Wealth Management Team

 
 

Wealth Management Leadership


Prairie Financial Group Victor Schultz President


Victor Schultz

President & Chief Fiduciary Officer

vschultz@waukeshabank.com
(262) 522-7402



As President & Chief Fiduciary Officer of Waukesha State Bank Wealth Management, Victor is charged with overseeing the day-to-day management and fiduciary issues, including retirement plans and investment management services and solutions. 

Victor joined Waukesha State Bank Wealth Management in November of 2013, initially leading its team of personal trust and estate professionals. Prior to that time, Victor worked for Marshall & Ilsley Trust Company and BMO Harris Bank for 16 years. While there, he initially served as employee benefits counsel, then transferred to private wealth management where he managed the personal trust and not-for-profit services legal department and estate settlement group, and then served as the U.S. estate planning specialist for BMO Private Bank. Prior to joining M&I, Victor was a shareholder in the law firm of Cook & Franke, S.C. in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

Victor has been one of the leaders in modernizing and rewriting Wisconsin’s laws on trust, including the Wisconsin Trust Code, Wisconsin Principal and Income Act and the Wisconsin Prudent Investor Act. He served as co-chair of the study group that drafted and enacted the Wisconsin Trust Code in December of 2013. He is now working on the trailer bill that will further refine and improve Wisconsin’s trust laws. Victor is a frequent speaker and has spoken to and served on numerous committees and study groups for local bar associations, the State Bar of Wisconsin, the Wisconsin Institute of CPAs and both the Wisconsin and American Bankers Associations. He is a leading advocate for corporate trustee business in Wisconsin and serves as a director of the Wisconsin Bankers Association Trust Banking Section and WBA Government Relations Committee. He also serves on the boards of the Ellinger Foundation, the Children’s Hospital Planned Giving Council, the Life Navigators Trust Committee, and the Wispact Attorney Advisory Council. Nationally, he has been a member of the National Conference of Lawyers and Corporate Fiduciaries and the American Bankers Association Trust Counsel Committee.

He received his law degree from Marquette University Law School and his undergraduate degree in accounting from the UW–Madison. Victor and his wife, Jayna, live in Brookfield, Wisconsin and they have three daughters, Stacey, Melissa and Haylie.


Brian Cayon Prairie Financial Group


Brian Cayon

Vice President - Chief Investment Officer

bcayon@waukeshabank.com
(262) 522-7408



As Chief Investment Officer, Brian leads the investment services platform of Waukesha State Bank Wealth Management. This includes directing investment and financial planning strategy and policies, asset allocation and portfolio positioning, leading the investment committee, and providing daily oversight and guidance to Wealth Management’s portfolio managers. Brian also oversees Wealth Management’s research and due diligence process, and is responsible for articulating the firm’s investment philosophy.

Brian joined Waukesha State Bank Wealth Management in 2016 with more than 20 years of experience in the financial services industry, primarily providing financial planning and investment management services to retail and institutional clients. Having spent much of his career working directly with clients, Brian believes in purpose-driven investing, and that asset management works best when tied to goals or solves a problem. This belief forms the basis of Wealth Management’s mission and philosophy: “By providing consistent communication and simplifying the investment process, clients gain the clarity and confidence to adhere to their financial plan.”

Brian is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) and has earned the prestigious Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) designation. He obtained his bachelor’s degree in accounting from Assumption College in Worcester, Massachusetts and is active in the community coaching various youth sports programs.


Prairie Financial Group Bernie Fiedler Wealth Management Consultant


J. Bernard (Bernie) Fiedler 

Wealth Management Consultant

bfiedler@waukeshabank.com
(262) 522-7400



As Wealth Management Consultant and Past-President of Waukesha State Bank Wealth Management, J. Bernard (Bernie) Fiedler is an active member of the senior leadership team, specializing in advisor-friendly alliance coordination, financial planning, and the specialty asset needs of the firm.

Bernie has over 30 years of industry experience, which includes the 25 years he served as President of Waukesha State Bank Wealth Management. He chartered the advisor-friendly alliance more than 20 years ago, and has an extensive background in trust and estate administration, individual financial planning, and investment management including institutional accounts.

Bernie holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in education, and is a graduate of the Stonier Graduate School of Banking. He has earned the following nationally recognized certifications: Certified Financial Planner (CFP®), Certified Trust and Financial Advisor (CTFA®), Accredited Investment Fiduciary Analyst (AFIA®).

He is a former director and past-chair of the Wisconsin Bankers Association Trust Section, a former director and past-president of the Financial Planning Association (FPA), and a former director and past president of the Partnership for Philanthropic Planning (PPP). Bernie is a member of the La Casa Investment Committee and has previously served as a director of the Potawatomi Area Council Boy Scouts and senior elder at Oakwood Church.

Further supporting his commitment to improving outcomes is his work with Royal Family Kids Camp, Make a Difference Wisconsin, the Ziemann Foundation, Inc. and Opportunities, Inc.


