Board of Directors


Kenneth D. Thompson
President & CEO, Capitol Bank
Chairman of the Board

Community involvement is important to Ken. He has been involved with a number of local non-profits, including American Family Children’s Hospital and the Breakfast Optimist Club of Madison. Ken currently serves as Chair of the Wisconsin Bankers Association Board of Directors and Treasurer for Agrace Board of Directors. He also serves on the boards for Hy Cite Enterprises and Extreme Engineering.

Michelle A. Behnke
Principal, Michelle Behnke & Associates

Michelle received her law degree from the University of Wisconsin Law School in 1988.  Having practiced in Madison her whole career, her focus has been on business, real estate and estate planning. She has served on the boards of numerous organizations, is an active volunteer, and has consistently made the list of Best Lawyers in America since 2005.

Sean Cleary - Cleary Building Corp.

Sean M. Cleary
President of Cleary Holdings Inc., Cleary Building Corp., and Cleary Transport LLC.

Sean graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1985. He has worked in a leadership capacity at Cleary Building Corp. since 1985. Additionally, Sean owns and manages five real estate limited liability companies, along with a consulting company. Read More…


Joseph P. Hildebrandt
Managing Director
DaneVest Tech Fund I, LP
Phenomenelle Angels Fund I
Secretary, Capitol Bankshares, Inc.

In addition to general corporate and real estate clients, Joe counseled new businesses and developing companies. He was a co-organizer, officer & director of the Downtown Madison Partners, Inc. and Boys & Girls Club of Dane County, Inc.


Erik S. Johnson
Chairman & CEO, Hy Cite Corporation

Erik is an experienced businessman, community supporter and philanthropist. Erik’s strong business background provides valuable insight into the unique needs of our business clients.

Mark S. Koehl, CPA
Retired, Wipfli LLP

Mark is an accomplished CPA that spent nearly 40 years working with community banks in the State of Wisconsin before his retirement from Wipfli LLP in 2019. Mark’s history in the banking industry, combined with his experience serving on various boards, allows him to navigate strategic initiatives for Capitol Bank.


Theodore J. Richards
Chairman of the Board, Strand Associates, Inc.

In 1984, Ted assumed the reins of Strand Associates, Inc. and almost immediately started the expansion of the company by opening offices in Illinois, Kentucky, Indiana, Ohio and Arizona.

Jay Sekelsky, CFA
Retired CIO, Madison Investment Holdings, Inc.
Partner, Zermatt Investors, LLC

Jay retired from Madison Investment Advisors in 2018, where he was a partner, CFA and Chief Investment Officer. He is currently a partner at a private investment firm, Zermatt Investors, LLC. Jay is involved on several for-profit and not-for-profit boards, which allows him to provide a wealth of wisdom and perspective in many areas.


Albert L. Toon, Jr.
Olson Toon Landscaping, Inc.
Private Investor
Vice President, Capitol Bankshares, Inc.

Al has varied experience and success in areas of real estate and business. His positive presence and involvement in the community helps to bring awareness to the Capitol Bank brand.

Verona Advisory Board

Susan Armstrong, M.P.T. 
Owner, Stellar Rehabilitation, LLC

Susan has been the owner of Stellar Rehabilitation in Verona since 2004. Susan has served on the Board of Directors and Executive Committee of the Verona Area Chamber of Commerce. She is also past-president of the Fitchburg-Verona Rotary Club. Her personal and professional connections to the Verona community help us to provide the best banking experience for our Verona customers.


Sean M. Cleary
President, Cleary Building Corporation

Sean has been an “Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year” award winner, and Cleary Building also received the “Family Business of the Year” award in 2012.

Brett D Hoeft - Partner/Luedtke-Storm-Mackey Chiropractic Clinics, S.C.

Brett D. Hoeft, DC, FACO, FICC
Partner/Luedtke-Storm-Mackey Chiropractic Clinics, S.C.

Brett is a Partner at LSM Chiropractic in Madison. His numerous memberships include the American Chiropractic Association Council on Chiropractic Orthopedics, and the Wisconsin Chiropractic Association.


Mike L. Petta
Retired Market President / Verona Capitol Bank

Mike is past Optimist Club board member, past president of the Verona Chamber, and a founder of Middleton and Verona Business Watch Partnership with the local police departments.

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