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.

 

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.”

Click here to learn more about business banking at Merchants.

Meet Machelle Anderson, Cash Management Specalist

Machelle Anderson after a hole-in-one on the Pezhekee National golf course in Glennwood, MN.

Machelle Anderson after a hole-in-one on the Pezhekee National golf course in Glennwood, MN.

When did you start your banking career?

Machelle: I started in banking in 1978 at First National Bank in Cannon Falls. I was actually a waitress at a local café in town and one of our regulars helped me get a job at First National. I’ve had many roles during my banking career including customer service, tellering, information technology, bookkeeping and became a Cash Management Specialist when First National was acquired by Merchants Bank in 2007.

What is your top banking tip?

Machelle: I think we all need to play an active role in making sure our bank accounts are secure. It’s so important to pay close attention and monitor your accounts for fraud, especially now.

What’s one thing your mom or dad taught you about money?

Machelle: My parents encouraged me to start saving at a young age. I’ve had a savings account since I was a little girl. They taught me that you can spend a little money on the “fun stuff” and still grow your savings account.

If you could ring the bell at the New York Stock Exchange with anyone, who would it be and why?

Machelle: I was very close to my grandmother, Irene, on my dad’s side. It would be fun to share that experience with her.

Besides money, what’s your favorite green thing?

Machelle: Golf courses! I golf a couple of times a week. It’s an opportunity to enjoy the outdoors and nice weather in the summer.

If you could start your own business, what would you do?

Machelle: To be honest, I don’t think I would start my own business. I would much rather spend my time volunteering because it’s something I truly enjoy. I’m active in a few community organizations now and I would like the chance to volunteer for more organizations. I like meeting new people and trying new things.

Click here to learn more about how our Cash Management Specialists, Machelle and Tammy Johnson, can help your business.

New Staff Here to Help You

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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.

Theresa Anderson has joined Merchants Bank as a Peak Time Teller for our Twin Cities locations. Theresa also works as a Paraprofessional at Rosemount High School. Theresa recently got married and is a proud mom of three wonderful children and four dogs. She enjoys bowling, cribbage and fishing.

Serguei Barylo has joined Merchants Bank as a part-time Teller in Lakeville. Serguei also works as a Personal Care Attendant at Integra Health Care. Serguei is originally from Sochi, Russia and is currently attending St. Cloud University. In his free time, he enjoys hanging out with his friends and staying healthy by going to the gym.

Kristen Borseth has joined Merchants Bank as a Teller in La Crescent. Kristen also works at Kwik Trip and Justice and previously worked at Centurylink. She enjoys horseback riding and has owned horses for eight years. She and her boyfriend love camping on the river, taking boat rides, fishing and snowmobiling. Kristen is a huge Badger fan and enjoys attending as many games as possible.

Nate Birkholz has joined Merchants Bank as a Trust Department Manager/SVP. Nate is an attorney with 14 years of Wealth Management, Estate Planning and Tax experience. He has worked at accounting firms, law firms, Wells Fargo Private Bank, and most recently as the Trust Department Manager at Eastwood Bank. His areas of expertise include personal wealth management, endowment fund management and retirement planning.   He grew up in the Winona area and has two children, a son and a daughter. When not at work, he can be found cheering on his kids at soccer fields or basketball courts.

Emalee Bluhm has joined Merchants Bank as a Teller in Rosemount. Emalee previously worked as a Customer Service Representative at Massage Envy and as an Assistant Manager at Snap Fitness. Emalee has been a dancer for 16 years and graduated high school from the Perpich Center for the Arts. She is now attending Normandale College where she is completing her general education credits.

Markell Jorgensen has joined Merchants Bank as a Mortgage Loan Coordinator in Rosemount. Markell previously worked Wells Fargo and US Bank. She enjoys spending time on the boat fishing and spending time reading. She has two pitbulls.

Rodney Nelsestuen has joined Merchants Bank as a Chief Information Officer/SVP. Rodney previously worked at Eastwood Bank as the Vice President of Information Technology. He has been in the financial services industry for his entire career. Rodney is married to Diane and both are enjoying their time as empty nesters.

Haley Schultz has joined Merchants Bank as a part-time Teller in Winona. Haley is currently attending Winona State University majoring in Marketing and Statistics. She previously worked as a Barista at Winona Health and a Courtesy Clerk at Winona Hy-Vee. She enjoys running and doing cross-fit.

Andrea Senset has joined Merchants Bank as a part-time Teller in Rochester. Andrea previously worked as a Cashier at TJ Maxx and as a front desk assistant at RAC. Andrea is currently studying massage therapy at the Minnesota School of Business. She enjoys spending time outdoors, playing Frisbee golf and fishing. Her favorite activity is hiking in Whitewater State Park.

Shawna Whalan has joined Merchants Bank as a part-time Teller in Winona. Shawna is also currently working at as Pub Server at Cedar Valley Golf. She is studying accounting at Winona State University. She enjoys being active outside and spending time with her family and friends.

Merchants Bank Employees Like Sweets and Good Causes, Raise $7,593.38, Including $3,015 in Pie Auction for Rivertown Shuffle/Relay for Life

Merchants Bank employees Marcus Krings and Ryan Meyer, two members of the Merchants Relay for Life committee, present the Relay for Life check.

Merchants Bank employees Marcus Krings and Ryan Meyer, two members of the Merchants Relay for Life committee, present the Relay for Life check.

The employees at Merchants Bank have a collective sweet tooth, and they are willing to support it, especially when it comes to a great cause like the Rivertown Shuffle/Relay for Life. During 2014 Relay for Life events at Merchants Bank, Merchants’ employees raised $7,593.38, including $3,015 in a Pie Auction where Merchants employees baked and donated 26 pies that other employees bid on.

“All of our employees have been touched by cancer in some way –  themselves, a relative, a friend – to know we are able to do something to help is a great feeling,” said Kerri Bronk, who coordinates the Merchants Bank participation.

Other activities included a basket raffle, where employees put together gift baskets of special interest. Contributions for the raffle were $1,250. Other events included a bake sale, a book sale, a lunch and luminary sale.

Bronk said the pie auction has been ongoing since 2010, and the Bank has supported the Rivertown Shuffle/Relay for Life since before she started at Merchants 17 years ago. Bronk said she is just part of a large committee at Merchants that plans and executes the employee events.

“There have been many faces on the committee over the years, but the one constant is Merchants’ commitment to the community,” Bronk said. “The Rivertown Shuffle/Relay for Life has had a huge impact on the Winona Community, and our employees step up for this cause and many others throughout the year.”