Welcome to New Staff

KunshierHaleyHaley Kunshier has joined Merchants Bank as a Teller in Hastings. Haley is currently attending Inver Hills Community College for an Associate’s Degree in Arts with an emphasis in Biology. Her hobbies include fishing, hunting, playing guitar and hanging out with her friends and family. She also enjoys photography and traveling.

 

 

MidtlienAbbyAbby Midtlien has joined Merchants Bank as a Teller in Onalaska. Abby previously worked at Festival Foods and Five Star Telecom. She is a Junior at UW-La Crosse where she is studying Accounting. Outside of school, she enjoys being active, running and playing sports. During the summer, Abby spends most of her time on the river with friends and family. She is also an aunt to two boys and two girls and spends a lot of time with them.

 

PalubickiCindyCindy Palubicki has joined Merchants Bank as a Teller in Winona. Cindy previously worked at Kwik Trip for 18 years and before that worked at Merchants Bank in Customer Service. Cindy and her husband, Duane, live in Goodview and have 5 daughters, Keelyn, Morgan, Alecia, Aubrey and Addysen. They love to play fast pitch softball and basketball as a family.

Shawn Sackman Named Senior Lending Officer for Merchants Bank’s Southeast Region

Shawn Sackman, Senior Lending Officer

Shawn Sackman, Senior Lending Officer and Senior Vice President

Shawn Sackman has been promoted to Senior Lending Officer and Senior Vice President for Merchants Bank’s Southeast Region, according to Southeast Regional President Jay Friedl.

“This is an excellent opportunity for Shawn, and one that he has earned and deserves,” Friedl said. “The people who will benefit the most from this are our other commercial bankers in the region, who will learn from him, and all of our customers throughout the area, who benefit from his dedication to serving their needs.”

Sackman will work as senior lending officer for Merchants locations in Rushford, Lanesboro, Spring Grove, Caledonia, La Crescent and Onalaska, where he has worked as a Commercial Banker and Vice President since 2011, when he joined the Merchants organization.

“This position allows me to help our commercial bankers to continue to build long-term relationships with our existing customers and meet the needs of new customers,” Sackman said. “My knowledge will help our team to be responsive to our customer lending and cash management needs. It’s a great team, and I look forward to mentoring and coaching them.”

Before joining Merchants, Sackman had worked as a Senior Business Relationship Manager in the area for a large national bank from 2000 to 2011. He’s a native of Montana and a graduate of Viterbo University in La Crosse. He is very involved volunteering in the area and was awarded the 2015 Volunteer Award by the Great Rivers United Way.

Visit our website for more information on our commercial and business loans, cash management tools and other business accounts.

Subject to approval. Equal Housing Lender.

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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.

HinckJacksonJackson Hinck has joined Merchants Bank as a Part Time Teller in Rochester. Jackson previously worked at Dairy Queen and attended UW-Eau Claire. He excited to join the Merchants Bank team.

 

 

 

NelsonBethanyBethany Nelson joined Merchants Bank as a Part Time Teller in Cannon Falls. Bethany is a junior at Cannon Falls High School and previously worked at the Cannon Golf Club and Cannon Kids. She enjoys playing tennis and painting.

 

 

PapenfussMcKennaMcKenna Papenfuss has joined Merchants Bank as a Part Time Teller in Winona. McKenna previously worked as a Manager at Rogan’s Shoes. She is currently a student at Winona State University majoring in Biology and has lived in Winona her whole life. McKenna enjoys running and reading in her free time.

 

 

ReichPaulinaPaulina Riech has joined Merchants Bank as a Part Time Teller in Lakeville. Paulina previously worked at Kohl’s as a Sales Associate. Paulina is from Slovakia and is married with three children. In her free time, she enjoys cooking, gardening, and spending time with her family.

 

 

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Congratulate New Staff

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.

BuschScottScott Busch has joined Merchants Capital as a Territory Manager. Scott has 19 years of experience in the commercial equipment finance industry with SLS Financial Services, Trans Lease Inc., and Key Equipment Finance. Scott is married with a 16 year old son and 13 year old daughter. He enjoys watching his kids play sports, as well as attending other sporting events.

