Lou Banach

Servant Leader, Change Agent, Published Author, Professional Speaker,  Banking Executive, and Olympic Gold Medalist for Freestyle Wrestling in 1984. 

An Olympic Gold Medalist for Freestyle Wrestling in 1984, Lou was selected by his peers as a Distinguished Member of the National Wrestling Hall of Fame. He is a published author of two books (The New Breed: Living Iowa Wrestling and Uncommon Bonds: A Journey in Optimism) – and 50 plus articles. While he has been called upon as a motivational speaker for prospecting for new business, relationship building and developing a sales culture, Lou is equally skilled in speaking about capital markets, financial analysis, and value creation.

He is a Certified Merger & Acquisition Analyst (CMAA), holds a bachelor’s degree in Management and Communications from the University of Iowa and earned his MBA in Finance/Accounting with honors from Penn State University. In 2010 he joined Associated Bank (based in Green Bay) as group senior vice president of commercial banking for southeast Wisconsin, dealing with businesses in the $10 million to $100 million annual sales range. Today, he manages two specialized banking teams across numerous Midwest states.

His military service includes First Lieutenant in the United States Army, Retired; commissioned second lieutenant, regular army (1983), and served three years active duty (West Point) AG Corp, US Army.

Lou’s dedication to his community extends beyond his banking expertise.  He serves on the Advisory Board of Midwest Athletes against Childhood Cancer Fund (MACC Fund). Past board positions include the Autism Society of Southeast Wisconsin, Three Harbors Boy Scouts of Southeast Wisconsin, the  Metropolitan Milwaukee Association of Commerce (MMAC) and Economics Wisconsin.

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