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Local Financial Services Professional Earns National Certification
Abbotsford, Wisconsin – Vicki Halopka, Compliance Officer for AbbyBank was recently awarded the Certified Regulatory Compliance Manager (CRCM) professional designation from the American Bankers Association. “Earning the CRCM certification validates Vicki’s experience and depth of education in the bank regulatory compliance environment,” said Craig Stuedemann, CEO of AbbyBank.
The CRCM certification is awarded to individuals who demonstrate excellence in the field of bank regulatory compliance. To qualify for the CRCM certification, individuals must have certain levels of experience and education in the compliance profession, pass an exam and agree to abide by a code of ethics. The CRCM exam covers regulatory requirements as they relate to credit, deposits/securities, safety and soundness, information reporting and corporate responsibility.
When Vicki isn’t working you will find her volunteering her time for many organizations. Some of those organizations include; President of the FFA Alumni and Committee Member of the Friends of the Christian Education Baquet. Along with these organizations, she always jumps at the chance to volunteer at bank sponsored events.
Financial services professionals, working through ABA, initiated the CRCM certification and seven others to establish meaningful standards of knowledge in specialty areas of the financial services industry. ABA Professional Certifications formally recognize those who meet these standards and meet professional continuing education and development requirements.
ABA Professional Certifications promote the highest standards of performance in the financial services industry by validating individuals’ knowledge and expertise.
AbbyBank is an independent, community owned bank with assets of $615 million, serving our customers and shareholders with offices in Abbotsford, Appleton, Gresham, Medford, Shawano, Wausau and Weston and online at www.abbybank.com.
ICBA Honors AbbyBank for Exceptional Service During COVID-19
The Independent Community Bankers of America (ICBA) announced AbbyBank as a recipient of its 2020 National Community Bank Service Award for extraordinary efforts to help small businesses, consumers and their communities amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
“We are grateful for the opportunity to support our friends and neighbors and humbled by this recognition from ICBA for doing what we’ve always done—supporting our community through good times and adversity,” said Natalyn Jannene Assistant Vice President of Marketing at AbbyBank.
As consumers and small businesses in urban, suburban, and rural communities grappled with the onset of COVID-19, AbbyBank stepped up as a financial first responder and steward of its community by:
- Working nights and weekends to provide Small Business Administration’s Paycheck Protection Program assistance, processing 392 loans for a total of $26.7M.
- Helping local health care providers collect Personal Protective Equipment (PPE). They collected almost 25,000 first aid items.
- Donating PPE to support essential workers, businesses, local charities, and those in need.
- Delivering gifts and a sense of hope when members of the community needed it most.
“ICBA is proud to honor the extraordinary dedication and commitment of community bankers, whose spirit of service shined through when our country needed it most,” said ICBA President and CEO Rebeca Romero Rainey. “We are so fortunate to represent such thoughtful and compassionate community leaders, and we commend their efforts to go above and beyond, even during times of challenge.”
The 2020 National Community Bank Service Awards, presented by ICBA and sponsored by FIS, generated more than 100 inspirational stories from community banks like AbbyBank a sampling of which is showcased in the September issue of ICBA’s award-winning magazine, Independent Banker.
ICBA founded the National Community Bank Service Awards program in 2002 to celebrate outstanding volunteer efforts and bring national recognition to the unmatched contributions community banks make to help sustain their communities.
AbbyBank Unveils Charitable Foundation's New Name
The Abbotsford Story, Inc., that has served the surrounding communities with its charitable giving since 1986, has a new name: AbbyBank Foundation, Inc.
While the bank’s original location is in Abbotsford, the story has changed. The bank now has seven locations in Central Wisconsin and not everyone realizes that the Abbotsford Story, Inc. is connected to AbbyBank. The name change will help our foundation’s outreach to support all our communities with sustainable donations.
We are excited to launch the AbbyBank Foundation, Inc. name which will carry on the legacy and tradition of giving back to our local communities, states Jennifer Jakel, Executive Vice President and CRA Officer for AbbyBank.
The Foundation remains an independent foundation. Since 1986, AbbyBank has made contributions totaling over $1,366,300 to the foundation. Over the years, the foundation has made donations to Abbotsford, Appleton, Medford, Shawano, Wausau, Weston and neighboring area organizations totaling over $1,002,375.65.
AbbyBank Announces New Appointment to their Board of Directors
AbbyBank welcomes new member Patrick Trinko to the bank’s Board of Directors. Patrick graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree from GMI Engineering & Management Institute in Michigan. He also completed Pre-Med at the University of Wisconsin – Eau Claire. Patrick’s family owns and operates Shawano Ambulance which maintains five ambulances and has a station that is staffed 365 days a year serving nine townships, three villages and the City of Shawano.
