Thrivent Member Network - South Wisconsin Region

Our Leadership Team

Leading Thrivent. Serving Our Membership.

Thrivent is a membership organization of Christians, and our members are our owners. This means our leaders work in the best interest of our membership – not third-party shareholders, like publicly traded companies. It also means that clients with a benefit membership can have a voice in determining who will lead the organization, by voting in the annual election for the Thrivent Financial Board of Directors. As the organization’s supreme governing body, the board focuses on serving the interests of the membership, both now and into the future. The board establishes and promotes Thrivent’s purpose and oversees major business decisions. It also works with leadership to assess and manage risk. Get to know the women and men who are proud to serve on the Thrivent Financial Board of Directors and the executive leadership team by visiting the Governance page on

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Your Thrivent Member Network Board

 The Thrivent Member Network regional board is made up of Thrivent clients. The board provides leadership and strategic insights to help carry out Thrivent's mission on a local level. If you’re a client, you can have a voice in making a meaningful choice by voting in the elections for the Thrivent Member Network board. 

Randy Balk

Hometown: Rothschild, WI
Congregation: Mount Olive Lutheran

Balk is the president and CEO of Intercity State Bank. A Thrivent member since childhood, he is excited about aligning with a Fortune 500 company in a voluntary capacity. He has been very pleased with the service and products Thrivent has delivered through the years, and the fraternal/benevolent structure appeals to him.

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Mark Platt

Hometown:  Prior Lake, MN
 Hosanna Church

I believe the key to living a fulfilling and successful life is living it generously.  God’s plan for our finances includes honoring Him in the area of financial stewardship and Thrivent’s unique approach to helping its members get this right is transformational.

Dean Rennicke

Hometown: Grafton, WI
Congregation: First Immanuel Lutheran Church

Rennicke is the VP for the Concordia Foundation in Mequon, WI. A member of Thrivent for over 35 years, Rennicke believes in Thrivent's mission and hopes to share his faith and past experiences to help others as they provide for themselves, family members and their community. "By being good stewards through Thrivent we can all have a positive impact on those around us."