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Johnson Financial Group has been recognized by Milwaukee Business Journal as one of the top philanthropic companies in the state of Wisconsin. The list features corporate charitable contributors ranked by 2019 total cash contributions paid out to Wisconsin charitable organizations.

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Six Tips for Developing a Business Plan for Uncertain Financial Times

Lawyers should have a business plan and contingency financing in place to weather uncertain financial times that cannot be addressed with conventional strategic planning. State Bar of Wisconsin Law Practice Assistance Manager Christopher C. Shattuck and Courtney Searles, senior vice president and private banking regional manager for Johnson Financial Group, discuss best practices for business planning.

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The sky’s the limit for an advisor dedicated to working with airline pilots

Bob Warner of Johnson Financial Group, has been developing his niche advisory practice for so long he doesn’t even refer to it as a niche, he calls it an “affinity market.” By whatever name, Warner’s 24-year focus on airline pilots stands out as a model for how niche practices can develop and thrive.

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Is Bitcoin Here to Stay? An Assessment of Opportunities and Risk

The Bitcoin network is a digital creation established by a pseudonymous individual or group, whose ambition was to establish a medium of exchange beyond the control of any single entity or government. From this concept the Bitcoin network was born, a software protocol of interconnected computers operating together to facilitate activity on the network and maintain a permanent public record of transactions.

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You may have a ‘huge edge over high-powered investors,’ says investing risk expert: Here’s why

Professional investors constantly think about short-term threats to their portfolios, assessing not only each investment they hold, but also how macroeconomic factors, such as growth in global economies and policies set by central banks, could affect returns. That’s because when things do head south, the pros must act — or at least explain to their clients why they didn’t.

Executive Insights Featuring Jim Popp

Executive Insights with Jim Popp

Kira Lafond, Milwaukee Business Journal Publisher is joined by Jim Popp, President & CEO, Johnson Financial Group who lauds the bank’s employee group, and expresses his gratitude for bank’s position as an essential service provider during the pandemic.

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CEO Jim Popp Honored as Distinguished Executive

CEO Jim Popp received a special award at the Wisconsin Business Hall of Fame ceremony on June 23. Jim was honored last year as a Distinguished Executive, but the ceremony was postponed due to the pandemic. He was recognized along with other notable figures in an outdoor ceremony at the JA Kohl Center.

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2021 Guide to Wealth Management: A War on Wealth?

The Milwaukee Business Journal recently sat down with experts, including Johnson Financial Group’s Joe Maier, to talk about the various proposals, which are the most likely to pass, how they will impact high-income earners and small business owners, and the things people can be doing now to protect their wealth.

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Notable Alumni: Scott Cooney

Karla Krehbiel, President, Southeast Region, has more than 37 years of banking experience and has been with Johnson Financial Group for 13 years. She has been named as a notable woman in commerial banking by BizTimes.

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Jason Herried Joins Chuck Jaffe on Money Life Market Call

Jason Herried, SVP Director of Equity Strategies, joined Chuck Jaffe on Money Life - a daily financial talk show focusing on investing, handling, managing, planning for and protecting your money. Listen here.

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Top Workplaces 2021: Q&A with three CEOs who were recognized for their leadership during a challenging year

Three executives were recognized with a special award for leadership in the 2021 Southeastern Wisconsin Top Workplaces. This year the winners for leadership are: Jim Popp, CEO of Johnson Financial Group, recognized for large employers, Susan Lovern, von Briesen & Roper s.c for midsize companies and John T. Thomas of Physicians Realty Trust in the small category.

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How will Biden's new tax plan affect you?

With mortgage rates being so low, it may be the best time to find that new home-- if you're up to the challenge of battling other interested buyers in the competitive market. On the latest episode of The GoGedders Podcast, we talk about the crazy Milwaukee housing market with some of our local experts.

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American Jobs Plan: Potential Implications for You and Your Business

Johnson Financial Group’s Melissa Olson and Kelly Mould joined a recent episode of the GoGedders podcast to share their thoughts on how to strengthen your financial picture, decrease your financial stress, and avoid financial pit-falls through different life stages. To learn more about how you can get on the right track to financial freedom, listen to their interview below.