Patrick comes to AbbyBank as an accomplished business leader and immense community supporter. He is currently the President of the Shawano County EMS Association, a member of the ThedaCare Medical Center - Shawano Trauma Committee, Northeast and Northcentral Wisconsin Technical College EMS Advisory Committees, Bellin Memorial Hospital Chest Pain Committee and the Stroke Committee, Shawano Community School District Safety Committee and President of the Vilas County Improvement Company Board of Directors.
Patrick was a director for State Bank until October of 2019 when the transaction was completed with AbbyBank. When Patrick is not working, or volunteering, you will find him spending time with his wife Liz and his children, McKenzie and Parker. Like many of us in Wisconsin, he enjoys outdoor activities like snowmobiling, boating, and hunting.
“We are very pleased to have Patrick join the AbbyBank board of directors. We are confident that Patrick’s knowledge of Shawano and Gresham markets will enable us to effectively serve our growing customers base,” states Craig Stuedemann, CEO of AbbyBank.
AbbyBank, Abbotsford Wisconsin and State Bank, Gresham, Wisconsin
AbbyBank announced the closing of a definitive agreement under which State Bank’s assets and liabilities became part of AbbyBank as of October 25, 2019.
“This is an exciting time for all of us,” states Craig Stuedemann, President and CEO of AbbyBank. “State Bank’s customers will find that our resources allow us to offer expanded services and enhanced opportunities to better serve them and their local communities.”
AbbyBank opened in 1968 and the corporate headquarters remain in Abbotsford. The addition of the Gresham and Shawano locations will increase AbbyBank’s assets to approximately $550 million. AbbyBank serves customers with additional locations in Appleton, Medford, Wausau and Weston, Wisconsin.
As of October 28, 2019, customers can utilize all seven locations for their banking needs.
Gerrish Smith Tuck, Consultants and Attorneys, Memphis, Tennessee served as AbbyBank’s financial and legal advisor in the transaction. Ruder Ware, L.L.S.C., Wausau, Wisconsin, served as State Bank’s legal advisor in the transaction, and Edelman & Co., Ltd. served as financial advisor to State Bank and its parent company West End Financial Corporation.
Mike Papendorf Joins AbbyBank as VP Commercial Loan Officer, Appleton Location
AbbyBank welcomes Mike Papendorf as Vice President/Commercial Loan Officer at the Appleton location. Mike joins the AbbyBank team with 17 years of banking experience, 12 of which have been working with clients in many different industries to include; manufacturing, retail, wholesale, and transportation.
Mike is a graduate of UW Oshkosh with a degree in Business Administration and Finance. He currently serves as Treasurer for the Clintonville Area Ducks Unlimited, Crossways Lutheran Camping Ministries, Clintonville Area Foundation and is a Board Member for the Clintonville Area Industrial Corporation.
Mike feels strongly about providing his customers with products and services that help them reach their goals and dreams. Even more important, he enjoys helping people become successful and being part of the experience with them. When he is not working you will find Mike; hunting, fishing, camping and spending time with his kids and helping at their sporting events. Like many of us, in the winter, he enjoys a vacation some place warm!
Garrett Kornman, Senior VP and Senior Loan Officer of AbbyBank, states “We are excited to be able to add Mike to the AbbyBank team and look forward to his contributions toward our continued growth in the Appleton market. Mike’s years of experience and dedication to his customers ensure that he will be a welcome addition to our strong team of bankers currently serving the communities of the Fox Valley.”
AbbyBank's Winning Bid at the Taylor County Fair Helps Benefit the Food Pantry at First Baptist Church in Medford
AbbyBank’s winning bid of a 250-lb. hog at the Taylor County Fair will help feed local families in need in the Medford and surround communities. After the sale, the bank processed the meat and had it delivered to the food pantry at the First Baptist Church in Medford.
“We were thrilled to have been the winning bidder of a hog at the fair. It was great to be able to have a two-fold win and donate that back into the community!” said Sue Ackerman, Vice President and Medford Branch Manager.
AbbyBank & Peace Lutheran Church Partner to Help the Fill a Backpack Fill a Need Campaign
Announcement AbbyBank, Abbotsford Wisconsin and State Bank, Gresham, Wisconsin
AbbyBank, Abbotsford, Wisconsin and State Bank, Gresham, Wisconsin, have entered into a Purchase of Assets and Assumption of Liabilities Agreement that will result in AbbyBank acquiring substantially all of the assets and assuming substantially all of the liabilities of State Bank. The transaction will increase AbbyBank’s total assets approximately $28 million, to approximately $533 million.
