As a kid mowing lawns in Whitefish Bay, Wisconsin, Dave Casper jokes, “I didn’t know what a banker was.” Now the 59-year-old father of three knows plenty—he’s the CEO of major Chicago institution BMO Harris. A year after taking on the new gig, Casper gives us the scoop on what got him where he is today.
Miller time. “I worked in a brewery all four summers in college. We could take beer home after work. How can you not like that?”
Go Green Bay. “I’m a lifelong Packer fan. I don’t hide it.”
Making the grade. “[So far] I’d give myself a B. We can always do better.”
Fun fact. Governor Rauner was Casper’s roommate at Dartmouth. “He was quiet, super-smart, and we’ve been lifelong friends since.”
Master chef. “I know how to cook one thing—risotto. One of my early clients, Tony Terlato from Terlato Wine Group, taught me.”
Favorite building. “The Wrigley. It’s a classic.”
Secret of success. “Finding people smarter than me and letting them do what they do best.”