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Officers & Directors

Board of Directors for Bank First Corporation

Michael G. Ansay
Michael G. Ansay
Chairman of the Board
Michael G. Ansay As sitting Chairman of the board of directors of the Company, Mr. Ansay is also the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Ansay & Associates, LLC, a second-generation independent insurance agency providing integrated insurance, risk management, and benefit solutions to businesses, families, and individuals. In his current role, Mr. Ansay is responsible for developing long-term strategic plans and implementing the mission, vision, and values of the agency to deliver high quality, customer-focused solutions. Under Mr. Ansay’s direction, Ansay & Associates, LLC is one of the fastest-growing companies in Wisconsin and has been recognized as one of the Best and Brightest companies to work for nationwide. Growing from one office to over 20, Ansay & Associates manages the insurance and risk needs of over 12,000 businesses and 35,000 individuals.

Mr. Ansay is also a managing member of Ansay Development Corporation and Ansay International. Mr. Ansay currently serves on the board of directors for the Independent Insurance Agency of Wisconsin, the Bruce Krier Charitable Foundation, and an Advisory Board Member for Dais Technology. Mr. Ansay has also been appointed Honorary Consul of Luxembourg for Wisconsin by Luxembourg’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Mr. Ansay graduated from Marquette University in 1976 with a Bachelor of Science in Finance.

Mr. Ansay became a director of the Company and Bank in February 2010, was appointed Vice-Chairman in February 2012, and assumed the role of Chairman in January 2013. Our board of directors determined that Mr. Ansay is qualified to serve as a director and Chairman of our board based on his extensive experience driving growth, crafting and implementing long-term strategic goals, and his proven ability to bring people together and develop a strong team of leaders.
Mary-Kay H. Bourbulas
Mary-Kay H. Bourbulas
Mary-Kay H. Bourbulas Ms. Bourbulas was formerly a director on the board of Partnership Community Bancshares, Inc., which was acquired by Bank First Corporation, effective July 12, 2019. She is a co-owner, founder and manager of Handen Distillery, a grain to bottle craft distillery located in Cedarburg, Wisconsin. Prior to opening the distillery in 2017, Ms. Bourbulas provided asset-based workout consulting for secured assets and distressed loans from 2006 to 2015. She also has an extensive background in securities management, having begun her career at Stein Roe & Farnham, a former Chicago-based investment advisory firm, in 1985. She then spent fourteen years at Strong Capital Management, where she led the high-yield municipal department and credit team. Ms. Bourbulas holds a bachelor’s degree in Economics from Northwestern University. She became a director of the Corporation and Bank in July 2019, succeeding Robert Wagner upon his retirement from the Board of Directors. Ms. Bourbulas’ experience in evaluating and managing secured assets and troubled loans, coupled with her tenure in the investment services industry, brings valuable experience to the Bank First’s Board of Directors.
Donald R. Brisch
Donald R. Brisch
Donald R. Brisch Before his retirement in 2009, Mr. Brisch served as the President and Vice President of Operations for Rockwell Lime Co. in Manitowoc, a leading producer of dolomitic lime, chemical grade limestone, and crushed limestone aggregate products for the manufacturing, energy, and construction industries. Mr. Brisch joined Rockwell Lime Co. in 1975 as a General Laborer and was soon promoted to Plant Superintendent in 1976. In this role, Mr. Brisch provided oversight of all production activities, including the preparation of operation schedules and budgets as well as the coordination of resources necessary to ensure production was in line with cost and quality specifications. Mr. Brisch was appointed Vice President of Operations and President of Rockwell Lime Co. in 1982 and 1994, respectively. In these roles, Mr. Brisch led a strategic initiative to install new hydrating, packaging, and milling plants, expanding the organization’s capabilities and competitive edge in the marketplace. Mr. Brisch led an effort to position the company for sale, and in 2006, Rockwell Lime Co. was successfully acquired by Carmeuse Lime & Stone, a family-owned business located in Belgium. Mr. Brisch is active in his community and has served a total of 16 years on the Board of Directors for Holy Family Memorial Hospital and Silver Lake College in Manitowoc. Mr. Brisch graduated from Saint Mary’s University in 1974 with a Bachelor’s degree in Natural Science.

Mr. Brisch became a director of the Company and Bank in 2006. Mr. Brisch adds considerable strategic and operational depth to our board of directors.
Michael P. Dempsey
Michael P. Dempsey
Michael P. Dempsey Mr. Dempsey joined the Bank in June 2010 as Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, and currently serves as the President of the Bank since 2015. In this role, he is responsible for driving the Bank to establish, achieve and surpass sales, profitability, and business goals. He also provides leadership and guidance to ensure the mission and core values of the organization are upheld. From 1994 to 2009, Mr. Dempsey served as Executive Vice President, Senior Credit Officer, and Regional President in a regional capacity at Associated Bank, and was a member of Associated Bank’s Corporate Executive Loan Committee, Corporate Pricing Committee, and Corporate Key Leadership Committee. Prior to his tenure at Associated Bank, Mr. Dempsey dedicated seventeen years to Firstar Bank in a variety of capacities, including Senior Credit Officer and Senior Vice President and Manager of the Fox Valley Regional Trust Division. Mr. Dempsey currently serves on the Greater Oshkosh Economic Development Finance Committee, Oshkosh Chamber Economic Development Advisory Board, President of Waterfest, Inc., and is an active EAA AirVenture volunteer and member among many other Fox Valley community organizations. Mr. Dempsey graduated from the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Political Science and his Master’s Degree in Business Administration.

