Jim Dolister Named to WBA Leaders in Banking Excellence

By June 14, 2021March 28th, 2022Announcements, Community Involvement

Press Release June 8, 2021 Courtesy of Wisconsin Bankers Association
Contact: Cassandra Krause, Communications Manager, Wisconsin Bankers Association


MADISON – James S. Dolister is being honored by the Wisconsin Bankers Association for his excellence in banking, community service, and civic involvement. A celebration for the inaugural class of honorees was held on June 4 at the WBA headquarters in Madison, where a newly-built Leaders in Banking Excellence Wall installation displays a tribute to the selected current and former bankers. The event had been postponed from the fall of 2020 due to the pandemic.

“Jim helped shape Wisconsin’s banking industry into what it is today,” said Rose Oswald Poels, WBA president and CEO. “He exemplified the values of our association:  highest ethics, professionalism, and enthusiastic service to our industry and to our state. It is my privilege to host an honor wall of this type at our WBA headquarters in Madison.”

Dolister founded Capitol Bank in Madison in 1995. He served as Capitol Bank’s CEO and president for eight years and was the chair of the Board until 2017. Dolister’s banking industry experience began after graduation when he became a Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) field examiner. He spent over 50 years as a banker in Milwaukee and Madison. He served several organizations like Madison Public Library, St. Thomas Aquinas, Energy Services – Keep Wisconsin Warm, Catholic Multicultural Center, Agrace Hospice, and the Madison Arts Center.

The honorees in the 2020 Leaders in Banking Excellence are:  Paul C. Adamski, The Pineries Bank, Stevens Point; James K. Caldwell, First Citizens State Bank, Whitewater; the late James S. Dolister, Capitol Bank, Madison; the Eager Family, the former Union Bank & Trust Company, Evansville; Thomas F. Farrell, Peoples State Bank, Prairie du Chien; the late John F. (Jack) Kundert, the former Bank One, Monroe; E. David Locke, the former McFarland State Bank; Richard (Dick) Pamperin, Premier Community Bank, Marion; Steven R. Schowalter, Port Washington State Bank; Frederick F. Schwertfeger, Horicon Bank; Jerry Smith, First Business Bank, Madison; and the late Thomas M. Tubbs, Bank of Sun Prairie.

To learn more about each of the 2020 Leaders in Banking Excellence honorees, please visit: https://www.wisbank.com/community/excellence/class-of-2020/.


About the Wisconsin Bankers Association Founded in 1892, WBA is the state’s largest financial industry trade association, representing more than 200 commercial banks and savings institutions, their branches, and over 21,000 employees. The Association represents banks of all sizes in Wisconsin, and nearly 98 percent of banks in the state are WBA members. 


Capitol Bank contact: Natalie Gregerson
Director of Marketing/Officer
Capitol Bank
710 N. High Point Road
Madison, WI 53717

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