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Get on the Right Track to Financial Freedom with Melissa Olson and Kelly Mould of Johnson Financial Group

Johnson Financial Group’s Melissa Olson and Kelly Mould joined a recent episode of the GoGedders podcast to share their thoughts on how to strengthen your financial picture, decrease your financial stress, and avoid financial pit-falls through different life stages. To learn more about how you can get on the right track to financial freedom, listen to their interview below.

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Greater Madison area Top Workplaces 2021

With mortgage rates being so low, it may be the best time to find that new home-- if you're up to the challenge of battling other interested buyers in the competitive market. On the latest episode of The GoGedders Podcast, we talk about the crazy Milwaukee housing market with some of our local experts.

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The Crazy Housing Market: Buy, Sell or stay on the sidelines? With Jonathan Newby, Cameron Whyte and Tony Petrie

With mortgage rates being so low, it may be the best time to find that new home-- if you're up to the challenge of battling other interested buyers in the competitive market. On the latest episode of The GoGedders Podcast, we talk about the crazy Milwaukee housing market with some of our local experts.

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UPAF Ride for the Arts series will take place over three June weekends

UPAF's annual fundraiser Ride for the Arts will be held over three weekends in order to employ social distancing practices recommended during the pandemic.

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Navigating the Financial Market in 2021 with Brian Andrew of Johnson Financial Group

Chief Investment Officer Brian Andrew joined a recent episode of the GoGedders podcast He shared his thoughts on how the on-going COVID-19 pandemic and other current events continue to affect the economy. To learn more about what to expect from the financial markets in 2021, listen to Brian’s interview.

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Milwaukee-area banks prep for next round of Paycheck Protection Program

Milwaukee-area banks have started to prepare for the imminent return of the Paycheck Protection Program. President Donald Trump’s signature on a Covid-19 stimulus package means the Small Business Administration will have another $284.45 billion to disburse as forgivable loans. The program was the federal government’s main offer of financial support for businesses. Proceeds from the PPP were meant as an incentive for small businesses to keep employees on the payroll.

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Financial services industry helped guide businesses through sharp downturn: Banks hustled to meet massive PPP demand

At the onset of the pandemic, many business owners, including Werner, had more questions than answers. Like many other businesses, Carpet Town shut its doors. But it was unknown at the time how long the closure would last. If the business reopened, what would the day-to-day operation look like? If Carpet Town was not approved for a PPP loan, what would happen to the business, its employees and their families?

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Johnson Financial Group matches food donations to help feed Wisconsin families

CEO Jim Popp joined Fox News to talk about Johnson Financial Group’s donation and $50,000 match to help feed Wisconsin families.

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Johnson Financial Group: To donate $300,000 to help feed Wisconsin families

Johnson Financial Group announced today that it will partner with Feeding America, Second Harvest and Feed My People to feed families across several Wisconsin communities over the holidays. Johnson Financial Group’s gift coincides with the company’s 50th anniversary.

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Woman in Leadership: Sharing & Celebrating Women's Stories

Johnson Financial Group's CHRO, Denise Domian, talks about her 20 plus year career leading HR for large companies and the lessons she has learned along the way.

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2020 Milwaukee-area power brokers

Wisconsin Center District CEO Marty Brooks, Milwaukee real estate developer Stewart Wangard and community leader Betsy Brenner are among the executives who are new to the Milwaukee Business Journal's 2020 Power Brokers list. Check out the attached slideshow to see the second group of 50 power brokers, who are many of the key movers and shakers in the area's business community.

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Dow Surges to Highest Level Since February on Vaccine Results, Biden Win

U.S. stocks jumped to fresh records Monday after progress on a Covid-19 vaccine and Democrat Joe Biden’s electoral victory ushered in a sea change in financial markets, reordering winners and losers.

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Johnson Financial Group Named One of Wisconsin's Largest Corporate Charitable Contributors

Johnson Financial Group Named One of Wisconsin's Largest Corporate Charitable Contributors by the Milwaukee Business Journal. 

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Don't forget about the "I" in D&I

Denise Domian, Chief Human Resources Officer for Racine, Wisconsin-based Johnson Financial Group, felt her firm had already been making strides in terms of diversity and inclusion. But she also thought they could be doing more. She asked herself, "How do you know you're working on the right things if you don't ask your employees?"

