Two First Central State Bank team members recently graduated from the Graduate School of Banking at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Scott Wiley and Valerie Pell completed the more than two years of schooling needed to earn the Certificate of Executive Leadership, the highest level of certification from the Wisconsin School of Business and Executive Development. Since its inception in 1945, more than 23,000 bankers have attended the school.
Wiley and Pell join several others at First Central State Bank to earn this designation. First Central State Bank President and CEO Brigham Tubbs said the institution offers a proven training ground for team members to advance their financial industry knowledge.
“We encourage our team members to continue to grow in their industry knowledge,” Tubbs said. “We’re proud of Scott and Valerie for challenging themselves and working hard to achieve this honor.”
Wiley is a Vice President, Loan Officer, based in First Central’s Eldridge location. Wiley said the additional training will help him better serve the bank’s customers on a day-to-day basis.
“I appreciate the opportunity to participate in this added training and it will only help my development as a community banker,” Wiley said.
Pell, a vice president assistant cashier based in the DeWitt office and formerly in the Clinton location, echoed Wiley’s sentiments on staying current with the banking world’s changing landscape.
“I love to learn and have already started applying some of the strategies highlighted during my time in the program to both my career and personal life,” Pell said.
The Graduate School of Banking at the University of Wisconsin-Madison offers a comprehensive course of study that focuses on meeting the changing needs of today’s bank manager. Core courses address broad areas of finance, marketing, management and the environment in which banks operate while elective courses allow students to customize their learning experience.
Ohnward Bancshares, Inc., a billion-dollar plus holding company with 19 financial offices in Eastern Iowa including Maquoketa State Bank with offices in Maquoketa, Andrew, and Preston; Ohnward Bank & Trust with offices in Baldwin, Cascade, Monticello, Marion, Central City and Cedar Rapids; First Central State Bank with offices in DeWitt, LeClaire, Clinton, Goose Lake and Eldridge. Trust services are offered through all banking offices under the Ohnward banner, which includes Ohnward Insurance Group, Central Realty, Ohnward Financial Advisor Services, Ohnward Farm Management, Ohnward Tax, Accounting and Business Services, Vosler Investment Group and Ohnward Wealth & Retirement.
Ohnward Bancshares, Inc., has assets of $1.1 Billion, capital of $150 Million and employs over 260 full and part time employees. Ohnward is locally owned by shareholders living primarily in Jackson, Clinton, Scott, Jones, and Linn Counties. Bank management’s focus continues to be helping clients and communities grow and prosper. The banks and ancillary businesses have a strong record of community and economic development, and educational and cultural support within the markets they serve.