(Left to Right) Rochelle Wittkopf, Member of the Board of Directors; Tom Wittkopf Jr., Chairman of the Board and President/CEO;
and Tom Wittkopf Sr., Director Emeritus at Great North Bank
Tom Wittkopf Sr. Named Director Emeritus at Great North Bank
The Board of Directors for Great North Bank has designated former Board Chairman Tom Wittkopf Sr. as a Director Emeritus for the
bank. “After 55 years of outstanding commitment to our bank and community, it’s an honor to announce Tom Wittkopf Sr. (Tom Sr.) has
received this designation,” said President and CEO Tom Wittkopf Jr. “His work has had an impact that extends far beyond the bank
walls and reached many families, schools, nonprofits, and other organizations that make our communities great.”
The announcement came at a board meeting on December 17, 2020, where Tom Sr. was recognized for his years of service. Tom Sr.
officially retired from the bank’s board of directors on January 1, 2021 and currently remains President of Florence Bancorporation, Inc.,
the bank’s one-bank holding company. Tom Wittkopf Jr., President and CEO of Great North Bank, has been elected Great North Bank’s
Chairman of the Board.
A leader in independent community banking both regionally and nationally, Tom Sr. received numerous awards throughout his
career, including induction into the Wisconsin Bankers Association’s 50 Year Club, President of the Independent Community Bankers
Association (ICBAW), Director of Independent Community Bankers of America for Wisconsin, ICBAW’s Outstanding Banker of the Year,
and various leader in technology awards.
Great North Bank Board of Directors pictured left to right: Todd Kinart, Doug Drexler, J.D.,
Will Wittkopf, Ph.D., Rochelle Wittkopf, Tom Wittkopf, Jr., Tom Wittkopf, Sr., and Nelson Hassell, O.D.
Will Wittkopf, Todd Kinart Announced as New Board Members of Great North Bank
Great North Bank, a leader in family-owned, independent community banking in northern Wisconsin and Upper Michigan since 1891, announces the appointment of Will Wittkopf and Todd Kinart to its Board of Directors. Will Wittkopf, senior vice president of data strategy and analytics for OptumRx (a division of UnitedHealth Group based in Minnesota), was unanimously approved as a new Board member. Will is an international business leader with Florence roots. He is honored to carry on the bank’s guiding principles of independence and service that have been a part of his family and the community for generations. “The addition of Will to our Board of Directors brings valuable experience in areas that will only help us to become a better community bank as we move forward to accept the challenges and opportunities facing the financial services industry in the future,” explains President Tom Wittkopf, Jr.
Great North Bank Promotes Three to Vice President, Welcomes Business Development Officer
Great North Bank announces the promotion of Sara Ferguson, Lisa DeCaire, and Lisa Smith to Vice President. The bank also announced the hiring of Todd Kinart as its Business Development Officer. Todd will also serve on the bank’s Management Team. The announcements came at the end of the summer from President and CEO Thomas A. Wittkopf, and the bank’s Board of Directors have enthusiastically endorsed the promotions.
“We are very proud of these businesswomen who are an integral part of our bank and the financial services we offer to our customers and the communities we serve,” said Board Chairman Allen Wittkopf.
Pictured left to right is Lisa DeCaire, Lisa Smith, Thomas Wittkopf, Todd Kinart, Sara Ferguson
Great North Bank Promotes Amy Davis to Executive Assistant
Amy Davis, Universal Banker/Assistant Mortgage Loan Processor, has been promoted to Executive Assistant. In addition to other duties, she will support the bank’s President and CEO in meeting the needs of Great North Investment Center clients and Great North Bank customers.
“We’re fortunate to have Amy’s experience, enthusiasm, and quest for learning here at our bank,” said Thomas Wittkopf. “Her compassionate attitude toward helping people will be of great help to us in communicating with our clients and improving customer relationships.”
Amy grew up in a family that traveled to follow her Dad’s jobs, from Kansas to New York to Virginia. She graduated from Minnesota State, Mankato, with a Bachelor of Science degree and spent several years as a recreation therapist in nursing home and dementia care in Massachusetts. When she decided a change was necessary, she transitioned to banking and became a Bank Teller, advancing to Assistant Branch Manager. After moving closer to her parents in Three Lakes, Amy returned to banking in Eagle River and Three Lakes, subsequently coming to Great North Bank in June of 2019.
“I love working for this family owned community bank,” says Amy. “I’m excited to learn new ways to help Tom with the Investment Center and with the bank’s business customers.”
Amy Davis, Executive Assistant