Bankers on the Move
The board of directors for First State Bank and Trust, Bayport, recently announced Jason Howard, president, has been promoted to president and chief executive officer following the retirement of Peter Clements. Howard joined First State Bank and Trust in 2012 and was promoted to chief financial officer in 2013. “I am humbled and grateful for the opportunity to lead this great organization and build upon the legacies of our previous leaders,” Howard said.
Drake Bank has named Erin Callan as assistant vice president, credit administration. In her new role, Callan will oversee credit underwriting and analysis, loan operations, and reporting for board and committee meetings, and examinations and audits. Callan has worked at Drake Bank for over two years as the credit administration manager and has 15 years of banking experience. 
Drake Bank welcomes Justin Robinson, J.D. as vice president of compliance and risk. Robinson has over 18 years of experience in providing compliance and risk consulting to financial institutions. He will be overseeing the compliance, internal audit, and risk areas for Drake Bank.
North Shore Bank is pleased to announce Janice Merrill joined the North Shore Mortgage Team as Mortgage Loan Originator. Janice brings over 25 years in the mortgage and real estate industry to the team and is looking forward to serving the region with North Shore Mortgage. 
North Shore Bank and North Shore Investments & Trust are pleased to announce several promotions in their Information Technology and Investments & Trust departments. 

Derek Rowan has been promoted to Information Technology Director. In this role, he will implement strategy and work on the development and growth initiatives that are instrumental in meeting the ever-changing technology needs of the Bank. 

Brandy Maus has been promoted to Senior Network Administrator and will focus her energy on guiding the implementation, administration and troubleshooting of the Bank’s network infrastructure. 

Aili Ratike has been promoted to a Trust Administrator. Aili has been, and will continue to be, instrumental in the administration of trusts and estates, IRAs and investment management accounts. 

Vladimir Skirda has been promoted to a Senior Investment Specialist. He works side by side with the North Shore Investments & Trust Portfolio Managers to facilitate client investment needs. 
MidWestOne Bank is pleased to announce the recent hire of Trent Bowman, Vice President and CRA Business Development Officer in Golden Valley, Minnesota. Trent will manage outreach efforts in the Minneapolis area with an emphasis on mortgage lending. With more than 20 years of experience, Trent specializes in assisting first-time homebuyers achieve their dream of homeownership by guiding each client through the mortgage lending process.
MidCountry Bank announces the addition of Keith Gordon in a new role as Market President in St Cloud. With nearly 15 years in banking and an educational background rooted in finance, Keith is a valuable resource for his clients. His diverse industry experience allows him to analyze a business plan, offer new perspective and propose strategies to achieve growth objectives now and in the future. 
MidWestOne Bank is pleased to announce the recent hire of Justin Parker, Vice President, Trust Officer, in Golden Valley, Minnesota. After earning finance and law degrees, Justin also obtained the Certified Financial Planner® designation. He is an experienced wealth planner with a demonstrated history of advising clients on wealth protection and transfer strategies. 
MidWestOne Bank is pleased to announce the recent hire of Sean Wenham, First Vice President, Wealth Advisor and Regional Trust Manager, in Golden Valley, Minnesota. Sean is a career wealth-management professional with over 20 years of experience leading specialized teams to meet the unique financials needs of individuals, families, foundations, and businesses. 
WNB Financial is pleased to announce the recent promotions of two employees: Chad Anderson and Latonia Schmitt.

Anderson has been promoted to Senior Lending Manager. With over 20 years of banking experience, he oversees the strategic initiatives for both the Business Banking and Mortgage Departments. He’ll continue to serve Business Banking clients in Winona. 

Schmitt has been promoted to Mortgage Manager. While continuing to serve as a mortgage originator in Winona, she now supports the bank’s overall mortgage lending efforts in all markets, with a key focus on enhancing the customer experience.  
Northview Bank announced Paula Diaz as President and Chief Executive Officer. Mrs. Diaz replaces Ron Carlson, who remains actively engaged as a Senior Vice President and Board Member. When joining Northview Bank in 2014, Paula took on the position of Operations Officer and Chief Financial Officer. She is graduate of the MBA’s 2019 Leadership Development Academy.  
Citizens Bank & Trust Co. announced that Mandy M. Baldry has been promoted to Vice President. Baldry joined Citizens Bank as a Teller in 1999. She was promoted to Consumer Loan Administrator Assistant in 2001, Consumer Loan Representative in 2006, Personal Banking Officer in 2011, Commercial Loan Officer/Credit Analyst in 2013 and Assistant Vice President in 2019. Mandy also serves as a member of the bank’s Marketing and Credit Committee.  
The Board of Directors of Lakeview Bank recently announced leadership changes intended to provide an orderly transition of its management team. 

