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Jim Popp

Banking and Finance
President and CEO
Johnson Financial Group  |  Racine

Jim Popp leads Johnson Financial Group Inc., the Racine-based, family-owned holding company of Johnson Bank and Johnson Insurance Services with $14 billion in assets under administration, 1,200 employees, and more than 30 locations across Wisconsin and Minnesota. Popp was named president of Johnson Bank in 2017 and CEO of JFG in 2018, following nearly three decades at JPMorgan Chase & Co.

Education: MBA, DePaul University Kellstadt Graduate School of Business

Hobby/passion: “My hobby is golf, although I wouldn’t necessarily call it a passion. I love to play, especially with my wife, my boys or good friends. I (also) love to build things, fix things or design things.”

First car: “I had a 1976 Volkswagen Rabbit. How long did I drive it? Too damn long!”

Favorite restaurant: “I’m a steak guy, so any great steak place works for me. The Farmstead in Cedarburg is a favorite.”

Fun fact: “Most know me as a banker for the past 35 or so years, but I actually spent two years from 1999 to 2001 running a small, podiatry supply business with my father-in-law. As a former banker, it was a great experience being on ‘the other side of the table,’ and I gained a whole new perspective. After a few years, it became apparent that there was one too many family members in the family business – and that turned out to be me! So, I went back to banking.”