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Leslie Osman, Park Bank

IB’s Professional of the Week is the premier way to meet Dane County’s professionals. This week features Leslie Osman, vice president marketing and communications, Park Bank.

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What would you say are the best things about living and working in Dane County?

Professionally, it’s an incredible place to build your career and there are endless opportunities for growth. The business community that’s established here is one that supports relationship-building and growing your own network. The Madison business community is also really innovative — from startups to larger organizations, we’re ahead of the curve. Living? These are some of my favorite reasons for living in Dane County: smaller community farmers markets, outdoor activities for every season, our restaurants cannot be beat, incredible shows at the Overture Center, and within 30 minutes of the city you can be hiking some of the most picturesque areas in our state.

Do you have any secret talents or abilities that people would be surprised to discover?

I can shingle a house. I imagine that’s pretty surprising for most people. My dad was a teacher when I was growing up, but was also a roofer on the side. I always loved to go to job sites with him and get up on the roof to help. I’ve never done one on my own, but if it HAD to get done I’d know how to do it. To this day, I enjoy a good hands-on project.

What are your guilty pleasures?

A McDonald’s Diet Coke. Why are these SO good? I often sneak them so people don’t know they are my secret pleasure, though I guess not so secret anymore. Other than that, I don’t really keep secrets — I’m an open book.

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