MidCountry Bank in the News
Botz Named a Top Woman in Finance
BLOOMINGTON, MN – (November, 2015) – Jillian Botz, eCommerce Manager for MidCountry Bank, was named to the “Top Women in Finance” list for 2015 by Finance and Commerce. An impressive list, it is comprised of notable women in the finance industry who are making an impact on their professions and communities.
“Botz is a key member of MidCountry Bank. She has helped us identify the digital services necessary to make things better for customers and colleagues alike,” said Steve Meads, President and CEO.
An employee of MidCountry Bank for more than 10 years, Botz has held positions in both Retail and Operations. In her current post as Vice President, eCommerce Manager, Botz is responsible for leading MidCountry Bank into the next era of banking services. MidCountry Bank’s COO and Top Women in Finance alumna, Maureen O’Brien-Wieser, shared “Jillian is a dependably strong trailblazer and categorical visionary. Her breadth of knowledge had made her a forefront leader in changing the capacity of MidCountry Bank to serve its customers with 21st century direction.”
We are proud to have the talents of Jillian Botz on our MidCountry Bank team.
Chris Hunter Named Manager of Insurance Planners
Bloomington, MN – (September, 2015) MidCountry Bank welcomes Chris Hunter as the new Insurance Agency Manager for Insurance Planners, a subsidiary of MidCountry Bank. Hunter will report to Tom Naughtin, Senior Vice President, Branch Sales Director.
In his post as Insurance Agency Manager for Insurance Planners, he will lead and coach his team to understand and effectively identify the insurance needs of business and personal customers to best serve each individual situation. He will strengthen relationships among customers, team, and current insurance vendors, in order to produce beneficial results for all.
An active member of the community, Hunter has participated in organizations including the March of Dimes, and Toastmasters, as well as leading an AWANA group at his church. Hunter’s most recent insurance service was with Farmers Insurance. He holds a Bachelor’s degree from the Northwestern College, Roseville, MN.
Kurt Cottier joins MidCountry Bank as Community Business Banker
MINNETONKA, MN – (May, 2015) MidCountry Bank and Jerry Kwapick, Community Business Banking Manager, welcome Kurt Cottier to the Community Business Banking team. Cottier will be responsible for establishing and growing relationships of community business customers with a wide range of financial needs. His expertise will ensure every customer will receive the same high level commitment to building a customized financial plan for their business needs.
“Kurt’s acumen for assessing the customer’s need is exceptional,” said Kwapick. “Responsive, easy-to-do-business-with service is what we strive for, and his dedicated, customer-focused approach fits right in here at MidCountry Bank.”
Cottier has worked in the financial industry for 20+ years, most recently at Community First Bank of Baraboo, WI. He earned a Bachelor of Business Administration from the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee.
MidCountry Bank Sponsors Progress Minnesota
MidCountry Bank was thrilled to sponsor the 4th Annual Progress Minnesota event, honoring those who are driving business and industrial growth and economic development in Minnesota in unique and innovative ways. We wish to extend our congratulations to all of the esteemed honorees, including our customer, ThreeBridge Solutions. Thank you for all you do to make our Minnesota communities thrive!
Dan Weninger Joins the MidCountry Bank Team
Bloomington, MN – (April, 2015) – Dave Thompson, MidCountry Bank’s Chief Commercial Banking Officer, announces the addition of Senior Commercial Banker, Dan Weninger, to the Commercial & Industrial Lending Team in the Minneapolis area.
Weninger comes to MidCountry Bank with 20+ years of experience in the banking industry. As a Commercial & Industrial lender with MidCountry Bank he will provide clients with diverse services and expert advice to improve the financial success of their business and strengthen their partnership with MidCountry Bank. “MidCountry Bank’s business portfolio for large and complex loans is growing,” said Thompson. “Weninger’s depth of knowledge is key to responding to the ever-changing industry trends to ensure expectations of every customer are met. It’s a privilege to have him join us.”
An active member of the community, Weninger has participated in organizations including the Twin City North Chamber of Commerce, Human Rights Campaign, Angel Foundation, Gilda’s Club, and Junior Achievement. Weninger most recently served as Interim Regional Business Sales Manager with BMO Harris. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Corporate Finance from the Minnesota State University, Moorhead.
MidCountry Bank Team Welcomes Madeline Sadler as SBA Manager
Bloomington, MN – (April, 2015) – Jay Prybylo, Systems and Operations Director at MidCountry Bank, is pleased to announce the addition of Madeline Sadler as SBA Manager.