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Johnson Financial Group to move Milwaukee offices to Cathedral Place

Johnson Financial Group plans to establish a new flagship office in Milwaukee in the space Husch Blackwell is vacating when it moves to the Huron Building. The Racine-based financial services firm signed a lease at Cathedral Place, 555 E. Wells St., and will consolidate its two downtown Milwaukee locations into one. Joel Lee’s Van Buren Management Inc. developed the building.

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Pandemic Uncertainty Leaves Wisconsin Bankers Ready To Reserve

When the coronavirus pandemic took center stage this spring, many banks looked at their loan portfolios and wondered what impact such an unprecedented and unpredictable event was likely to have. 

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What's going on in the financial markets right now with Jim Popp of Johnson Financial Group

CEO Jim Popp joined a recent episode of the GoGedders podcast to share his thoughts on financial topics such as stimulus packages, PPP loans, the upcoming November election and the markets. To learn more about what’s happening behind the scenes in the financial industry during Covid-19, listen to Jim’s interview here.

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Downside risk is now a pit, not a chasm. Still, underweight stocks & overweight (some) bonds.

As we reflect on the first half of 2020, we are reminded of the fact that the economy and financial markets are not always in sync. While the rapid decline in asset prices during the first quarter was logical to reflect a lower profit outlook and heightened risks, the rapid rebound during the second quarter seems out of step with the economy.

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Why You Want To Keep Your Politics Separate From Your Investing

As a financial advisor, there’s a trend I see every year, but it’s especially prevalent during election cycles: people making investment decisions based on their political inclinations.

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Johnson Financial Group growing, still hiring on its 50th anniversary year

Talk about humble beginnings.

What was to become the Johnson Financial Group started out 50 years ago as a bank with three employees working in a double-wide trailer.

The company has since grown into a financial services firm that employs 1,200 and offers banking, wealth management and insurance services through its Johnson Bank, Johnson Wealth Inc. and Johnson Insurance Services, LLC.

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Pleasant Prairie company gets boost from Paycheck Protection Program

For Ron Schaefer, the Paycheck Protection Program loan was a significant financial boost. “It’s hard to quantify how much we may have lost without it,” he said. “Johnson Bank was on the game right from the start. “It was really important to have a partner like them.”

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Banks locally, statewide step up to help businesses obtain $8.3 billion in PPP

Kenosha County banks, and those across Wisconsin, stepped up last month to help 43,400 of the state’s small businesses obtain more than $8.3 billion in federal Small Business Administration Paycheck Protection Program funds.

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Johnson Financial Group donates $200K to support United Way, other nonprofits during COVID-19 pandemic

Johnson Financial Group announced Wednesday, May 6 that they will donate $200,000 in their Wisconsin and Arizona markets to support the United Way and other nonprofit organizations responding to the challenges created by COVID-19.

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Second round of PPP starts slowly as Milwaukee-area businesses still await loans

Milwaukee-area business owners who missed out on the first round of funding from the Paycheck Protection Program hope to see their applications approved as the second round opened with a rocky start.

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Brian Andrew joins Chuck Jaffe on Money Life

Brian Andrew, President of Johnson Wealth & CIO, joins Chuck Jaffe on Money Life – a daily financial talk show focusing on investing, handling, managing, planning for and protecting your money.

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Wisconsin lenders ready to shell out hundreds of millions in Paycheck Protection Program loans

Banks and other lenders through the U.S. Small Business Administration have been taking applications to the program since April 3. The Paycheck Protection Program was created through the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act, a federal stimulus package that aims to address the financial impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Brian Andrew joins TD Ameritrade Network's Market on Close Show

CIO Brian Andrew joined TD Ameritrade Network's Market on Close show to share his outlook on the markets and the economic impact of the stay-at-home orders.

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Planning opportunities under the CARES Act

On March 27, 2020, President Trump signed into law the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act (“CARES” Act). The CARES Act provides approximately $2.2 trillion of economic relief and stimulus designed to help the United States economy and its citizens endure the shutdowns and hardships caused by the coronavirus.