Tom Mork moved into the sole position of CEO. In his new role, Mork will oversee and mentor the bank’s President, further develop management succession plans, lead strategic planning, assist in business development efforts, and manage shareholder communications and relations.

Mike Puppe, formerly Executive Vice President and Chief Credit Officer, was promoted to President. As President, he is responsible for the bank’s entire business operations, including growth and profitability. 

Brady Folkestad was named Senior Vice President-Commercial Loan Department Manager. In his new role, he will be responsible for the bank’s overall loan portfolio, growth, quality, and profitability. 

Maureen Shelton
was promoted to Senior Vice President and CFO and is responsible for operations, IT and accounting. 

Lisa Meinerts
was promoted from Assistant Vice President Retail Banking to Vice President Retail Banking with primary responsibilities for customer service and deposit account generation. 

Lori Wiebers
was promoted to Vice President Loan Administration from Assistant Vice President. In her role, she has overall responsibilities for loan documentation, customer service, and support of the bank’s lenders.  

First Midwest Bank has hired David Larsen to head up its new Commercial Banking office in Minneapolis. Larsen recently joined First Midwest from TCF Bank, where he was the Minneapolis market manager. He has also held leadership positions with several national and regional banks in the area. 
WNB Financial is pleased to announce the promotion of three employees to the role of Community President. In their new roles, the Community Presidents are responsible for the day-to-day leadership of their respective markets and oversee all areas, including employees, community giving, and the customer experience. 

Tom Seaholm, Community President – Chippewa Valley. Seaholm holds 17 years of financial experience, primarily in Business Banking. 

Dave Justus, Community President – Holmen. Justus brings 27 years of commercial and mortgage lending experience into his new role as Holmen Community President. 

Rick Vaplon, Community President – Wabasha/Kellogg. Vaplon is a 31-year employee of WNB Financial, previously First State Bank of Wabasha prior to 2018. 


WNB Financial is pleased to announce Chris Forcier , Vice President and Financial Advisor, as the recipient of its 2020 fourth quarter Community PRIDE Award. As a Community PRIDE Award recipient, Forcier received $100 to donate to the organization of his choice, which he chose to donate to Apple Pregnancy Center in Eau Claire. 
Twin Cities Business (TCB) Magazine – a leading resource for business news, insight, and inspiration – announced Laura Gevik , senior vice president, chief operations officer at Drake Bank, as one of 22 Notable Women in Commercial Banking honorees. To qualify for the list, individuals must self-identify as a woman; be serving in a senior level commercial banking role at their company, bank, or institution in Minnesota; have at least five years of experience in the field; and have shown the abilities to create significant, positive, and measurable results in their field.  
The American Red Cross recognized MidCountry Bank , headquartered in Bloomington, MN, for supporting the Red Cross Service to the Armed Forces Program through a commitment of $100,000. This gift enables the Red Cross to provide emergency communications, family services and hospital support to service members, veterans and their families. 
“Thanks to the generosity of Service to Armed Forces supporters like MidCountry Bank, we are able to provide support for our service members and their families from enlistment to life after the military,” said Phil Hansen, Regional Executive Director, American Red Cross Minnesota and Dakotas Region. “These generous donations, coupled with the support of the American people, are critical to helping ensure a resilient military community, especially in our region.”  
Merchants Financial Group, Inc. (MFGI) announced year-end earnings for 2020 with net income of $21,511,521, according to MFGI President & CEO Gregory M. Evans . The earnings exceeded MFGI’s plan for the year by more than $1.9 million and is an increase of 8.8% over 2019 earnings. 
Local, family-owned New Market Bank , with locations in Lakeville, Prior Lake and Elko New Market, announced today that it contributed $29,685 to local nonprofit organizations, schools and community initiatives during 2020. The total, an increase of nearly $10,000 over 2019 community giving, includes bank donations, donations by employees and customers that the bank matched, and sponsorships of various fundraising events and special requests. Over and above its financial contributions, New Market Bank employees also volunteered for several organizations.  

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