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.

Interested in joining the WBA BOLT Section?

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2017-2018 BOLT Section Board

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

Kevin Piette, Chair-Elect
State Bank of Cross Plains

Leif Christianson, Vice Chair
Chief Operations Officer
Peoples State Bank, Wausau

Julie Redfern, Past Chair
Union Bank & Trust Company, Evansville

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

Derrick Hermann (Group 3) (2018)
Waldo State Bank

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

Jim Lamack (Group 2) (2018)
Union State Bank, Kewaunee

Katie Lindquist (Group 4) (2020)
Loan Officer
Great Midwest Bank, SSB, Madison

Loni Meiborg (Group 3) (2019)
Marketing Leader
1st National Bank, Berlin

Jeffrey Niesen (Group 4) (2018)
Senior Vice President
Bankers’ Bank, Madison

Abbi Olson (Group 1) (2019)
Director of Human Resources
Security Financial Bank, Bloomer

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

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

Clark Yolitz (Group 1) (2018)
Dairy State Bank, Menomonie

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

Lori Kalscheuer
Director - Education
Wisconsin Bankers Association, Madison