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Jay Mack

Banking and Finance
President and CEO, market head
Town Bank/Wintrust Wisconsin  |  Hartland

Jay Mack left an executive position with Racine-based Johnson Bank in 1998 to lead Town Bank, then a startup. The Hartland-based bank has since grown to more than $3 billion in assets. The bank, which is owned by Rosemont, Illinois-based Wintrust Financial Corp., has raised its profile by expanding its presence in downtown Milwaukee and entering a 10-year corporate banking partnership with Marquette University. Earlier this year, the bank announced plans to expand its brand in the Fox Valley area.

Education: Bachelor’s and MBA, University of Wisconsin-Madison

First job:  “I worked part-time as a bank teller in high school, which later on led to other opportunities. I learned that banking can be a great profession with a variety of challenging career paths.”

How would you spend a one-year sabbatical: “I would definitely travel. But first I would catch up on my sleep.”

Toughest business challenge you’ve ever faced: “The Great Recession was an extremely challenging time. Many of our clients were struggling from the severe economic downturn. We had to work hard to support our clients and also manage through significant headwinds facing the banking industry.”

Advice to young professionals: “Have a long-term vision. Where do you want to be in five years or more? Set high goals. Have a detailed plan and work on it every day. Also, be a team player and look for opportunities to help others around you even if you don’t get recognized for it.”

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