What Is BOLT?

BOLT = Building Our Leaders of Tomorrow

  • BOLT's goal is to provide an environment where energized and motivated WBA members have an opportunity for peer networking, educational growth, and leadership development.
  • BOLT members expand their leadership roles in the Wisconsin financial community.
  • BOLT provides a networking connection to others in the community banking industry with the same background and same work complexities.
  • BOLT Active Strike Forces: Professional Development Committee, Advocacy Committee, and Connections Committee.

What's In It For Me?

  • Opportunities to learn the skills needed to be a respected, contributing community banking officer able to handle increasing responsibility.
  • Opportunities to become more engaged in legislative, regulatory, and public affairs advocacy.
  • Access to a tremendous network of Wisconsin community bankers with a vast background of knowledge and experience who are willing to share it in a non-competitive environment.
  • Personal satisfaction in sharing the legacy of Wisconsin community banking.

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2018-2019 BOLT Section Board

Kevin Piette, Chair
State Bank of Cross Plains

Jeffrey Niesen, Chair-Elect
Senior Vice President
Bankers' Bank, Madison

Derrick Hermann, Vice Chair
Waldo State Bank

Mike Gargaro, Past Chair
CFO/Market President
Coulee Bank, La Crosse

Debi Bartel (Group 2) (2021)
HR & Marketing Director
East Wisconsin Savings Bank, Kaukauna

Travis Bolcerek (Group 4) (2019)
Vice President, Commercial Loan Officer
Bank of Wisconsin Dells, Lake Delton

Jill Breitrick (Group 2) (2019)
Premier Community Bank, Marion

Shane Ilstrup (Group 1) (2020)
Citizens First Bank, Trempealeau

Gary Kuter, CRCM (Group 4) (2021)
Vice President
Capitol Bank, Madison

Patrick Larson (Group 1) (2019)
AVP Finance
F&M Bank, Tomah

Loni Meiborg (Group 3) (2019)
Marketing Leader
Fortify Bank, Berlin

Tammy Sinz (Group 1) (2021)
Retail Banking Manager
Security Financial Bank, Durand

Jennifer Sobotta, CFMP (Group 2) (2020)
Vice President, Marketing Director
Forward Financial Bank, Marshfield

Meredith Strieff (Group 3) (2021)
Personal Banking Officer/Branch Manager
Horicon Bank

Kayla Thompsen (Group 3) (2020)
Training Officer
Citizens Bank, Big Bend


Daryll Lund
Executive Vice President/Chief of Staff
Wisconsin Bankers Association, Madison

Lori Kalscheuer
Director - Education
Wisconsin Bankers Association, Madison