By Rose Oswald Poels
The history of Wisconsin’s banking industry is storied and expansive. Since 1892, the Wisconsin Bankers Association (WBA) has stood witness to generations of banking leaders who have made significant strides in ensuring the economic wellbeing of our communities and helping shape our industry into what we know today.
In 2020, the Association inaugurated its tradition of honoring current and former bankers who have demonstrated excellence in community service, civic involvement, and Wisconsin’s banking industry. A total of 26 prominent banking leaders have so far been commended for their commitment to our industry with a permanent plaque on display in WBA’s headquarters in Madison. The Leaders in Banking Excellence Wall is centrally located in WBA’s Engagement Center where thousands of bankers from across the state visit annually as they attend a variety of meetings and training programs.
Now in its fourth year, WBA is excited to once again recognize bankers who not only denote excellence in their positions, but exemplify the highest standards of ethics, professionalism, and enthusiastic service.
Nominations to join the WBA Leaders in Banking Excellence Class of 2023 are now being accepted through May 12. If you are interested in nominating a banking leader for this prestigious honor, please visit wisbank.com/excellence or contact me for more information on how to apply.
Bankers have also been recognized posthumously. This honor wall does require a financial contribution of $10,000 payable to either WBA or its public charity, the Wisconsin Bankers Foundation (WBF). Once the Class of 2023 has been finalized, an in-person celebration will be held at the WBA Office in early September including speakers from the Wisconsin Department of Financial Institutions (DFI) and a member of Congress.
Wisconsin’s banking history is full of many great leaders, and for the past thirty years (and counting) I have been privileged to work alongside you. This honor wall is a meaningful tribute to the individual and collective contributions many have made to our industry. Thank you for considering this invitation to nominate yourself or another to join our Class of 2023 Leaders in Banking Excellence Wall.