Mr. Dempsey became a director of the Company and Bank in 2014, and also serves on the Bank’s Senior Management Team. Our board has determined that Mr. Dempsey is qualified to serve as a director based upon his position with the Bank and his many years of experience in banking.
Robert D. Gregorski
Robert D. Gregorski
Robert D. Gregorski Mr. Gregorski is the founder and principal of Gregorski Development, LLC, a commercial real estate development company based in Menasha, Wisconsin. Formed in 2002, the company’s portfolio of properties has grown to include single tenant retail buildings, multi-tenant retail buildings, ground-leased properties, vacant commercial land, and multi-family residential property. In his role as a real estate developer, Mr. Gregorski is involved in all aspects of the sale, purchase, and development of commercial properties, including site identification and acquisition, entitlement, due diligence, financing, construction, and property management. He has formed strategic alliances with many contacts in the industry and focuses on maintaining the utmost integrity with every project. Previously, Mr. Gregorski served as a partner at Alpert & Gregorski, LLP, a personal injury law firm based in Manitowoc which served clients throughout northeastern Wisconsin. Mr. Gregorski received his Bachelor of Arts Degree from the University of Wisconsin, Madison in 1984. He also received his Juris Doctor degree from the University of Wisconsin Law School in 1988.

Mr. Gregorski became a director of the Company and Bank in October 2010. Mr. Gregorski brings to our board of directors extensive experience and expertise in real estate development. The knowledge garnered throughout his tenure with Gregorski Development, LLC positions him to be a valuable asset in a variety of contexts and committee roles, including analyzing the Bank’s commercial real estate loan portfolio and assisting in site selection and development of new bank branches.
Judy L. Heun
Judy L. Heun
Judy L. Heun Mrs. Heun is the Vice President and Controller for Kohler Company’s Kitchen & Bath North America sector, a position she has held since 2017. In this role, she is accountable for the financial results of a multi-billion dollar international company. She also advises and directs the company leadership of the financial implications of various investments. Prior to that, she served as the Director of Corporate Administrative Accounting for the Kohler Company from 2001 to 2017. She is an accomplished leader with 30 years of experience in various aspects of finance and operations with a professional skillset in planning, forecasting, accounting, internal controls, and continuous improvement. She is invested in the Plymouth community with active involvement in her church and local soccer program, recently serving on both the school and soccer boards. She served as the finance committee chair for the St. John the Baptist school board for six years, and served as a board member, treasurer, and team manager of the Plymouth Soccer Club. Mrs. Heun graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee in 1988 with a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in Finance. She earned her Master’s degree in Business Administration from Marquette University in 1997. Mrs. Heun became a director of the Corporation and Bank in April 2019. Mrs. Heun brings a demonstrated history of strong financial discipline to the Corporation, as well as a wealth of experience in the areas of financial planning, forecasting, costing, and all other financial accounting processes.
Michael B. Molepske
Michael B. Molepske
Michael B. Molepske Mr. Molepske is currently the President and Chief Executive Officer of the Company and Chief Executive Officer of the Bank. In these roles, he is responsible for providing strategic leadership by working with the board of directors and the senior management team to establish long-term goals, growth strategies, and policies and procedures for the Company and the Bank. Mr. Molepske’s primary objective is to ensure the Bank’s affairs are carried out competently, ethically, in accordance with the law, and in the best interest of employees, customers, and shareholders. In 2005, Mr. Molepske joined the Bank as the Senior Loan Officer and Regional President. In this role, he was responsible for overseeing and maintaining the integrity of the Bank’s loan portfolio by ensuring proper compliance with all lending policies and procedures. In 2008 and 2010, respectively, Mr. Molepske was appointed to his current roles as Chief Executive Officer and President of the Company. From 1988 to 2005, Mr. Molepske served as a Credit Analyst, Business Banker, Senior Loan Officer, and Market President at Associated Bank, where he was responsible for overseeing the Lakeshore Region’s commercial banking, private banking, credit administration, and treasury management functions. Mr. Molepske currently serves on the board of directors for RCS Foundation, Rahr-West Museum Foundation, and is Vice President of the board of directors for the American Barefoot Club, a division of USA Water Ski. He serves as Chairman of the board of directors for the Bank’s data processing subsidiary, UFS, LLC, as well as a Secretary for the board of directors of Ansay & Associates, LLC. He is also a director and President of TVG Holdings, Inc., the Bank’s wholly-owned subsidiary that holds the Bank’s investment in Ansay & Associates, LLC. Mr. Molepske also serves as President of Veritas Asset Holdings, LLC, the Company’s troubled asset liquidation subsidiary. Additionally, he serves on the Federal Reserve Chicago District’s Community Depository Institutions Advisory Council. Mr. Molepske graduated from the University of Wisconsin, Madison with Bachelor of Science degrees in Finance and Management Information Systems. He later earned his Masters of Business Administration from the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee.

Mr. Molepske became a director of the Company and Bank in 2008. He is also a member of the Bank’s Senior Management Team. Our board believes Mr. Molepske is qualified to serve as a director as Mr. Molepske is a proven leader with the vision and ability to successfully execute the Bank’s strategic initiatives. His attention to detail and extensive knowledge of the financial sector enables him to anticipate change and quickly adapt in a highly dynamic industry, and under his leadership, Bank First has experienced exceptional growth, strong asset quality, and profitability.
Katherine M. Reynolds
Katherine M. Reynolds
Katherine M. Reynolds Ms. Reynolds is a partner in the law firm of Michael Best & Friedrich, LLP and has been practicing law for over forty years. Her practice concentrates primarily on wealth planning and local government law, serving clients throughout northeast Wisconsin. As a member of her firm’s Wealth Planning Special Practice Group, she provides strategic advice on wealth preservation for future generations by implementing her clients’ plans for estate planning and probate matters, and trust creation and administration. In addition, Ms. Reynolds has experience representing villages, towns and sanitary districts in northeast Wisconsin, where her representation includes a full complement of municipal services and advice, including ordinance drafting and enforcement, contract negotiation and drafting, zoning and land use issues, and analysis and advice on conflict of interest and ethics matters. She has held a leadership position in her law firm by serving as the Chair of the firm’s Elder and Disability Law Focus Group and as the Manitowoc office representative of the firm’s Community Outreach Committee. Ms. Reynolds’ community activities include serving as a member of the board of directors of the Manitowoc Symphony Orchestra, member and Chair of the Manitowoc County Ethics Committee, and member and Secretary of the St. Francis of Assisi Parish Finance Council. Ms. Reynolds received her Bachelor of Science, magna cum laude, from Saint Mary’s College, Notre Dame, Indiana. She received her Juris Doctor degree from the University of Wisconsin. Ms. Reynolds is a member of the American Bar Association and State Bar of Wisconsin.

