Wisconsin Lenders Conference
Thursday, May 19, 2022
Conferences and Training

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Save the date for the 33rd Annual Wisconsin Lenders Conference!

Thursday, May 18, 2023

Information on this page is from the Lenders Conference in 2022. 


Conference Highlights

The 2022 conference is a one day, in-person event provides education information and updates for commercial lenders through presentations from SBA, SBDC, RMA, Regulatory Agencies, and more! 

A variety of sessions will be available for new and experienced lenders and those who work with SBA loans. The conference features the SBA Lender Awards and a Networking Reception. 

Exhibitor and sponsorship opportunities available. Email uwspce-sbdc@uwsp.edu for more information. 

Who Should Attend

Bank presidents, CEOs, board and chamber directors, CPAs, commercial lenders, credit analysts, tellers, collection managers, financial, economic development professionals, business chambers, small business owners, and anyone in lending! 


Registration is closed for the 2022 Lenders Conference.

Welcome and Keynote | 8-9 a.m.

Welcome Commentary
  • Institute for Business & Entrepreneurship/Small Business Development Center
  • Eric Ness, Wisconsin Small Business Administration
  • Risk Management Association

Keynote: TBA

 Session 1 | 9:15-10:30 a.m.

A)SOP 50 10 6.1 Updates

Presenter: TBD

B) 7(a) Loan Origination, Processing, and Common Screen Outs

Presenter: Bill Reed | SBA

Things you can do to shorten the time it takes to get your approval thru the LGPC.

C) Client Financials Not reday? We Can Help!

Presenters: Luke Kempen | SBDC at UW-Eau Claire and Alia Carroll | SBDC at UW-Eau Claire

D) Rural Business Financing - Credit Enhancement for "Rural" Business and Industry Loans

Presenter: Cari Sabel | USDA Rural Development

This presentation will focus on the programs available thru USDA Rural Development - Business & Industry Guaranteed Loans, Rural Energy for America Program (REAP) Guaranteed Loans, and Food Supply Chain Guaranteed Loans. We will discuss the benefits available for your bank and your clients. Come with your questions and be ready to learn how easy it is to utilize Rural Development programs. 

E) RMA Regulators Panel 

Join representatives from Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, the Wisconsin Department of Financial Institutions, the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, and the Federal Reserve as we hear about hot topics in the regulatory world.


  • Mike Larabee | Office of the Comptroller of the Currency I Milwaukee Field Office 
  • Curt Hribal | Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago
  • Alan Sisson | Wisconsin Department of Financial Institutions (DFI)

 Session 2 | 10:45 a.m.-Noon

A) 504 Loan Program

Presenters: Kyle Kuntz | WBD and Wesley Walsh | BLP

Learn how you can differentiate yourself from your competition and build long term customer relationships by offering the SBA 504 long-term fixed rate option. The 504 program is a great option for business owners looking to acquire, expand, or refinance owner occupied commercial real estate and/or equipment at below market fixed interest rates. The session will provide an overview of the 504 loan program including benefits, eligibility, and the latest updates on the recently enhanced 504 refinance options. 

B) Servicing 7(a) and 504 - How to Keep Out of Trouble! 

Presenters: John Gossett | US SBA Fresno CLSC

Servicing actions - How to smoothly run a Servicing Department and avoid lenders receivables!

C) Using the 7(a) Program for Business Acquistion

Presenter: Matt Dolsky | Byline Bank

D) Attracting, Retaining, and Leading a Winning Team

Presenter: Todd Kuckkahn I 


E) Economic Outlook for the US and Wisconsin

Speaker: Thomas Walstrum | Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago

This session will cover the current state of the US and Wisconsin economies from the perspective of the Federal Reserve. Topics discussed will include GDP growth, the labor market, inflation, and the manufacturing sector.

 Lunch, SBA Lender Awards, Visit Exhibitors | Noon-1:30 p.m.

Please visit our exhibitor booths before or after the lunch program to learn more about their products and services. 

The SBA Lender Awards program will be from 12:15-1:15 p.m.

 Session 3 | 1:30-2:45 p.m.

A) 504 Case Studies

  • ​​​​Kyle Kuntz | WBD ​

  • Wesley Walsh | BLP

  • Darren Parker | People's State Bank

  • Joshua Sopczak | Town Bank

Take an in-depth look at the 504 loan program in action. This session will incorporate several case studies based on actual projects, including real estate acquisition, equipment acquisition, expansion with refinance, new construction, straight debt refinance with cash out, and refinance of existing government guaranteed debt.  

B) 7(A) Loan Liquidation

Presenter: Nick Jellum | Jellum Law

In this session, attendees will learn how to properly manage their institution's SBA loan portfolio servicing and liquidation process in accordance with 7(a) Servicing and Liquidation SOP. 

C) Mitigating Risks - 7(a) Lending

Presenter: Eddie Ledford | SBA OCRM 

D) “The Secret To My Exporting Success”: Perspectives from lenders and their clients

Speaker: Gayle Roenbaugh | Office of International Trade

  • James Matteson
  • Thomas Meyer

E) Bank Sales Mastery

Presenter: Matt Middendorp

 Session 4 | 3-4:15 p.m. (General Session)

A) Considerations of E-Commerce Financing

​​​​Presenters: Travis Frazier and Ryan Black, First Business Bank​

B) Co-Op Lending

​​Presenter: UW Center for Cooperatives

C) 10 Things To Do When You Decide to Make a SBA Loan

​​Presenter: John Gossett | SBA

E) Connecting the Dots - How Decision at Origination Impacts Guaranty Purchase


  • Justin Freeman | RSM
  • Matt Kramer | RSM
  • Rahul Vithani | RSM US LLP
  • Tim Aurrichio| RSM US LLP

 ​Networking Reception | 5:30-7 p.m.

