Kathleen Bruegenhemke is the Chief Risk and Operations Officer of Hawthorn Bank in addition to serving as Senior Vice President of Hawthorn Bancshares, Inc. Hawthorn Bancshares, Inc. is a Missouri based publically traded financial services company listed on NASDAQ. As a publically traded company, Hawthorn Bancshares, Inc. is able to provide its clients with the unique opportunity to take an ownership interest in the community bank in which they are also customers. After graduating summa cum laude from Truman State University, Kathleen began her banking career as an FDIC bank examiner. In 1992, Kathleen transitioned from examining the safety and soundness of financial institutions to taking an active role in managing Hawthorn Bank. Kathleen is also a member of Stonier’s Graduate School of Banking (Washington D.C.) alumni and successfully passed the rigorous certified public accounting exam on her first attempt.
She is a past Missouri Community Betterment president and currently serves on the boards of Ronald McDonald House Charities and Columbia’s Chamber of Commerce. Kathleen is also an active member of the American Institute of CPA’s and the Missouri Society of CPA’s.
Mentor Statement: I am honored to be able to participate in Mizzou’s Venture Mentoring Service. I have been fortunate to have excellent mentors throughout my career and I’m particularly interested in advising entrepreneurs with the financial side of establishing and maintaining a thriving business.