Bankers on the Move
Winona National Bank is pleased to announce Teresa (Terry) Crolius has joined the Bank as Vice President and Business Banking Officer. Crolius will focus on growing Business Banking relationships and assisting clients with their business management needs. She brings over 25 years of business and agricultural lending experience to Winona National Bank. Crolius and her husband, Jim, live in La Crosse with their two golden retrievers. The couple has two grown children (Zachary and Mariel) and enjoys kayaking, hiking, college football, and watching classic movies.
Redwood Financial, Inc. announces the following leadership changes:
Dean K. Toft, President and CEO of Redwood Financial, Inc. and CEO of its wholly owned subsidiaries, HomeTown Bank and Community Insurance Brokerage, Inc., announced that he will retire effective January 1, 2018. He will continue to serve on the Board of Directors of Redwood Financial, Inc. and its subsidiaries. Dean Toft has been very active in community affairs in Redwood Falls, serving on numerous boards of directors of local civic and development groups. He was inducted into the Redwood Area Education Hall of Fame in 2015. Toft was also active in the Minnesota Bankers Association serving two terms on the MBA Board of Directors and served as Chairman of the association in 2015-2016.
The Board of Directors of Redwood Financial, Inc. and HomeTown Bank named Timothy Grabow as President and CEO of both entities effective January 1, 2018. Grabow joined HomeTown Bank as Chief Operating Officer in 2006 and was promoted to President of HomeTown Bank in 2014. He also serves as a director of Redwood Financial, Inc. and HomeTown Bank. Grabow has worked in the banking industry for over 37 years.
Douglas Schweim, President of Community Insurance Brokerage, Inc. has been named as the Chief Executive Officer of that entity effective January 1, 2018. He also serves as a director of Community Insurance Brokerage, Inc. and as Vice President of HomeTown Bank. Schweim joined Community Insurance Brokerage, Inc. and HomeTown Bank in 2006. He was promoted to President of Community Insurance Brokerage, Inc. in 2010. Doug has been in the banking business since 1999 and a licensed insurance agent since 2001.
Jason Pohlen has been hired as SVP/Commercial Lender at Bell Bank, located in Alexandria. In his new position, Pohlen will develop and manage client relationships with commercial banking opportunities in the Alexandria market. Pohlen graduated from Minnesota State University Mankato and has been in the banking field for nearly 25 years.
Falcon National Bank is pleased to announce Joe Bahen as the Vice President of Finance. He brings 12 years of finance, accounting and audit experience to Falcon National Bank, most recently as Director of Financial Planning and Analysis with UnitedHealth Group in Minnetonka.
Derek Hemmer recently joined Falcon National Bank as a Business Banker with his primary office in their Foley location. Derek brings with him 13 years of commercial lending experience in both the Minnesota and Colorado Markets. Derek is excited to be back to his roots and settle down in the Central Minnesota community he calls home. 
Lakeview Bank hired Dave Louiselle as Vice President Commercial Lending. After graduating from the College of St. Thomas, Dave began his banking career as a credit analyst for Marquette Bank in Minneapolis. During the next 30 years Dave held a variety positions in commercial lending, including nearly 14 years at American Bank of St. Paul.
Brad Cartie was recently hired by Lakeview Bank as a Senior Credit Analyst. Brad has a Business Degree from St Cloud State University and is a graduate of the Graduate School of Banking in Madison, WI. He comes to Lakeview Bank with over 25 years of banking and finance experience.
Community Bank Owatonna (CBO) has hired Tim Kluender as its new President and Chief Executive Officer. Kluender, who has also has joined the bank’s Board of Directors, brings 24 years of banking experience to the role, including the last 15 years in an executive management capacity.

Kluender is an Iowa native and a 1993 graduate of Simpson College in Indianola, Iowa, where he majored in Economics/Finance and earned a minor in Mathematics. “I am honored to join the Community Bank team and Board of Directors”, Kluender said. “I am passionate about the value and importance of community banking, and am pleased to be joining an organization in CBO that shares this vision. Additionally Sherry and I look forward to becoming very involved in the Owatonna community.

Prime Security Bank in Shakopee is pleased to announce that Andrew Krehbiel has joined the team as a Credit/Operations Assistant. Andrew has his MBA from Augsburg University, which he attained in 2017. Andrew is an avid fan of the Vikings, Timberwolves, and Twins.
Chuck Johnson, President/CEO of Root River State Bank, Chatfield, and The First State Bank of Fountain, announced the following new hires:
Teresa Narveson was hired as Assistant Vice President & Operations/Teller Supervisor at Root River State Bank in Chatfield. She brings 40 years of experience in banking to her role with Root River State Bank. Among her other talents, she co-chairs the annual Western Days homemade pie baking effort for her church, which resulted in over 200 pies this year.
Katrina Pulham was hired as Personal Banker & Compliance Officer at The First State Bank of Fountain. She brings eight years of experience in banking to her role, most recently at Wells Fargo Bank in Mooresville, North Carolina. Outside of banking, her talents include bow hunting and fishing, and she is an accomplished wildlife painter.