Ms. Reynolds has been a director of the Company and Bank since 1992. Ms. Reynolds brings to our board of directors significant legal experience and expertise, having spent her entire professional career in private practice in Manitowoc County. Her legal background and experience and attention to detail add great value to our board of directors, most notably in her role as Chair of the Governance and Nominating Committee.
David R. Sachse
David R. Sachse
David R. Sachse Mr. Sachse is President and Owner of Landmark Consultants, Inc., a consulting, research, and entrepreneurship business formed in 1993. In that role, he has been involved in eight successful entrepreneurial ventures. Additionally, Mr. Sachse serves as minority owner and/or advisor to five successful ventures in eastern Wisconsin, including Nutrients, Milwaukee Forge, Heresite, DRS Central, and Terra Compactor, where he provides financial and operational counsel to these companies. Mr. Sachse also currently serves as Chairman of the Board of Directors of Landmark Group, Inc. and its wholly-owned subsidiary HTT, Inc., a company that designs and manufactures dies and metal stampings. At HTT, Inc., Mr. Sachse directed a strategic acquisition that resulted in significant growth in sales as well as numerous operational efficiencies and capabilities for the company. Mr. Sachse also served as President of Polar Ware/Stoelting from 2002–2012. Under his direction, the company became a leading manufacturer of stainless steel ice cream machines, cheese processing equipment, and industrial washers and dryers in North America, reporting over $90 million in annual sales. Mr. Sachse led an effort to position Polar Ware/Stoelting for sale, and in 2012, it was acquired by The Vollrath Company. Mr. Sachse currently serves on the board of directors for the Sheboygan County Economic Development Corporation and is an active member of the Sheboygan County Economics Club. Mr. Sachse also currently serves on the board of directors of Ansay & Associates, LLC, an independent insurance agency in Wisconsin. Mr. Sachse graduated from the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee in 1977 with a Bachelor of Science in Marketing and Finance. Mr. Sachse became a director of the Corporation and Bank in June 2010. With his extensive background in financial planning and analysis, internal audit and compliance, and acquisition structuring, Mr. Sachse offers a diverse range of business skills to the Corporation.
Peter J. Van Sistine
Peter J. Van Sistine
Peter J. Van Sistine Mr. Van Sistine is a Senior Vice President at Q2 where his primary concentration is maintaining Q2’s leadership position in Financial Experience and Digital Banking offerings. It is a combination of culture, leadership, as well as the best-in-breed product and team that motivated Mr. Van Sistine to join the Q2 family. Mr. Van Sistine has more than 40 years of experience in financial technology and services. Prior to Q2, he was Executive Vice President of Sales at FIS for 27 years. His relentless focus on growth, efficiency and profitability strategies assisted banks and credit unions in capitalizing on market opportunities to grow stronger and enhance the overall value of their institutions. Previously, he served as Senior Vice President of Metavante Corporation. He joined Metavante in 1991, as Vice President of Retail Strategy, designing and delivering sales and service technology solutions for financial services companies. Performing in many capacities, he later served as Senior Vice President of Business Development as well as the Senior Vice President of Marketing and Sales. Mr. Van Sistine began his career with a community financial institution that grew from three locations and $157 million in total assets, ultimately becoming the number one retail bank in Wisconsin with north of $5 billion in assets. Mr. Van Sistine also garnered a strong understanding of major financial technologies, including: CRM, Electronic Banking, Data Warehousing, and Executive Information Solutions. He has deep roots in community banking, having served in many capacities while at Valley Bank in Appleton, Wisconsin. Mr. Van Sistine attended both the University of Wisconsin and Northwestern University’s J.L. Kellogg Graduate School of Management. He became a director of the Bank in September 2017 and was elected to the Corporation’s Board of Directors in 2018. Mr. Van Sistine brings to the Board extensive experience and expertise in the financial technology sector as well as a strategic and visionary approach to leadership.

Board of Directors for Bank First

Michael G. Ansay
Michael G. Ansay
Chairman of the Board
Michael G. Ansay As sitting Chairman of the board of directors of the Company, Mr. Ansay is also the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Ansay & Associates, LLC, a second-generation independent insurance agency providing integrated insurance, risk management, and benefit solutions to businesses, families, and individuals. In his current role, Mr. Ansay is responsible for developing long-term strategic plans and implementing the mission, vision, and values of the agency to deliver high quality, customer-focused solutions. Under Mr. Ansay’s direction, Ansay & Associates, LLC is one of the fastest-growing companies in Wisconsin and has been recognized as one of the Best and Brightest companies to work for nationwide. Growing from one office to over 20, Ansay & Associates manages the insurance and risk needs of over 12,000 businesses and 35,000 individuals.

Mr. Ansay is also a managing member of Ansay Development Corporation and Ansay International. Mr. Ansay currently serves on the board of directors for the Independent Insurance Agency of Wisconsin, the Bruce Krier Charitable Foundation, and an Advisory Board Member for Dais Technology. Mr. Ansay has also been appointed Honorary Consul of Luxembourg for Wisconsin by Luxembourg’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Mr. Ansay graduated from Marquette University in 1976 with a Bachelor of Science in Finance.

