2019 40 Under 40: An impressive class

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Casey Koenig

VP-Business Banking
Oregon Community Bank
Age: 27

When Casey Koenig first joined Oregon/Waunakee Community Bank, he boldly told his manager that he’d be a vice president by the end of his first year.

In his first-year review, he was promoted.

Now at Oregon Community Bank exclusively, Koenig’s admirable climb to VP was the result of hard work, from attending four to five networking events every week to serving on numerous boards to working weekends to make up for time lost during the week. It also likely had something to do with his ability to grow the organization’s deposit base by over $20 million, and he’s certainly not stopping there.

Koenig’s transitioned himself, too, from being “terribly out of shape” to a fit 27-year-old man who religiously works out several times each week. He begins each workday by getting pumped up to motivational audio books during his 30-minute drive to work. For fun, this enthusiastic karaoke singer enjoys embarrassing his wife to strains of “Unchained Melody.”

Ami Myrland

Capitol Bank
Age: 33

Keen readers may recognize Ami Myrland from the pages of In Business magazine’s Executives on the Move column, because this rising young star has been featured several times as she climbs the executive ladder in the area’s banking community. Last month, she joined Capitol Bank.

Myrland attributes much of her career success to her college education. She was the first in her family to obtain a bachelor’s degree and worked three jobs while in school to afford tuition.

“I know I’m not the only person to ever put herself through college,” she notes, “but looking back, it was difficult and pushed me to mature in ways I never knew.” She graduated from Edgewood College in 2008 with a double major in accounting and finance.

Myrland is a member of the Government Relations Committee with the Wisconsin Bankers Association, and also a member of the finance committee of Habitat for Humanity of Dane County.

Adam R. Erdmann

Senior Community Affairs Program Manager
Alliant Energy Foundation
Age: 37

Recognizing that time is a major factor in getting employees to sign up for corporate volunteer events offsite, Adam Erdmann decided to bring volunteer opportunities to them.

At Alliant Energy, he created micro-volunteer activities that employees can do over their lunch hour without ever leaving the company’s rotunda. For example, employees helped Junior Achievement repackage classroom teaching supplies at one event and folded more than 500 T-shirts for the GSAFE Trick or Trot Run/Walk at another.

“We’ve engaged a number of employees who have not traditionally participated in other corporate volunteer programs,” Erdmann reports.

He’s served on the board of the Association of Fundraising Professionals-Greater Madison Chapter; is a member/mentor at the Wisconsin LGBT Chamber of Commerce; volunteers with Lake Edge Lutheran Church; and is on the steering committee of United Way’s Business Volunteer Network.

Tara Conger

Chief Operating Officer
QTI Human Resources Inc.
Age: 39

With all the success that Tara Conger has brought to her employers thus far, one wonders how far this HR dynamo can go. In just eight months with QTI HR, her division’s profitability grew 525% over the prior year.

Previously, Conger received the Light of Leadership Wellness Award from the Wellness Council of Wisconsin for her five-year effort to take her former employer, Palmer Johnson Power Systems, from a fully insured health plan to a self-funded plan.

The company had suffered three unexpected employee deaths in 2012, and medical costs were skyrocketing, surging
to No. 2 on the company’s P & L.

The switch to a self-funded plan had impressive results: employee tobacco use declined by two-thirds and total health plan costs per employee per year dropped from $13,500 to $9,300. For the first time in two years, Palmer Johnson employees received not only a bonus, but also a company trip to Vail, Colorado on the savings.


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