The Johnson Financial Group has locations throughout southern Wisconsin, including this bank location in Kenosha. (Photo: Johnson Financial Group)

Talk about humble beginnings.

What was to become the Johnson Financial Group started out 50 years ago as a bank with three employees working in a double-wide trailer.

The company has since grown into a financial services firm that employs 1,200 and offers banking, wealth management and insurance services through its Johnson Bank, Johnson Wealth Inc. and Johnson Insurance Services, LLC.

And, in 2020, the company landed on the list of Top Workplaces for the first time.

The growth and the recognition as a Top Workplace comes from staying true to its founding values, said Jim Popp, Johnson Financial Group CEO.

“Fifty years ago, our founder, Sam Johnson, envisioned a bank with stronger capabilities than the small banks,