Ann Vanderloo Named a 2014 Super Mortgage Professional by Mpls.St.Paul Magazine and Twin Cities Business

Ann Vanderloo, Mortgage Loan Officer in Lakeville

Ann Vanderloo, Mortgage Loan Officer in Lakeville

Merchants Bank Mortgage Lender Ann Vanderloo has been named a 2014 Super Mortgage Professional by Mpls.St.Paul Magazine and Twin Cities Business.

Vanderloo received the honor after being nominated by a customer or client. More than 20,000 recent home buyers and all Mpls.St.Paul Magazine and Twin Cities Business subscribers were asked to cast a ballot to identify Twin Cities’ super mortgage professionals. After the nomination, an independent research company, Crescendo Business Services, conducted the evaluation process.

Vanderloo joined Merchants Bank in Lakeville in 2009 and has more than 25 years in community banking as a mortgage professional. She is an expert in residential construction lending.

“I’m grateful for the honor and the ability and resources that Merchants Bank provides to help my customers to find the right solution for their particular needs,” Vanderloo said.

If you’d like to learn more about how Vanderloo can help you, you can contact her by phone at 952-841-4268, by cell at 612-889-4667, by email at amvanderloo@merchantsbank.com, or you can connect with her through the Merchants Bank website.

New Tellers and Customer Service Staff Here to Help

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At Merchants Bank, we are happy to welcome new employees and celebrate new positions filled by current staff. These frontline employees are all looking forward to serving you. Take a moment to congratulate them.

Julia Engeldinger has joined Merchants Bank as a part time Teller in Caledonia.She previously worked at Doc’s Blue Moose in Spring Grove as a Server and at Spring Grove Collision as an Office Manager. Julia enjoys spending time with her three children.

Nicole Fritz has joined Merchants Bank as a Teller at Rochester-Green Meadows. She previously worked at St. Jude Up’til Dawn for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital as an Assistant Director and at Mr. Pizza South as a Server. Nicole was born and raised in Rochester. She is a recent graduate of Winona State University, where she received a Bachelor’s degree in Finance.

Christine Mueller has joined Merchants Bank as a Customer Service Representative in Winona. She previously worked at Winona National Bank as a Lead Teller. Chris and her husband have two children. Chris enjoys walking, golfing, scrapbooking and spending time with family and friends.

Jordan Schultz has joined Merchants Bank as a Teller in Winona. Jordan is also works at Walmart as an Accounting Associate. Jordan was born and raised in Lewiston, MN. In high school, Jordan went to the state tournament for golf and is currently a senior at Winona State University. He enjoys sports, outdoor activities and spending time with friends.

Briana Wiegan has joined Merchants Bank as a Teller in Onalaska.Briana also works at Walgreens as a Beauty Advisor. Briana considers herself a history nerd and especially enjoys World War II and ancient civilization. She enjoys the outdoors, horseback riding and has been duck hunting since she was 11 years old. She has been to Mexico, Russia, Honduras, and Belize.

 

Why Every Business Should Offer Gift Cards

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For the past seven years, gift cards have been the number one most wanted holiday wish list item, according to the National Retail Foundation. The popularity of gift cards has steadily increased throughout the last several years and will culminate in an estimated $100 billion dollars loaded on to gift cards in 2014*.
 
Still not sure if gift cards are right for your business? Here are some incredible statistics:
  • 80.6% of U.S. consumer plan to buy gift cards this year*
  • 64% of consumers spend more than the value of their gift card*
  • 59% visited a store more frequently after receiving a gift card*
  • 41% of consumers visited a store they would not have otherwise gone to because they received a gift card*
Offering gift cards is not only what your customers want, but it’s easy with Merchants Bank! Through our partnership with Valutec, you may begin offering personalized gift cards at your business in as little as 10 days. Simply speak to our Credit Card department by calling (507) 457-1160 or (800)-944-6285 to get started.
 
*All statistics from firstdata.com.

Help to Make the “10 Days of Giving” a Success

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From December 1-10, the “10 Days of Giving” food drive and other events will be held at a number of Merchants Bank locations, including Winona, St. Charles, Onalaska, Cottage Grove, Hastings, Caledonia, Spring Grove, Cannon Falls and Red Wing.

The “10 Days of Giving” started in Winona and is now entering its 26th year. To date 2,377,227 pounds of food have been collected through monetary donations and the donations of non-perishable food items to help make sure no one in Winona County goes hungry. Last year, a record of more than 280,000 pounds of food was collected for Winona Volunteer Services, where the need is still great:

  • In 2013, 23,140 individuals were served at the food shelf at Winona Volunteer Services, and another 2,461 individuals were served with emergency food.
  • An average of 906 households were served each month.
  • An average of 93 households used the Emergency Food Shelf services each month in 2013. 
  • An average of 37,255 pounds of food was given out through food shelf programs monthly.

