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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).

Chamber of Commerce Commitment

WINTHROP, MN – (December, 2014) - Nikki Willemssen has upped her commitment to her area Chamber of Commerce.  She previously served on the board of the Winthrop Area Chamber of Commerce as a director, and has now been named the Vice President of the organization.  The Chamber’s mission statement proclaims a commitment to promoting the interest of the business community, supporting and encouraging those cultural and civic events beneficial to the community, and endorsing those activities that will improve or expand the quality of life in Winthrop.  Nikki’s involvement with such an enterprise aligns perfectly with MCB’s Vision of being responsive to the community and its underlying issues, and also with our value of compassion – wanting only the best for her community!  Let’s hear it for Nikki Willemssen!

Grobe's Commitment to Glencoe

GLENCOE, MN – (December, 2014) - Glencoe Bank Manager, Nicole Grobe has a vested interest in furthering the interests of, and advocating for businesses in the Glencoe community.  It is important to her to see her community thrive and to build relationships with business owners in the community.  What better way to ensure that happens, than to immerse oneself in the Chamber of Commerce and its cause?

MidCountry Bank congratulates Nicole on recently being named to the Glencoe Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors!  We are proud of her commitment to the Glencoe Community and we couldn’t be happier to have her on our team!

MidCountry Bank Announces Carol Veurink as Branch Manager and Community Business Banker

ST. CLOUD, MN – (October, 2014) – Tom Naughtin, Retail Banking Manager at MidCountry Bank, is pleased to announce that Carol Veurink has joined the MidCountry team as Branch Manager and Community Business Banker.

Carol comes to MidCountry Bank with 20+ years of experience in banking, where she has inspired a number of banking teams to exceed customer expectations with exceptional service and individualized attention.  As Branch Manager and Community Business Banker, Veurink will build relationships in the community to help not only businesses, but the community as a whole, thrive.

"We couldn't have found a more perfect fit for our team than Carol," said Naughtin, "We are thrilled to have her represent MidCountry Bank in the St. Cloud community."

Veurink most recently served as a Business Development Officer for Minnesota Business Finance Corp, an SBA 504 certified company.

MidCountry Bank Announces Kurt Egertson as Commercial Credit Manager

BLOOMINGTON, MN – (August, 2014) - Greg Drehmel, Chief Credit Officer for MidCountry Bank is pleased to announce Kurt Egertson as Commercial Credit Manager. Egertson offers over 25 years of experience in the industry, with significant experience in credit and commercial lending. In his post as Commercial Credit Manager, he will oversee credit/risk management, credit approval, and credit analysis. He will also be a mentor to MidCountry Bank’s analysts and lenders.

“Kurt’s solid credit background and leadership skills make him the perfect fit for our team” said Drehmel, “His proven leadership and strategic planning and execution talents are a welcome addition to MidCountry Bank.”

Egertson received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Augsburg College. He attended both St. Cloud State University and Thunderbird School of Global Management and earned a Masters in Accounting and Finance from Thunderbird.

MidCountry Bank Announces Troy Rosenbrook as Commercial Banking Group C&I Loan Manager

BLOOMINGTON, MN – (August, 2014) - Dave Thompson, Chief Commercial Banking Officer, is pleased to announce the addition of Troy Rosenbrook to the MidCountry Bank team. In this role, Rosenbrook will be responsible for overseeing the bank’s C&I loan portfolio, particularly focusing on expanding the depth of client relationships to ensure the financial objectives of each customer are met.

“Troy is dedicated to working across business lines to bring MidCountry’s best to the table for each customer’s unique situation,” said Thompson. “His leadership and energy will maximize what our team can deliver to our customers.”

Rosenbrook has more than 30 years of experience in the banking industry throughout the Upper Midwest, including Twin Cities market. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Finance from Minnesota State University, Moorhead.

