Port Washington State Bank promotes two
Ron Knaus, Heather Mader take on new responsibilities

News Graphic Staff

Dec. 31, 2018

PORT WASHINGTON — Port Washington State Bank has announced the promotion of two of its experienced community bankers in steps to support its two newest branch locations.

In a news release, PWSB announced:

■ Ron Knaus has been promoted to vice president/business development officer.

Knaus, a 30-year banking industry veteran, joined PWSB in 2015 and helped successfully launch the Thiensville branch where he served as branch manager.

In his new role, Knaus will continue to assist with growing and maintaining relationships in Thiensville and now Mequon, where the bank recently announced an expansion with a new branch on North Port Washington Road.

“Ron embodies the role of community banker and has quickly earned trust and respect from citizens and businesses in Thiensville. We are pleased to expand his role to represent us in both markets,” said James S. Schowalter, senior vice president and chief credit officer for Port Washington State Bank.

“To know Ron is to know that communities are invaluable to him,” Schowalter added. “It’s why he looks forward to helping current and future clients succeed while supporting the community and elevating the PWSB brand.”

■ Heather Mader has been promoted to assistant vice president/branch manager of the bank’s Thiensville location.

“Heather has elevated the care of our customer base while also fostering the bank’s brand within the community,” said Schowalter. “Heather’s expanded role will empower her to continue the community bank tradition for years to come.”

Mader, a 13-year community banker, has been with PWSB for seven years and has served in many roles with the bank, most recently joining the then-new Thiensville staff as a personal banker.

Port Washington State Bank is a full-service community bank, locally owned and operated for 120 years. Headquartered in Port Washington, the bank is principally owned and led by the 3rd, 4th and 5th generation descendants of the founder. The bank has locations in Port Washington, Belgium, Fredonia, Saukville, Grafton, Cedarburg, Thiensville and Mequon.

With assets of $570 million, it ranks in the top 15 percent of banks as to size in Wisconsin.

Visit www.pwsb.com for more information.