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 Bankers on the Move

If you have an announcement that you would like to include, please send it to Carla Bush at carlab@minnbankers.com.


Nichole Cherrier

First State Bank and Trust is excited to announce that Nichole Cherrier recently earned her Certified Trust and Fiduciary Advisor (CTFA) certification. The CTFA certification is awarded to individuals who demonstrate excellence in the field of wealth management and trust.

Tina Eis

Integrity Bank Plus is pleased to announce that Tina Eis has been promoted to Vice President / Chief Operating Officer. Tina joined Integrity Bank Plus in 2014 and has spent that time as Vice President at our Wabasso location.

Nathan Baune

Integrity Bank Plus is pleased to announce that Nathan Baune has been promoted to Market President / Chief Credit Officer. Nathan joined Integrity Bank Plus in 2013 and has spent that time as Vice President in our Wabasso location. Nate is a graduate of the 2022 Leadership Development Academy (Class Four).

Jacob Jenniges

Integrity Bank Plus is pleased to announce that Jacob Jenniges has been promoted to President / Chief Financial Officer. Jacob joined Integrity Bank Plus in 2009 and has spent that time as Branch President of our Walnut Grove location.
 

Bracey Lerner

Bracey Lerner has been promoted to Vice President – Senior Lender at Farmers and Merchant State Bank of Springfield. Bracey is a current member of MBA’s Leadership Development Academy (Class Six).

Melany Wynn

Melany Wynn was elected to Frandsen Bank & Trust’s Board of Directors on January 15. Melany has held several roles at Frandsen Financial Corporation since joining the organization in 2009 and currently serves as FFC’s Senior Vice President & Director of Regulatory Affairs.

Ben Knuesel

WNB Financial is pleased to announce the promotion of Ben Knuesel to Business Banker in Winona. Knuesel joined WNB Financial in 2015 as Marketing Coordinator, and for the last two years has served as Treasury Management Advisor.

Charley Clements, Erin Crowder, Diane Gustafson, Samantha Rose, Nick Witthoft, Alex Zeien

First State Bank and Trust is excited to announce the following staff promotions:
Nichole Cherrier to Vice President – Trust Officer, Charley Clements to Vice President – Trust Officer, Erin Crowder to Senior Vice President – Chief Risk Management Officer, Diane Gustafson to Vice President – Human Resources Director, Karyn Kollitz to Vice President – Trust Officer, Samantha Rose to Vice President – Mortgage Director, Nick Witthoft to Vice President – Business Analyst Director and Alex Zeien to Senior Vice President – Trust Officer.

Loni Ahlers

Loni Ahlers was elected to The State Bank of Faribault Board of Directors at the January 17, 2024 Faribault Bancshares, Inc. Annual Stockholders Meeting. Loni is the Senior Vice President of Operations/Technology and has been with the bank for 17 years.

 

Jeremiah Gaul 

Profinium has promoted Jeremiah Gaul to President of Digital Banking. Jeremiah is leading the team that will focus on creating amazing client experiences within the digital world.   

Ben Hanowski 

Ben Hanowski, Deerwood Bank, Waite Park has been promoted to Business Banking Officer. Ben is a current member of MBA’s Leadership Development Academy (Class Six).

  

Abby Cummings 

Abby Cummings has been promoted to VP of Compliance and Retail Banking at BANKWEST, Rockford. Abby is a graduate of the 2022 Leadership Development Academy (Class Four).
 

Darci Forkapa 

United Bankers’ Bank (UBB), is pleased to welcome Darci Forkapa to UBB’s Correspondent Banking team. Darci will be responsible for strengthening and building relationships with community bankers in Michigan and Ohio. She brings to UBB over 20 years of B2B commerce experience relating to cybersecurity, software and banking solutions.

Mandy Baldry 

Citizens Bank & Trust Co. announces the promotion of Mandy Baldry to Senior Vice President of Personal and Commercial Banking. Baldry joined the bank in 1999. Mandy serves as a member of the Bank’s Marketing, IT, Credit and Executive Committee.

Ben Beckman

Citizens Bank & Trust Co. announces the promotion of Ben Beckman to Senior Vice President of Commercial and Ag Banking. Beckman joined the Bank in 2018 and serves as a member of the Bank’s Credit, Executive, and Marketing Committee.  
 

Debbie K. Froemming 

Citizens Bank & Trust Co. announces the promotion of Debbie K. Froemming to Assistant Vice President of the Personal Banking Department. She also serves as a member of the Bank’s Compliance Committee.  
 

Shannon M. Kieser 

Citizens Bank & Trust Co. announces the promotion of Shannon M. Kieser to Assistant Vice President. Shannon joined the bank in 1998 as a Personal Banking Officer.  
 
 

Samantha Oliver 

WNB Financial is pleased to announce that Samantha Oliver has joined the Bank as Mortgage Loan Officer in Winona. In her new role, Oliver will use her knowledge and expertise to assist customers through the mortgage loan application and home-buying process. She brings over six years of real estate industry experience. 

Rachel Reese 

Rachel Reese has been promoted and named an officer of Keen Bank. Reese will continue her role as commercial lender and credit analyst. Reese has been with Keen Bank for five years.
 
 

 Announcements


Christopher Rand

WNB Financial is pleased to announce Christopher Rand, Vice President & Trust Manager, as the recipient of its 2023 fourth quarter Community PRIDE Award. As a Community PRIDE Award recipient, Rand received $100 to donate to local non-profit organizations of his choice, which he chose to donate to the Winona Family YMCA and the Friends of the Winona Public Library.

HomeTown Bank is celebrating its 100 year anniversary throughout 2024. HomeTown Bank was originally chartered as Redwood Falls Building and Loan Association in 2024 in Redwood Falls, MN in 1924. From there, the bank has grown to 10 locations (soon to be 11 in summer 2024 in Carver, MN) and have become the bank our customers love..

HomeTown Bank

HomeTown Bank is celebrating its 100 year anniversary throughout 2024. HomeTown Bank was originally chartered as Redwood Falls Building and Loan Association in 2024 in Redwood Falls, MN in 1924. From there, the bank has grown to 10 locations (soon to be 11 in summer 2024 in Carver, MN) and have become the bank our customers love.

First Western Bank & Trust

2024 proudly marks the 60th anniversary of First Western Bank & Trust and commemorates six decades of commitment to the communities which First Western serves. Established in 1964, First Western has developed into a trusted financial institution with a legacy of service and community involvement. First Western Bank & Trust has locations in North Dakota, Minnesota, and South Dakota.

Star Bank

Star Bank is pleased to announce the acquisition of Community Development Bank in Hancock, Minnesota. The acquisition is set to be completed in late March 2024. With $380 million in assets, Star Bank currently serves its vast Central Minnesota customer base with offices in Big Stone, Grant, Todd, Traverse, Wadena, Hennepin, and Wright counties.
 

WNB Financial

WNB Financial is pleased to announce four $500 donations to food pantries in the communities it serves. Jeans Day donations will benefit the Winona Volunteer Services Food Shelf, Wabasha Area Food Share, Eau Claire Feed My People Food Bank and Holmen Area Food Pantry at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Church.