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STEVE "ROCKY" DONOVAN '89

BA, Political Science

Steve Donovan has been in banking for over 27 years.  Currently, he is the Executive Vice President, leading Business Banking, Cash Management, Wealth Management and Consumer Banking development activities for Community State Bank.  

Steve believes strongly in the importance of connecting people and businesses to help one another succeed. Over his banking career, Steve has worked to build connections throughout Southeastern Wisconsin focusing on Racine, Kenosha and Walworth counties. These connections span from for-profit businesses, real estate development, non-profit organizations, and governmental agencies. For Steve, helping an individual or an organization is not one-dimensional - it is not just about business - it is about helping them solve problems and achieve success.

Steve is a firm believer in giving back and trying to make this the greatest community in the state.  He has been or is involved with numerous organizations:

  • Vice President of the UW-Parkside Foundation Board
  • Chair of the RangerVision2020 Committee
  • Secretary for the Racine Community Foundation
  • Board Chair of the Kenosha YMCA
  • Past Board President of the Racine Kenosha Community Action Agency and current Finance and HR Committee member
  • Board Member and past President of the Racine Founders Rotary Club
  • Racine Area Manufacturers and Commerce (RAMAC) Ambassador
  • Past Board Chair for the Racine YMCA and current Finance Committee member
  • Past Board Chair of Junior Achievement of Racine and Kenosha
  • Past Board Chair of Family Service of Racine
  • Past member of the Advisory Committee for RCEDC and Credit Committee member
  • Past member of the Advisory Committee for Southeastern Wisconsin for WWBIC

 “I believe we collectively have the ability to make our communities better places to live, work and do business.  We can achieve this by lending our time, talents and resources to the communities we live and serve.”

Over the years, Steve was recognized or achieved various personal and professional accomplishments:

  • 2010 inductee to the UW-Parkside Athletic Hall of Fame (1984 Soccer Team)
  • 2013 Special Recognition honor from WWBIC for outstanding volunteer service
  • 2016 American Cancer Society Spirit of Hope recipient
  • 2017 Paul P. Harris Fellow (Rotary)
  • 2019 The YMCA’s Leadership Award of Excellence
  • 2019 Racine Area Manufacturers and Commerce (RAMAC) Business Person of the Year
  • 2001 graduate of the Wisconsin Bankers Association School of Commercial Lending
  • 2015 Certified Commercial Underwriter

Steve grew-up in Racine and currently resides in Mt Pleasant.  He has been married for the past 26 years to Tara and they have two marvelous children, Ian and Emma.

Steve Donovan
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