The chair of the association is David Krause, CEO of Pioneer Bank in St. James.
David has 35 years of banking experience, 33 years of which have been with Pioneer Bank and 23 years as chief executive officer. David’s expertise includes residential mortgage lending, business lending, ag and agribusiness lending, accomplished mergers and acquisitions, de novo expansion and organic growth. David has led Pioneer Bank from a single location to its current size of nine locations.
David is a graduate of Southwest Minnesota State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration and Management and also attended the Minnesota Bankers Association's Commercial Lending School and Midwest Banking Institute. David currently serves as chair of GreenSeam Board of Governors and participates in a variety of other community organizations including Greater Mankato Growth Board of Directors and Executive Committee, Greater Mankato Growth Talent Council and Team Leader, Minnesota Bankers Association Government Relations Council, Commissioner of the City of St. James EDA, Region 9 Loan Committee and Watonwan County Revolving Loan Fund Committee.
In his spare time, David enjoys golf, classic westerns, traveling and baseball, which he played amateur until the age of 52. He is an avid Minnesota sports fan – especially the Twins – and also enjoys spending time with his family including his twin grandsons and his granddaughter.