Following the transaction, each of State Bank’s current branch locations, one in Gresham, Wisconsin and the other in Shawano, Wisconsin, will be operated as branches of AbbyBank. Financial terms of the deal will not be publicly disclosed. Closing of the transaction is subject to the receipt of all required regulatory approvals.
Craig Stuedemann, AbbyBank’s President, said of the transaction:
“AbbyBank is excited about the opportunity to engage in this strategic transaction with State Bank. AbbyBank looks forward to the opportunity to provide State Bank’s customers the outstanding products and service that AbbyBank’s customers have enjoyed since its inception in 1968.”
Neil Beckman, Chief Executive Officer of State Bank, said of the transaction:
“State Bank looks forward to continuing to work with AbbyBank to bring this transaction to completion. AbbyBank is a great community bank, and the customers, employees and communities of Gresham, Shawano and the surrounding areas will continue to receive the great service they have come to expect from State Bank. We do not think we could have found a better partner in this transaction.”
Gerrish Smith Tuck, Consultants and Attorneys, Memphis, Tennessee served as AbbyBank’s financial and legal advisor in the transaction. Jeffrey C. Gerrish and Greyson E. Tuck served as lead advisors. Ruder Ware, L.L.S.C., Wausau, Wisconsin, served as State Bank’s legal advisor in the transaction, and Edelman & Co., Ltd. served as financial advisor to State Bank and its parent company West End Financial Corporation.
Local Organization Receives $1,500 in Donations
The Abbotsford Story, Inc. is pleased to announce the donation of $1,500 to the EMPD Blue Hearts. The donation will help towards the 5K/10K With A Cop program. This program helps law enforcement officers build relationships with at risk youth. They plan to help teach them the importance of goal setting, self-discipline, empower them with confidence and dedication that will help them live successful lives.
Rocky Road Boutique and AbbyBank join together to support Stepping Stones in Medford
Rocky Road Boutique and AbbyBank presented Stepping Stones with a $200 donation from the proceeds of their boutique party on Sunday, April 7th. Rocky Road Boutique in Stetsonville was AbbyBank’s featured business of the month in April. Both businesses wanted to find a way to team up and give back to the community.
Kendra Socwell, owner of Rocky Road Boutique, suggested Stepping Stones in Medford. “Kendra wanted to give some of her proceeds back to the community that has been so welcoming to her and her new business. After discussing the many wonderful organizations in the area, we agreed Stepping Stones was a great choice,” stated Natalyn Jannene, Assistant Vice President of Marketing for AbbyBank.
AbbyBank Promotes David Klein to Head of Mortgage Division
David has over 30 years of banking industry knowledge, 29 of which have been in real estate lending in the greater Wausau area. David obtained his bachelor’s degree in Business Administration, with an emphasis in Marketing from UW-Oshkosh. He graduated from the Wisconsin Bankers Association's Commercial Lending School and has his Wisconsin Insurance License. He has been a member of the Everest Area Optimist Club for the past 30 years, and has served as treasurer, secretary and board member.
David enjoys working with his customers through the loan process, making sure to be with them each step of the way. He takes pride in providing great customer service which creates a continual robust relationship.
Jenny Jakel, Executive Vice President of Retail, states “David’s expertise in mortgage lending and helpful personality are key factors in successfully navigating the mortgage process for our customers and all involved in each individual home purchase.”
Local Organizations Receive $500 from The Abbotsford Story Foundation
Local Organizations Receive $3,950 from The Abbotsford Story Foundation
Local Organizations Receive $3,100 from The Abbotsford Story Foundation
Local Organizations Receive $2,900 from The Abbotsford Story Foundation
Local Organizations Receive $2,899 from The Abbotsford Story Foundation
Local Organization Receives $15,000 from The Abbotsford Story Foundation
The Abbotsford Story, Inc. is pleased to announce the donation of $15,000 to the Colby Pullers Club for their food and beverage hospitality building. “Colby Pullers Club is excited for the opportunity and partnership with Abby Story Foundation. This grant will allow us to provide permanent structure to the facility and help us make, Pulling for Youth Hunger and Health in 2019 and years to come a great success. The Abby Bank Hospitality Building will be a great addition to the property and the City of Colby,” states Lony Oestreich, Colby Pullers Club.
Sam Tesmer Graduates From Graduate School of Banking & Awarded a Certificate of Executive Leadership
Adam Rekau Joins AbbyBank as Vice President/Commercial Lender & Branch Manager
AbbyBank is an independent, community owned bank with assets of $462 million, serving our customers and shareholders with offices in Abbotsford, Appleton, Medford, Wausau and Weston.