Press Releases

Bank Supports St. Mary Catholic School

January 2022

Check Presenation
Pictured from left: Anastasia Kinney, Brandon Wegner, Josh Schuenemann (Prinicpal), Fr. Gary Krahenbuhl (Pastor), Scott Rockwell, Jamie Hahn (Director of Advancement), and Eric Czarnecki

Community Bank of Portage, a branch of Bank of Wisconsin Dells, recently presented St. Mary Catholic School with a $10,700 donation. This contribution supports the school’s playground renovation in the summer of 2022.  A new structure and poured playground surface will provide a safer playground for their current students and to those who use the playground after school hours.  Community Bank of Portage is proud to support this local project enriching the community.  


Bernander Celebrates 40th Anniversary

November 2021

WBA scholar group

Bank of Wisconsin Dells would like to congratulate Senior Vice President and Chief Credit Officer, Kevin Bernander, on 40 years with the bank. Kevin began his career with Bank of Wisconsin Dells in 1981 as a Consumer Lender, eventually transitioning to the Lake Delton Branch Manager where he directed all branch operations and later served as the Chief Lending Officer for a period of 13 years. In 2017, Kevin was promoted to Senior VP/Chief Credit Officer where he oversees and leads the credit department on behalf of Bank of Wisconsin Dells.

“It’s been a blast,” says Kevin. “Watching our customers and staff grow and become successful has been one of the many things I like most about working here. I am happy to be a part of it all.”

We are beyond grateful for Kevin’s dedication and service to our team and this community throughout his 40 years. Congratulations and thank you, Kevin!


Anderson Awarded Scholarship

June 2021

WBA scholar group

The Wisconsin Bankers Foundation has named Bank of Wisconsin Dells Customer Service Representative, Allison Anderson, one of four Wisconsin students to receive a $2,000 scholarship. A selection committee made up of bankers chose the four scholarship winners from nearly 200 applicants. These scholarships are awarded annually to students who are currently pursuing higher education and employed by member banks.

Bank of Wisconsin Dells President and CEO, Scott Rockwell, joined Wisconsin Bankers Foundation Chair, Rose Oswald Poels, in presenting Allison with her scholarship. Allison has worked with the bank for almost three years and will be attending her senior year at UW-Whitewater.

 


Bauer Celebrates 25th Anniversary

June 2021

Bank of Wisconsin Dells would like to congratulate Vice President and Human Resources Officer, Molly Bauer, on 25 years with the bank. Molly began her career with Bank of Wisconsin Dells in 1996 as a seasonal Customer Service Representative during high school and continued to work each summer while attending college. After earning her bachelor’s degree, she transitioned to the role of Human Resources Assistant and Operational Support. Molly attained the Human Resources Officer role in 2005 and was promoted to Vice President in 2017.

“BWD has been a part of my life for every milestone: graduations, marriage, and children,” says Molly. “The bank has provided me opportunities to develop my career and continue growing through continuing education and mentoring. I am fortunate to be with an organization that values work-life balance and I look forward to the next 25 years…or so!”


Kinney Earns Certificate

June 2021

Anastasia Kinney successfully earned her certificate from the Introduction to Commercial Lending School, held April 19-21, 2021 in Madison, WI. Sponsored by the Wisconsin Bankers Association, the curriculum is designed to provide bankers with a basic understanding of the principles and concepts of commercial lending. The faculty is comprised of bankers who are considered authorities in their respective fields.

Anastasia has served as Business Development Officer at the Community Bank of Portage since 2016. She excels in building and maintaining relationships with customers, as well as developing business deposits and small business lending accounts.


Bank Awards Scholarships

May 2021

CBOP Scholars 2021Pictured from left: Eric Czarnecki, Scott Rockwell, Morgan Fimreite, Emma Kreuziger, Ben Brancel, Heather Meyer, and Anastasia Kinney

Bank of Wisconsin Dells is pleased to announce the hiring of Eric Czarnecki as Assistant Vice President and Commercial Loan Officer at the Community Bank of Portage. Eric grew up in Mauston, WI and brings nearly 20 years of financial experience. He graduated from UW-La Crosse with a bachelor’s degree in finance and earned his MBA from the University of Wisconsin MBA Consortium. 

Eric is relocating to the Portage area from Tomah, WI and is excited to immerse himself into the Portage business community through charitable events and participation in service organizations. In his spare time, Eric enjoys spending time with his family and staying active through running, tennis, pickleball and competing in pool tournaments.


Bank Awards Scholarship to Palmer

May 2021

Palmer and RockwellBank President/CEO, Scott Rockwell, presenting 2021 Education Scholarship to Avery Palmer

Bank of Wisconsin Dells recently awarded its 2021 Educational Scholarship to Wisconsin Dells High School valedictorian, Avery Palmer. Bank President and CEO, Scott Rockwell, presented Palmer with the $10,000 award to be attributed towards the scholar’s first two years of college. The Bank of Wisconsin Dells Educational Scholarship is given out in perpetuity through an endowment scholarship program with the Wisconsin Dells Education Foundation. 


