Wipfli LLP: Expands strategic advisory services practice focused on financial institutions

Financial services industry veteran Ron Slater joins the firm

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Milwaukee, Wisconsin (August 20, 2012) — Wipfli LLP, a leading CPA and consulting firm, announced today that it has expanded its strategic advisory services practice for financial institutions with the recent addition of Ron Slater as a senior manager. Slater brings 40 years of banking leadership experience to the firm’s financial institutions practice and its clients, and specializes in providing strategic planning, board governance, c-suite consulting and merger and acquisition services to clients.

“We are very pleased that Ron Slater has joined our team,” said Terry Saber, partner and leader of the firm’s strategic advisory services for financial institutions. “The addition of Ron to our strategic advisory services practice demonstrates our commitment to providing our financial institution clients with quality expertise to face the many ever-changing challenges in the financial institutions industry.”

With a strong background working with financial institutions, Slater has worked for many years in leadership roles. Prior to joining Wipfli, Slater was president and CEO of Bankers’ Bank in Madison, Wisconsin, and served in the same capacity on all subsidiary and holding company boards. Slater also served as the chair of the Wisconsin Bankers’ Association and was actively involved in the recent chief executive officer search for the association. He has a broad background in governance, incentive compensation modeling, and many other consulting services to offer the financial industry.

Slater was an appointed member of the Conference of State Banking Supervisors (CSBS) for the National Bankers’ Advisory Board and has represented community banking on numerous Independent Community Bankers of America and American Bankers’ Association committees. In addition, he is a past president of the Bankers’ Bank Council (BBC), a registered association of the nation’s 15 bankers’ banks. He was involved in the creation of the Community Bankers’ Association of Wisconsin. A seasoned expert in the industry, Slater has also been a frequent speaker at numerous state, regional, and national banking events, including presentations at the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago.

Slater holds a bachelor of business administration degree in sales/marketing and accounting from Madison Business College in Madison, Wisconsin, and has completed the program at the University of Wisconsin’s Graduate School of Banking, where he focused on bank administration.

Within Wipfli’s Financial Institutions Practice, the strategic advisory services group consists of former financial institution executives with both large regional and community banking leadership experience. The team is nationally renowned and highly regarded by the major regulatory agencies and state and regional associations. Our expertise and experience allows us to provide detailed comparisons with any asset size or type of institutions and provide value-add custom solutions specific to clients.

About Wipfli LLP

With more than 1,000 associates and 22 offices in the United States and India, Wipfli LLP (Wipfli) ranks among the top 30 accounting and business consulting firms in the nation. For over 82 years, Wipfli has provided private and publicly held companies with industry-focused assurance, accounting, tax and consulting services to help clients overcome their business challenges today and plan for tomorrow. The firm’s clients include manufacturing companies, health care organizations, financial institutions, construction companies, contractors and developers, real estate companies, insurance companies, nonprofit organizations, units of government, dealerships and individuals. Through the firm’s membership in PKF North America, Wipfli can draw upon the resources of 240 firms in 440 locations in 125 countries around the world. For more information, visit http://www.wipfli.com.