Test of time: Poised for the future

Thought Leadership: Anniversaries

North End branch
North End branch

Some things stand the test of time. Diamonds and gold certainly come to mind. Founded 100 years ago, so does North Shore Bank. High-touch customer service, always doing right by their customers and community, and sound financial principles and practices, has led to the bank’s rich history and promising future.

“As a community bank, our standout and strength are the relationships built in the communities where we do business,” said Jay McKenna, president and CEO of North Shore Bank. “From helping businesses grow to helping families handle their day-to-day finances, we’re with our customers every step of the way. Across 100 years, we’ve been a reliable, trusted financial partner to tens of thousands, and we’re just getting started.”

North Shore Bank was founded in 1923 by several teachers. It first opened in the back of a hardware store in Shorewood, Wisconsin. With one location, 10 employees and $22,000 in assets, the bank’s beginning was only a handful of years before the Great Depression that would test America’s fortitude and economic systems and security. Now headquartered in Brookfield, North Shore Bank survived and thrived, growing exponentially over the coming decades. 

The bank has seen expansion throughout southeast Wisconsin and beyond through newly constructed offices and acquired multiple banks, growing services into Waukesha, Ozaukee, Kenosha, Racine, and Washington Counties, as well as Appleton, Door County, Green Bay, and more. 

In 2004, North Shore Bank opened the first full-service branch inside a multicultural supermarket on Milwaukee’s near southside, offering culturally supportive banking services and bilingual financial literacy to improve access to banking opportunities for the area’s Latino community.   

Today, North Shore Bank has 43 branches across eastern Wisconsin and northern Illinois, over 400 total employees, a strong commitment to each community it serves, and dedication to offering easily accessible and culturally suitable services to all. 

With tailored banking solutions for businesses of all shapes and sizes, North Shore Bank is a trusted partner of longevity, proven and time-tested for 100 years. 

The bank has helped its business clients navigate all kinds of ups and downs, from recessions to pandemics and beyond. The bank is heavily invested in helping businesses thrive and communities flourish because of its commitment to serve as their advocates, advisors, neighbors, and friends. 

For the past 100 years, North Shore Bank has been leading the way in supporting the banking needs of the community. From the launch of the first video teller/ATM in the state unveiled in Kenosha to generating nationwide support to address the country’s coin shortage and recirculating nearly $1 million in coin, the bank is consistently focused on meeting the needs of local businesses and communities. 

“We are thankful to be able to celebrate our 100th year with our local communities, dedicated employees, and valued business partners – we wouldn’t be reaching this milestone without each of them,” added McKenna.

North Shore Bank will be celebrating its 100th Anniversary throughout Milwaukee and statewide throughout 2023.

North Shore Bank
15700 W. Bluemound Road
Brookfield, WI 53005

Jay McKenna is the president and CEO of North Shore Bank. Previously serving as president and COO, Jay has been at the community bank for nearly 25 years.