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Brian Andrew Discusses Rate Cuts with Gene Mueller on WTMJ Radio

Brian Andrew, EVP Wealth and Chief Investment Officer, joined WTMJ’s Gene Mueller on Wisconsin’s Morning News to discuss the impact of the coronavirus on the economy and Fed rate cuts. 

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Brian Andrew Joins Gene Mueller on WTMJ Radio

Brian Andrew, EVP Wealth and Chief Investment Officer, joined WTMJ’s Gene Mueller on Wisconsin’s Morning News to discuss the impact of the coronavirus on the economy.

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Karla Krehbiel: BizTimes Media’s Notable Women in Commercial Banking

Karla Krehbiel, President, Southeast Region, has more than 37 years of banking experience and has been with Johnson Financial Group for 13 years. She has been named as a notable woman in commerial banking by BizTimes.

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Johnson Financial Group adviser honored

With internet-based and computerized systems playing a much larger role in how companies deliver products and services to clients and their customers, Milwaukee-area tech executives are thinking outside the budget to build a solid, tech-driven R&D pipeline that constantly yields and complements new products.

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Tech-driven R&D goes beyond the budget. Some Milwaukee execs speak up

With internet-based and computerized systems playing a much larger role in how companies deliver products and services to clients and their customers, Milwaukee-area tech executives are thinking outside the budget to build a solid, tech-driven R&D pipeline that constantly yields and complements new products.

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What would cause markets to react after Fed meeting

The bond market may get a boost after the Jan. 29‐30 Federal Open Market Committee meeting, according to observers who expect the panel to provide further signals of a pause in rate increases and a softening of its stance on balance sheet normalization.

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Banking official remains confident in local economy's growth

While the southeastern Wisconsin economy has been in a growth mode, future economic and workforce progress may depend upon policymakers who set the tone for expansion and employers who embrace new ways to recruit and retain workers.

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Brian Andrew joins Chuck Jaffe on Money Life

Brian Andrew, President of Johnson Wealth & CIO, joins Chuck Jaffe on Money Life – a daily financial talk show focusing on investing, handling, managing, planning for and protecting your money.

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Rock County home prices continue to climb

The Rock County housing market continues to experience tighter-than-average inventories, and dips earlier this year in federal interest rates and recent gyrations in the stock market have begun to light the market’s fuse.

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The coolest thing made in Wisconsin

The Coolest Thing Made in Wisconsin contest is back for a fourth straight year! Nick Novak and Mark Higgins joined Good Day Wisconsin to explain what the competition is all about. The annual contest is presented by Wisconsin Manufacturers & Commerce (WMC) and Johnson Financial Group.

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Dan Defnet named president of Johnson Bank

Dan Defnet has been appointed president of Racine‐based Johnson Bank, Johnson Financial Group president and chief executive officer Jim Popp announced Thursday.

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Future Returns: Ignore Politics When Investing

A slide that Brian Andrew, chief investment officer of Johnson Financial Group, likes to use at client presentations about the global economy and investing vividly illustrates how politics can get in the way of clear‐eyed decision making.

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Local banker to get Forward Janesville's Lifetime Achievement Award

When Johnson Financial Group regional President Larry Squire moved to Janesville 28 years ago, he came here to do banking—and to run one of his family's pick‐your‐own strawberry farms in Roscoe, Illinois.

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Wisconsin Could See Economic Slowdown This Year, Not Recession

The economic growth Wisconsin experienced in 2018 will likely slow down this year, but the state is not headed for a recession in 2019, says Brian Andrew, the chief investment officer with Racine‐based Johnson Financial Group.

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When Corporate Bonds Are a Risky Investment

Bond Buyers are told to stay in the shallower end of the yield curve to avoid unnecessary duration risk in a low interest‐rate environment.

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Johnson Financial Group becomes Broadway at the Marcus Center title sponsor

Johnson Financial Group signed on as the exclusive title sponsor in a multi‐year deal for the Broadway at the Marcus Center series.

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Getting Ready to Exit: What Baby Boomers know and should know about getting their business ready for sale

Thousands of Baby Boomers are inching toward retiring every day and many of them have family or privately‐held businesses they have built and nurtured over the years.

