Bankers on the Move
Citizens Bank Minnesota, Lakeville Branch, is pleased to announce that Jon Maier has joined the Citizens team as Vice President/Retail Sales Manager. He brings 19 years of financial services expertise with 13 years of management experience.  

Winona National Bank is pleased to announce that Ashley Hamby has joined the Bank as Vice President and Retail Banking Manager. 
Hamby is responsible for the management and leadership of the Bank’s retail new accounts and personal banking area. She brings 11 years of banking experience, most recently as Retail Lead at Bremer Bank in the Eau Claire and Onalaska markets. Prior to that, she held the roles of Teller then Assistant Branch Manager at U.S. Bank in Onalaska.

Kevin Zenk, Branch Sales Director at MidCountry Bank, announces the promotion of Nikki Willemssen to Branch Manager in the Hutchinson area. Willemssen began her career in 2012 as Branch Manager for MidCountry’s rural Winthrop office, where she quickly made a positive mark with her commitment to community and enthusiastic approach to her work.

Cody Rieland has been promoted to VP/wealth advisor at Bell Bank in Alexandria, Minnesota. In his new position, Rieland will offer advice and financial strategies to clients, designing a plan to pursue their financial goals. Originally from Alexandria, Rieland earned a bachelor's degree in finance from North Dakota State University. He has five years' experience with Bell Investments, a division of Bell Bank.

Minnesota Bank & Trust (MBT announced the appointment of Donna Mohr Kinney to the position of senior vice president, Private Client Services. Prior to joining Minnesota Bank & Trust, Mohr Kinney was vice president and senior trust officer at U.S. Trust Bank of America Private Wealth Management. She also spent 13 years as a vice president and trust officer for the U.S. Bank Private Client Reserve.

Platinum Bank has hired Chris Bohl as Market President for its new west metro location in Plymouth. A former executive in a $10 billion, Minnesota-based bank, Bohl has more than 15 years of experience in lending and client relationships. He has also worked in private industry as a chief operating officer. He will oversee team development and build Platinum Bank’s west metro portfolio.

Pioneer Bank announced the addition of David Beck as an Ag and Business Banker in their Madelia branch. Beck is a lifelong area resident growing up on his family’s farm in northern Watonwan County. He is a graduate of St. James High School and Gustavus Adolphus College.

Penni Lalim recently joined Citizens Alliance Bank in the Clara City location as an Operations Officer. She will be responsible for providing assistance in overseeing the Deposit Operations and Personal Banking functions of the bank.

William C. Rosacker, President and CEO of United Bankers’ Bank, is pleased to announce the promotions of ten employees:

Kayla Linder, Senior Vice President, Controller. Kayla leads the accounting team and is responsible for maintaining financial quality control, regulatory compliance reporting and ensures the safety and soundness of UBB’s financials. Kayla joined UBB in 2005.

Jeanne Berg, Assistant Vice President, Loan Operations. Jeanne oversees the lending department’s operational staff, ensuring the accurate reporting of all loan settlement activity. Jeanne joined UBB in 2001.

Steve Beuning, Vice President, Lending. In addition to the management of his loan portfolio, Steve also assists shareholders and customers in the origination of loan participations and bank stock financing. Beuning joined UBB in 2011 and is a 5th generation community banker.

Ashley Lemke, Assistant Vice President, Senior Credit Analyst. As a Senior Credit Analyst, Ashley specializes in direct and participation loan underwriting as well as loan appraisal reviews. Ashley joined UBB in 2009.

Jill Robiller, Bank Cards and Payments Officer. As a Bank Cards and Payments Officer, Jill ensures client satisfaction for agent banks and cardholders, and counsels clients on industry changes. Robiller also ensures UBB’s card programs are in compliance with VISA®, MasterCard® and Dodd Frank regulations as well as state and federal legislation. Jill joined UBB in 2013.

Steve Shierts, Development Manager, Officer. Steve oversees UBB’s team of developers, while also specializing in the development and testing of computer programs, applications and interfaces. Steve joined UBB in 2004.

Tony Venditte, Vice President, Correspondent Banking Officer. Tony, a lifelong Nebraska resident, is based in Omaha. Venditte is responsible for developing partnerships and expanding customer relationships across the state of Nebraska. Tony joined UBB in 2015. 

Kassia Holt, Senior Compliance Specialist, Officer. Kassia provides community banks with regulatory compliance consultation so they can meet and remain compliant with continuously changing regulatory requirements. Kassia joined UBB in 2014.

Barb Fugate, Senior Vice President, Chief Information Officer/Chief Security Officer. Barb provides management and oversight to UBB’s information technology infrastructure, security, compliance and risk management. Barb joined UBB in 2016.

David Kvist, Assistant Vice President, Investment Operations Manager, As the leader of the Investment Operations team, David ensures customers have the services, attention, and assistance they need to successfully manage their investment portfolios. David joined UBB in 2003.

Greg Krenz, President of MidCountry Mortgage, announced the newest member of the MidCountry Bank Mortgage team, Nelson Valenzuela. As Senior Mortgage Sales Representative, Valenzuela concentrates on education to break down the obstacles many encounter during their journey toward home ownership. Valenzuela has 13+ years of experience in the mortgage industry, most recently with Movement Mortgage in Eden Prairie.

