisconsin Dells Board of Directors, Heather Meyer of Community Bank of Portage, and from left front row sitting, George Beasley and Nancy Schaper of PSCA.

“Our bank continues to be a strong supporter of the community,” stated bank president, Jon Bernander. "We see this wonderful project as one that will truly benefit the entire Portage area and one that will further enrich community pride.” 

The funds raised by PSCA will go toward a pavilion, handicap accessible restrooms, four-foot wide sidewalk, and enhance the park’s overall amenities.

“Portage Service Club Association is grateful to Community Bank of Portage for the generous donation of $5,000 to go toward the building of the pavilion at Paquette Park,” said PSCA President, George Beasley. “It demonstrates a wonderful community support from the bank.”

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Community Banks Support the Fight Against Breast Cancer

November 2017

The Bank of Wisconsin Dells and Community Bank of Portage presented a $1,250.00 check to Columbia County’s, Pink Ribbon Angels , to support the fight against breast cancer.

During the month of October, employees at all Bank of Wisconsin Dells locations were given the option to donate weekly for the opportunity to wear jeans and pink shirts on that corresponding Friday—better known internally as Go Pink Fridays ! In addition to this internal fundraiser, each branch had a designated Breast Cancer Awareness table set up in the lobbies to honor the month and help give a voice to those affected by breast cancer.

Pictured from left is Lori Schultz of the Lake Delton branch,Jill Decker of Pink Ribbon Angels, Heather Meyer of Community Bank of Portage,Tracey Pierce and Sarah Morrin of the Bank of Wisconsin Dells’ main bank.

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BWD Employee Graduates Personal Banker School

November 2017

The Bank of Wisconsin Dells’ Personal Banker, Maggie Kutina, graduated from the Wisconsin Bankers Association (WBA) Personal Banker School mid-October, 2017 in Wisconsin Dells. The curriculum is designed to provide bankers with the skills they need to better serve the needs of their customers by increasing their product knowledge and providing exceptional customer service.

Maggie has been an employee at the Bank of Wisconsin Dells since August, 2012 and just recently transitioned from Customer Service Representative (CSR) at the Lake Delton branch to her current position as Personal Banker at the main bank. The Bank of Wisconsin Dells is pleased to have Maggie in her newfound position and appreciative of her continued commitment.


Pictured: Bank of Wisconsin Dells’, Member FDIC, Personal Banker, Maggie Kutina.


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Commercial Lenders Awarded Diplomas

September 2017

The Bank of Wisconsin Dells proudly recognizes Commercial Lenders, Scott Rockwell, Travis Bolcerek and Brandon Wegner, for completing their education at the prestigious Graduate School of Banking at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. The group was awarded diplomas on August 11, 2017, at the Graduate School of Banking’s 73rd commencement ceremony.

Graduates pictured from left to right: Vice President Scott Rockwell, Vice President Travis Bolcerek and Vice President Brandon Wegner.

The School, sponsored by state bankers associations from across the central United States, as well as the University of Wisconsin-Madison, was established in 1945 to provide bankers with an opportunity for advanced study and research in banking, economics and leadership. Instruction at the Graduate School of Banking takes place during two-week resident sessions for three consecutive summers, along with comprehensive study between summer resident sessions. The curriculum focuses on the management of strategic issues faced by banking executives and financial services industry professionals.

The Graduate School of Banking enrolls approximately 600 US and international professionals each year. More than 85 esteemed academicians, economists, government officials, and industry professionals comprise the School’s faculty. 

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CBOP's Theresa Hoppmann Celebrates 20 Years

September 2017

The Bank of Wisconsin Dells would like to thank the Community Bank of Portage’s Personal Banker, Theresa Hoppmann, for her 20 years of hard work, dedication and commitment.

Theresa has been in the banking industry for 27 years. After moving from Minnesota to the area, she joined the Bank of Wisconsin Dells’ family in 1997, accepting her current position as a Personal Banker at the Portage branch, Community Bank of Portage. Theresa resides in Dalton, Wisconsin with her husband, Jon, and 9-year-old daughter, Emma.

“I feel blessed and privileged to work for such a great organization,” says Theresa.

The Bank of Wisconsin Dells and Community Bank of Portage are beyond grateful for the time and effort Theresa has committed throughout these 20 wonderful years. Congratulations, Theresa!

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BWD Ranked No.1 Leasing Business in Four State Region

July 2017

The Bank of Wisconsin Dells secured the number one spot for Leasing Businesses in Bankers’ Bank four state region for fiscal year 2016. By the end of the fiscal year, Bankers’ Bank processed several transactions with the Bank of Wisconsin Dells' team which totaled over $2.2 million in new business.