Mr. Ansay became a director of the Company and Bank in February 2010, was appointed Vice-Chairman in February 2012, and assumed the role of Chairman in January 2013. Our board of directors determined that Mr. Ansay is qualified to serve as a director and Chairman of our board based on his extensive experience driving growth, crafting and implementing long-term strategic goals, and his proven ability to bring people together and develop a strong team of leaders.
Mary-Kay H. Bourbulas
Mary-Kay H. Bourbulas
Mary-Kay H. Bourbulas Ms. Bourbulas was formerly a director on the board of Partnership Community Bancshares, Inc., which was acquired by Bank First Corporation, effective July 12, 2019. She is a co-owner, founder and manager of Handen Distillery, a grain to bottle craft distillery located in Cedarburg, Wisconsin. Prior to opening the distillery in 2017, Ms. Bourbulas provided asset-based workout consulting for secured assets and distressed loans from 2006 to 2015. She also has an extensive background in securities management, having begun her career at Stein Roe & Farnham, a former Chicago-based investment advisory firm, in 1985. She then spent fourteen years at Strong Capital Management, where she led the high-yield municipal department and credit team. Ms. Bourbulas holds a bachelor’s degree in Economics from Northwestern University. She became a director of the Corporation and Bank in July 2019, succeeding Robert Wagner upon his retirement from the Board of Directors. Ms. Bourbulas’ experience in evaluating and managing secured assets and troubled loans, coupled with her tenure in the investment services industry, brings valuable experience to the Bank First’s Board of Directors.
Donald R. Brisch
Donald R. Brisch
Donald R. Brisch Before his retirement in 2009, Mr. Brisch served as the President and Vice President of Operations for Rockwell Lime Co. in Manitowoc, a leading producer of dolomitic lime, chemical grade limestone, and crushed limestone aggregate products for the manufacturing, energy, and construction industries. Mr. Brisch joined Rockwell Lime Co. in 1975 as a General Laborer and was soon promoted to Plant Superintendent in 1976. In this role, Mr. Brisch provided oversight of all production activities, including the preparation of operation schedules and budgets as well as the coordination of resources necessary to ensure production was in line with cost and quality specifications. Mr. Brisch was appointed Vice President of Operations and President of Rockwell Lime Co. in 1982 and 1994, respectively. In these roles, Mr. Brisch led a strategic initiative to install new hydrating, packaging, and milling plants, expanding the organization’s capabilities and competitive edge in the marketplace. Mr. Brisch led an effort to position the company for sale, and in 2006, Rockwell Lime Co. was successfully acquired by Carmeuse Lime & Stone, a family-owned business located in Belgium. Mr. Brisch is active in his community and has served a total of 16 years on the Board of Directors for Holy Family Memorial Hospital and Silver Lake College in Manitowoc. Mr. Brisch graduated from Saint Mary’s University in 1974 with a Bachelor’s degree in Natural Science.

Mr. Brisch became a director of the Company and Bank in 2006. Mr. Brisch adds considerable strategic and operational depth to our board of directors.
Michael P. Dempsey
Michael P. Dempsey
Michael P. Dempsey Mr. Dempsey joined the Bank in June 2010 as Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, and currently serves as the President of the Bank since 2015. In this role, he is responsible for driving the Bank to establish, achieve and surpass sales, profitability, and business goals. He also provides leadership and guidance to ensure the mission and core values of the organization are upheld. From 1994 to 2009, Mr. Dempsey served as Executive Vice President, Senior Credit Officer, and Regional President in a regional capacity at Associated Bank, and was a member of Associated Bank’s Corporate Executive Loan Committee, Corporate Pricing Committee, and Corporate Key Leadership Committee. Prior to his tenure at Associated Bank, Mr. Dempsey dedicated seventeen years to Firstar Bank in a variety of capacities, including Senior Credit Officer and Senior Vice President and Manager of the Fox Valley Regional Trust Division. Mr. Dempsey currently serves on the Greater Oshkosh Economic Development Finance Committee, Oshkosh Chamber Economic Development Advisory Board, President of Waterfest, Inc., and is an active EAA AirVenture volunteer and member among many other Fox Valley community organizations. Mr. Dempsey graduated from the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Political Science and his Master’s Degree in Business Administration.

Mr. Dempsey became a director of the Company and Bank in 2014, and also serves on the Bank’s Senior Management Team. Our board has determined that Mr. Dempsey is qualified to serve as a director based upon his position with the Bank and his many years of experience in banking.
Robert D. Gregorski
Robert D. Gregorski
Robert D. Gregorski Mr. Gregorski is the founder and principal of Gregorski Development, LLC, a commercial real estate development company based in Menasha, Wisconsin. Formed in 2002, the company’s portfolio of properties has grown to include single tenant retail buildings, multi-tenant retail buildings, ground-leased properties, vacant commercial land, and multi-family residential property. In his role as a real estate developer, Mr. Gregorski is involved in all aspects of the sale, purchase, and development of commercial properties, including site identification and acquisition, entitlement, due diligence, financing, construction, and property management. He has formed strategic alliances with many contacts in the industry and focuses on maintaining the utmost integrity with every project. Previously, Mr. Gregorski served as a partner at Alpert & Gregorski, LLP, a personal injury law firm based in Manitowoc which served clients throughout northeastern Wisconsin. Mr. Gregorski received his Bachelor of Arts Degree from the University of Wisconsin, Madison in 1984. He also received his Juris Doctor degree from the University of Wisconsin Law School in 1988.

