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GSB Alumni Share Their Experiences

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GSB has more than 23,000 alumni -- many of them financial professionals who have gone on to positions of leadership in their organizations, community and the financial services industry. All of them have benefited personally and professionally from attending the GSB program. Here are some of their stories...

"Attending GSB was a great eye opener for me, especially in terms of asset-liability management, credit risk management, and BankSim. I also found it to be a great opportunity to develop networks with folks who had a lot broader experience base than I did. I'm concerned that bankers are cutting training and marketing budgets at a time when they can least afford it. Quit training your people and they're going to start to fall behind – at a time when, in my opinion, banking is changing faster than ever before. The pace of change in our industry continues to be phenomenal; how our customers use us, what they expect of us, and the kind of product mix we need to be able to offer."

Craig Goodlock
Chairman and Chief Executive Officer
Farmers State Bank
Munith, Michigan
GSB Class of 1992
Michigan Bankers Association 2009 Banker of the Year
Member, FDIC Advisory Committee on Community Banking


"GSB has made an immediate and profound impact in my professional growth as a community banker. GSB course work offered challenging curriculum and exciting real world expertise that is very relevant in todays banking environment. I am very thankful for the opportunity. I will miss the University of Wisconsin campus experience and the friendships I have made but am eager to share a return on investment to my bank with the knowledge I have learned over the past 25 months. Thank you GSB!

Jason Walters
Senior Vice President
Denver Savings Bank
Denver, Iowa
GSB Class of 2014


“Earlier this year I was honored to be named the Chief Lending Officer of my bank.  This is in addition to my EVP/Branch Manager/ Board Director duties.  My plate is full but it keeps me out of trouble!  There is no doubt in my mind that my time and degree from GSB is responsible for my success here at All America.  The lessons I learned there have been used a hundred fold since I graduated.  I have also been fortunate to be on the Board of Directors of the Oklahoma Bankers Association Commercial Lending School for a number of years and have also served two terms as the Chairman.  It is vital that senior bankers continue to educate the next generations of bankers.  There are some sharp young bankers out there and we must continue to train them to be our next leaders."

Keith W. Ogle
EVP/Chief Lending Officer
All America Bank
Oklahoma City, OK

GSB Class of 2005

"If I were giving advice to a young banker, I'd tell them that their success will be dependent on a carefully planned and considered course of action for banker education … and placing a very high priority on it in their life. When I think back on my days at GSB, I remember the discussions that I had with my classmates at the breaks, at meals and in the evenings about that day's class lectures and how they might impact our individual banks. One 'aha!' moment for me at GSB was Jim Johannes' use of M & M's in his explanation of the law of supply and demand in his economics class -- that still remains with me even though twenty years have passed."

John Chaney
Board Member & Former Chief Executive Officer
Auburn State Bank
Auburn, Neb.
GSB Class of 1989
Senior Management Seminar 2001 & 2006

"There were several key 'aha!' moments at GSB; however, one of the most significant changes in my thinking about the future of our institution is that growth for growth's sake —defining success by the number of our locations—is wrong and that we need to understand and focus more intently on the fundamentals: ROA, ROE and Net Income, for these measures, not bricks will determine whether we are truly successful. I have many fond memories … the classes were truly enjoyable; however, my fondest memories stem from discussions held with classmates over a hamburger at Dotty Dumpling's Dowry or the bruschetta at Gino's about the challenges and opportunities they had in their regions and markets. I am passionate about the viability of the communities in which we operate. If I were talking to a young banker beginning his or her career, I'd share with them the importance of a deep connection to the market in which they operate is the single most important component of their success. Good bankers know and are a part of the economic development mechanisms in their markets and they know the people and institutions that drive decision-making."

Robert J. Fouberg
SVP and General Counsel
Dacotah Bank
Aberdeen, S.D.
GSB Class of 2007

"The successes of Baylake Bank are in part due to the education and networking opportunities gained by attending GSB. The depth of our management team has been greatly enhanced because they have obtained their graduate diplomas. Not only has it helped them in gaining knowledge and understanding of their own professional endeavors, but they have also gained a deeper understanding of other parts of the bank and how they interrelate with each other."

Tom Herlache
Chairman & CEO, Baylake Bank -- Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin
2003-2004 Chairman, Wisconsin Bankers Association
GSB Class of 1974

"Skills I acquired at GSB have served me well. Since GSB, I've applied those lessons as president of a community bank, president for 18 yeas of Young Americans Bank (only bank in the works for young people), now as president of the $1 billion Daniels Fund (charitable foundation) and in numerous volunteer organizations. The investment of time and energy at GSB produced big returns for me -- in applications I never anticipated."

Linda Childears
President & CEO, Daniels Fund -- Denver, Colorado
Former President & CEO and Co-Founder, Young Americans Bank in Denver
GSB Class of 1982

"Interviewing key people in my bank in preparation for intersession projects opened my eyes in a big way!  GSB has made me into a more useful component in my bank. I’m so pleased my boss gave me the opportunity to attend."

Joel Mannion
VP/Manager, Projects and Reporting
Five Star Bank
Sacramento, CA
GSB Class of 2019

"Completing the GSB program has always been on my 'to do' list since I began my banking career nearly 12 years ago. I knew going in it would be a lot of hard work and a get educational challenge & experience. However, what I did not expect was to meet so many great people and foster great new relationships with my fellow classmates. Those friendships will last for years. This program has allowed me to grow both personally and professionally.

Scott Wiley
Vice President, Loan Officer
First Central State Bank
Eldridge, Iowa
GSB Class of 2019

 "GSB has expanded my banking horizons.  Working with and learning alongside bank professionals from a variety of functions and roles was a great experience.  Hearing different viewpoints from classmates added to the exceptional class material.  I am leaving GSB as an improved, well-rounded banker.”

Kyle Wilson
Vice President - Colorado Springs
First Bank
Colorado Springs, Colorado
GSB Class of 2019