— 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.
To learn more about this award, please visit
To learn more about FBFC, please visit
Locally, First Bank Financial Centre has branches at 2300 Washington
St. in Grafton and 11715 N. Port Washington Road in Mequon.