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Take Five: Putting some Popp in banking

James Popp, CEO of Johnson Financial Group in Racine, likes to recount how he got into banking after being “fired” by the San Francisco 49ers, the Chicago Bears, and the Houston Oilers [now the Tennessee Titans].

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Jim Popp in the News

After almost three decades working at JPMorgan Chase & Co., most recently as market president for Chase Bank in Wisconsin and Minnesota and managing director for Chase Middle Market Banking in Wisconsin, Jim Popp made the move to Racine‐based Johnson Financial Group.

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Jason Herried's Take on the 'Booms and Busts' of the Economy

Jason Herried, Director of Equity Strategies, joined Gene Mueller on Wisconsin's Morning News show to provide his perspective on the current state of the economy. Listen to the interview below.

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Johnson Insurance creates new 'workplace of choice'

Mount Pleasant, Wis. – When the Olesens of O&H Danish Bakery decided to buy, then redevelop the 2‐acre property next to their flagship store and baking center, that plan eventually became a very good thing for 54 local Johnson Insurance employees.

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Paul Ryan lauds Harvard award-winner Helen Johnson-Leipold

House Speaker Paul Ryan described Helen Johnson‐Leipold as someone who plays the long game, looking at the horizon and what makes life better, in running Johnson Outdoors Inc. and Johnson Financial Group.

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Business Leader of the Year Helen Johnson-Leipold leads big parts of the Johnson family business

Ask Helen Johnson‐Leipold about success, and she is quick to steer the conversation toward the people who work at the businesses she leads

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Johnson Financial investment expert: More growth, low inflation ahead

Even though inflation has accelerated with an improving U.S. economy, it will likely stay under control for some time to come, says Brian Andrew, Johnson Financial Group's chief investment officer.

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Foxconn's Balance Sheet Tipped in Mt. Pleasant's Favor

A bit of insight into Foxconn's decision to move some L-C-D production to the US and Mt. Pleasant in particular came at a breakfast briefing in Kenosha Thursday from Johnson Financial's Chief Investment Officer.

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JFG honored by Department of Defense

The Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve presented Deb Amann, a Johnson Financial Group, Racine, associate, with a Patriot Award to recognize the support she showed Josh Frazier, a member of the Wisconsin Air National Guard.

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The Open Road comes to the Milwaukee Art Museum

This January, visitors to the Milwaukee Art Museum have the opportunity to explore art related to a quintessential American experience—the road trip. The Open Road: Photography and the American Road Trip presents photography of America along its highways and byways, capturing the changing landscape—both figurative and literal—shaped by car culture and the burgeoning tradition of the American road trip.

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3 business lessons from the new Johnson Financial Group CEO

Jim Popp shares three lessons from nearly three decades in financial services:

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Executive Q&A: Jim Popp takes the helm at Johnson Financial Group

James R. Popp has a new office at the headquarters of Johnson Financial Group in Racine, but don't expect to find him there every workday.

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Banking exec Jim Popp named president of Johnson Bank

Longtime Milwaukee banking executive Jim Popp will soon be the new president of Johnson Bank and executive vice president of Johnson Financial Group, Racine‐based Johnson Financial Group said Wednesday.

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Banker: Focus on millennials, not president

Business owners and investors concerned about the presidential election's impact on the country's economic growth need to focus their attentions elsewhere.

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American Birkebeiner Legacy Lives on with Support from Johnson Bank and Johnson Family Foundation

The history of the American Birkebeiner, North America's largest cross‐country ski race, dates back to 1973 and the support of Johnson Bank (Johnson Financial Group) and the Samuel C. Johnson family has been a cornerstone of the event since the earliest days. It is in that foundational spirit that Johnson Bank and the Johnson Family Foundation continue their support as they aid in preserving the legacy and history of this American treasure with a combined $50,000 donation, $25,000 each respectively, to the recently opened Tony Wise Museum of the American Birkebeiner.

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Johnson Financial's CIO always focused on learning: Brian Andrew

As chief investment officer, Brian Andrew, who began his position at Johnson Financial Group last August, is tasked with leading Johnson Bank's investment strategy and overseeing its portfolio management. Constantly learning is part of the job, he said.

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TEMPO Milwaukee

Join us Thursday, January 16 as EVP & Chief Investment Officer, Brian Andrew, speaks about the economic outlook for 2020.