Waukesha State Bank to open New Berlin branch

Waukesha State Bank will host a grand opening for its New Berlin branch during the week of June 24.

The 5,800-square-foot building was a Harris Bank when it closed in October 2012 and Waukesha State Bank purchased it from BMO Financial Group in December 2012.

It will offer retail banking, mortgages, investments, wealth management and trust, and commercial and small business lending. There is also a community room that will be available to nonprofits and civic groups in the area for free.

The branch, located at National Avenue and Sunnyslope Road, will host community activities, special events and promotions for new customers during the grand opening week.

Prize drawings will be held for electronics, a grill and a restaurant package. There will also be games for children and a prize wheel where guests can win giveaway items.

An official ribbon cutting will be held on Thursday, June 27 at 4 p.m. Waukesha County Executive Dan Vrakas and New Berlin Mayor Dave Ament will be in attendance.

Monica Fransen will serve as manager at the bank’s 14th location. She will be responsible for hiring a staff, hosting community events, developing customer relationships and daily operations.

Fransen has about 15 years of banking experience in Waukesha County, most recently as branch manager at Associated Bank in Brookfield Square. She also has experience opening a new branch, which she did for M&I Bank in New Berlin in 2007.

“We are pleased to be joining the New Berlin community with our newest office next month, and to welcome Monica to oversee this new office. Monica is not only a native of New Berlin, but has worked extensively in the New Berlin community throughout her banking career,” said Waukesha State Bank President Ty Taylor. “Over the years, we’ve received steady feedback from residents of New Berlin that they would like to see us—a locally owned community bank—in their community. We are confident that our one-on-one, personalized approach to banking, and our comprehensive list of products and services, will be a great fit for this community.”

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