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Early County on Wall Street

Phil Moore, pictured fourth from left, joins colleagues to ring the bell at the New York Stock Exchange.

Phil Moore, pictured fourth from left, joins colleagues to ring the bell at the New York Stock Exchange.

An opportunity of a lifetime box was checked off when Early County native Phil Moore had the privilege of ringing the Opening Bell to signal the start of another trading day for the New York Stock Exchange on May 24, 2022.

Moore, the son of locals Phillip and Martha Moore of Cuba Zoo fame, serves as the Chief Financial Officer of Nicolet Bankshares, a growing, full-service, community bank providing services ranging from commercial and consumer banking to wealth management and retirement plan services. Founded in Green Bay in 2000, Nicolet National Bank operates branches in Northeast and Central Wisconsin, the upper peninsula of Michigan, and Northern Michigan. With the anticipated August closing of Charter Bank, their third acquisition in the past 12 months, Nicolet will expand into Northwest Wisconsin as well as the Southern urban market in Minneapolis, and its balance sheet will swell to approximately $8.5 billion in total assets (more information can be found at www.nicoletbank.com).

The Bell Ringing was the result of Nicolet’s decision to transfer the listing of its common stock to the New York Stock Exchange (“NYSE”) from The Nasdaq Stock Market LLC (“Nasdaq”). The Company’s common stock began trading on the NYSE on May 24, 2022, under the ticker symbol of “NIC”.

“Nicolet is pleased to join the NYSE alongside many of the world’s most established and well-regarded companies,” said Mike Daniels, President and CEO of Nicolet. “As excited as we are about this new partnership, our focus remains steadfast on serving our customers, communities, and employees, with the results of that service being the return to shareholders.”

“We are excited to welcome Nicolet, one of the country’s prominent community banks, as it joins the NYSE’s own community of icons and disruptors,” said John Tuttle, Vice Chairman and Chief Commercial Officer, NYSE Group.

When asked about the experience, Moore used the term ‘indescribable’. “Having served as a CPA providing insight and value to banking clients for my near 40-year public accounting career, I never imagined being in a position with such an esteemed company as Nicolet to be able to be a part of something as magical as ringing the NYSE’s Opening Bell,” Moore said. “Lots of thoughts and emotions ran through my head in that special moment, but a primary theme was how fortunate I was to have been guided through my developing years by so many caring people who were always pushing me to be my absolute best. And I won’t lie that there was a sense of pride in this accomplishment knowing from where I came and how I got there – a truly special feeling to know the care and love of others that you’re proudly representing in a time like that.”

Moore and 8 other Nicolet Executives and Board members were treated to a couple day stay in the Big Apple, including a walk around Wall Street, an impressive tour of the ornate NYSE facilities (which were adorned in the familiar green Nicolet brand at every turn it seemed), a visit to the Dingle Bar where the country’s founding fathers gathered back in the day, and a spectacular meal at Bobby Vann’s, a famous Manhattan steakhouse. The trip was capped off when, after Ringing the Bell, the Group was allowed to actually enter the Trading Floor and stand by their Designated Market Maker, GTS, who then officially opened the trading for NIC on the NYSE.

When not in Green Bay, Moore also maintains a residence in Cuscowilla on Lake Oconee, Georgia, with wife Cindy and sons TJ, Tyler and Trey.

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