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Careers in Banking Showcased at UW Schools

College students and panel of bankersOn Wednesday, October 26, UW-Madison students had the opportunity to meet with bankers from across Wisconsin to learn more about the industry and the careers available to them. The event was presented by the Wisconsin Bankers Association (WBA) and UW-Madison’s Puelicher Center for Banking Education with the goal of closing the gap between students and professionals. Following the panel and presentation, attendees were encouraged to network and ask questions.

Thank you to the following bankers for taking part in the panel moderated by Jim Johannes, Ph.D., professor emeritus of banking and finance.

  • Ryan Boebel, Community First Bank, Reedsburg
  • Kayla Conklin, The Park Bank, Madison
  • Phil Lorenz, CIBC
  • Loni Meiborg, Fortifi Bank, Berlin
  • Jeffery Ticknor, BMO Harris Bank N.A.
  • Melissa Torres, Oak Bank, Fitchburg

Classroom with panel and studentsAbout 20 UW-Whitewater students attended a career night organized by WBA on Tuesday, November 1 on campus. UW-Whitewater’s Mohammed Jafarinejad, Ph.D. moderated a panel of bankers who shared their experience and advice with students. Thank you to the bankers who volunteered their time for this event:  

  • Becky McClelland, Community State Bank, Union Grove 
  • Nate Parrish, First Citizens State Bank, Whitewater 
  • Melissa Torres, Oak Bank, Fitchburg (also representing RMA) 
  • Jeff Vohs, SENB Bank, Beloit 
  • David Wilbik, Johnson Financial Group 

Students from UW-Platteville had the opportunity to hear from several bankers on November 10. Panelists, moderated by Roger Kerkenbush of UW-Platteville, answered questions for attendees, shared their experience, and gave advice for pursuing a career in the banking industry. Thank you to the following bankers for volunteering their time to connect with students:

  • Emily Bradley, First Business Bank, Madison
  • John Digman, Mound City Bank, Platteville
  • Nicholas Felder, MidWestOne Bank, Lancaster
  • Ty Kartman, Royal Bank, Cassville
  • Melissa Torres, Oak Bank, Fitchburg

This type of engagement with universities in Wisconsin is an important part of recruiting the next generation of bankers to ensure our industry’s continued success into the future.