WBA is excited to announce several new additions to its team as well as a promotion of a current staff member. Below are the most recent changes in staff and the responsibilities they’ll be accepting to assure that your needs as a WBA member are not only met, but exceeded.  
 
Ally Bates 
Digital Marketing Coordinator, Wisconsin Bankers Association 
Among the recent changes to WBA staff, we’re pleased to announce that Ally Bates has been promoted to the newly created role of Digital Marketing Coordinator. As Digital Marketing Coordinator, Ally works to ensure our digital communications are timely and relevant for you, acts as staff liaison to the WBA Marketing Committee, and is point of contact for the Scenes of Wisconsin Calendar. As we previously announced, there are some changes coming to who you receive the Wisconsin Banker Daily from, but Ally is still involved in the creation of the Wisconsin Banker Daily in her new role. 

Ally joined the Wisconsin Bankers Association in April 2017 as Admin/Communications Assistant - Legal and was promoted to Digital Marketing Coordinator in October 2020. Ally graduated from Iowa State University in 2016 with a degree in Communication Studies and a minor in Design Studies. Currently residing in Madison with her cat, Sully, she enjoys reading, record collecting, and cycling. 

John Cronin 
Assistant Director-Government Relations, Wisconsin Bankers Association 
John Cronin will focus on communicating your priorities as WBA members to state and federal elected officials, as well as coordinate and promote political advocacy.

John graduated from UW-Madison in 2012 with a degree in economics. He has spent the last eight years working in the Wisconsin Legislature, three of which were with outgoing Joint Finance Committee (JFC) Co-chair John Nygren. The five years prior were spent with incoming JFC Co-chair Mark Born. A Milwaukee-native, John grew up in Mequon and spends much of his time outside, typically either golfing or fishing. He lives with his fiancé and their rescue dog, Gus

Alex Paniagua 
Writer/Editor - Communications, Wisconsin Bankers Association 
If you’re already subscribed to the Wisconsin Banker Daily, you may have heard that Alex Paniagua has joined WBA as the new Writer/Editor. Alex will contribute to the team that delivers the Wisconsin Banker Daily to continue providing you with your daily banking news.    
  
Alex earned his bachelor’s degree in English literature and communications from UW-Milwaukee and has written for publications such as AQUA Magazine, Wisconsin People & Ideas, and American Farriers Journal. Much of Alex’s work involves finding a creative focus while writing through a narrow lens. Aside from writing, he enjoys hiking, performing music, and reading.   
 
Amy Petersen 
Accounts Receivable and Administrative Specialist – FIPCO 
Amy Petersen is responsible for assisting customers with their product and service orders, contracts, and billings. She has worked for ITS Compliance in many different departments and is excited to bring her skillset to FIPCO and the Wisconsin Bankers Association.  
 
Amy’s interests and hobbies outside of work include music, art, and travel. She has three adult children and two grandsons.