Lorianne Kellogg
 was hired as Lending & Compliance Assistant at The First State Bank of Fountain. She brings a 14 year career in banking to her position. Lorianne enjoys her kids, grandkids, outdoor activities, and keeping herself fit.
Eagle Valley Bank is pleased to announce the hire of Matthew Shook as Vice President - Retail Banking. In his role as Vice President – Retail Banking, Shook will focus on branch profitability, deposit origination and the development of branch personnel. Shook will oversee three branch locations and will also assist with the holding company’s most recent acquisition of First Resource Bank in Lino Lakes.

Jim Mack
 has joined Foresight Bank in Plainview and Rochester as Vice President, Ag & Commercial Lender. Jim brings over 30 years of banking experience to his new role.
U.S. Bank Wealth Management has named Rod Dolan as the national head of Business Owner Advisory Services (BOAS). Dolan will be based in Minneapolis. In his new role, Dolan will be responsible for leading Business Owners Advisory Services, including growing the team and launching this important program that provides unbiased advice and strategies to a key segment of wealth management clients.
Christian M. Barnett, CFP, has joined RiverWood Financial as a Financial Advisor. This announcement is jointly made by RiverWood Bank and Investment Centers of America, Inc. (ICA), a nationwide provider of non-deposit financial products and services. RiverWood Financial is located within RiverWood Bank in Baxter, MN. Barnett will service customers from both the Baxter and Crosslake offices. 

Kyle Lecy
 has joined Citizens Alliance Bank in the Echo, Minnesota location as Jr. Loan Officer. He will be responsible for managing agricultural and commercial customer relationships, prospecting and developing new relationships in Echo and the surrounding communities.
Winona National Bank is pleased to announce Patrick Smock has joined the Bank as Mortgage Officer. In his new role, Smock is responsible for originating, processing, and closing mortgage loans. He brings 23 years of customer service experience to Winona National Bank, most recently as Mortgage Lender with BMO Harris Bank in La Crosse and Onalaska.
Del Mari Runck, Chief Operating Officer of Neighborhood National Bank in Alexandria, recently announced that the Bank has promoted two staff members: 
Jean Feigum was promoted to Mortgage Lender after serving as a Personal Banker and Consumer Lender at Neighborhood National for over 15 years. Her banking career spans over 40 years and she is a member of the Runestone Lions Club in Alexandria.
Chris Merten was promoted to Commercial Lender after serving most recently as a Credit Analyst and Loan Support. Chris is currently a chairperson for the St. Mary’s Church Block Party Committee, and also is a member of the Alexandria Lakes Area Chamber of Commerce Young Professionals.



Announcements
The MBA is proud to announce the appointment of Jill Amundson to a seat on the MBA’s Employee Benefit Trust (EBT). Amundson, who is the Human Resource Director for Border State Bank in Baudette, brings valuable experience to the EBT.

“For many years, the Employee Benefits Trust has provided high quality dental, life, and disability products to the majority of banks in the state - covering over 5,000 bank employees,” noted Dan Melcher, CFO of the MBA. “Bankers are our only customers and we are proud of our many long-term relationships. We look forward to Jill’s tenure and her guidance on the EBT board.”


Pine Country Bank
is celebrating its 90-year anniversary.

The bank’s long-term success reflects its commitment to being a vital part of the community it serves. Formerly known as Royalton State Bank, it has been a locally-owned and run financial institution since 1927. Every year through its Hometown Pledge program, Pine Country Bank gives 5% of profits back to community organizations and employees are allowed to volunteer during work hours to local nonprofits. 

“Through the work of our talented employees we have been able to remain a strong and stable community bank through 90 years of change and ups and downs,” said Rob Ronning, President of Pine Country Bank.

Awards
Winona National Bank is pleased to announce Amanda Wenzel, Credit Officer, as the recipient of its third quarter Community PRIDE Award. Community PRIDE Awards recognize WNB employees for exceptional volunteer service to programs, organizations, and initiatives that contribute to the strength and vitality of the communities served.  Wenzel serves as Choir Director for St. Matthew’s Lutheran Church, and in the first nine months of 2017, she has volunteered over 170 hours to the program. 

Bank Board Appointments
Tom Mork, President of Lakeview Bank, announced that Glenn Starfield has joined Lakeview Bank’s Board of Directors. Owner of Express Employment Professionals in Lakeville since 2005, Starfield has expanded his business to include an office in Savage and works as a Franchise Developer to support 14 other Express franchise locations.

“We are excited that someone of Glenn’s energy and business acumen has agreed to join the Lakeview Bank Board of Directors. Glenn brings a level of entrepreneurship, hiring expertise, and personnel development that will be important to us as we continue to grow and add staff,” said Mork.

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Help us recognize those people who are excelling in their banking career by letting us know of your bank's new staff and internal promotions. We will place them along with other bankers in the MBA News monthly department "Bankers on the Move." You can send your banker on the move to Eric Hauth at erich@minnbankers.com