Brian Holtz is the branch
manager of Johnson Bank in Mequon.
Photo by Mark Justesen
45-year-old company with banking offices sprinkled
throughout Wisconsin has officially made its foray into
Johnson Bank expanded its footprint as it opened its newest
branch in Mequon, bringing the Racine-bank financial
institution’s latest count of offices up to 40. The bulk – 35
branches – are in Wisconsin, while the balance are in Arizona.
changing consumer tastes – including a growing proliferation of
people who do their banking online or through mobile devices –
Johnson Bank leaders assert the decision to open a new bank
office at a time when many competing financial institutions are
closing branches had to do, in part, with customer requests.
held an official grand opening Dec. 9, at the Mequon Road
branch. Several hundred people attended the gala, including a
few local officials and members of Mequon’s business community.
Hernandez, president of Johnson Bank’s Milwaukee area offices,
said the decision to locate in Mequon was logical. He pointed to
the city’s recent ranking as one of the top suburbs to live in
the United States by the publication Business Insider.
“Mequon is a
special place, and we’ve got some special leadership here,”
Bolger, CEO of Johnson Bank’s corporate parent, Johnson
Financial Group, echoed Hernandez’s sentiments during last
week’s celebratory event. He pointed to the growth of Mequon and
its surrounding communities as one of the top reasons behind
locating in the community.
has been appointed to serve as the manager of the Mequon branch.
While Holtz is new to Johnson Bank, he is not a stranger to
Ozaukee County. He brings to the position a decade of experience
in the financial industry within the area, most recently at BMO
holds memberships to several local organizations, including a
role on the Mequon-Thiensville Chamber of Commerce.
Additionally, he serves as president of the Fisher Woods
addressed the hundreds of attendees at the grand opening event,
Holtz, a Wauwatosa native, said he was “thrilled to death” about
helping cement Johnson Bank’s presence in Ozaukee County.
Johnson Bank Mequon branch office, located at 1555 W. Mequon
Road, has a long history as a financial institution. It was
previously an M&I Bank branch office.
When M&I was
acquired by BMO Harris Bank and eventually adopted its
nameplate, a decision was made to close M&I’s Mequon branch
office since BMO Harris already had a nearby branch office at
1425 W. Mequon Road.
Bank revamped the site prior to taking up residence.
“Congratulations on your move,” said Alderman John Hawkins, who
was among the Mequon elected leaders in attendance at the grand
opening. “This is a beautiful building.”
the celebration of Johnson Bank’s latest chapter, Bolger also
paused to reflect on the financial institution’s history.
are new to Mequon and Ozaukee County, we have a long and rich
history in Wisconsin,” Bolger said. “We needed to be in Ozaukee
County and Mequon. We want to invest in this community, and
we’re happy to be here.”
Bank has close lineage to another Wisconsin institution, SC
Johnson: A Family Company, the fifth-generation household
cleaning manufacturer that also is based in Racine and proudly
trumpets its family ownership structure.
Samuel C. Johnson, who at the time was a fourth-generation
family member at the helm of SC Johnson, founded Johnson Bank
with the principles of personal service and relentless community
Johnson died in 2004. His daughter, Helen, represents a
fifth-generation family member at the helm of Johnson Financial
Group. She serves as chairwoman of the corporate parent.
to Johnson Bank, a separate company, Johnson Insurance, also
falls within the corporate umbrella. Combined, the two
operations employ more than 1,000 people.
vantage point, Bolger said he envisions future growth for
Johnson Bank, even as competing institutions are retrenching on
“We think we
are uniquely positioned as a privately held Wisconsin company,”
Bolger said. “We’re very thankful for the reception that we’ve
received (in Mequon).”
1555 W. Mequon Road, Mequon