Port Washington State Bank names staff for Mequon branch

By Gary Achterberg

Jan. 29, 2019

MEQUON — Port Washington State Bank Jan. 22 announced the team formed to lead its newest branch in Mequon, which will open this spring.

The bank plans to open its eighth branch early this year at 10509 N. Port Washington Road.

Here are the personnel moves:

■ Joe Gutsmiedl has been promoted to assistant vice president-branch manager of the Mequon office, bringing with him 20 years of management experience, with 13 of those years spent in retail business.

“Joe has proven to lead by example within our bank, and we’re proud of the relationships he's built with our customers and our employees,” said James Schowalter, PWSB’s senior vice president- chief credit officer. “Joe has an inherent ability to develop strong, dynamic relationships, which will serve as the foundation for our newest endeavor in Mequon.”

Gutsmiedl is a graduate of Winona State University.

■ Patryk Schmeling will serve as Personal Banker 1.

“Patryk has delivered top-notch customer service and consumer lending expertise for PWSB customers for the last five years, most recently at our Fredonia office,” Schowalter said in a news release. “We know our Mequon patrons will value Patryk’s proactive, customer- centric approach to community banking which will further his success in the years to come.” Schmeling is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

■ Clara Levine has been promoted to Customer Service Representative 2. She is celebrating her third year with PWSB after spending five years in retail roles.

“Clara exemplifies the customer service standards that PWSB has been known for, and we look forward to seeing her continue to grow within the bank in the coming years,” Schowalter said.

The 4,300-square-foot Mequon branch will be located in the former Associated Bank location. PWSB’s Mequon location will be a full-service branch, offering personal banking along with commercial and mortgage lending, all on site.

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 third-, fourth- and fifth-generation descendants of the founder.

The bank has locations in Port Washington, Belgium, Fredonia, Saukville, Grafton, Cedarburg, Thiensville and Mequon.

With assets of $600 million as of Dec. 31, 2018, it ranks in the top 15 percent of banks as to size in Wisconsin.

More information is available online, www.pwsb.com.