Bank Welcomes AVP/Commercial Loan Officer, Czarnecki

April 2021

 

Bank of Wisconsin Dells is pleased to announce the hiring of Eric Czarnecki as Assistant Vice President and Commercial Loan Officer at the Community Bank of Portage. Eric grew up in Mauston, WI and brings nearly 20 years of financial experience. He graduated from UW-La Crosse with a bachelor’s degree in finance and earned his MBA from the University of Wisconsin MBA Consortium. 

Eric is relocating to the Portage area from Tomah, WI and is excited to immerse himself into the Portage business community through charitable events and participation in service organizations. In his spare time, Eric enjoys spending time with his family and staying active through running, tennis, pickleball and competing in pool tournaments.


Bank Donates to Portage Family Skate Park Project

January 2021

Portage Skate Park Donation Presentation
Pictured from left: Heather Meyer, Kyle Little, Anastasia Kinney, and Dan Timm

Community Bank of Portage recently contributed $1,000 to phase three of Portage Family Skate Park’s project. The $180,000 project will add 3,525 square feet to the park’s existing 10,000 square feet of ramps and skating area.

The group is accepting donations and business sponsorships for its third and final phase for the park. If you would like to donate visit portageskatepark.org for details, or Prairie Flower Beads at 210 W Cook Street in Portage to make a donation and purchase Portage Family Skate Park merchandise.


Bank Announces Promotions

January 2021

2021 BWD Promotions

Bank of Wisconsin Dells is pleased to announce the promotion of Tracy Stowell, Matt Schaefer, and Julie Van Der Wilt.

Tracy joined the Bank of Wisconsin Dells in 2003 in our Loan Processing Department.  Not long after joining BWD, Tracy was selected for a role in our Information Technology Department and later transitioned to our Deposit Compliance/BSA Officer for a period of time.  Tracy was sought out once again for her years of experience in technology and banking as our VP / Information Technology Director. 

Matt has been part of the Bank of Wisconsin Dells team since 2003.  He began his career with the bank as a Loan Officer and quickly elevated within the organization as VP/Compliance Officer, working with various departments in the bank and fulfilling multiple other roles along the way.  Matt is being promoted to VP/Credit Officer as he continues to play a greater role in our credit department.

Bank of Wisconsin Dells welcomed Julie in 2019 as our AVP/Assistant Compliance officer.  She has been a great addition to our Compliance team and will lead this department in her new role as VP/Compliance Officer.

Congratulations Tracy, Matt, and Julie on your well-deserved promotions!


Rockwell Named Bank of Wisconsin Dells CEO

January 2021

The Bank of Wisconsin Dells Board of Directors have appointed President Scott Rockwell to assume the additional role of Chief Executive Officer (CEO) as of January 1, 2021. Rockwell was promoted to President in 2020 and has accepted the CEO responsibilities from Jon Bernander who will continue in his role as Chairman of the Board.

“I am grateful for the trust placed in me by the Board of Directors and honored to be appointed CEO,” stated Rockwell. “I thank Jon for his mentorship, and look forward to building upon his contributions to the bank. We remain fully invested in the future success of our customers, employees and communities we serve, while delivering value to our shareholders.”

Rockwell joined the Bank of Wisconsin Dells in 1995 as a Vault Attendant and Customer Service Representative, later transitioning to commercial lending. After working in several areas of the bank, along with attaining his Bachelors, MBA and Graduate School of Banking degrees, Rockwell was promoted in 2018 to Executive Vice President in preparation to succeed Bernander as President and CEO.


Bank Donates to Reedsburg Helping Hands

January 2021

Pictured from left: Sarah Hegg, Brett Schwartzer, Scott Rockwell, Rita Mead, and Kim Pearson

Bank of Wisconsin Dells showed its support for Reedsburg Area Helping Hands by presenting a $2,000 donation toward helping children and families in need. The non-profit serves families within the Reedsburg school district year-round by providing food, clothing, toys and other necessary items.

Anyone wishing to donate to Reedsburg Area Helping Hands can do so. Send monetary donations to Reedsburg Area Helping Hands, 624 N. Willow St., Reedsburg, WI 53959, or visit reedsburgareahelpinghands.org.


Bank Donates to Sleep in Heavenly Peace – Portage

January 2021

Sleep in Heavenly Peace Check Presentation

Pictured from left: Dan Timm, Scott Rockwell, Brian Scheibach, Anastasia Kinney and Heather Meyer

Community Bank of Portage showed their support for the Portage chapter of Sleep in Heavenly Peace by presenting a $2,000 donation toward furnishing beds for children and families in the area. The organization works to build and supply bed frames, mattresses and bedding for local families who cannot afford to purchase these items. Sleep in Heavenly Peace has built and delivered more than 500 beds in the community since the Portage chapter began in 2018.

Families in need of beds are encouraged to submit a request by visiting www.shpbeds.org/chapter/wi-portage. Beds are available to families as single beds and bunk beds, or a combination of both.