Benton State Bank

P: (608) 759-3600

F: (608) 759-5601

42 W. Main Street
Benton WI 53803

Shullsburg Community Bank

P: (608) 965-3600

F: (608) 965-3405

195 Hwy. 11
Shullsburg WI 53586

Tennyson/Potosi Community Bank

P: (608) 763-3600

F: (608) 763-3602

338 Hwy. 61
Potosi WI 53820

Our Board of Directors

Jon French
Jon French

Chairman of the Board

Board Member Since: 1984

Jonf@BentonBank.com
Steven P. Malone
Steven P. Malone

President & CEO

Board Member Since: 1994

Stevem@BentonBank.com
Kay Brink
Kay Brink

Secretary

Board Member Since: 2005

Kayb@BentonBank.com
Thomas Kearns
Thomas Kearns

Board Member Since: 1977

Thomask@BentonBank.com
Tom Wilson
Tom Wilson

Board Member Since: 1996

Tomw@BentonBank.com
Tim Whilte
Tim White

Board Member Since: 1999

Timw@BentonBank.com
Chad Walsh
Chad Walsh

Board Member Since: 2006

Chadw@BentonBank.com
Scott Pedley
Scott Pedley

Board Member Since: 2010

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George Burns
George Burns

Chairman Emeritus

Board Member Since: 1986

Georgeb@BentonBank.com

Jon P. French

Mr. French attended the University of Wisconsin-Platteville, in Agribusiness Comprehensive. He has extensive experience in employee supervision, employee efficiencies, department safety, and production development. Mr. French has held the positions of Production Supervisor for Airguard in Rockford, IL, Manufacturing Supervisor for Newell-Rubbermaid in Freeport, IL and Unit Manager for Halsey Taylor - Thermos. He has served on the Board of Directors for the Benton United Methodist Church and the Lena United Methodist Church in Lena IL. Mr. French was elected to the Benton State Bank Board of Directors in 1984. He was elected Chairman of the Board in 2009. Mr. French has been a member of the Holding Company Board of Directors since inception in 2000.


Steven P. Malone

Mr. Malone is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Platteville and was employed by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) as a Bank Examiner from May 1987 to December of 1993. Mr. Malone joined the Benton State Bank as Senior Vice President and a Director of the Board of Directors of Benton State Bank in 1993. He was elected as President & CEO in 1995. He also serves as a member of the Benton Community Development Corporation, Director of the Benton Business Incubator, Director of Memorial Healthcare Foundation, and a Director of Darlington Mutual Insurance Company. Mr. Malone is a former Director and President of the Wisconsin Bankers' Association Bank Insurance and Benefits Committee as well as a Director of Cole Acres Golf and Country Club, Inc. Mr. Malone has been a member of the Holding Company Board of Directors since inception in 2000. He obtained his insurance license in Life, Health & Disability, Property & Casualty in 2012


S. Kay Brink

Ms. Brink is a 1984 graduate of Southwest Wisconsin Technical College, Fennimore receiving an associate degree in Marketing. She began her banking career in 1984 as a teller at Farmers and Merchants Bank (now Clare Bank) in Shullsburg, WI. She later joined the staff of Benton State Bank in 1989. Ms. Brink held the position of Branch Manager of the Shullsburg branch office from the opening date of June 12, 1997 to September of 2000. She became Vice President of the Bank in 1998 and Senior Vice President and a member of the Board of Directors of Benton State Bank in 2005. Ms. Brink was the first female director of this financial institution. Ms. Brink also serves as a member of the Benton Community Development Corporation, a Director of the Benton Business Incubator Board of Directors and serves on the Lafayette County Revolving Loan Fund Committee. She has held all offices of the Community Bankers Association as well. Ms. Brink became a member of the Holding Company Board of Directors in 2006.


Thomas P. Kearns

Mr. Kearns attended Loras College in Dubuque IA. He began employment at John Deere Dubuque Works in 1972 where he gained extensive experience in scheduling, shipping and production control. He has served as Manager of Product Support Marketing for John Deere Construction Equipment Company until his retirement in 2003. Mr. Kearns attended the American Banking Association Business School for Bank Directors in 1994. Mr. Kearns was elected to the Benton State Bank Board of Directors in 1979 and serves as the President of the BSB Community Bancorporation, Inc. Board of Directors. Mr. Kearns has been a member of the Holding Company Board of Directors since inception in 2000.


Thomas G. Wilson

In 1983, Mr. Wilson received his B.A. in Political Science from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and graduated cum laude from the University of Wisconsin Law School in 1987. He was a partner in the Madison law firm of Stafford, Rosenbaum, Rieser and Hansen (now known as Stafford Rosenbaum LLP) until becoming the Attorney/Administrator/Clerk-Treasurer for the Town of Westport in February 1999. Mr. Wilson is currently a member of the Dane County Regional Transit Authority Board of Directors, and several other State, County, local and special district committees and commissions. Mr. Wilson has also served on committees of the American Bar Association, State Bar of Wisconsin, and Dane County Bar Association, as well as several National, State, and District planning and municipal administrator, clerk, and treasurer organizations. He was elected to the Benton State Bank Board of Directors in 1996. Mr. Wilson has been a member of the Holding Company Board of Directors since inception in 2000.