Mr. Gregorski became a director of the Company and Bank in October 2010. Mr. Gregorski brings to our board of directors extensive experience and expertise in real estate development. The knowledge garnered throughout his tenure with Gregorski Development, LLC positions him to be a valuable asset in a variety of contexts and committee roles, including analyzing the Bank’s commercial real estate loan portfolio and assisting in site selection and development of new bank branches.
Judy L. Heun
Judy L. Heun
Judy L. Heun Mrs. Heun is the Vice President and Controller for Kohler Company’s Kitchen & Bath North America sector, a position she has held since 2017. In this role, she is accountable for the financial results of a multi-billion dollar international company. She also advises and directs the company leadership of the financial implications of various investments. Prior to that, she served as the Director of Corporate Administrative Accounting for the Kohler Company from 2001 to 2017. She is an accomplished leader with 30 years of experience in various aspects of finance and operations with a professional skillset in planning, forecasting, accounting, internal controls, and continuous improvement. She is invested in the Plymouth community with active involvement in her church and local soccer program, recently serving on both the school and soccer boards. She served as the finance committee chair for the St. John the Baptist school board for six years, and served as a board member, treasurer, and team manager of the Plymouth Soccer Club. Mrs. Heun graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee in 1988 with a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in Finance. She earned her Master’s degree in Business Administration from Marquette University in 1997. Mrs. Heun became a director of the Corporation and Bank in April 2019. Mrs. Heun brings a demonstrated history of strong financial discipline to the Corporation, as well as a wealth of experience in the areas of financial planning, forecasting, costing, and all other financial accounting processes.
Stephen E. Johnson
Stephen E. Johnson
Stephen E. Johnson Mr. Johnson, retired, formerly served as Market President and Community Reinvestment Act (“CRA”) Officer for Bank First from 2017 to 2018. Prior to joining Bank First, Mr. Johnson was Director of Compliance and Chairman of the Board of First National Bank of Waupaca as well as Chairman of the Board of Waupaca Bancorporation, Inc. (“WBC”) from 2016 to 2017. Mr. Johnson played a significant role in the merger of Bank First and WBC in 2017. Preceding his move to the banking industry, Mr. Johnson was employed by Sentry Insurance A Mutual Company for over 35 years during which he served in various capacities to include Director’s responsibilities in Operations Support and Underwriting Planning, Marketing Operations, Affinity Markets, and Consumer Products Underwriting. Mr. Johnson’s community activities include serving as a member of the Boards of Directors of the Waupaca Area Community Foundation, the ThedaCare Foundation of Waupaca, the ThedaCare Family of Foundations, the Western Golf Association / Evans Scholars Foundation, and he is the President of the Board of Education for the School District of Waupaca. Mr. Johnson graduated from the University of Southern California in 1978 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology. He became a Director of the Bank in January 2019. Mr. Johnson’s background in CRA, marketing, customer acquisition, and operations, along with strategic and corporate planning, brings additional strength and a diverse business perspective to the Board of Directors.
Michael B. Molepske
Michael B. Molepske
Michael B. Molepske Mr. Molepske is currently the President and Chief Executive Officer of the Company and Chief Executive Officer of the Bank. In these roles, he is responsible for providing strategic leadership by working with the board of directors and the senior management team to establish long-term goals, growth strategies, and policies and procedures for the Company and the Bank. Mr. Molepske’s primary objective is to ensure the Bank’s affairs are carried out competently, ethically, in accordance with the law, and in the best interest of employees, customers, and shareholders. In 2005, Mr. Molepske joined the Bank as the Senior Loan Officer and Regional President. In this role, he was responsible for overseeing and maintaining the integrity of the Bank’s loan portfolio by ensuring proper compliance with all lending policies and procedures. In 2008 and 2010, respectively, Mr. Molepske was appointed to his current roles as Chief Executive Officer and President of the Company. From 1988 to 2005, Mr. Molepske served as a Credit Analyst, Business Banker, Senior Loan Officer, and Market President at Associated Bank, where he was responsible for overseeing the Lakeshore Region’s commercial banking, private banking, credit administration, and treasury management functions. Mr. Molepske currently serves on the board of directors for RCS Foundation, Rahr-West Museum Foundation, and is Vice President of the board of directors for the American Barefoot Club, a division of USA Water Ski. He serves as Chairman of the board of directors for the Bank’s data processing subsidiary, UFS, LLC, as well as a Secretary for the board of directors of Ansay & Associates, LLC. He is also a director and President of TVG Holdings, Inc., the Bank’s wholly-owned subsidiary that holds the Bank’s investment in Ansay & Associates, LLC. Mr. Molepske also serves as President of Veritas Asset Holdings, LLC, the Company’s troubled asset liquidation subsidiary. Additionally, he serves on the Federal Reserve Chicago District’s Community Depository Institutions Advisory Council. Mr. Molepske graduated from the University of Wisconsin, Madison with Bachelor of Science degrees in Finance and Management Information Systems. He later earned his Masters of Business Administration from the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee.

Mr. Molepske became a director of the Company and Bank in 2008. He is also a member of the Bank’s Senior Management Team. Our board believes Mr. Molepske is qualified to serve as a director as Mr. Molepske is a proven leader with the vision and ability to successfully execute the Bank’s strategic initiatives. His attention to detail and extensive knowledge of the financial sector enables him to anticipate change and quickly adapt in a highly dynamic industry, and under his leadership, Bank First has experienced exceptional growth, strong asset quality, and profitability.
Katherine M. Reynolds
Katherine M. Reynolds
Katherine M. Reynolds Ms. Reynolds is a partner in the law firm of Michael Best & Friedrich, LLP and has been practicing law for over forty years. Her practice concentrates primarily on wealth planning and local government law, serving clients throughout northeast Wisconsin. As a member of her firm’s Wealth Planning Special Practice Group, she provides strategic advice on wealth preservation for future generations by implementing her clients’ plans for estate planning and probate matters, and trust creation and administration. In addition, Ms. Reynolds has experience representing villages, towns and sanitary districts in northeast Wisconsin, where her representation includes a full complement of municipal services and advice, including ordinance drafting and enforcement, contract negotiation and drafting, zoning and land use issues, and analysis and advice on conflict of interest and ethics matters. She has held a leadership position in her law firm by serving as the Chair of the firm’s Elder and Disability Law Focus Group and as the Manitowoc office representative of the firm’s Community Outreach Committee. Ms. Reynolds’ community activities include serving as a member of the board of directors of the Manitowoc Symphony Orchestra, member and Chair of the Manitowoc County Ethics Committee, and member and Secretary of the St. Francis of Assisi Parish Finance Council. Ms. Reynolds received her Bachelor of Science, magna cum laude, from Saint Mary’s College, Notre Dame, Indiana. She received her Juris Doctor degree from the University of Wisconsin. Ms. Reynolds is a member of the American Bar Association and State Bar of Wisconsin.