MidCountry Bank - Roundtable Recognition

BLOOMINGTON, MN – (August, 2014) - The Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal recently invited MidCountry Bank President and CEO, Steve Meads, to participate in its 2nd annual Banking & Finance Executive Roundtable.  The members of the panel included highly regarded leaders from various financial institutions who weighed in on progressive ways to do business in this ever-changing, technology-driven world.  A seasoned and admired leader in the industry, Steve Meads’ insights demonstrated an innovative shift in thinking when designing products and providing service to customers. 

You can delve deeper into the roundtable session by reading the article published in The Business Journal published on August 8, 2014.

Banking & Finance Executive Roundtable
Photo Courtesy of The Business Journal - "Banking & Finance Executive Roundtable: Changing relationships, technologies and markets."

MidCountry Bank Announces Carol Kollodge as Director of Human Resources

BLOOMINGTON, MN – (May, 2014) - Steve Meads, President and CEO of MidCountry Bank, is pleased to announce that Carol Kollodge has joined the MidCountry Team as Director of Human Resources.  Kollodge's responsibilities include reinforcing and supporting MidCountry's business strategies and corporate values, talent management, learning, and development and promoting a customer service-oriented culture.

 "We're thrilled to have someone with Carol's talent and experience on our leadership team," said Steve Meads, President and CEO, "Carol's skills developing talent and building teams will create a thriving culture for our employees, enabling them to serve our customers in the best way possible."

Kollodge brings 25 years of Human Resource experience to her post, most recently as Director of Human Resources and Organizational Effectiveness at Anchor Bank, N.A.  Carol received her MBA from the University of St. Thomas and maintains additional certifications including SPHR (Senior Professional in Human Resources) and PMP (Project Management Professional).

MidCountry Bank is a full-service bank with administrative headquarters in Bloomington, MN and a regional presence in Minnesota, Southern Illinois and Nevada.  As a community bank, MidCountry provides high quality, diversified financial services and solutions to customers to meet their personal, business and professional banking needs.

MidCountry Bank Announces Amanda Kaping as Retail Mortgage Sales Representative

HUTCHINSON, MN – (May, 2014) - Greg Krenz, President of MidCountry Mortgage, announces the newest member of the MidCountry Bank Mortgage team, Amanda Kaping.  As Retail Mortgage Sales Representative, Kaping will concentrate on guiding customers through every step of the mortgage process to make their experience like no other.  Her expertise with a wide range of mortgage solution options from first time homebuyer programs to portfolio products positions her to find just the right mortgage for each customer.

"Amanda is committed to building strong relationships with people," said Greg Krenz, "Her broad familiarity with mortgage products and her ambition to find the right product for each customer make her a great asset to our mortgage team."

Kaping has 25+ years of experience in the mortgage industry, most recently as Real Estate and Consumer Lender for Home State Bank in Litchfield, MN.  She holds a B.A. in Finance with a minor in Accounting from Augsburg College in Minneapolis, MN.

MidCountry Bank is a full-service bank with administrative headquarters in Bloomington, MN and a regional presence in Minnesota, Southern Illinois and Nevada.  As a community bank, MidCountry provides high quality, diversified financial services and solutions to customers to meet their personal, business and professional banking needs.

April, 2014 MidCountry Bank Breaks Ground on an External Remodel of its St. Cloud Facility

St. Cloud, MN  - (April 2014) - MidCountry marked the official start of an extensive remodel project at their facility on St Germain Street on Monday, April 21st.  Helping commemorate the event were local mayor, Dave Kleis, along with representatives from the Chamber of Commerce, Boser Construction, St Cloud Downtown Council & Alliance, Greater St Cloud Development and MidCountry Bank officials.

“We are pleased to invest in the St Cloud community and to provide our visitors with an experience designed with the customer in mind,” commented Branch Manager Paula Capes.

The remodel is expected to be complete in approximately two months.  Plans include an improved drive up and traffic flow, separate customer parking area, new and improved entrance to the branch office, and a complete renovation of the building exterior.

 St. Cloud Ground Breaking

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