Board of Directors

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Jon Hammes, Chairman of the Board

Jon Hammes is the founder and partner of Hammes Company, a real estate development firm headquartered in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Mr. Hammes is also a Principal of Hammes Partners, an institutional private equity platform that owns and manages real estate investments throughout the United States.

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Ave Bie, Vice Chair

Ave Bie is a partner in the public utilities and corporate practice groups of Quarles & Brady in Madison, Wis. Bie works on state and federal issues for clients at the firm’s six offices nationwide.

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Nicholas Bauer, CFA

Nick is a Managing Partner at Operose Advisors. Prior to founding Operose Advisors, Nick was Principal and Director of Geneva Capital Management in Milwaukee, WI. While at Geneva Capital Nick oversaw the growth of the firm’s institutional business from $1 billion of assets under management to $6.8 billion.

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David Baumgarten

David Baumgarten serves as chairman of Old National Bank, Wisconsin. He has held the position of president and CEO of Bank Mutual, executive vice president for Associated Banc-Corp, president of Southeast Wisconsin Associated Bank; president and CEO of US Bank, Wisconsin; president and CEO of US Bank, Colorado; and senior vice president of First Bank Minneapolis.

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Gail L. Hanson

Gail L. Hanson served as chief financial officer of Aurora Health Care Inc. from 2011 to her retirement in 2018. Prior to that, Hanson was deputy executive director for the State of Wisconsin Investment Board from 2004 to 2011. She was senior vice president, treasurer and CFO at Cobalt Corp. and Blue Cross & Blue Shield United of Wisconsin, having served in a variety of roles from 1984 to 2004, and was an audit manager at Price Waterhouse, where she worked from 1977 to 1984.

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Corey Hoze

Corey Hoze is senior vice president of government relations and regulatory affairs for Associated Banc-Corp, one of the top 50 financial services holding companies operating in the United States, with total assets of $34 billion and approximately 270 banking locations serving more than 150 communities in Wisconsin, Illinois and Minnesota.

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Jason Kohout

Jason Kohout is a partner and business lawyer practicing with Foley & Lardner LLP. Kohout is very involved in the community and serves as secretary for the Harvard Club of Wisconsin and secretary of the Badger Institute.

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David Lubar

David Lubar is president of Lubar & Co., a private investment firm founded in 1977 whose investment activities include acquisitions of middle market operating companies as well as growth financing for emerging businesses.

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Lisa Mauer

Lisa A. Mauer, CEO and president of Rickert Industries, is the former owner of three companies serving the metalworking industry. Mauer spent 33 years in the industrial distribution, manufacturing and related services markets.

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Jim Nellen

Jim Nellen is a lawyer in private practice. Previously, he was counsel to Smithfield Foods Inc., general counsel to Smithfield Beef Group and president of Smithfield’s Delaware Holding Companies.

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Ellen Nowak

Ellen Nowak is a Commissioner at the Public Service Commission of Wisconsin. Nowak was first appointed to the Wisconsin Public Service Commission by Governor Scott Walker. Nowak also served in the Walker administration as the Secretary of the Department of Administration. Prior to that service, Nowak served as chief of staff to Waukesha County Executive Dan Vrakas, legal counsel and chief of staff to the Speaker of the Wisconsin Assembly and deputy director of School Choice Wisconsin.

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Maureen Oster

Maureen Oster is one of the female pioneers in the financial investment industry, having spent over 35 years managing a diverse range of funds and fund managers. As president of a small family of funds in a period of explosive industry growth, she kept her funds competitive in investment performance and shareholder communications.

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