Sadler will lead the development efforts of the SBA program - educating, inspiring and collaborating with the Business Banking Team to utilize SBA when best suited for customers. “Madeline’s vision of the strategy and benefits of SBA will be an asset to our team, but especially to our customers,“ Prybylo shared. “Her guidance and support will assist our bankers in finding the right lending solutions for each individual customer.”
Sadler most recently served as SBA Lending Manager for Northeast Bank. Committed to community, she has volunteered with a number of non-profits including Habitat for Humanity, Urban Homeworks, Feed my Starving Children and Eastside Neighborhood Services (Minneapolis). Sadler earned a Master’s in Business Administration at Bethel University, St. Paul, MN, and also holds a Bachelor’s degree in Finance and Economics from Metropolitan State University, St. Paul, MN.
MidCountry Bank Team Names Chris Kobold as Senior Commercial Banker
Bloomington, MN – (April, 2015) – MidCountry Bank and Dave Thompson, Chief Commercial Banking Officer, are pleased to announce the addition of Chris Kobold to the Commercial Banking Team in the Twin Cities Metro area. Kobold comes to MidCountry Bank with 20+ years of experience, most recently as VP, Commercial Banker/Relationship Manager with JPMorgan Chase.
In her post as a Senior Commercial Banker, Kobold will actively seek to develop and maintain relationships by understanding the unique needs of each customer, serving as both a resource and an advocate. “We couldn’t ask for a better fit for our team,” says Thompson. “Chris is dedicated to the MidCountry Bank vision of being a responsive community bank, and exemplifying our core values to provide a positive customer experience.”
Kobold immerses herself in the community through various volunteer activities including board participation with the YMCA of Lino Lakes, as well as participating in Habitat for Humanity, Feed my Starving Children and various animal rescue organizations. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Telecommunications Management from St. Mary’s University, and is a Certified Treasury Professional.
Olson Named Chairperson for Jackson Growth Alliance
MARION HEIGHTS, IL – (January, 2015) - Community development and success doesn’t just happen. It takes people and passion to support the business community to help both of those along. Jennifer Olson, Commercial Banker in MCB’s Marion Heights office, is one of those people. She was recently named a chairperson to the Jackson Growth Alliance in Jackson County, Illinois.
Jackson Growth Alliance is a cooperative effort among Jackson County government, City of Murphysboro, City of Carbondale, Southern Illinois University, Southern Illinois Airport Authority, and the business community in Jackson County, Illinois to promote and encourage economic and community development for all of Jackson County and the greater southern Illinois region. Jackson Growth Alliance, a not-for-profit corporation, is designed as a strong professional organization that will achieve its economic and community development goals.
We are proud to have team members like Jennifer participate in value-add organizations like Jackson Growth Alliance. Partnerships like these organizations support our company vision to be “responsive to the community and its underlying issues.”
MidCountry Bank Names Karen Kirkman as Apple Valley Branch Manager
APPLE VALLEY, MN – (January, 2015) – MidCountry Bank has named Karen Kirkman as the Branch Manager of MidCountry Bank in Apple Valley. Kirkman has spent 20+ years in the financial services industry, and has extensive experience in retail banking, consumer, and small business lending. A long-time resident of Apple Valley, Kirkman has a vested interest in finding ways to help her community thrive.
As branch manager, Kirkman will be a mentor to her staff to identify and address customer needs, improving the effectiveness of the bank and build relationships within the community. “We believe that Karen will serve as a positive role model for the Apple Valley team. She is known for being focused on our most important asset—the customer,” said Tom Naughtin, Retail Banking Manager at MidCountry Bank. “She provides sound financial guidance and applies her extensive knowledge to identify just what her customers need.”
MidCountry Bank Announces Brian Stanley as Commercial Real Estate Banker
BLOOMINGTON, MN – (January, 2015) MidCountry Bank and Dave Thompson, Chief Commercial Banking Officer, are pleased to welcome Brian Stanley to the Commercial Real Estate Banking team. With a wide range of responsibilities, Stanley’s ultimate focus will be to grow and extend each of his customer relationships, ensuring a quality experience by providing effective banking products and services for his customers.
“Brian builds a strong rapport and the trust of those he serves,” said Thompson. “We are excited to add him to our growing team.”
Stanley has worked in the financial industry for over 10 years. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Business from the Carlson School of Management at the University of Minnesota. He is an active member in a number of professional organizations including the National Association of Industrial and Office Parks (NAIOP), Minnesota Shopping Center Association (MSCA), Minnesota Multi Housing Association (MHA), and Risk Management Association (RMA).