Ms. Reynolds has been a director of the Company and Bank since 1992. Ms. Reynolds brings to our board of directors significant legal experience and expertise, having spent her entire professional career in private practice in Manitowoc County. Her legal background and experience and attention to detail add great value to our board of directors, most notably in her role as Chair of the Governance and Nominating Committee.
David R. Sachse
David R. Sachse
David R. Sachse Mr. Sachse is President and Owner of Landmark Consultants, Inc., a consulting, research, and entrepreneurship business formed in 1993. In that role, he has been involved in eight successful entrepreneurial ventures. Additionally, Mr. Sachse serves as minority owner and/or advisor to five successful ventures in eastern Wisconsin, including Nutrients, Milwaukee Forge, Heresite, DRS Central, and Terra Compactor, where he provides financial and operational counsel to these companies. Mr. Sachse also currently serves as Chairman of the Board of Directors of Landmark Group, Inc. and its wholly-owned subsidiary HTT, Inc., a company that designs and manufactures dies and metal stampings. At HTT, Inc., Mr. Sachse directed a strategic acquisition that resulted in significant growth in sales as well as numerous operational efficiencies and capabilities for the company. Mr. Sachse also served as President of Polar Ware/Stoelting from 2002–2012. Under his direction, the company became a leading manufacturer of stainless steel ice cream machines, cheese processing equipment, and industrial washers and dryers in North America, reporting over $90 million in annual sales. Mr. Sachse led an effort to position Polar Ware/Stoelting for sale, and in 2012, it was acquired by The Vollrath Company. Mr. Sachse currently serves on the board of directors for the Sheboygan County Economic Development Corporation and is an active member of the Sheboygan County Economics Club. Mr. Sachse also currently serves on the board of directors of Ansay & Associates, LLC, an independent insurance agency in Wisconsin. Mr. Sachse graduated from the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee in 1977 with a Bachelor of Science in Marketing and Finance. Mr. Sachse became a director of the Corporation and Bank in June 2010. With his extensive background in financial planning and analysis, internal audit and compliance, and acquisition structuring, Mr. Sachse offers a diverse range of business skills to the Corporation.
Peter J. Van Sistine
Peter J. Van Sistine
Peter J. Van Sistine Mr. Van Sistine is a Senior Vice President at Q2 where his primary concentration is maintaining Q2’s leadership position in Financial Experience and Digital Banking offerings. It is a combination of culture, leadership, as well as the best-in-breed product and team that motivated Mr. Van Sistine to join the Q2 family. Mr. Van Sistine has more than 40 years of experience in financial technology and services. Prior to Q2, he was Executive Vice President of Sales at FIS for 27 years. His relentless focus on growth, efficiency and profitability strategies assisted banks and credit unions in capitalizing on market opportunities to grow stronger and enhance the overall value of their institutions. Previously, he served as Senior Vice President of Metavante Corporation. He joined Metavante in 1991, as Vice President of Retail Strategy, designing and delivering sales and service technology solutions for financial services companies. Performing in many capacities, he later served as Senior Vice President of Business Development as well as the Senior Vice President of Marketing and Sales. Mr. Van Sistine began his career with a community financial institution that grew from three locations and $157 million in total assets, ultimately becoming the number one retail bank in Wisconsin with north of $5 billion in assets. Mr. Van Sistine also garnered a strong understanding of major financial technologies, including: CRM, Electronic Banking, Data Warehousing, and Executive Information Solutions. He has deep roots in community banking, having served in many capacities while at Valley Bank in Appleton, Wisconsin. Mr. Van Sistine attended both the University of Wisconsin and Northwestern University’s J.L. Kellogg Graduate School of Management. He became a director of the Bank in September 2017 and was elected to the Corporation’s Board of Directors in 2018. Mr. Van Sistine brings to the Board extensive experience and expertise in the financial technology sector as well as a strategic and visionary approach to leadership.

Bank First Corporation Officers

Michael G. Ansay
Michael G. Ansay
Chairman of the Board
Michael G. Ansay As sitting Chairman of the board of directors of the Company, Mr. Ansay is also the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Ansay & Associates, LLC, a second-generation independent insurance agency providing integrated insurance, risk management, and benefit solutions to businesses, families, and individuals. In his current role, Mr. Ansay is responsible for developing long-term strategic plans and implementing the mission, vision, and values of the agency to deliver high quality, customer-focused solutions. Under Mr. Ansay’s direction, Ansay & Associates, LLC is one of the fastest-growing companies in Wisconsin and has been recognized as one of the Best and Brightest companies to work for nationwide. Growing from one office to over 20, Ansay & Associates manages the insurance and risk needs of over 12,000 businesses and 35,000 individuals.

Mr. Ansay is also a managing member of Ansay Development Corporation and Ansay International. Mr. Ansay currently serves on the board of directors for the Independent Insurance Agency of Wisconsin, the Bruce Krier Charitable Foundation, and an Advisory Board Member for Dais Technology. Mr. Ansay has also been appointed Honorary Consul of Luxembourg for Wisconsin by Luxembourg’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Mr. Ansay graduated from Marquette University in 1976 with a Bachelor of Science in Finance.

