Stefanie Bonesteel

Getting There


Stefanie Bonesteel

Vice president of marketing

Citizens Bank, Mukwonago

Age: 40

Hometown: Wales

Education: Bachelor’s in mass communication and economics from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

Previous position: Assistant vice president of marketing

Skills that have led you to this point?

“I’ve been working in community bank marketing for about 16 years now. From my experience working at previous banks, I’ve learned to do a lot with a little. I’ve really honed my craft of being resourceful.”

Did you always want to work in banking?

“I went to school thinking I wanted to be an architect and decided halfway through that I wanted to switch gears and go into marketing. Shortly after, I randomly answered a job ad for a marketing coordinator position at Maritime Savings Bank and that turned into a passion and a career.”

Your passion on the job?

“We are extremely community-focused here at Citizens, which I absolutely love. I’m really invested in the Mukwonago community, and in the larger Waukesha community. I love that community banks invest in the communities they directly serve.”

What’s next?

“My intention is to stay at Citizens until I retire; I’ve found my happy place. I hope that we can continue to grow the bank and I really want to see the bank reach out even more to the community and businesses in the area.”

In your free time?

“I spend as much of my free time as I can with my husband and kids. As a family, we enjoy boating, fishing, baseball, tennis and music. On the rare moments I have to myself, I escape to my hammock with a cold beer and a good book.”

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