|Over 130 bankers from 105 member banks gathered in Madison for the new WBA Leadership Engaged! event and Board installation ceremony on June 6, 2018. The group consisted of the incoming and outgoing committee and section board members, as well as incoming and outgoing WBA Directors. For the first time, all of the bankers involved in leading the association gathered in one place with one purpose.|
|New WBA Board Chair Dave Werner addressed the bankers and WBA staff who gathered for the installation ceremony at the Madison Marriott West. During the ceremony, the new officers for 2018-2019 were installed and new directors welcomed. Werner, president & CEO of Park Bank, Milwaukee, told the gathered bankers and WBA staff that the association’s focus during his term will be on resorting the banking industry’s reputation through better connections with customers and the community. “As an industry, as an association, and as individual bankers we need to do a better job of painting the whole picture for elected leaders, customers and maybe even ourselves. We provide a wide array of banking and advisory services that we simply don’t do a good job of describing or talking about,” he said.|
|In addition to Werner (center), WBA officers for 2017-2018 are Chair-Elect Mark Meloy (second from right), CEO of First Business Bank, Madison; Vice Chair Paul Kohler (far left), president and CEO of Charter Bank, Eau Claire; and Past Chair Cynthia Erdman (second from left), president of Partnership Bank, Tomah. They are joined by WBA President and CEO Rose Oswald Poels (far right).|
|During the ceremony, Oswald Poels highlighted the past year’s successes, including advocacy victories, Power of Community Week, and the Facebook livestream events following the Equifax data breach. She then welcomed the new board members and thanked those rotating off this year for their service to the association and the industry. New board members beginning their three-year terms are pictured above (left to right) with Werner (far left): Gerald H. Jacobson, president, Northwestern Bank, Chippewa Falls; Donna Hoppenjan, president & CEO of Mound City Bank, Platteville; Daniel J. Peterson, president/CEO, The Stephenson National Bank & Trust, Marinette. Not pictured: Thomas A. Reil, president, Waldo State Bank, who was unable to attend.|
The 2018-2019 WBA Board of Directors with the outgoing directors from the 2017-2018 board with WBA President and CEO Rose Oswald Poels. Pictured above: Front row: (left to right) Officers Paul Kohler, president and CEO, Charter Bank, Eau Claire; Mark Meloy, president/CEO, First Business Bank, Madison; David Werner, president & CEO, Park Bank, Milwaukee; and Cynthia Erdman, president, Partnership Bank, Tomah. Second row (left to right): Sang Kim, regional president – WI, BMO Harris Bank, Milwaukee; Donna Hoppenjan, president & CEO, Mound City Bank, Platteville; Oswald Poels; Marty Reinhart, chief executive officer, Partners Bank, Marshfield; Bill McDonald, CEO, Greenwoods State Bank, Lake Mills (outgoing); Mary Bomkamp, president/CEO, Highland State Bank (outgoing). Back row (left to right): Tom Van Pelt, president/CEO, Citizens State Bank, Hudson; Ken Thompson, president & CEO, Capitol Bank, Madison; Daniel Peterson, president/CEO, The Stephenson National Bank & Trust, Marinette; Scott Kopp, president/CEO, Bank of Galesville; Christopher Del Moral-Niles, executive vice president/CFO, Associated Bank, Green Bay; Gerald Jacobson, president, Northwestern Bank, Chippewa Falls; Mark Mohr, president/CEO, First Bank Financial Centre, Oconomowoc; and Scot Thompson, president/CEO, Denmark State Bank.
Not pictured: Dennis Doyle, president/CEO, Great Midwest Bank, S.S. B., Brookfield (outgoing); Stan Leedle, executive vice president, Choice Bank, Oshkosh (outgoing); and Thomas A. Reil, president, Waldo State Bank.