WBA announces leadership changes

Ken Thompson (left) receives the chair’s gavel from Paul Kohler.

The Wisconsin Bankers Association named Ken Thompson as its 2021-2022 chair.

Thompson has been involved in the state capitol’s banking industry for more than 35 years, 25 of which have been at Madison, Wis.-based Capitol Bank, where he is president and CEO.

“Ken brings decades of banking experience and a wealth of knowledge to the WBA Board,” said Rose Oswald Poels, WBA president and CEO. “He will do an excellent job of leading our Board and industry forward in the post-pandemic economy.”

Thompson has a bachelor’s degree in business from the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point and an MBA from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1997, one year after he joined Capitol Bank. He graduated from the Graduate School of Banking in Madison in 2004, one year after he became the $528 million bank’s president.

Other officers on the association’s board include: Chair-Elect Dan Peterson, president and CEO of The Stephenson National Bank & Trust, Marinette; Vice Chair Donna Hoppenjan, president and CEO of Mound City Bank, Platteville; and Past Chair Paul Kohler, president and CEO of Charter Bank, Eau Claire.

Joining the WBA board for three-year terms are: Greg Ogren, president of Security Bank, Iron River; Jay Mack, president and CEO of Town Bank, N.A., Hartland; and Dan Ravenscroft, president and CEO of Royal Bank, Elroy.

Continuing their terms on the board are: Al Araque, SVP, director of consumer and private banking, Johnson Financial Group, Racine; Jim Chatterton, president and CEO, National Exchange Bank & Trust, Fond du Lac; Mark Erickson, regional president, MidWestOne Bank, Osceola; Timothy Kotnour, president and CEO, State Bank Financial, La Crosse; Paul Northway, president and CEO, American National Bank – Fox Cities, Appleton; Joe Peikert, president and CEO, Wolf River Community Bank, Hortonville; Jenny Provancher, president and CEO, The Equitable Bank, S.S.B., Wauwatosa; Terry Rosengarten, president and COO, Unity Bank, Augusta; and Mark Wierman, president and chief lending officer, Ixonia Bank, Ixonia.