The Wisconsin Bankers Association has filled three key advocacy roles at the state’s largest financial industry trade association. We are pleased to welcome the following new staff members: 

John Cronin is joining as the new Assistant Director-Government Relations and head of state government relations. He spent the first eight years of his career in the Wisconsin State Assembly where he worked for Rep. Mark Born (R - Beaver Dam) from 2013 to 2018 and for now former-Rep. John Nygren (R-Marinette) from 2018 through Dec. 2nd of this year. Cronin is a graduate of UW-Madison with a degree in economics. 

Ally Bates has been promoted to the newly created position of Digital Marketing Coordinator. Previously she worked as Admin/Communications Assistant – Legal. Bates graduated from Iowa State University in 2016 with a degree in Communication Studies and a minor in Design Studies. 

Alex Paniagua is joining as the new Writer/Editor - Communications. Paniagua 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. 

“Our bank members are critical to the economic success of families and businesses across Wisconsin,” explained Rose Oswald Poels, WBA President/CEO. “John, Ally, and Alex have a wide range of skills and knowledge that will support our members during these challenging times.”