First Bank Financial Centre

First Bank Financial Centre
155 W. Wisconsin Ave., Oconomowoc
www.fbfcwi.com
Industry: Financial services
Employees: 204

First Bank Financial Centre in Oconomowoc was founded in 1859, the year before President Abraham Lincoln took office. It’s the second oldest chartered bank in Wisconsin, and recently celebrated it’s 155th anniversary.

Its storied history and its dedicated customers have helped drive the success of the bank in recent years.

“The unique aspect of our bank is that our customer bank contains people whose families have banked with us for generations,” said Mark Mohr, president and chief executive officer of the bank. “We’re privately held, and truly a community bank dedicated to downtown Oconomowoc and its surrounding communities.”

First Bank has expanded its footprint to include 12 full-service branches in Waukesha and Ozaukee counties. It has also added approximately 100 employees over the past five years.

“It’s our employees who are making this happen,” Mohr said. “We’re really proud that despite how the economy has been over the past six or seven years we’ve still been able to grow. That’s quite an accomplishment, and it’s because of our employees.”

According to Mohr, the employee base is more like family. They work together to make the business grow and truly invest in the communities where they work.

“About 85 percent of our employees and 100 percent of our management staff give back to the communities in terms of volunteering, services and donations,” Mohr said.

First Bank manages approximately $800 million in assets and plans to continue its progression of organic growth, Mohr said. The company is focused on expanding in four key areas: its branch network, its small business lending division, its residential lending and its wealth management services.

“Our business is money,” Mohr said. “Anyone can copy what we do here on the surface level. Our differentiating factor is really the enthusiasm and quality of our employees. I’m so proud of them; it’s fun to come to work here, and it’s great to be recognized for that.”

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