Opportunities to Give

Winona – You can drop off money or food at Merchants Bank in Winona, Goodview or Lakeside between December 1-10. You can mail a donation to Merchants Bank, 102 East Third Street, Winona, MN 55987, attn: “10 Days of Giving.” You can make a donation online by going directly to the Winona Volunteer Services website. Indicate “10 Days of Giving” after entering your name. You can also bring donations to the Holiday Train held at 4 p.m., December 9, Amtrak Station.

St. Charles – St. Charles is holding its “10 Days of Giving” December 1-10 to benefit the Southeastern Minnesota Resource Center. Please bring cash or food donations to Merchants Bank in St. Charles.

Onalaska – Onalaska employees will again be hosting the La Crosse Rotary Lights Event December 2 at Riverside Park in La Crosse, WI. Please bring cash or food donations that night to the event. 

Cottage Grove – Cottage Grove will be holding its “10 Days of Giving” between December 1-10 to benefit the Friends in Need Food Shelf. You can bring cash donations or toiletry items to Merchants Bank in Cottage Grove. You can also bring donations to the Holiday Train held at 5:45 p.m., December 10, south of the Sieben Bridge, in front of the Youth Service Bureau.

Hastings – Hastings will be holding its “10 Days of Giving” between December 1-10 to benefit Hastings Family Service. Bring cash or food donations to Merchants Bank in Hastings. You can also donate at the Holiday Train stop at 8:30 p.m., December 9, at Canadian Pacific Depot, 500 E. Second Street.

Red Wing – Merchants Bank in Red Wing will be hosting a Change Collection, where they will collect the change you donate and then donate that money to benefit local people in need. It’s a great way to empty your pockets and change dishes to help others.

Cannon Falls – Merchants Bank in Cannon Falls will also be hosting a Change Collection during the holiday season at the Bank to benefit local people in need.

Spring Grove – Merchants Bank in Spring Grove will celebrate the “10 Days of Giving” by giving area residents an opportunity to purchase a bag of groceries supplied by Red’s IGA for people in need. Stop in the Bank for more details.

Caledonia – Merchants Bank in Caledonia will celebrate the “10 Days of Giving” by giving area residents the opportunity to donate cash or food in the Bank lobby. Stop in the Bank for more details.

Thank You
We know this is a busy time of year and many organizations have a need. We hope that you will consider the “10 Days of Giving.” Thank you for your consideration.

Use Your Merchants Debit or Credit Card to Swipe Out Hunger

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By swiping your Merchants Bank debit or credit card you can help maximize the amount of money Merchants Bank gives this year to local food shelves.

What is Swipe Out Hunger?
Swipe Out Hunger is a Merchants Bank initiative to support local food shelves in our communities. Food shelves are nominated by our branches and receive a donation based on the number of votes cast through our Facebook page. The total possible donation will increase by 5 cents each time our customers swipe their Merchants Bank debit or credit cards between November 28 and December 10, to a maximum of $10,000.

This year Merchants goal is to:

  • Give $5,000 to the top vote getting food shelf.
  • Give a percentage of another $5,000 to all other nominated shelves based on their percentage of votes.

In order to achieve both goals, we need to reach 200,000 swipes (purchases made with a Merchants Bank debit or credit card) by our customers between November 28 and December 10.

How can you help?
Between November 28-December 10:

  • Use your debit or credit card to increase the total amount of money Merchants donates.
  • Like the Merchants Bank Facebook page and cast your vote for your favorite local food shelf. You may vote up to three times per day.

Which food shelves are participating?
This year’s nominated food shelves include:

Apple Valley and Rosemount – The Open Door
Caledonia and Spring Grove – SEMCAC Houston County Food Shelf
Cannon Falls – Cannon Falls Food Shelf
Cottage Grove – Friends in Need Food Shelf
Hampton – Randolph Community Food Shelf
Hastings – Hastings Family Services
La Crescent – La Crescent Area Food Shelf
Lakeville – 360 Communities
Lanesboro – SEMCAC in Preston
Onalaska – The Hunger Task Force of La Crosse
Red Wing – Red Wing Area Food Shelf
Rushford – SEMCAC in Rushford
St. Charles – Southeast Minnesota Rural Education & Resource Center
Winona – Winona Volunteer Services

Additional details regarding Swipe Out Hunger can be found at our website.

Al Gathje Joins Merchants Bank as a Business Banker

AlGathjeAl Gathje has joined Merchants Bank in Rushford as a Business and Ag Banker. He will help people in the Rushford and Lanesboro area with business and agriculture loans.

“We are excited to have Al on our team at Merchants,” said Ken Graner, President of Merchants Bank in Rushford and Lanesboro. “He lives here, he works here, and he will be an exceptional fit serving the needs of the people in our area.”

Gathje, who lives just outside of Lanesboro, has been working in sales throughout the area for the past 17 years. He has an agriculture related degree from the University of Wisconsin-River Falls. A Stewartville native, he started working on area farms when he was just 13 and has a deep interest in the ag industry.

“I am customer oriented and customer driven. I was attracted to Merchants because of its customer service reputation,” Gathje said. “I look forward to building long-term relationships where together we will be able to see real signs of success as our relationship grows.”

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