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Ixonia Bank announces 2 promotions

December 19, 2018

IXONIA -- The Ixonia Bank Board of Directors has announced the promotions of Carrie Rosenau to senior vice president of human resources and training, and Wendy Sowinski to senior vice president of Commercial Banking.

According to a media release from the bank, Rosenau will continue to further the growth and excellence of Ixonia Bank and its staff.

“This promotion is a reflection of the significant leadership role Carrie plays in our organization,” Dan Westrope, chairman and CEO of Ixonia Bank, said. “She has served as a valuable partner to the management teams, and has led the bank’s efforts to provide quality benefits and compensation programs to our great crew of employees. Carrie clearly cares about the welfare of the staff of Ixonia Bank and has worked tirelessly on behalf of the Bank and its people.”

As senior vice president, Rosenau will continue to be responsible for recruitment efforts for the bank, as well as supporting employee training and development, promoting a healthy and engaged workplace, and fostering a corporate culture focused on respect, integrity and teamwork. She additionally serves as co-chair for Ixonia Bank’s Women in Business Initiative Team, which is focused on supporting women business owners and leaders in professional and personal growth.

“I am truly grateful for all of the learning and growth opportunities I have been given at Ixonia Bank,” Rosenau said. “I work with wonderful people who have been strong mentors for me along the way. We take great pride in growing our people and promoting from within, and I am proud to be one of the many employees at Ixonia Bank who have been given the guidance to success.”

Rosenau joined Ixonia Bank in 2005, and in her 13-year career with Ixonia Bank she has served as a customer service representative, a relationship banker, an Ixonia wealth management assistant, a branch manager, and a regional manager before starting her role as vice president of human resources in early 2017. Rosenau is currently a member of the Society of Human Resource Management and is working toward her professional in human resources and/or Senior Professional in Human Resources Certification. She also serves as a co-chair of Ixonia Bank’s Women in Business Initiative Team which is focused on supporting women business owners and leaders in professional and personal growth.

Rosenau and her husband Andy live in Ixonia with their two children. They are members of St. Matthew’s Church and School in Oconomowoc, and enjoy outdoor activities and family trips up north during the summer.

Sowinski’s role will now include leading the bank’s expanding treasury management offerings.

“Wendy has consistently demonstrated a genuine desire to broaden customer relationships across product and service lines,” Westrope, chairman and CEO of Ixonia Bank, said. “In addition to lending, Wendy now leads our efforts to provide our commercial customers with treasury management and other solutions that optimize the total banking experience.”

Recognizing that lending only addresses one side of a client’s needs, especially as a company considers expansion, Sowinski will work to ensure Ixonia Bank has the tools necessary to assist in a growing company’s success.

“Ixonia Bank is continually investing in products and technology for its customers,” Westrope said. “I am excited for the opportunity to better help business clients access capital, improve efficiency, cut cost, improve cash flow, and mitigate risk which may involve services not commonly offered.”

Sowinski has been in the business banking industry for more than 20 years. Prior to joining Ixonia Bank in 2013 as vice president, she worked as a relationship manager for a large regional bank’s business banking division. She attended the University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee, and has held multiple licenses and certifications.

Sowinski is actively involved in the community through volunteer work with The Joseph Project, serves on the Advisory Board for SCORE SE Wisconsin, and is a member of the Annual SBA Awards Steering Committee. She lives in Oconomowoc, where she and her husband have raised five children. Outside the office, she enjoys camping, boating and spending time outdoors.

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