Mr. Ansay became a director of the Company and Bank in February 2010, was appointed Vice-Chairman in February 2012, and assumed the role of Chairman in January 2013. Our board of directors determined that Mr. Ansay is qualified to serve as a director and Chairman of our board based on his extensive experience driving growth, crafting and implementing long-term strategic goals, and his proven ability to bring people together and develop a strong team of leaders.
Michael P. Dempsey
Michael P. Dempsey
Executive Officer
Michael P. Dempsey Mr. Dempsey joined the Bank in June 2010 as Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, and currently serves as the President of the Bank since 2015. In this role, he is responsible for driving the Bank to establish, achieve and surpass sales, profitability, and business goals. He also provides leadership and guidance to ensure the mission and core values of the organization are upheld. From 1994 to 2009, Mr. Dempsey served as Executive Vice President, Senior Credit Officer, and Regional President in a regional capacity at Associated Bank, and was a member of Associated Bank’s Corporate Executive Loan Committee, Corporate Pricing Committee, and Corporate Key Leadership Committee. Prior to his tenure at Associated Bank, Mr. Dempsey dedicated seventeen years to Firstar Bank in a variety of capacities, including Senior Credit Officer and Senior Vice President and Manager of the Fox Valley Regional Trust Division. Mr. Dempsey currently serves on the Greater Oshkosh Economic Development Finance Committee, Oshkosh Chamber Economic Development Advisory Board, President of Waterfest, Inc., and is an active EAA AirVenture volunteer and member among many other Fox Valley community organizations. Mr. Dempsey graduated from the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Political Science and his Master’s Degree in Business Administration.

Mr. Dempsey became a director of the Company and Bank in 2014, and also serves on the Bank’s Senior Management Team. Our board has determined that Mr. Dempsey is qualified to serve as a director based upon his position with the Bank and his many years of experience in banking.
Kelly M. Dvorak
Kelly M. Dvorak
GENERAL COUNSEL & CORPORATE SECRETARY
Kelly M. Dvorak Ms. Dvorak joined Bank First in March 2017 as General Counsel and Corporate Secretary. In this role, she serves as an internal resource to oversee legal affairs, as well as corporate and regulatory matters. Ms. Dvorak brings to the Senior Management Team tremendous legal experience and expertise, having served her entire professional career in the field. Ms. Dvorak’s writings and publications include, Top Ten Legal Challenges Facing Alternative Energy Sources, Association of Corporate Counsel; Trucking Policy Disclaimers and the Policyholder’s Obligations to Preserve Coverage, Defense Research Institute Trucking Compendium; Discovery Practice and the Rules of Civil Procedure, National Business Institute Continuing Legal Education Seminar; and Initial Issues in Federal Court, National Business Institute Continuing Legal Education Seminar.
Kevin M. LeMahieu
Kevin M. LeMahieu
Chief Financial Officer
Kevin M. LeMahieu Mr. LeMahieu joined the Company and the Bank in August 2014 as Chief Financial Officer. In this role, he oversees the Bank’s finance and reporting functions. Mr. LeMahieu brings to the Company significant financial expertise, having served his entire professional career in the public accounting and finance fields. During his nine-year tenure with Beene Garter LLP from 1995 to 2004, Mr. LeMahieu was responsible for managing audit and review teams on engagements for clients in a variety of industries. He was also a member of the efficiency task force, a group responsible for analyzing the firm’s audit and review approach and recommending solutions to maximize departmental efficiency. From 2004 to 2014, Mr. LeMahieu served in the capacities of Assurance Services Senior Manager and Director with CliftonLarsonAllen LLP, where he was responsible for managing audit and review teams on engagements for clients, working primarily with financial institutions. He also consulted with clients to provide cost and profit analysis, strategic merger guidance, accounting pronouncement interpretation, and internal control system guidance. Mr. LeMahieu graduated from Calvin College with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Accountancy. He currently is a member of the Wisconsin Bankers Association, American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and Wisconsin Institute of Certified Public Accountants. He earned his Certified Public Accountant designation in 1996 and is currently licensed in Wisconsin.
Michael B. Molepske
Michael B. Molepske
Chief Executive Officer & President
Michael B. Molepske Mr. Molepske is currently the President and Chief Executive Officer of the Company and Chief Executive Officer of the Bank. In these roles, he is responsible for providing strategic leadership by working with the board of directors and the senior management team to establish long-term goals, growth strategies, and policies and procedures for the Company and the Bank. Mr. Molepske’s primary objective is to ensure the Bank’s affairs are carried out competently, ethically, in accordance with the law, and in the best interest of employees, customers, and shareholders. In 2005, Mr. Molepske joined the Bank as the Senior Loan Officer and Regional President. In this role, he was responsible for overseeing and maintaining the integrity of the Bank’s loan portfolio by ensuring proper compliance with all lending policies and procedures. In 2008 and 2010, respectively, Mr. Molepske was appointed to his current roles as Chief Executive Officer and President of the Company. From 1988 to 2005, Mr. Molepske served as a Credit Analyst, Business Banker, Senior Loan Officer, and Market President at Associated Bank, where he was responsible for overseeing the Lakeshore Region’s commercial banking, private banking, credit administration, and treasury management functions. Mr. Molepske currently serves on the board of directors for RCS Foundation, Rahr-West Museum Foundation, and is Vice President of the board of directors for the American Barefoot Club, a division of USA Water Ski. He serves as Chairman of the board of directors for the Bank’s data processing subsidiary, UFS, LLC, as well as a Secretary for the board of directors of Ansay & Associates, LLC. He is also a director and President of TVG Holdings, Inc., the Bank’s wholly-owned subsidiary that holds the Bank’s investment in Ansay & Associates, LLC. Mr. Molepske also serves as President of Veritas Asset Holdings, LLC, the Company’s troubled asset liquidation subsidiary. Additionally, he serves on the Federal Reserve Chicago District’s Community Depository Institutions Advisory Council. Mr. Molepske graduated from the University of Wisconsin, Madison with Bachelor of Science degrees in Finance and Management Information Systems. He later earned his Masters of Business Administration from the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee.