Coulee Bank announced two new changes in its Minnesota market to help support its continued growth:

Olaf Gilbertson has accepted the position of Chief Financial Officer. He will assume the responsibility for all accounting functions, financial reporting, budgeting and forecasting. He has served on the Coulee Bank Board as a Board Director for 11 years. 

Emily Darling, St. Paul Mortgage Lender, has been promoted to AVP, Mortgage Loan Officer. Darling has been with Coulee Bank for six years serving as a mortgage lender.

American National Bank is pleased to announce that William (Bill) Klein, current Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Western Bank, a division of American National Bank in Minnesota, has been promoted to the role of CEO of American National Bank. He will also serve as Vice Chairman of the Board. Klein has over 30 years of finance experience in both regional and national banking organizations.  His prior executive roles include President & CEO, Stonebridge Bank ($220 million), which was acquired by American National Bank in October 2016; President of M&I Bank in MN ($2 billion); and President of National City Bank, Minneapolis ($1 billion publicly held holding company).

Citizens Independent Bank (CIB) is proud to announce the following staff promotions and new hires:

Leah Burak was recently promoted to Chief Operations Officer after serving as CIB’s Compliance Officer. Her community banking career spans over 20 years, with 14 of them concentrated on operations. Leah’s education includes a BA from the University of Minnesota as well as certifications for BSA/AML, Internal Auditor, and Compliance.

Al Hilgers joined CIB-Plymouth last fall with over 20 years’ experience in the financial industry, which includes personal, private and business banking. Al is also very active in the community, serving on multiple non-profit committees involving finance and trusts.

Lambert Lum was promoted in February to Branch Commercial Lender after serving most recently as CIB’s Credit Analyst. As a long-time CIB employee with over 19 years of experience, his focus is now on commercial lending and analytics. Lambert’s education includes a degree in Finance from Augsburg. In his free time, Lambert enjoys exploring new places with his wife and two children, fishing and is a foodie.

Brendan O'Meara returned to his CIB banking career in early 2017 as a Business Banker at the Hopkins location. He has over 12 years of banking experience, spanning from personal banking to underwriting to relationship management. Brendan’s education includes an MBA from the Carlson School of Management, CPA (inactive), licensed contractor and realtor, and he is currently pursuing a law degree at Mitchell Hamline School of Law.

Rhonda Powers recently joined Citizens State Bank Norwood Young America as its Financial Services Officer. Rhonda’s primary responsibilities will include originating and servicing consumer loans, managing checking account overdrafts, loan portfolio administration, risk rating, and loan collections. 

Northeast Bank in Minneapolis announced the promotion of 
Daniel Pohnl to Commercial Loan Officer. Daniel started working for Northeast Bank in 2013 as a Credit Analyst. He was promoted to Sr. Credit Analyst in 2015 and then to Commercial Lender in 2016. He earned his bachelor’s degree from the University of Wisconsin, Eau Claire with an Accounting/Finance Major.

Center National Bank, located in Litchfield and Plymouth, has announced the promotion of Allen R. Liestman to President/CEO. This announcement follows the retirement of Dave Daeges on December 31, 2016. Mr. Liestman has over three decades of banking experience specifically with community banks around Minnesota. He is a graduate of Chaska High School, St. John’s University and the University of Wisconsin’s Graduate School of Banking. 

National Bank of Commerce (NBC) hired Megan Wedel as a Commercial Banker. Megan was most recently a manager of two U.S. Bank locations in Duluth. Working from NBC’s Duluth branch, she will be responsible for building and maintaining a commercial lending portfolio while working with commercial clients to meet their financial goals and objectives.

Citizens Independent Bank is pleased to welcome Steve Weitz
 as Senior Vice President, Business Banking Manager. Steve comes to CIB with over 28 years of experience in banking, most recently as Market President of a local community bank.

The Bank of Elk River is proud to welcome Kelly Vold as the newest addition to their staff. Vold will take over duties as Branch Manager in Zimmerman overseeing all operations. Vold joins The Bank of Elk River with 15 years of experience in the banking industry.



Megan Lynch, Marketing Officer for the First National Bank of Waseca, was named Waseca’s Young Professional Distinguished Service Award winner for 2017, which is given to a Waseca resident between 18 and 40 years old who has given extensively through civic involvement and community development. Megan is a member of the Waseca Exchange Club, where she is a past board member and president; Discover Waseca Tourism Board member; Waseca’s Downtown District Partnership committee member; member of Irish American Club of Southern Minnesota and past secretary; past board member of Waseca Area United Way; president of the Waseca Lakeside Club board and a pool committee member, and former team coordinator for Waseca Hockey Association Mites team. She is also a member of the MBA’s Marketing and Communications Committee. To read more about her award, click here.

Coulee Bank Human Resources Manager Amy Bauer was awarded a certificate of completion on March 26, 2017, at the 17th annual Human Resource Management School presented by the Graduate School of Banking at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. The Human Resource Management School provides the foundation for new or veteran human resource professionals to tie together important issues in human resource management with a bottom-line understanding of the business of banking.

Winona National Bank is pleased to announce Tom Seaholm, Vice President of Business Banking, as the recipient of its first quarter Community PRIDE Award. Awarded quarterly by the Bank’s Public Relations Committee, 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. This includes volunteering efforts made both during and outside of work hours.

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