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Kat Killeen

Kat Killeen

Women's Leadership Council

Kat Killeen

National Sales Manager - Associated Auto Finance
Associated Bank

Kat Killeen is the National Sales Manager of Auto Finance at Associated Bank which is headquartered in Green Bay, Wisconsin and has $35B in assets. The bank entered the auto finance space in 2021 and partners with dealerships in 16 states from Maine to Minnesota. Kat and her team are responsible for dealer development and satisfaction, sales process and strategy, identifying opportunities, and driving an excellent customer experience for participating dealers as well as consumers with Associated Bank indirect auto loans.

Kat has nearly 25 years experience in the auto industry. Prior to joining Associated Bank, she was National Sales Manager of Dealer Finance at KeyBank where she oversaw the business development efforts of both indirect auto and dealer floorplan lending. Kat also spent 13 years at Fifth Third Bank as a Dealer Finance Relationship Manager in the bank's home market of

My Areas of Expertise: i.e. strategy, marketing, team building, executive management?
Delivering an excellent client experience, building and coaching cohesive teams, leveraging cross functional expertise to create ideal solutions and achieve results.

Areas of expertise upon which I would like to continue learning.
Technology and how it will impact lending and auto sales.

What three keywords best describe you?
Passion, integrity, candor.

Personal Motto:
I am not better than anyone else nor is anyone better than me.

What are you passionate about?
NFL Football

What is something interesting about you that members might not know?
I placed second in a national fantasy football contest.

Who has been a role model for you?
My mother who taught me strength, determination, confidence without arrogance, and who instilled in me her incredible work ethic.

What are you most proud of?
Standing my ground and leaving the small town where I grew up five days after graduation to move across the country to Los Angeles where I had no job nor place to live.

MENTORING:
What would you say are the key success factors for a mentoring relationship?
Listening and tailoring advice to the recipient. There is no one size fits all. Just because a particular approach worked for me doesn't mean that same tactic is going to work for someone else.

What advice would you give yourself as a young executive?
Take a genuine interest in everyone you meet and build a network of strong relationships.

What do you know now that you wish you knew when you started your career?
Genuine connections take time to develop and to maintain, but they lie at the foundation of success.