On October 25, the Wisconsin Bankers Foundation sponsored the breakfast session at the WBA LEAD360 Conference. The breakfast featured the annual Wisconsin Bankers Foundation Excellence in Financial Education Awards, which recognize bank and individual bankers for their dedication to promoting financial education in Wisconsin. This year, a total of 406 bankers from across the state reported over 1,200 personal finance presentations. Those volunteer bankers educated more than 55,000 consumers of all ages about the importance of saving and budgeting, how to use credit responsibly, the ins and outs of obtaining a home mortgage or car loan, and many more financial topics. In the month of April alone, in conjunction with Teach Children to Save Day, bankers from over 40 institutions reported nearly 400 presentations that reached over 23,000 students.

This year's top winners include:

Financial Literacy Banker Awards
Jay Krcmar, Farmers State Bank of Waupaca
Karen Kothbauer, The Baraboo National Bank

Wisconsin Teach Children to Save Day Award
Luke Manke and Lori Stokes, Royal Bank

Banker of the Year Award
Kay Carlson, Farmers & Merchants Bank & Trust, Marinette

This year's Financial Education Innovation Award, which recognizes a bank or individual banker who contributed a new or innovative approach to financial education, or has exhibited exemplary dedication to expanding financial education in their community, was presented to Waukesha State Bank in recognition of their "Money and a Movie" programs, which brought teenagers and their parents together at the cinema for a financial education presentation and free movie at two separate events, both of which were well-attended.

Thank you to all of the bankers who dedicate their time and talents to promoting consumer education in Wisconsin. 

EFE Award Winners

You can view the full list of winning individuals and banks online at www.wisbank.com/EFEawards. If you have any questions about the Wisconsin Bankers Foundation Excellence in Financial Education Awards, please contact WBA's Amber Seitz at 608-441-1237 or via email.