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Executive Letter: Nominations for Banker of the Year Are Open

Rose Oswald PoelsBy Rose Oswald Poels

Each year, I’m humbled by the work of bankers as leaders in our community. It is my honor to celebrate their achievements and commend them in their services not only as industry leaders but through their commitments to the banking industry and Wisconsin communities.

I am pleased to announce that the Wisconsin Bankers Association is now accepting nominations for the 2021 Banker of the Year Award. Annually, this award recognizes someone who has made an outstanding effort in service to their bank, to their community, and to the banking profession.

To qualify, nominees must be an employee of a Wisconsin bank and a member of the WBA. Additionally, the individual should be a bank president/CEO, or have held this role in the recent past. Nominations may be submitted by any person who is able to describe the banker’s civic and professional accomplishments. The award will be presented during the WBA Bank Executives Conference on February 10, 2022 in the Wisconsin Dells. The conference is the largest banking event in Wisconsin and will take place February 9–11, 2022.

If you know anyone who qualifies, I encourage you to download a nomination form to recognize their efforts in their banks and communities. Year after year, we are fortunate to receive nominations for many qualified individuals. If you have nominated someone in the past who was not selected, please do not hesitate to re-submit your nomination. The form must be returned by December 10, 2021.

The stories we hear about the positive work bankers are doing around our state inspire all of us in the industry. I look forward to learning more about the many ways the nominees are making an impact and to recognizing an outstanding individual at the Bank Executives Conference in February.