On Wednesday, Feb. 19, Governor Tony Evers honored a distinguished group of 14 individuals, businesses, and organizations as recipients of the 2019 Governor’s Financial Literacy Award in a ceremony at the Wisconsin State Capitol. 

Pictured above (left to right): Gov. Evers, Old National Bank's Andrea Marquardt Finck, Ben Joergens, and Traci Mann, and Wisconsin First Lady Kathy Evers

In his remarks before presenting each winner with the award, the governor praised the recipients for their work. “Financial education gives people the tools they need to achieve their dreams, to expand their opportunities, and to attain financial security for themselves and their families,” he said. “To all of you receiving an award today, I want to commend your dedication to financial literacy. Because of your work, thousands of people in communities across Wisconsin have learned skills that improve their lives.” 

Old National Bank was one of six companies recognized in the Organization category. The bank’s “Real-Life Finance” program (an in-house, in-person, financial empowerment curriculum) is an in-depth approach to financial education which is customizable for all ages, from pre-K to adults, and covers 73 topics including financial psychology, budgeting, risk management, and retirement. 

DFI Secretary Kathy Blumenfeld and DFI Director of the Office of Financial Literacy David Mancl presented the awards. 

The recipients were selected from the nominations submitted for consideration by the Governor’s Council on Financial Literacy, a group of personal finance experts with a mission to measurably improve the financial literacy of Wisconsin’s citizens. Members include teachers, government officials, academia, and business leaders, including bankers. Currently, Cathy Couey, chief operations officer at Sterling Bank, Chetek, and Pablo Sanchez, vice president – business development at Park Bank, Madison, serve on the Council. 

Criteria weighed during the screening process included innovative implementation, demonstrated measurable results, collaboration with partners, and whether the effort was focused on needs-based groups. 

Since the awards began in 2011, over 100 recipients have been recognized. View a full list of recipients and learn more about the awards and the council at www.wdfi.org/ymm/govcouncilfinlit.