Before joining the Milwaukee Jewish Federation in 2004, Shelly Sampon worked at Bank One (now Chase Bank) for seven years, first as a manager in their Client Services department, then as a senior underwriter. She then joined Firstar Bank as a manager in their Corporate Trust department, which administered and sold stock shares for more than 100 local and statewide companies including the Green Bay Packers, Harley-Davidson and Johnson Controls. One of Shelly’s biggest and most exciting challenges was helping to coordinate the exchange of stock when U.S. Bank and Firstar merged because she had to hire and manage about 200 temporary workers for just that project. When U.S. Bank sold their trust department to Mellon Bank, Shelly served as a liaison between the two companies for a year during the transition but ultimately decided that, though she loved the field, she didn’t want to move to New Jersey for the job.
She had been in the corporate world for 11 years and wanted to do something a little more personal and meaningful. Shelly was lucky enough to find a job at the Milwaukee Jewish Federation where she could learn the business of development and marketing and feel genuinely fulfilled in her work.