Stay for the evening and network with industry peers while enjoying hors d'oeurves and a drink, courtesy of our sponsors!

WBD Inc Logo   First Business Bank Logo  BLP sponsorship


Get to know our presenters! Check out their bios

 Trappers Turn Golfing

Trappers Turn is offering discounted rates for Wednesday and Friday for conference attendees. 

  • Wednesday: $45/person
  • Friday: $85/person

Price includes 18 holes of golf, golf cart, and use of practice facility. Various tee times available. Please contact Trappers Turn directly to make reservations.

Phone: 608-253-7000
Reference: WI Lenders Conference

 Available Lodging - Special Pricing Expires April 19, 2022

Special lodging prices available at the Kalahari Resort in Wisconsin Dells for conference attendees. Reservations are separate from our conference registration. 

Special Lodging Rate

  • $122/night for Wednesday & Thursday
  • $205/night for Friday
Special pricing expires April 19, 2022 . The Kalahari will NOT be extending the pricing beyond the expiration date. Please plan ahead. 


Please reserve lodging with the Kalahari directly via phone or online.


Kalahari Resort and Conference Center
1305 Kalahari Drive
Wisconsin Dells, WI 53965

Lodging Cancellation

If you need to cancel lodging, please contact the Kalahari directly. Cancelling your lodging does not cancel your conference registration. Please refer to our conference cancellation policy.

Kalahari Notification - Please Read

"Per our policy at Kalahari Resorts, we DO NOT accept completed Letters of Authorization forms, Tax Exemption forms, nor Purchase Orders to be submitted to us at the hotel check-in. We have a dedicated team that approves these forms to ensure validity prior to attachment to the reservations prior to check-in. These forms should be submitted no later than 7 days in advanced to us at dellscallcenterfax@kalahariresorts.com or fax them to 608-254-6116. We highly suggest that the attendees submit these forms at minimum two weeks in advanced prior to the hotel check in so our team can process them in a timely manner. Failure to follow this procedure may result in full room and tax charges to the attendees on their personal cards; since our Front Desk will not accept these forms at check-in. If you have any questions at all, I am attaching a link to our website that will bring you to our general policy page for the entire resort, which explains our policies in full detail. (Link: https://www.kalahariresorts.com/wisconsin/help/faq/)." 

~ Kalahari Resort

 Conference Cancellation Policy

Conference registration cancellation or substitution requests must be made in writing to uwspce-bus@uwsp.edu. 
  • Cancellation requests made before April 22, 2022 - Receive full refund. 
  • Cancellation requests made between April 22-May 6, 2022 - Receive refund minus a $50 cancellation fee per registrant. 
  • No refunds after May 6, 2022. 
  • No refunds for no-shows or partial attendance. 
If you reserved lodging with the Kalahari, please contact them to cancel your lodging. Cancelling your conference registration does not cancel your hotel lodging. 

 About Us

The Wisconsin Lenders Conference was created, and continues today, to educate current and prospective lenders on SBA lending programs, business lending programs, and relevant banking topics. The conference is a one day event, with a pre-conference RMA workshop available on Wednesday (separate from the conference registration) and conference breakout sessions on Thursday with a networking reception in the evening. 

Thank you to the 2022 Conference Advisory Committee for your dedication and hard work in putting the conference together. 

Bridget Condon

Vice President - Commerical Lending

​Chris Dedrick

Lender Relations Specialist
U.S. Small Business Administration

​Ellie Berg

Lender Relations Specialist
U.S. Small Business Administration

​Matthew Dolsky

Vice President, Business Development Officer
Byline Bank

​Jim Ebben

Vice President - Business Banker
Citizens Bank

​Carolyn Engel

Business Finance Manager
Business Lending Partners (BLP)

​Kyle Kuntz

Vice President - Loan Officer

Zia Yang

Interim Director
Small Business Development Center at UW-Stevens Point

Melissa Torres

Vice President - Credit Risk Management
State Bank of Cross Plains

Mike Bahr

EVP - Chief Credit Officer
Hometown Bank

​Pete Warmenhoven

Vice President, Credit Administration Manager
Nicolet National Bank

Travis Frazier

SBA Portfolio Manager
First Business Bank

 COVID Policy

KALAHARI COVID POLICY - Please review their policy.

At this point, to attend the conference, there is no official mandate on masking or attendee vaccination status/proof of negative test. The situation remains very fluid and, as such, if protocols should change, we will be certain to inform all conference registrants.

We will have masks and hand sanitizers in the conference rooms for your convenience. 

Please direct questions or concerns to uwspce-bus@uwsp.edu. 

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Thank you 2022 sponsors!

Learn more about our 2022 sponsor by clicking on their logo. 

Platinum Sponsor: 

Gold Sponsor:

Jellum Law

Networking Sponsor:

  WBD Inc Logo   First Business Bank Logo  BLP sponsorship

Join us online

Start your networking early by joining us online on the LinkedIn event page!

Conference Coordinated By

UW-Stevens Point Continuing Education | 715-346-3838 | uwspce-bus@uwsp.edu

Reasonable accommodations for persons with disabilities will be made if requested at least two weeks in advance. 
Please contact Continuing Education at 715-346-3838 or uwspceweb@uwsp.edu.