Saturday, May 15, 2010

Executive Q&A: Alice Hensen, president of the Bank of Sun Prairie (Wisconsin State Journal)

Alice Hensen was looking for a job close to home, a job that would let her spend time with her young son, when she left a clerical position at Madison's Rayovac Corp. in 1966 and started working at the Bank of Sun Prairie.

Forty years later, in 2006, Hensen became president of the bank. She is the only woman heading a bank in Dane County and one of the few ever to do so in the state.

Chartered in 1903, the Bank of Sun Prairie has 66 employees and four offices: three in Sun Prairie and one in Cottage Grove. It ended 2009 with $348.4 million in assets and net income of $1.2 million.

Hensen, 64, is a native of Cottage Grove, graduate of Monona Grove High School, the mother of two and grandmother of three. At the Bank of Sun Prairie, she worked her way up, learning on the job and through industry training courses. Little did she know she would have to guide the bank through some of the most trying times in its more than 100-year history.

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