Senior VP Steber to retire from Great North Bank


FLORENCE, Wis. — Great North Bank will have a public appreciation day Friday for Cindy Steber, senior vice president, at its main office in Florence.

Steber plans to retire at the end of the month after 33 1/2 years at the Florence bank.

Steber began her banking career as a teller at First National Bank of Iron Mountain after graduating from Kingsford High School in 1974. She married Gary Steber, moved to Florence and after spending several years at home while her three children — Laura, Christopher and Daniel — were young, she joined the State Bank of Florence in January 1985.

In her career, she advanced from teller and personal banker to a senior vice president, cashier, Compliance Officer, director of education, human resources officer, consumer loan officer and a host of other titles earned along the way.

“Cindy has exemplified what a ‘team’ player offers an organization,” said Tom Wittkopf, president and CEO of the bank.

Steber was an integral part of the opening of the bank’s branch locations in Aurora in 2004, Wausaukee in 2006 and Eagle River in 2015.

She also experienced the re-branding of the bank and the name change in 2016 to Great North Bank.

She plans in retirement to spend more time with her husband, her children and her grandchildren, Madelaine, Alex and Samuel Hemgren, along with Bradley, Carter and Wes Steber.

“We will absolutely miss Cindy and all she offers to our operation,” Wittkopf said, “and we wish her the very best in a well-deserved retirement.”

The bank will serve refreshments throughout Friday. All members of the public as well as current and former employees are welcome to stop in to congratulate her and wish her well.

As part of its appreciation day, the public is invited to send Steber a note, a personal thank you or share a special memory with her at cindy.steber@greatnorthbank.com or to Cindy Steber, P.O. Box 500, Florence, WI 54121.

Established in 1891, Great North Bank is a family-owned, independent community bank serving Wisconsin, upper Michigan and beyond.