About Us

Community Partner Since 1927

Our History

The Equitable Bank’s history started over 100 years ago, when a hard-working German immigrant, fled the Chicago fire and came to Milwaukee looking for work. In 1878, Charles Pittelkow started his own insurance business with the focus of helping fellow immigrants buy homes. People brought their savings to “Honest Uncle Charlie,” as he was known, for safekeeping until they saved enough to buy steamship tickets to bring their loved ones to America. In turn, the money deposited allowed Charlie to provide mortgage loans so people could realize the dream of owning their own home.

Equitable continued to be a family run business for many years. In the mid-nineteen twenties, Charles’s son R.J. became president, expanded the lending portion of the business and on May 24, 1927, The Equitable Savings Building and Loan Association was formed. In 1941 Robert C. Pittelkow, son of R.J., became president. Then in 1982, Robert’s son Charles R. Pittelkow succeeded him as president. Charles continues to serve as an Emeritus Director on the Board today.

In addition to Charles, The Equitable Bank's leadership includes John Matter, Jennifer Provancher and Thomas Sattler.

John P. Matter started his banking career in 1976, and joined The Equitable Bank in 1980. He currently serves as Chairman of the Board of The Equitable Bank. He served as President and Chief Executive Officer from 2004 until July 2019, and also served as Vice Chairman from 2005 until July 2019. Mr. Matter is or has been involved in numerous civic organizations, including Chairman of the Wisconsin Humane Society, Chair of the St. Joseph & Elmbrook Memorial Hospital Foundations, This Time Tomorrow Foundation Board, Brookfield Kiwanis Club, Sharon Lynne Wilson Center, Waukesha Community Foundation Board, Prevent Blindness Wisconsin, American Diabetes Association and the Board of the Wisconsin Bankers Association. Mr. Matter’s positions as Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer foster clear accountability, effective decision-making, a clear and direct channel of communication from senior management to the full board of directors, and alignment on corporate strategy..

Jennifer L. Provancher is a highly accomplished financial executive, currently serving as the Chief Executive Officer and Vice Chairman of the Board at The Equitable Bank. With over three decades of experience in the industry, Jenny has held various leadership roles at The Equitable Bank, including President, Executive Vice President, Chief Operating Officer, and Chief Financial Officer. She also boasts an impressive track record of success at other financial institutions in Milwaukee. In addition to her professional accomplishments, Jenny is an active member of the community, having served on the board of the Wisconsin Club and as Treasurer of the Exchange Club of Milwaukee. She is also a long-time member and past President of the Milwaukee Chapter of the Financial Managers Society.

Partnering with Jenny is The Equitable Bank's President, Thomas Sattler. Tom brings over 28 years of banking experience to the table, having worked at three community banks with a focus on customer service, marketing, and public relations. Since joining The Equitable Bank in 2005 as Marketing Manager, Tom has made a significant impact on the bank's success. He is an active member of the Milwaukee Rotary Club and currently serves as the Chairperson for the Done in a Day committee. Tom is also involved with the Wisconsin Bankers Association (WBA), where he serves as the Chairperson of the Retail Committee and is the advocacy officer for the Bank. With his exceptional sales and marketing skills, Tom provides valuable insight that will help The Equitable Bank maintain its position as a high performing community bank in southeastern Wisconsin.



Since our founding in 1927, employees have been the main reason for The Equitable Bank’s success. We are an Equal Opportunity Employer and we offer competitive salaries, excellent benefits and the opportunity for career advancement. If you are customer-oriented, enjoy working with people, take pride in your work and want to work for an organization you can believe in, we invite you to become part of The Equitable Bank team.

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The Equitable Bank is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. We consider all qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, age, disability, genetic information, marital status, amnesty, or status as a covered veteran in accordance with applicable federal, state and local laws.


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