Mr. Molepske became a director of the Company and Bank in 2008. He is also a member of the Bank’s Senior Management Team. Our board believes Mr. Molepske is qualified to serve as a director as Mr. Molepske is a proven leader with the vision and ability to successfully execute the Bank’s strategic initiatives. His attention to detail and extensive knowledge of the financial sector enables him to anticipate change and quickly adapt in a highly dynamic industry, and under his leadership, Bank First has experienced exceptional growth, strong asset quality, and profitability.

Executive Officers of Bank First

Michael P. Dempsey
Michael P. Dempsey
President
Michael P. Dempsey Mr. Dempsey joined the Bank in June 2010 as Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, and currently serves as the President of the Bank since 2015. In this role, he is responsible for driving the Bank to establish, achieve and surpass sales, profitability, and business goals. He also provides leadership and guidance to ensure the mission and core values of the organization are upheld. From 1994 to 2009, Mr. Dempsey served as Executive Vice President, Senior Credit Officer, and Regional President in a regional capacity at Associated Bank, and was a member of Associated Bank’s Corporate Executive Loan Committee, Corporate Pricing Committee, and Corporate Key Leadership Committee. Prior to his tenure at Associated Bank, Mr. Dempsey dedicated seventeen years to Firstar Bank in a variety of capacities, including Senior Credit Officer and Senior Vice President and Manager of the Fox Valley Regional Trust Division. Mr. Dempsey currently serves on the Greater Oshkosh Economic Development Finance Committee, Oshkosh Chamber Economic Development Advisory Board, President of Waterfest, Inc., and is an active EAA AirVenture volunteer and member among many other Fox Valley community organizations. Mr. Dempsey graduated from the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Political Science and his Master’s Degree in Business Administration.

Mr. Dempsey became a director of the Company and Bank in 2014, and also serves on the Bank’s Senior Management Team. Our board has determined that Mr. Dempsey is qualified to serve as a director based upon his position with the Bank and his many years of experience in banking.
Kevin M. LeMahieu
Kevin M. LeMahieu
Chief Financial Officer
Kevin M. LeMahieu Mr. LeMahieu joined the Company and the Bank in August 2014 as Chief Financial Officer. In this role, he oversees the Bank’s finance and reporting functions. Mr. LeMahieu brings to the Company significant financial expertise, having served his entire professional career in the public accounting and finance fields. During his nine-year tenure with Beene Garter LLP from 1995 to 2004, Mr. LeMahieu was responsible for managing audit and review teams on engagements for clients in a variety of industries. He was also a member of the efficiency task force, a group responsible for analyzing the firm’s audit and review approach and recommending solutions to maximize departmental efficiency. From 2004 to 2014, Mr. LeMahieu served in the capacities of Assurance Services Senior Manager and Director with CliftonLarsonAllen LLP, where he was responsible for managing audit and review teams on engagements for clients, working primarily with financial institutions. He also consulted with clients to provide cost and profit analysis, strategic merger guidance, accounting pronouncement interpretation, and internal control system guidance. Mr. LeMahieu graduated from Calvin College with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Accountancy. He currently is a member of the Wisconsin Bankers Association, American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and Wisconsin Institute of Certified Public Accountants. He earned his Certified Public Accountant designation in 1996 and is currently licensed in Wisconsin.
Michael B. Molepske
Michael B. Molepske
Chief Executive Officer
Michael B. Molepske Mr. Molepske is currently the President and Chief Executive Officer of the Company and Chief Executive Officer of the Bank. In these roles, he is responsible for providing strategic leadership by working with the board of directors and the senior management team to establish long-term goals, growth strategies, and policies and procedures for the Company and the Bank. Mr. Molepske’s primary objective is to ensure the Bank’s affairs are carried out competently, ethically, in accordance with the law, and in the best interest of employees, customers, and shareholders. In 2005, Mr. Molepske joined the Bank as the Senior Loan Officer and Regional President. In this role, he was responsible for overseeing and maintaining the integrity of the Bank’s loan portfolio by ensuring proper compliance with all lending policies and procedures. In 2008 and 2010, respectively, Mr. Molepske was appointed to his current roles as Chief Executive Officer and President of the Company. From 1988 to 2005, Mr. Molepske served as a Credit Analyst, Business Banker, Senior Loan Officer, and Market President at Associated Bank, where he was responsible for overseeing the Lakeshore Region’s commercial banking, private banking, credit administration, and treasury management functions. Mr. Molepske currently serves on the board of directors for RCS Foundation, Rahr-West Museum Foundation, and is Vice President of the board of directors for the American Barefoot Club, a division of USA Water Ski. He serves as Chairman of the board of directors for the Bank’s data processing subsidiary, UFS, LLC, as well as a Secretary for the board of directors of Ansay & Associates, LLC. He is also a director and President of TVG Holdings, Inc., the Bank’s wholly-owned subsidiary that holds the Bank’s investment in Ansay & Associates, LLC. Mr. Molepske also serves as President of Veritas Asset Holdings, LLC, the Company’s troubled asset liquidation subsidiary. Additionally, he serves on the Federal Reserve Chicago District’s Community Depository Institutions Advisory Council. Mr. Molepske graduated from the University of Wisconsin, Madison with Bachelor of Science degrees in Finance and Management Information Systems. He later earned his Masters of Business Administration from the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee.

Mr. Molepske became a director of the Company and Bank in 2008. He is also a member of the Bank’s Senior Management Team. Our board believes Mr. Molepske is qualified to serve as a director as Mr. Molepske is a proven leader with the vision and ability to successfully execute the Bank’s strategic initiatives. His attention to detail and extensive knowledge of the financial sector enables him to anticipate change and quickly adapt in a highly dynamic industry, and under his leadership, Bank First has experienced exceptional growth, strong asset quality, and profitability.
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