Bankers on the Move
WNB Financial is pleased to announce the promotion of David Vaselaar to President and Chief Operating Officer. In his new role, Vaselaar will assume the responsibility of managing and directing the day-to-day leadership of the Bank and its various business lines. Vaselaar holds 32 years of banking experience, most recently serving as WNB Financial’s Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer. 
Bridgewater Bank, a leading Twin Cities bank focused on meeting the unique needs of successful individuals and entrepreneurs, recently announced the addition of Ryan Meier to its expanding team as Senior Vice President, Commercial Lending. Ryan joins Bridgewater as a seasoned commercial banking officer with 20+ years of professional experience. In his new role at Bridgewater, Ryan will use his real estate and small business expertise to deliver simple, flexible lending solutions to current and prospective commercial clients in the Twin Cities. 
WNB Financial is pleased to announce Mary Polus, Vice President and Operations/IT Manager, as the recipient of its 2020 first quarter Community PRIDE Award. As a Community PRIDE Award recipient, Polus received $100 to donate to the organization of her choice, which she chose to donate to Great River Shakespeare Festival. 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 during and outside of work hours. 
Prime Security Bank is proud to announce the promotion of Joey Goracke to Senior Vice President of Operations. Goracke is responsible for the Operations of the bank’s 3 locations. Goracke brings with him 17 years of banking experience in Operations, Audit, Compliance and IT.  
Prime Security Bank is proud to announce the promotion of James Senske II to Vice President of Commercial Lending. James has 15 years of commercial banking experience from credit analysis to business development. James joined Prime Security Bank in 2014 as a Senior Credit Analyst and most recently was the VP of Credit and Finance Officer at the bank.
Bell Bank Equipment Finance has named Rob Bakke senior vice president/business development. His territory comprises states across the Midwest. Based in Minneapolis, Bakke will offer a wide range of equipment-based financing to a variety of industries. Bakke held several sales roles with GE Capital from 2009 to 2016 and most recently worked at MB Bank, acquired by Fifth Third Bank last year. 
Old National Bank is pleased to announce Chady AlAhmar recently joined Old National as CEO of Wealth Management. AlAhmar brings over 20 years of experience in the financial services industry, most recently with U.S. Bank as senior executive of Wealth Management. Residing in Old National’s Minnesota headquarters in St. Louis Park, AlAhmar will manage all Wealth Division activities across the bank’s five-state footprint.  
Joe Helgeson has been promoted to Retail Manager/Branch President for Minnwest Bank in Montevideo. Joe joined the Minnwest Bank, Montevideo team last year, coming from the former Klein Bank fulfilling the role of MLO.
In addition to Joe’s new responsibilities, Jason Minett, Market President (Dawson), has accepted the role of managing the Ag & Commercial loan department staff in the Montevideo market. 
Mark Vis has been promoted to President and joined the Board of Directors of First State Bank Southwest. He will be responsible for the overall performance of the organization. Mark is a current member of MBA’s Leadership Development Academy. 
Brad Meester has been promoted to Market President of the Worthington Office of First State Bank Southwest. He will be responsible for the overall performance of the Worthington office. Meester will also continue as the banks Assistant Chief Credit Officer, as well as an Ag and Commercial loan officer helping farmers and small business owners execute their financial plans.
Jordan Huisken has been promoted to Commercial Business Banker at the Worthington Office of First State Bank Southwest. His new role will allow him to provide financing assistance to help small business owners execute their financial plans and assist new entrepreneurs with finding programs that will help them start and grow new businesses.
Adam Dahlquist has been promoted to Senior Mortgage Officer at the Worthington Office of First State Bank Southwest. Dahlquist will be responsible for the performance and continued growth of the residential mortgage department at the bank. He will continue to assist customers with financial options to acquire or refinance their residential properties. Dahlquist joined the Worthington residential department in 2016 and has successfully grown the revenues with the introduction of online applications and accelerated processing. 
Michael Zenk, former Minnesota Market President of Choice Bank, has moved into a new but familiar role within the organization. Zenk will focus his attention back to his passion for building present customer banking relationships and outreach in the Twin Cities business community. He will continue to stay actively involved in the management of Choice Bank, serving on the Executive Credit Committee and as a member of the Board of Directors. 
John Fritz, former Location President of Choice Bank’s Golden Valley location, has taken over duties as the new Minnesota Market President. Fritz will lead the Minnesota Location Presidents in developing business growth strategies and providing them with the resources they need to help their teams be successful. He also joins both the Executive Credit Committee and the Executive Leadership Team. 
Cristen Purdy, former VP and Commercial Loan Officer, has been promoted to Location President of Choice Bank’s Golden Valley location. She replaces John Fritz, who has taken over duties as the new Minnesota Market President of Choice Bank. In her new role, Purdy will oversee operations for the location and its staff to ensure the interests of team members, clients, and surrounding communities are met. 
First State Bank and Trust is pleased to announce the following staff promotions: Robert Gray, CTFA, CRPC® to Senior Vice President – Trust, Joette Barr to Vice President – Director of Marketing, Christine Carufel to Vice President – Bank Relationship Officer, Angie Laska to Vice President – Sr. Credit Analyst/Portfolio Lender, Tom Sigstad to Vice President – Trust Operations, and Nichole Cherrier to Junior Trust Officer. Andy Sexe has been promoted to President of Valley Agencies. 
Unity Bank, a local community bank with 15 locations across Minnesota and Wisconsin, is pleased to announce the hiring of Amy McClelland as their Chief Financial Officer. Ms. McClelland most recently worked for Marine Credit Union and comes to Unity bank with more than 35 years of finance knowledge and experience. She is a Certified Public Accountant and has worked as a CPA, Controller, and a Chief Financial Officer. 
Unity Bank, a local community bank with 15 locations across Minnesota and Wisconsin, is pleased to announce the hiring of Patrick Schneider as Internal Audit Manager. Mr. Schneider most recently worked as an Internal Audit Consultant for Eide Bailey. He joins Unity Bank with over 11 years of Internal Audit experience, 5 years being focused in the Banking Industry.

