MADISON, Wisconsin: State Bank of Cross Plains (SBCP) welcomes two new members to its Board of Directors:
*Sam Ballweg, President at Endres Manufacturing
Company in Waunakee
*Greg Jones, President and CEO at Dave Jones, Inc.
"I believe in what they believe in," says Sam Ballweg about State Bank of Cross Plains. "Endres Manufacturing has a great, long-standing relationship with the bank. I like the fact that they know who we are - they know every company they do business with - and have a sincere interest in our success."
Greg Jones concurs. "I like being involved with really smart teams, and this group certainly qualifies," he explains. Jones and Ballweg also cited a shared value with SBCP of getting involved in and supporting local communities by finding ways to give back.
Started by his father in 1977, Dave Jones, Inc. has gone from 21 employees in 1999 (when the younger Jones first joined the plumbing and HVAC company) to roughly 450 employees today. Over the years, he has learned every aspect of the organization by becoming a Master Plumber, going on service calls, digging ditches, and earning a business degree in preparation for running the day-to-day operations.
"I love to learn," says Jones. "I'm looking forward to learning more about banking, as well as sharing my experience not only in my own industry, but also with many other segments as a construction subcontractor. Construction often reflects what's happening in the market overall, plus I can speak to the challenges and opportunities of many of the businesses I work with."
Sam Ballweg expects this opportunity will enable him to tap into his degree in finance and his early inclination toward investing. Ballweg also anticipates bringing the unique perspective to the SBCP Board of Directors of his family business, which commonly plans and prepares strategically looking 20 years out.
"As a community bank, State Bank of Cross Plains has a 'family business' feel," Ballweg explains. "Longer-range planning helps make decisions that build a solid foundation and support real success, rather than adopting a short-term survival mode."
A structural steel fabricator known for their Bavarian roots and live goats grazing the grounds, Endres Manufacturing Company was started in 1926 by Ballweg's great grandfather. Sam Ballweg took over operations in 2013, making Endres one of only about 3 percent of family businesses nationally to reach fourth-generation leadership.
"Both Greg Jones and Sam Ballweg bring a high standard of character and a commitment to local communities that fit perfectly with our bank's core values," shares SBCP President and CEO Jim Tubbs. "Their business expertise and local roots will make them invaluable partners. Plus, they're just great guys."
For more information about State Bank of Cross Plains, visit CrossPlainsBank.com.