7th Annual Best in Business Awards




Event Location





Celebrate with WMBA!

Wednesday, November 3, 2021
Brookfield, WI

This year the Best in Business Awards will be held prior to the Real Estate & Finance Conference at the Brookfield Conference Center.

Take advantage of registering for both events at one time.

Mortgage Boot Camp graduates will be recognized at this event.

We’re honored to celebrate our members at the 7th Annual Best in Business Awards! The finalists have been recognized by their peers for their contributions to our organization + the industry. They are knowledgeable and hardworking. They are producers and go-getters with amazing service skills. They are shining examples of greatness.

A cocktail reception will be held to honor these finalists, followed by a plated dinner and an awards program to announce the winners.

Join us to celebrate the great things our industry does every day!

Awards will be given out in the following categories:

  • Mortgage Banker of the Year (Madison, Milwaukee, and other markets)
  • ​Best Industry Service Provider
  • Rising Star
  • Best in Servicing
  • Best in Leadership
  • Best in Processing/Loan Support (Madison, Milwaukee, and other markets)
  • Best in Underwriting
  • Best Loan Originator (Madison, Milwaukee, and other markets)
  • *NEW* Company Community Involvement Award

For a list of past Best in Business Award winners, click here.


5:30 pm  .............................. Reception
6:30 pm  .............................. Dinner
7:30 pm  .............................. Awards Program
9:00 pm  .............................. WhirlyBall Offsite Activity (additional cost - $30)


This year we are offering you the option to register for the Best in Business Awards and the Real Estate & Finance Conference together. When you register, choose Best in Business only or combined registration with the Real Estate Conference.

The fee per person for the Best in Business Awards dinner only is $75.

To see all of the registration options for the Best in Business Awards and the Real Estate & Finance Conference, click here.

Event Location

The Best in Business Awards dinner will be held at the NEW Brookfield Conference Center.
The Brookfield Conference Center was built with function, use, and their clients in mind! Perfectly situated off I-94 at the south end of Brookfield Square Mall, the Brookfield Conference Center makes Brookfield the go-to destination in Wisconsin for leisure and business events.

Brookfield Conference Center
325 S Moorland Road
Brookfield, WI 53005
Conference Center Website


A special group rate + block of rooms have been reserved at the Hilton Garden Inn Brookfield which is attached to the Brookfield Conference Center.

Hilton Garden Inn Brookfield
265 South Moorland road
Brookfield, WI 53005
Hotel Website
Rate: $105 per night Single or Double occupancy. 
Parking & Wi-Fi are complimentry for all guests of the hotel.
Check in: 3:00pm  
Check out: 11:00am  
Reservation cut-off date: October 4, 2021  
Group Name: Wisconsin Mortgage Bankers Association  
Arrival Date: November 3, 2021  
Departure Date: November 5, 2021  
Online Reservation Link  
Call in reservations: Call hotel directly at 262-330-0800; dial 2 for new reservations.
Be sure to mention Wisconsin Mortgage Bankers Association when making your reservations.


There are many sponsorship opportunities available for the Best in Business Awards including combination sponsorships for the Best in Business Awards and the Real Estate & Finance Conference. This year we have added a new sponsorship for the evening - the Mortgage Boot Camp Dinner Sponsorship is available for $1,500. We will be recognizing those individuals who have completed the six virtual Mortgage Boot Camp sessions and are graduating from the program. Graduates attend the Best in Business Awards complimentary, as part of the Boot Camp program. 

Click here to see all of the Sponsorships available for Best in Business and the Real Estate & Finance conference.



Best Industry Service Provider
Best in Servicing
Bill Druck
Chudnow Druck Valuations
Samantha Adams
Cheri Hipenbecker
Knight Barry Title
Joe Fretschel
North Shore Bank
Julie Johnson
Knight Barry Title
Kate Hughes
Summit Credit Union
Nicole Kane
John Williamson
Johnson Bank
June Potter
Knight Barry Title
Best in Underwriting
Best in Leadership
Jeff Daughenbaugh
Monona Bank
Kay Bader
Associated Bank
Ryan Karr
Wisconsin Mortgage Corporation
Craig Kouba
Bank Five Nine
Brian Krabbe
Associated Bank
Carl Pietraszewski
U.S. Bank Home Mortgage
Denise Jamison-Thums
Jamie Sperk
North Shore Bank
Rising Star
Jordan Daul
North Shore Bank
Kandis Ellenberger
Wisconsin Mortgage Corporation
Jason Ford
Fairway Independent Mortgage Corp.
Brian Laitsch
Bell Bank Mortgage
Mortgage Banker of the Year - Madison
Mortgage Banker of the Year - Milwaukee
Debbie Hodge
Monona Bank
Dennis DeGrave
Inlanta Mortgage
Mike Lenz
Fairway Independent Mortgage Corp.
Margaret Haagensen
WaterStone Bank
Lacey Smith
U.S. Bank Home Mortgage
Brian Jaffe
U.S. Bank Home Mortgage
Best in Processing/Loan Support - Madison
Best in Processing/Loan Support - Milwaukee
Danielle Brown
Fairway Independent Mortgage Corp.
Christine Gill
WaterStone Mortgage
Jamie Sporle
Fairway Independent Mortgage Corp.
Tony Larke
North Shore Bank
Karla Tydrick
One Community Bank
Kim Schmid
Waukesha State Bank
Linza Vue
Monona Bank
Marcus Wise
Tri City National Bank
Jean Waeffler
Monona Bank
Best Loan Originator - Madison
Best Loan Originator - Milwaukee
Kathy Aiken
Associated Bank
Christine Blackwood
Associated Bank
Tara Jenkins
Monona Bank
Steve Luebke
North Shore Bank
Micha Petersen
Monona Bank
Russell Ruegger
U.S. Bank Home Mortgage
Corey Randl
One Community Bank
TJ Sainsbury
Bristol Group
Jason Weber
Fairway Independent Mortgage Corp.
Mortgage Banker of the Year - Other Markets
Best Loan Originator - Other Markets
Andrea Frailing
Associated Bank - Fond Du Lac
Jason Heyroth
U.S. Bank Home Mortgage - Stevens Point
Dean Kolden
U.S. Bank Home Mortgage - Wausau
Seth Johnston
Associated Bank - Green Bay
  Tracie Veeser
U.S. Bank Home Mortgage - Green Bay



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