   Thank You for Your Years of Service!


The MBA wishes to extend a hearty thank you to Doug Schweim, HomeTown Bank in Cleveland. Doug was trustee of the MBA Employee Benefits Trust from 2017 to 2018 and served as Chair in 2018-2019. We appreciate his leadership and dedication to the banking industry!

   Announcements


WNB Financial employees were pleased to donate $10 Midtown Foods gift cards to all 88 staff members at Sauer Health Care. The donation was made possible from “Jeans Day” collections, where WNB employees choose to pay $2 each Friday to wear casual jeans during the workday, with the proceeds benefitting organizations in the communities we serve. 
Old National Bank joined #GivingTuesdayNow in a global day of giving and unity and responding to meet the needs of communities by committing $1.2 million for COVID-19 relief. This included $600,000 in funding focused on meeting the immediate needs in local communities throughout Old National’s five-state footprint, with an emphasis on low-to-moderate income communities and $600,000 in Old National Bank Foundation grant funding that will focus on longer-term restorative and transformational needs within local communities throughout Old National’s five-state footprint. 
United Bankers’ Bank (UBB), the nation’s first bankers’ bank, announced its collaboration with financial literacy software provider, Banzai. As a result of this partnership, UBB will connect community banks with Banzai’s award-winning platform for teaching financial literacy to people of all ages. Banks can sponsor the Banzai programs in the classrooms of schools located in and around their communities. Through the sponsorship, Banzai’s platform is completely free for educators, students and adults. In addition to recognition for their sponsorship, community banks provide area schools with access to a financial literacy curriculum and can also qualify for CRA credits.

   In Memory of...


It is with a heavy heart that we share the news that long-time MBA Education Coordinator and dear friend Anne Huntley, lost her battle with cancer on April 28. Our thoughts go out to her family and the many people who knew and loved her. (obituary
Jim Gowan sadly passed away on December 30, 2019. Jim was a WWII Air Force veteran. He continued his service as a Captain in the Minnesota Air National Guard. A life-long sports enthusiast, Jim was an avid golfer and had the rare good fortune of hitting two holes-in-one, two weeks apart. In his professional career, Jim was a bank president, honored by his peers as a past President of the Minnesota Bankers Association. He retired in 1988. A man of decency, integrity, and authenticity, Jim will be most remembered for his kindness. 

 Retirements


Locally owned and operated Community Bank Owatonna and its Board of Directors announce today's retirement of Roxanne Arndt. Arndt has served as the bank's Vice President/Cashier since the bank was chartered and opened in 2003. Prior to joining Community Bank Owatonna, she served in a variety of capacities at the former Owatonna State Bank/Community Bank Minnesota. 

  Board Appointments


The Board of Directors of WNB Financial is pleased to announce the election of Fatima Said to serve on the Bank’s Board of Directors. Said is the Executive Director of Project FINE and has been with the organization for 15 years. Project FINE is a nonprofit that helps newcomers integrate into the community by providing foreign language interpreters and translators as well as opportunities for education, information, referral, and empowerment for immigrants and refugees. 
United Bankers’ Bancorporation, Inc., is pleased to announce the appointments of Mike Johnson and Curt Johnson to United Bankers’ Bancorporation, Inc. (UBBI) and United Bankers’ Bank (UBB) Board of Directors. 

Mike Johnson brings more than 25 years of professional experience in security risk management. Mr. Johnson is Director of Graduate Studies for the Master of Science in Security Technologies degree program at the Technological Leadership Institute (TLI). Prior to joining TLI, Mike served as CISO and Operations Risk Director at Bremer Bank and as an examiner with the FDIC.” 


Curt Johnson has served as President and CEO of Cherokee Bank in Cherokee, IA since January of 2016. His more than 22 years in Iowa’s banking industry has included management experience as Senior Vice President at City State Bank in Norwalk and 19 years in various positions including Chief Risk Officer and President at Bank Midwest in Spirit Lake.  

Bryan Grove, Chairman of United Bankers’ Bancorporation, Inc., is pleased to announce the appointment of Jae Evans as the newest member of the United Bankers’ Bancorporation, Inc. (UBBI) and United Bankers’ Bank (UBB) Board of Directors. Currently the President and Chief Executive Officer of Isabella Bank Corporation and CEO of Isabella Bank in Mt. Pleasant, Michigan, Jae comes to the Board with over forty years of banking experience. 

We want to hear about your Bankers on the Move! If you have an announcement you would like to include, please send it to Carla Bush at carlab@minnbankers.com.