CEO of Oostburg State Bank
Welcome to the New Oostburg State Bank!
We’ve made a few changes here at Oostburg State Bank, the most obvious of which is our updated brand and website. As we started to make these changes, many people have asked me: why?
The answer is simple: to better reflect our commitment to the communities and businesses we serve.
We’ve been a part of Oostburg longer than most people can remember, and over the last 110 years Oostburg certainly has changed. Our population has grown by over 750% and Oostburg now boasts a thriving industrial park and a vibrant downtown. The Village of Oostburg is growing, and so are we.
Banking has changed a lot since 1908, more so in the last 20 years than the century before. Many banks – especially larger ones – are doing away with personal service in favor of more modern, mobile banking options. Many smaller banks that still offer the personal touch don’t have the capital to keep up with the technological advances of the big guys, and they are struggling to meet the needs of newer, more tech savvy customers.
We discovered that we don’t fit either of these banking molds. In this world of bank consolidations and the shift to technology over personal service, Oostburg State Bank offers a unique banking experience: modern, mobile banking with unbeatable, localized personal service. We are the best of both worlds, and we’d like to expand our footprint throughout Sheboygan County and beyond.
Banking local has its advantages, first and foremost is that when you call Oostburg State Bank someone answers the phone! No phone trees, no robots, no foreign country call centers, it’s a real, local person. There are other benefits as well. We make all of our lending decisions locally, meaning when you need a loan or a line of credit for you or your business, we look at the whole picture. When we sit in our boardroom in downtown Oostburg, we take into account how the loan would benefit you, your family, area businesses and the community.
And over the next year we will be unveiling new products and services designed to cater to personal and business customers interested in the speed and flexibility modern banking solutions have to offer.
At the same time, there are a lot of things that haven’t changed. Oostburg State Bank is still the same fiercely independent, local bank you’ve come to know and trust. We remain committed to serving our community, our neighbors and our customers in Sheboygan county and beyond.
Our current roster of financial products – like savings & checking accounts, IRAs & CDs, business and personal loans and even the Christmas Club – aren’t going anywhere, and neither is our locally focused customer service. When you call the bank, or visit one of our offices, you’ll still be greeted by a real person – possibly even your friend or neighbor.
So, stop by and see how Oostburg State Bank has changed, and more importantly how we haven’t. To those of you who have been banking with us, thank you. We appreciate your support and look forward to growing our relationship with you. And to those people who are new to Oostburg State Bank, welcome. Talk to us and see why Oostburg State Bank is the local bank for you.
We are banking for life. We are Oostburg State Bank.
President / CEO
Our mission is to remain an independent community bank committed to meeting the financial needs of our customers while providing a positive work environment for employees and a fair return to our stockholders.
Oostburg State Bank Milestones
Welcome to Oostburg, a Small Town on the Grow.
In Egyptian mythology, a phoenix rises from the ashes to begin life anew. The story of Oostburg has a very similar beginning. In 1847, a propeller ship called the Phoenix sailed the waters of Lake Michigan carrying Dutch settlers to their new home. On Nov. 21, 1847 tragedy struck the Phoenix when it caught fire five miles from shore just south of Sheboygan.
This is the story of the birth of Oostburg, the town that rose from the ashes of the Phoenix. While many lives were lost, those Dutch settlers who made it to land decided to call this new place, home. Named after a similarly small town in the Netherlands, Oostburg proved to be a great place for these settlers.
The founding Dutch settlers were an industrious people, who valued family and community. They built Oostburg out of nothing, and in 1909 it was incorporated with a population of around 300 people. Today, the Oostburg area of Sheboygan County — which includes Cedar Grove, Gibbsville, Hingham, Lima and the Town of Wilson — is one of the fastest growing areas in the state of Wisconsin.
While the Village of Oostburg will probably never grow to be what anyone would call a booming metropolis, it is a great place to live, run a business and raise a family – with excellent schools, businesses, library system, family-friendly events and more. As a community we’re down to earth, kind to our neighbors, helpful and proud of our heritage. The people of Oostburg are hardworking, and our locally-based businesses produce quality products for customers all over the world.
And if you look carefully, you’ll find little reminders of our Dutch heritage – including wooden shoes, small windmills and spring gardens filled with tulips in bloom. We’ve been a part of Oostburg since the beginning.
Our Board of Directors and employees are directly involved with our local schools, churches, and volunteer organizations. We proudly support local families and businesses by providing access to simple and honest banking and lending solutions.
We are fiercely independent, locally owned, and we are proud to call Oostburg, home.