WBA staff, along with many local bankers, spent much of April working on the industry's legislative advocacy initiatives by visiting with many members of Wisconsin's Congressional delegation in their local offices. The bankers involved in each of these visits discussed a variety of issues including the state of the economy in the district, lending activity, regulatory and tax reform.

The conversation specifically addressed the benefits of the CHOICE Act as well as the Access Business Credit (ABC) Act. The area bankers were able to use local examples of how these issues were directly affecting their customers.

This type of feedback is invaluable information for lawmakers to hear so they truly understand how their decisions are affecting banks and their customers. Thank you to the bankers who were able to attend.

April 10

The following bankers along with WBA’s Rose Oswald Poels met with Congressman Michael Gallagher in Appleton: Terry Lardinois, Greenleaf Wayside Bank; Paul Northway, American National Bank Fox Cities; Tom Pamperin, Premier Community Bank; Charlie Schmalz, East Wisconsin Savings Bank; and Gary Vanden Heuvel, BLC Bank.

April 12

Congressman Glenn Grothman met with WBA’s Daryll Lund in Fond du Lac with the following bankers: Joe Fazio, Commerce State Bank, West Bend; Steve Leaman, Horicon Bank; Jeff Liddicoat, Horicon Bank; Jerry O'Connor, The National Bank of Waupun; and Eric Stone, National Exchange Bank and Trust, Fond du Lac.

April 12

WBA’s Mike Semmann and the following bankers met with Congressman Mark Pocan in Madison: Len Devaisher, Old National Bank, Madison; Paul Hoffman, Monona State Bank; Mark Meloy, First Business Bank, Madison; Tom Spitz, Settlers Bank, Windsor; and Ken Thompson, Capitol Bank, Madison.

April 17

The following bankers, accompanied by Oswald Poels, met with Congressman Sean Duffy in Wausau: Marty Reinhart, Heritage Bank; Bill Weiland, Time Federal Savings Bank; and Jeff Whitrock, Pioneer Bank.

April 21

Congresswoman Gwen Moore met with Oswald Poels and the following bankers in Milwaukee: Al Araque, Chase Bank; Chris Begy, BMO Financial Group; Corey Hoze, Associated Bank; and John Matter, The Equitable Savings Bank.