Bank First adds Waupaca-based bank group

Bank First National Corporation (BFNC), the holding company for Bank First, has completed a merger with Waupaca Bancorporation Inc., the holding company for First National Bank, effective Oct. 27.

The systems conversion took place over the weekend of Oct. 27–29 and the Waupa- ca, Weyauwega, Clintonville, Iola, Seymour and Chetek branches officially opened as Bank First branches on Monday, Oct. 30.

“We are very excited to welcome the customers, shareholders, and employees of First National Bank,” stated Mike Molepske, president and chief executive officer of Bank First National Corporation. “The merging of these two institutions results in a much stronger organization, and together, we will continue to be deeply connected and involved in the communities we serve. Our valued customers can expect to receive highquality, personalized care and service from our team of bankers.”

“We are extremely pleased to be joining our friends at Bank First, a long-standing organization focused on community banking,” stated Jim Rothenbach, Waupaca Market CEO and former president and chief executive officer of First National Bank. “With the merger complete, our customers will now have access to a wider range of products and services, an expanded branch network, and a larger team of bankers dedicated to providing superior financial solutions that are value driven.”

In conjunction with the merger, Bank First will be adding two new board members to its team – Peter J. Van Sistine and Robert J. Wagner.

Van Sistine, executive vice president of FIS, the world’s largest provider of financial technology solutions, will contribute his expertise in the financial technology sector.

Wagner, former board member of First National Bank, will utilize his experience to provide great insight into the Waupaca market.

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