First Business and its 150 employees are involved in the community in many ways. Featured recognition includes:
Nonprofit Board Involvement
First Business Bank Vice President, Kim Preston, is the President of the Board of Directors for Safe Babies Healthy Families, as well as the Elmbrook Humane Society.
Safe Babies Healthy Families primary focus is to break the cycle of child abuse, neglect and poverty in our communities. The organization offers many educational classes and resources in conjunction with major healthcare and supportive organizations in the Greater Milwaukee area.
First Business Assistant Vice President, Peggy Stoop is the President of TEMPO Waukesha.
Tempo Waukesha is a non-profit organization for executive and professional persons in the Waukesha County area. It was established to provide a network for leaders and future leaders, to increase awareness of issues and trends within the community and to develop the strengths and talents of female executives.
First Business, along with GPS Education Partners, is pleased to announce the establishment of a $75,000 scholarship fund for local students interested in manufacturing. This new scholarship will provide financial assistance to create opportunities for those wanting to participate in the innovative 21 month program, or the new Advance Manufacturing Certificate Pathway. First Business provided the intial invesment of $75,000 to establish the scholarship fund.
First Business Bank - Milwaukee employees support and are featured in the United Way Live United campaign for Waukesha County. First Business Bank - Milwaukee employees have also contributed to the Sausage 5K run/wayk, and the RiverWalk for Breast Cancer in Waukesha (pictured right).
A recent employee survey indicated First Business employees volunteer free time to 154 local organizations and sit on 76 local boards and committees.
First Business employees organize and participate in an Annual Fish Races event to benefit United Way. The fish races are a spirited competition amongst employees of First Business and their selected goldfish. Two gutters are laid out side-by-side and filled with water to create a track for each fish to swim from start to the finish line. Contestants are allowed to encourage their respective fish to the finish line by spraying water from a spray-bottle into the track, however, some fish need little to no encouragement. In 2013 the competition featured 16 fish in a bracket-style format. The contestants donated personal funds during the United Way campaign for the fish races and the ability to wear jeans on Friday’s during the four week campaign. No fish were harmed in the event.
First Business fully supports United Way and the positive impact this organization makes in our communities. First Business Bank, President and CEO, Dave Vetta and his wife, Katy Vetta, are 2010 United Way Campaign Co-Chairs of the 2010 United Way Campaign Cabinet. The Vettas are pictured on the United Way of Waukesha County website and select Live United campaign materials (pictured right). See also the United Way Flash Mob Event video posted at JSOnline.
First Business Bank employees recently gathered in a personal fundraising effort to support United Way's Day of Giving. Featured in this photo are: Tari Hansen, Senior Client Relationship Officer; Kathy Giorgi, Client Services Representative; Lynn Sigfred, Assistant Vice President; Kim Preston, Vice President - Treasury Management; Jim Borchert, Vice President; and Dennis Sampson, Senior Vice President.
Directors and staff of the bank wholeheartedly support making contributions to local charitable organizations in our market area. Our employees are approached individually by acquaintances, friends, and organizations and the giving process is difficult. In 2004, First Business established the First Business Charitable Foundation, Inc. to provide a funding mechanism and appropriate record keeping for the charitable contributions of three First Business entities: First Business Bank - Madison, First Business Bank - Milwaukee, and First Business Capital Corp.
Each entity has a corporate contributions committee that evaluates all requests for contributions and ensures that each need is given thoughtful consideration. All of our funds are earmarked for local charitable causes, with grants made to not-for-profit entities.
First Business Bank President & CEO, Dave Vetta, is Past Co-Chair of United Way, and was recently recognized by Carroll University with the P.E. MacAllister Distinguished Alumnus Award for Service.
As a Carroll Universtiy alumnus, Dave has remained connected to his alma mater. He admits he felt some responsibility early on to stay involved, but that obligation quickly turned into genuine commitment, "Once you take a look at what goes on here and the caliber and energy of the students, faculty and administration; it grabs you and pulls you in."
First Business was recently featured as a Top 10 Business in Waukesha County by the Waukesha County Business Alliance and BizTimes. The winners were selected by an independent panel of judges based upon financial growth, employee growth, customer focus, employee relations and community service. The company is also a recipient of the Best Business Bank - Silver Award by Corporate Report Wisconsin, #1 Business Bank by InBusiness Magazine, and was awarded a Wisconsin Corporate Citizenship Award by Corporate Report Magazine and Edgewood College in recognition for its community support and employee relations. Watch the Top 10 Video »