“The equipment leasing program is a great tool for our customers to receive 100% financing (no down payment) on business equipment,” said Vice President and Product Manager, Travis Bolcerek. “The program does not apply strictly to traditional equipment; almost any type of equipment qualifies. No longer are there large fees and penalties, which are commonly associated with traditional leases. The lease program offers flexible payment structure, a fixed rate for term of the lease, can help meet your tax objectives, and is now available at your community bank.”

In addition to this esteemed ranking, the Bank of Wisconsin Dells was recognized for a number of other achievements for fiscal 2016. Bauer Financial awarded Bank of Wisconsin Dells its five-star, or “superior”, rating for a second year in a row. This rating is measured on a one through five-star scale and is based on data filed Dec. 31, 2016 with the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation. The bank also received the Small Business Association’s (SBA) Lender with the Most 504 Loan Participations award as well as placing in the top 100 out of 6,800 community banks nationwide.

Pictured: Senior Vice President and Chief Lending Officer, Paul Schaller, congratulating Vice President and Product Manager, Travis Bolcerek, for the bank's leasing accomplishments. 

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SBA Honors Bank of Wisconsin Dells

July 2017

The Bank of Wisconsin Dells received the Small Business Association’s (SBA) Lender with the Most 504 Loan Participations award for fiscal 2016. In addition to being one of 11 Wisconsin lenders recognized by SBA for its commitment to small businesses in fiscal year ending Sept. 30, 2016, the Bank of Wisconsin Dells also placed in the top 100 community banks nationwide, ranking 95th out of 6,800. The bank received its award May of 2017 at the Wisconsin Lenders Conference.

The Bank of Wisconsin Dells’ lending team—equaling 135 years of lending experience combined, pictured with SBA’s Lender with the Most 504 Loan Participations award. From left, front row: Connie Suemnicht and Paul Schaller; from left, back row: Travis Bolcerek,Brandon Wegner, Scott Rockwell, Bob Wachuta and Sean Brennan.

“At the Bank of Wisconsin Dells we have been able to use the SBA 504 lending program to help our customers finance purchases and expansions of businesses with significantly less down payment requirements,longer amortizations, and offer them long term, up to 20 year, fixed rates on a portion of their financing package,” said Senior Vice President and Chief Lending Officer, Paul Schaller.

“This public private partnership with the SBA has allowed us to better serve the communities and customers we represent. As a community bank, anytime we can find programs that help our customers  improve the rates and terms they can finance their project with, it is a win, win, win. The customer, the community, and our bank are all winners!"

"We are very proud of this award. I want to compliment my lending team for their efforts in delivering this valued program to our customers and most of all we are ALL very pleased to be able to use this program to the benefit our customers and communities.”

Wisconsin’s lending dollars increased in the previous year by more than 8 percent at $656.8 million. Of the 1,656 loans made in Wisconsin, 578 (approx. 36 percent) were made to new businesses. New and existing companies benefit from SBA’s main lending program because it guarantees the loans made by banks and other lenders—thus, reducing the risk for the lender.

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CBOP's Barb Marz Celebrates 20 Years

July 2017

Barb Marz The Bank of Wisconsin Dells would like to thank the Community Bank of Portage’s CSR Supervisor, Barb Marz, for her 20 consecutive years of hard work, dedication and commitment.

Barb began her career with the Bank of Wisconsin Dells in 1977 as a Customer Service Representative (CSR). After relocating to her home state, Illinois, and raising her beautiful family, the bank was thrilled to have Barb return in 1997 as a CSR at its Portage branch, Community Bank of Portage. In May of 2013, Barb accepted her current position as CSR Supervisor.

“I have so appreciated the working relationship and friendship I have with my ‘family’ in Portage and extended ‘family’ at the main bank and Lake Delton branch through the years,” said Barb. “It has been my pleasure and privilege to serve our customers and community.”

The Bank of Wisconsin Dells and Community Bank of Portage are beyond grateful for the time and effort Barb has committed throughout these 20 wonderful years. Congratulations, Barb!

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BWD Promotes Smith

May 2017

The Bank of Wisconsin Dells is proud to announce, Tammy Smith, as the new Vice President of Operations. In her position as Vice President of Operations, Tammy, will focus on project management, supporting the general operations of the bank as well as overseeing IT, Deposit Operations and Loan Processing departments.

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BWD's Lori Schultz Celebrates 35 Years

May 2017

Imagine of Lori Schultz The Bank of Wisconsin Dells would like to thank Assistant Vice President and Lake Delton Branch Manager, Lori Schultz, for her 35 years of hard work, dedication and commitment!

Lori joined the Bank of Wisconsin Dells as a Customer Service Representative at the Lake Delton location in 1982. She was promoted to Customer Service Representative Supervisor in 2009, then to Branch Manager and Assistant Vice President in 2012. Congratulations Lori! 

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