Madison, Wis. – April 10, 2015 – Associated Bank employees across the three state footprint of Wisconsin, Illinois and Minnesota volunteered more than 53,000 hours in 2014, and contributing to that total was Troy Mitchell who volunteered with the Junior Achievement board of directors.


Mitchell, senior relationship manager, Associated Bank, has been on the board of directors since 2012. In this capacity he chairs the local annual fund raising campaign and also advises on JA initiatives to promote financial literacy and work readiness. He is to become the chairman of the board of directors in July 2015.


“I truly believe in the mission of Junior Achievement and am proud to serve on their board of directors to further their mission in providing children with the financial education they will need to make informed financial decisions as they get older,” said Mitchell. “We are also interested in providing programs which assist high school students becoming ready for the work force.”


Associated encourages and supports colleague volunteerism efforts by providing the internal resources that help connect colleagues with the nonprofit organizations that meet their personal passion for community involvement, especially with those organizations that align with the company’s desire to help individuals, families and communities achieve financial sustainability.


“It’s our goal to further encourage Associated colleagues to participate in a shared experience of community service, providing diverse financial education volunteer activities in focused partnership with Junior Achievement and other select nonprofit organizations,” said Mary Wilkosz, corporate social responsibility manager, Associated Bank.


More than 1,600 employees contributed to the 53,000 volunteer hours in 2014, including board service to 574 nonprofit organizations throughout Associated’s footprint.


Additional top volunteers at Associated include:


  • Mark Tate, Edgerton Community Outreach Inc.
  • Joshua Schroeder, Center for Families Respite Center
  • Douglas Halverson, Sun Prairie Youth Basketball & Football Association Inc.
  • Paul Vilwock, Sun Prairie Youth Hockey Association Inc. and Little League
  • John Duffy, Foundation for Madison’s Public Schools

“Junior Achievement has enjoyed a partnership with Associated Bank in supporting youth financial education in a host of metropolitan areas and smaller communities throughout their three-state consumer footprint,” said Tim Greinert, president of Junior Achievement of Wisconsin. “This partnership has had a positive impact on our students, empowering young people to own their economic success.”