Prairie Financial Group Annette Klare Retirement Services


Annette Klare

Vice President - Retirement Services Relationship Manager

aklare@waukeshabank.com
(262) 522-7403



Annette heads the employee benefits area of Waukesha State Bank Wealth Management – an area specifically focused on clients with retirement savings. This area is inclusive of both corporate plans established for the benefit of a company’s employees (such as 401(k) Plans) and individual retirement arrangements (IRAs). Annette works with her team to address day-to-day activities and operations necessary to establish, support and service these types of accounts. She also works with her team to help facilitate strong connections between the client and the investment team of Waukesha State Bank Wealth Management, as well as any other areas of the department or bank that may help meet the client’s needs. Annette and her team have Plan and IRA experience and expertise that include: plan design; document support; all aspects of third-party record keeping (including contribution / distribution processing, non-discrimination testing, participant loans, 5500 preparation, etc.); required minimum distribution calculations; tax reporting; and employee education and enrollment meetings.

Annette has worked at Waukesha State Bank for more than 25 years, with the majority of that time spent in the Wealth Management department. The department’s focus on retirement savings clients, and Annette’s role in providing oversight and management, have both expanded in scope and size over the years.

As a graduate of Carroll University with a B.A. in Business, Annette has continued her business development and education by pursuing various courses. She continues to stay current with the ever-changing rules and laws relating to employee benefit plans and IRAs by attending seminars and conferences, participating in recordkeeping user groups and subscribing to various industry resources.

Annette is married with one daughter who attends Waukesha South High School. She is a past board member and allocations chair with the United Way of Waukesha County. She enjoys volunteering with her church and spending time with her family – especially outdoor activities such as hiking, biking, in-line skating and participating in fun runs.


Prairie Financial Group Lisa Persohn Business Operations


Lisa Persohn

Vice President - Manager of Accounting & Business Operations

lpersohn@waukeshabank.com
(262) 522-7404



As Accounting and Business Operations Manager at Waukesha State Bank Wealth Management, Lisa is charged with the financial analysis, reporting, and strategic planning for the department. She oversees the internal operations department and manages the relationship with our back office, Reliance Trust Company, maintains compliance records, and serves as the primary point of contact for auditors and regulators. In addition, Lisa monitors and maintains all of Wealth Management’s licenses, permits and contract renewals, and serves as the project manager for various department initiatives.

Prior to joining Waukesha State Bank Wealth Management in 2016, Lisa managed the office of a local boutique financial planning firm for nearly ten years.

Lisa is a Certified Public Accountant and earned her B.S. in business with majors in accounting and finance from the Curtis L. Carlson School of Management at the University of Minnesota. She is active in the community, volunteering with Girl Scouts of Wisconsin Southeast. And in 2017, Lisa was honored with Waukesha State Bank’s Golden Eagle Award – the highest employee recognition.


Prairie Financial Group Kelly Savatski Investment Services


Kelly Savatski

Senior Portfolio Manager

ksavatski@waukeshabank.com 
(262) 522-7411



As a Senior Portfolio Manager with Waukesha State Bank Wealth Management, Kelly works closely with all divisions of the organization, including investment management, trust and retirement plans. She serves each of these divisions in researching and constructing, educating, implementing and monitoring portfolios, as well as partnering with our outside advisor platform to meet the long-term financial needs of our clients. Kelly is also a member of the Waukesha State Bank Wealth Management Investment Subcommittee.

Kelly has over 25 years of experience in the financial services industry, with more than 15 of those years working in investment advisory services. She has extensive experience with fiduciary investment management, individual financial planning and investment management of individual, trust, retirement and institutional accounts. Kelly is a Certified Financial Planner® Professional and an Accredited Investment Fiduciary®. She graduated with a bachelor’s of science in education from the UW-Whitewater – Summa Cum Laude.

Kelly is a former Great Blue Heron Girl Scout Council Investment Committee member. She has also served in many roles with the Financial Planning Association of Wisconsin including board secretary, symposium committee chair and audit committee member. When not working in her Senior Portfolio Manager roles, Kelly enjoys spending time with family and keeps busy being involved with her three children as they play basketball, softball, baseball and volleyball.

 

Prairie Financial Group Theresa Guthrie Retirement Services


Theresa Schultz

Senior Retirement Officer

tschultz@waukeshabank.com
(262) 522-7407



As senior retirement officer of Waukesha State Bank Wealth Management, Theresa serves as the primary contact for a number of retirement accounts, including 401(k) plans and Individual Retirement Accounts (IRAs). In addition, she also supervises the overall management of all of Wealth Management’s IRA relationships, interacts with employers and services the needs of individual participants and IRA holders. She takes great satisfaction in making personal connections with her customers and helping to meet their needs.

Theresa joined Waukesha State Bank Wealth Management in 2000 as an intern before being promoted to the Retirement Plan Services area. 

Theresa is a Certified IRA Services Professional (CISP). She earned an associate’s degree from UW–Waukesha and a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Carroll University. She continues her education by attending seminars and webinars, participating in record-keeping user groups and subscribing to industry resources.


Prairie Financial Group Angie Simaytis Retirement Services


Angie Simaytis

Retirement Specialist

asimaytis@waukeshabank.com
(262) 574-4123



Angie joined Waukesha State Bank Wealth Management in 2013 and currently serves as retirement specialist. As part of the Retirement Services team, she assists with managing various types of retirement accounts including 401k plans, SIMPLEs and Individual Retirement Accounts (IRAs). Prior to joining Waukesha State Bank Wealth Management, Angie worked with IRAs and provided other banking services to individual and commercial customers at Waukesha State Bank for three years.

Angie earned her bachelor’s degree in finance from the UW–Milwaukee. She is active in the community volunteering with the American Cancer Society’s advocacy arm, the Cancer Action Network.

 


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Julie Zagrodnik, Administrative Assistant