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Welcome Matt Nord


Great North Bank welcomes Matthew Nord as its Market President for the Upper Peninsula/Northern Wisconsin region. Matt will provide market-leading service for the bank’s commercial clients as well as developing new long-term business relationships within the region.

“We are pleased to welcome Matt to Great North Bank,” explains Tom Wittkopf, President and CEO of Great North Bank. “Matt brings both extensive banking experience as well as a strong knowledge of the Upper Peninsula/Northern Wisconsin market and what it takes for businesses to succeed here.”

Read the full press release here.



Great Loans for Big Dreams

Is it time for you to buy or build your perfect home? Does the higher property value make a mortgage seem unattainable? Good News: Great North Bank jumbo loans allow you to finance up to $2.5 million on your primary home, second home, vacation home, or investment property. Purchase and construction loans available. Talk to a lender at Great North Bank to find out whether a jumbo loan is right for you. 

Read More – Download Jumbo Mortgage Loan information
Act Now – Contact one of our professional mortgage lenders

Welcome Daniel Stark


Great North Bank is pleased to welcome Daniel Stark, NMLS #1284407, as Assistant Vice President and Mortgage Lender for the Eagle River, Minocqua/Woodruff, Boulder Junction, and Rhinelander region. Dan brings over 15 years of experience in personal and home loans, underwriting, mortgage consulting, and risk/offset analysis. Daniel’s expertise has been built over a career working for banks such as BMO Harris Bank, Wells Fargo, Hometown Bank, and US Bank. His experience has been focused in the Minocqua and Fox Valley regions.

“Great North Bank is a family-owned, independent bank that has been helping homeowners and business owners achieve their dreams through sensible financing for more than a century,” said Dan. “They are experienced lenders, and can make informed decisions quickly because of that. I’m excited to be a part of it.”

Dan is based in Eagle River. For more information, please call Dan at 715.598.9919.


Home Equity Loan Special

What’s on your bucket list? Adventure travel? Remodeling your kitchen? Taking college classes? Improving your health? Buying a new car or truck?
A Home Equity Loan from Great North Bank can help free up cash to live your dream.
• Low rate set at prime
• Borrow up to 80% of the value of your home, less any outstanding balance
• Low closing costs
• Interest may be 100% tax deductible*
Great North Bank’s Home Equity Loan gives you the freedom to help make life’s adventures possible.
Contact Us or apply online today. 

* Consult your tax adviser regarding the deductibility of interest on a home equity loan.

Welcome Tim McKeag


Great North Bank is pleased to welcome Tim McKeag to its team. Tim has been hired as Market President for the Appleton, WI region. Tim brings over 30 years of experience working with small to medium sized businesses in manufacturing, wholesale/distribution, medical clinics, professional services, and commercial real estate.

Tim was previously Vice President of Business Development with First Business Bank Northeast and Market President at The Business Bank in Appleton. He holds a Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree and a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in Management from the University of Wisconsin–Oshkosh.

“I’m excited about the direction Great North Bank is heading,” he said. “Business customers are looking for deep expertise and a banking experience that is tailored to their needs. As an independent family owned bank, Great North Bank is positioned to help businesses meet challenges and reach their potential to stay competitive.”

Read the full press release here.

Saturdays Are Better in Flip Flops!

The great outdoors is calling and it’s time to enjoy life in lake country with family and friends!

Effective June 30, 2017 Great North Bank will have
in Florence, Aurora, and Wausaukee:

Monday – Friday 8:30 am to 4:30 pm, closed Saturdays

Online banking and ATMs are available 24/7. Coming this summer: Mobile Banking! 

Call or click here to sign-up for online banking through one of our personal bankers.

Name Your Great Adventure!

Name your great adventure and at Great North Bank, we’ll help you get there with local decisions, low fees and flexible terms. 

Download our easy Switch Kit below and free 2017 Goals Kit.

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Tom Wittkopf, Senior, Honored for 50 Years of Service

After half a century of service to the community, A. Tom Wittkopf was honored for his dedication and inducted into the Wisconsin Bankers Association 50 Year Club on September 13, 2016 at the WBA Management Conference Dinner Banquet at Lambeau Field in Green Bay.

With Tom in the photo (left to right): WBA President and CEO Rose Oswald Poels; WBA Past Chair, President/CEO of First National Bank – Fox Valley, Neenah Peter Prickett; and WBA Chair, President of Partnership Bank, Tomah Cynthia Erdman.

With Tom in the photo (left to right): WBA President and CEO Rose Oswald Poels; WBA Past Chair, President/CEO of First National Bank – Fox Valley, Neenah Peter Prickett; and WBA Chair, President of Partnership Bank, Tomah Cynthia Erdman.

“The financial services industry has gone through tremendous change in fifty years,” said Wittkopf, “and I am proud to have had such a fulfilling career in banking. When I look back, I think it’s all about helping people and doing what is right. That’s been my personal and professional philosophy throughout my career.” A. Tom Wittkopf began his employment at The State Bank of Florence as a teller and loan officer on June 1, 1966 when his father, Allen C. Wittkopf, was President. When the bank’s holding company was formed in 1980, Allen retired as President of the bank and A. Tom Wittkopf assumed the role of President and CEO. A similar change took place on June 1, 2006 when Mr. Wittkopf announced his own retirement and named his son, Thomas A. Wittkopf, President and CEO, the third generation to lead the family-owned bank. A. Tom Wittkopf remains involved as Chairman of the Board, President of the one-bank holding company Florence Bancorporation, Inc. and an available “consultant” and “historian” to anyone who asks. During his tenure at the bank he was a leader with vision, compassion and the “creativity” to find ways to make peoples’ dreams come true. In addition to being deeply committed to service within his community, Wittkopf was also active in state and national banking organizations, elected by his peers to the board of directors of the Independent Community Bankers Association of Wisconsin.  In 1994 – 1995 he served as the organization’s President and in 1997 was selected by the Community Bankers of Wisconsin as the State’s Community Banker of the Year.  His peers also elected him to represent Wisconsin – District 2 on the board of directors of the Independent Community Bankers of America from 1998 to 2001. “I am both humbled and honored to have been a part of the State Bank of Florence for 50 years of its 125 year history,” said Wittkopf.  “I am thankful for the many hard-working individuals who have contributed to its success and proud to see my son, Tom, continuing our commitment and vision into the future.” 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. Tom will also be recognized with other club inductees at the Wisconsin Bankers Association Bank Executives Conference in Milwaukee, the largest banking event in Wisconsin, on February 6, 2017 for extraordinary service to Wisconsin’s financial industry.


2014 SBA Loan Award Winner

The State Bank of Florence has received the 2014 Wisconsin SBA Volume Lender Award for the most SBA loan approvals made in the State of Wisconsin for banks that have assets between $50 million and $100 million. This is the second time the bank has been recognized for helping small businesses obtain loans to grow their business. “We are proud to receive this award because small businesses and community banks have always worked together to grow local economies Partnering with small businesses is at the core of what we do,” said Tom Wittkopf Jr., bank president and CEO. State Bank of Florence accepted the award at the Wisconsin SBA Lenders Conference in Wisconsin Dells in May. The State Bank of Florence is a community bank in North/Northeast Wisconsin. As an SBA lender, the State Bank of Florence is able to offer financial solutions to start-up and existing businesses that other banks may not offer. As a locally owned community bank, the State Bank of Florence makes decisions and approves loans locally. State Bank of Florence, established in 1891, is headquartered in Florence, Wis., with branch locations in Aurora, Wausaukee, and Eagle River. They offer a full array of banking products and services, as well as consumer and business loans.

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