Timothy M. White

Mr. White is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Platteville, receiving a BS in Education, with minors in Math and Business Administration. He was employed by Cargill Animal Nutrition Division in Oshkosh, WI from 1987 until becoming partner of Benton Feed and Farm Supply, Inc. in 1991. He became a Director of the Benton State Bank Board of Directors in 1999. In October 2004, Mr. White joined Benton State Bank as Agricultural Loan Officer. He became President of Woodworth Insurance Group, Inc. in 2010. Mr. White also serves as the Treasurer of the Village of Benton Volunteer Fire Department. Mr. White has been a member of the Holding Company Board of Directors since inception in 2000.


Chad M. Walsh

Mr. Walsh is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Stout, receiving a Bachelor of Science degree in construction management. He serves as a general contractor for Epic Construction, a business entity which he is owner, Vice President and Project Manager of. Since founding the company in 2002, Mr. Walsh has been involved in managing several million dollar commercial projects ranging from historical renovations, hotel/restaurant construction, industrial, institutional, retail and developmental projects. He serves as a member/volunteer for the Potosi-Tennyson and Dubuque Area Chamber of Commerce, Sts. Andrew-Thomas Parish, Potosi Jaycees and a member of the Port of Potosi Chapter of the American Breweriana Association. Mr. Walsh was elected to the Benton State Bank Board of Directors in 2006. Mr. Walsh became a member of the Holding Company Board of Directors in 2010.


Scott E. Pedley

Mr. Pedley received his law enforcement and administrative education at Blackhawk Technical College at Janesville, WI and the University of Wisconsin-Platteville & Madison campuses. He served as a deputy sheriff and later served several years as the Green County Undersheriff. Scott was appointed Lafayette County Sheriff in 1990 by Wisconsin Governor Tommy Thompson. During his 30 + year law enforcement career, Scott has served on many boards and committees. He is the Past-President of the Badger State Sheriff's Association. He has served on the Governor's Commission on Law Enforcement and Crime. Scott has been appointed and reappointed by three (3) of Wisconsin's Governors to serve the people of the State of Wisconsin as the Chairman of the 15 member Law Enforcement Standards Board which sets hiring and training requirements for the approximate 16,600 law enforcement, jail and secure juvenile detention officers employed in Wisconsin. He is a member of the Adjunct Faculty at the Emergency Management Institute in Emmitsburg, Maryland which is operated by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). Scott is also a member of the Community Leadership Alliance (CLA) of Southwest Wisconsin. Scott owns and operates his fifth generation family farm in rural Shullsburg, WI. He is a Freemason and member of Amicitia Lodge #25 in Shullsburg. Scott also serves as an officer of the Grand Lodge of Free and Accepted Masons of Wisconsin and is a member of Zor Shriners. Mr. Pedley was elected to the Benton State Bank Board of Directors on March 23, 2010.


George W. Burns

Mr. Burns is a native of Shullsburg where his banking career began in 1954 as teller and later a director of the Farmers & Merchants Bank and later a director when it became the Clare Bank. In 1985 he joined the Benton State Bank as a director and named Vice President and Cashier. In 1994 he was elected President and CEO of the Bank and in 1996 was elected Chairman of the Board of Directors. Mr. Burns has been a leader in the Shullsburg community for many years, serving as Treasurer of the Emily Franz Memorial Scholarship Fund, President of the Shullsburg Industrial Development Corporation and as a member of many other community organizations. Mr. Burns served for 20 years as Chairman of the Wisconsin State Council Knights of Columbus state wide program to "Aid Citizens with Mental Handicaps". He served nine years as director of the Southwest Health Center, Cuba City and now located in Platteville. Mr. Burns has served more than 40 years as a Director and Treasurer of the Shullsburg Memorial Hospital Association, operator of the "Shullsburg Home", a CBRF facility for the elderly and handicapped. Mr. Burns is a member of the Father Samuel Mazzuchelli Assembly 4th Degree Knights of Columbus and Director of the St Augustine Chapel Fund Inc, serving as Treasurer that spearheaded the fund drive that raised $800,000 for the restoration and preservation of the Historic St Augustine Church and Visiting Center located in New Diggings, WI. St. Augustine Church was built in 1844 by the Italian Missionary Priest Father Samuel Mazzuchelli that came to America in 1828 and settled and died in Benton in 1864. Mr. Burns and his wife Lorna have been married over 50 years and both have served many years as volunteer members of the Lafayette County Hospice group located in Darlington. Mr. Burns served as the first President of the BSB Community Bancorporation Inc, the holding company of the Benton State Bank. Mr. Burns retired as President of the Bank in 1995 and served as Director and Chairman of the Board until March of 2009. He currently serves as Chairman Emeritus of the Bank and Director Emeritus of the BSB Community Bancorporation Inc.