On February 10, Associated Bank received the Best of the Best Large Business Elite award during the National Association of Business Resources (NABR) third annual Milwaukee’s Best and Brightest Companies to Work For® symposium at the Wisconsin Club.

Winning companies are those that demonstrate exceptional innovative human resource practices and set high standards for all of Milwaukee area’s businesses. Elite winners are selected based on their high scores in categories such as communication, work-life balance, employee education, diversity and inclusion, recognition, retention and more.


“It is with careful consideration that we have chosen our Elite winners this year. We are proud to provide a platform for Milwaukee companies to demonstrate all they provide to their employees,” said Jennifer Kluge, NABR president. “Through their best practices, Elite companies empower employees to reach their full potential.”


Associated Bank scored in the top 10% in seven of 10 categories, and ranked in the top 1% in:

  • Compensation, benefits and employee solutions
  • Recruitment, selection and orientation
  • Diversity and inclusion


Organizers shared that Associated Bank’s culture stood out above the rest of the competition, specifically for:

  • Work environment
  • Education opportunities
  • Leadership-development programs
  • Recognition
  • Strong emphasis on diversity, which is fostered through six colleague resource groups


“Providing an engaging work environment for all colleagues is a top priority for the organization and for our Human Resources team,” shared Judy Docter, executive vice president, chief human resources officer. “For Associated Bank to be considered an Elite winner is a great honor.”