 

 

DonohoeKelly

Kelly Donohoe has been promoted to Lead Teller in Lakeville in addition to her role in Customer Service. As Lead Teller, Kelly will be responsible for overseeing the Lakeville Teller team. She joined the Merchants organization in 2012 as a Part Time Teller in Apple Valley.

 

 

PetersonJimJim Peterson has joined Merchants Bank as a Commercial/Ag Banker in Cannon Falls. Jim has 16 years of commercial lending experience, working both in North Dakota and Minnesota. In addition to serving the needs in the Cannon Falls area, Peterson will also work with Ag customers in the Rochester area. Jim and his wife, Tina, are looking forward to being are looking forward to being active members of the Cannon Falls community.

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Congratulate New Staff

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.

Rebekah Hicks

Rebekah Hicks has joined Merchants Bank as an Electronic Banking Representative in Winona. Rebekah recently relocated with her family from Kansas City to the Winona area. She previously worked in banking for several years in Kansas City. Rebekah is excited to be part of the Merchants team.

 

 

Rachel Von Arx

Rachel Von Arx has joined Merchants Bank as a Teller in Caledonia. Rachel previously was a personal nanny and also worked as a Book Processor at E.F. Library Services. Rachel is the youngest of four siblings and has lived in Caledonia for the majority of her life. She graduated from Caledonia High School and Ripon College with a double major in English and Studio Art. Art and writing continue to be two of Rachel’s greatest passions.

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Meet Alyssa Rood, Quality Assurance/ Loan Review Specialist at Merchants Bank

RoodAlyssaHow long have you been with Merchants?
Alyssa: I have worked at Merchants for over six years. I previously worked as our Fraud and Purchasing Specialist. I moved to Quality Assurance in 2012.

What do you enjoy about coming to work every day?
Alyssa: I love Merchants Bank employees. We have some fun, quirky people here and I’m a fun quirky, gal. I feel like I fit in pretty well.

What’s one thing your mom or dad taught you about money?
Alyssa: They taught me that I needed to be realistic and save if I wanted to buy something special. When I was young, I knew I really wanted to go to Australia. So, I immediately started working in high school to save for the trip. I actually studied abroad there in the fall semester of my junior year of college.

What’s one thing on your bucket list?
Alyssa: I have an extensive bucket list. I see it as a fun checklist. The biggest thing on my list – skydiving – was checked off a couple of years ago. I would also like to write and illustrate a children’s book and whittle something.

Besides money, what’s your favorite green thing?
Alyssa: The Packers!

What’s your secret talent?
Alyssa: I pick up random hobbies. Things like learning how to do special effects makeup, creating stained glass, snowshoeing, etching glass, and many more over the years. It’s why my small apartment is very cluttered.

Meet Rachel Larson, Audit & Compliance Officer at Merchants

Rachel, pictured with her husband, Charlie and children, Greta and Charles

Rachel, pictured with her husband, Chuck and children, Greta and Charlie

How long have you been with Merchants?
Rachel: I started in the Bookkeeping area in 1999. Then, in 2000, I moved to the ACH/Wire department. From there I worked in the Internal Audit Department in 2004 and eventually the Audit/Compliance Department in 2005, where I still am today.

What do you enjoy about coming to work every day?
Rachel: The challenge and the people. My job is not monotonous; every day it’s something different. Banking industry regulations are evolving and complicated, and it’s challenging to stay up on top of everything, but it’s an attainable goal. Plus, I truly enjoy all of my co-workers.

What’s one thing your mom or dad taught you about money?
Rachel: How to do a projected three-month budget and stick to it. Really.

What’s one thing on your bucket list?
Rachel: To go to Denali National Park in Alaska with my husband and two kids. We love the outdoors…camping, fishing, you name it.

Besides money, what’s your favorite green thing?
Rachel: My Kindle, which is in a green protective case. I love to read…I read two books a week.

What’s your secret talent?
Rachel: Proofreading. I proofread articles, I proofread signs…I have no idea why. It must be the auditor in me.