Sharon Manke of First Bank Financial Centre one of six to receive national recognition

News Graphic Staff

Dec. 4, 2018

OCONOMOWOC — Sharon Manke, security officer for First Bank Financial Centre, is among six women honored by BankBeat magazine with its Outstanding Women in Banking Award.

From tellers to presidents, BankBeat profiles bankers who have gained the respect of peers, bosses and customers by providing outstanding service, thoughtful management or innovative leadership, according to a news release.

Manke lives and breathes the First Bank Financial Centre mission of Make Lives Better by giving the equivalent of 46 work days as a volunteer, the news release added.

As a representative of FBFC, Manke strives to get the word out and speak to different age groups regarding current fraud trends. She has worked closely with the Oconomowoc Police Department to put together information for senior centers and nearby schools to protect individuals from falling victim to different types of fraud.

As the president of the Board of Directors for the Oconomowoc German Christmas Market, Manke helps plan an event that brings the community together each holiday season. All proceeds from the food and beverage sales are donated to local charities.

Awarded the Non-Profit of the Year Award by the Oconomowoc Area Chamber of Commerce, the German Christmas Market is a place where residents and visitors can celebrate their heritage. The marketplace provides free entertainment while showcasing the local shops, restaurants and hotels.

Serving as the president of the Lutheran Homes Service League, Manke works to enhance the residents’ lives through various programs. She also volunteers for the Service League’s retail venture, the Forgotten Treasure resale shop. The shop raises funds for Lutheran Homes by selling new and used items in a boutique-like atmosphere.

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Locally, First Bank Financial Centre has branches at 2300 Washington St. in Grafton and 11715 N. Port Washington Road in Mequon.