Wisconsin Bankers Foundation: Honors bankers for financial education achievements

Eric Skrum
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MADISON – The Wisconsin Bankers Foundation recently honored banks and individual bankers from around the state for their efforts in promoting financial literacy to thousands of Wisconsin’s consumers. The Foundation presented these bankers and institutions with Excellence in Financial Education awards during a special breakfast event at the Wisconsin Bankers Association LEAD360 Conference.

From June 2018 through May 2019, nearly 500 bankers from across the state reported nearly 1,850 personal finance presentations. Those volunteer bankers educated nearly 33,500 consumers of all ages about the importance of saving and budgeting, how to use credit responsibly, the ins and outs of obtaining a home mortgage or car loan, and many more financial topics. 

The awards event, sponsored by the Foundation, specifically recognized 30 banks and 11 individual bankers for their achievements. In addition, the WBF distributed certificates of recognition to 104 bankers who gave their time and talent back to the community through at least five financial education presentations. 

“Consumer education is an important part of banking, no matter what the banker’s role is at their institution,” said Foundation Executive Director Michael Semmann, WBA Executive Vice President/Chief Operations Officer. “We commend these bankers for their dedication and commitment to improving financial education not only for the benefit of individual consumers but also the community as a whole.”

The EFE Award recipients recognized for the most prestigious awards this year are: 
Financial Education Innovation Award
Bank of Prairie du Sac
The Stephenson National Bank & Trust, Marinette

Financial Literacy Banker of the Year Award
Monica Walk, FVSBank, Fond du Lac

Financial Literacy Banker Award
Cynthia Roeck, Cleveland State Bank

Teach Children to Save Day Award
Sarah K. Rogers, Mound City Bank, Platteville

Certificates of Excellence were awarded to:
Cynthia Roeck
Cleveland State Bank

Joshua Pauling
Farmers State Bank of Waupaca

Monica Walk
FVSBank, Fond du Lac

Christa L. Gavin
First Bank Financial Centre, Oconomowoc

Becci Tucker
Ladysmith Federal, Savings & Loan

Sarah Rogers
Mound City Bank, Cuba City

Kari Geyer
Mound City Bank, Platteville
Megan Pustina
Royal Bank, Cobb
Lori Stokes
Royal Bank, Elroy
Jenean Friedl
Royal Bank, Elroy
Angela Mierzwinski
Waukesha State Bank

State Bankers Promoting Financial Literacy Awards were given to:
Associated Bank, Green Bay
Bank of Prairie du Sac
Bank of Brodhead
Baraboo State Bank
BLC Community Bank
Cleveland State Bank
Farmers and Merchants State Bank, Waterloo
Farmers & Merchants Bank & Trust, Marinette
Farmers State Bank of Waupaca
First Bank Financial Centre
First Bank of Baldwin
First National Bank of River Falls
FVSBank, Fond du Lac
Horicon Bank
Johnson Financial Group, Racine
Ladysmith Federal Savings & Loan
Mound City Bank, Platteville
National Exchange Bank & Trust, Fond du Lac
Oregon Community Bank
The Park Bank, Madison
Peoples State Bank, Prairie du Chien
Port Washington State Bank
PremierBank, Fort Atkinson
Premier Community Bank, Marion
Royal Bank, Elroy
The Equitable Bank, S.S.B., Wauwatosa
The Stephenson National Bank & Trust, Marinette
Union State Bank of West Salem
Waukesha State Bank
Waumandee State Bank