Kevin Anderson of Old National Bank, Kara Kaiser of BMO Harris Bank and John Utz of Associated Bank have been selected to a national list of notable financial executives.
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Anderson is Milwaukee region president for Evansville, Ind.-based Old National Bank, which entered the Milwaukee market with the 2016 acquisition of Madison’s Anchor Bancorp Wisconsin. Anderson has been leading Old National’s efforts to establish downtown Milwaukee as its regional hub to help better serve its clients and participate in economic development activities in the central business district. The move follows the bank's increased investments in commercial and private banking, wealth management and consumer banking, Anderson has said.
Kaiser is managing director of BMO Private Bank at BMO Harris Bank. She has quickly risen through the ranks at the bank after her employer, M&I Marshall & Ilsley Bank, was acquired by BMO Harris in 2011. After the deal, she was promoted to BMO’s regional president for retail banking, a role that involved overseeing nearly 90 branches and 800 employees in Wisconsin and Illinois. In 2015, she was named managing director in BMO’s wealth management services division, where she supervises 40 professionals. Throughout it all, she’s logged various honors on behalf of BMO and appears as a financial expert on TMJ4, a platform she uses to promote financial literacy. Earlier this year, she was named an honoree in the Milwaukee Business Journal's annual Women of Influence awards program.
Utz is Milwaukee market president for Wisconsin’s largest state-based bank, Green Bay-based Associated Bank, as well as head of corporate banking. Utz is leading the Milwaukee office as it transitions to the Milwaukee Center office building downtown, which the bank purchased in 2016. He is also the face of the bank’s numerous community outreach and philanthropic efforts in Milwaukee, where the company's goal is to become the city’s “hometown bank,” Associated’s president and CEO Philip Flynn has said.
Read more in the Milwaukee Business Journal.