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President & CEO

The Vasa Group, Inc.

Lake Geneva, Wisconsin

Robert W. Klockars is President of The Vasa Group, Inc., a consulting firm to the financial services industry.

Bob is a Swedish-American and a native of Glen Ellyn, Illinois. He is a Graduate of McPherson College, McPherson, Kansas and the Graduate School of Banking at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He also holds a Master of Science Degree (MS) in business administration from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with an emphasis on management, organizational structure and organizational behavior.

Bob began his banking career with the Home State Bank, McPherson, Kansas and was also Executive Vice President and Director of the Farmers State Bank, Lindsborg, Kansas. Bob was also Senior Vice President of Financial Shares Corporation, Chicago, Illinois, a multi-faceted bank consulting firm and an officer of Clayton Brown & Associates, Chicago, Illinois an investment banking firm. Most recently, Bob was Vice President of the Graduate School of Banking at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and Director of the Herbert V. Prochnow Educational Foundation. He also served as one of twenty-one banking advisors for the American Bankers Association appearing on television, radio and newspapers as an official spokesperson for the ABA. He recently co-authored a publication titled “Strategic Planning Policy Manual: Compliance Guide”.

Bob works with community banks, state and national banker associations and other financial service organizations in the areas of strategic planning, management training, leadership development, sales training and sales management programs. He serves as an advisor to non-bank financial institutions and brokerage firms. He also serves as a member of the Enterprise Forum Advisory Panel of the Enterprise Institute at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and is a visiting lecturer at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Graduate School of Business.

Bob has over 25 years of experience in the financial services industry in such diverse areas as lending, investments, management, sales and marketing. Bob is married and has three daughters.