Chad Anderson Has Joined Merchants Bank as Vice President and Business Banker

Chad Anderson, Business BankerChad Anderson has joined the team at Merchants Bank as Vice President and Business Banker, according to Randy Domeyer, Senior Vice President and Business Banking Department Manager.

“We are excited Chad has decided to join our team,” Domeyer said. “He’s an experienced and knowledgeable banker who is well known and has strong relationships in our market. We are sure he will enhance what we have to offer business customers throughout the area.”

Before joining Merchants Bank, Anderson had been employed at Winona National Bank the past 12 years as a business banker. He has experience in all areas of business lending, including commercial, residential, real estate, equipment loans and SBA (Small Business Administration) lending.

“This is a good opportunity for me to build and enhance relationships in the area business community as a member of the Merchants Bank team,” Anderson said. “I look forward to contributing to the growth of the bank and representing Merchants in the community.”

Anderson is a native of the area and is active in community organizations, including currently serving on the boards of the Winona ORC and the Winona Area Chamber of Commerce.

Contact Chad for your business banking needs today: 507-457-1196 or cjanderson@merchantsbank.com.

Welcome to the Following New Employees

eNews-NewStaff1-29-14At 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.

Barb Johnson has joined Merchants Bank as a Lead Teller in St. Charles. Barb was previously the owner of Potiche Pottery and Gifts in Lanesboro and has also worked at North Castle Graphics and Mestads Bridal. She is married with three children and has lived in St. Charles for 16 years. She enjoyed studying in England.

Leanne Reich has joined Merchants Bank as a Customer Service Representative in Red Wing. Leanne previously worked at Home State Bank in Willmar, MN as a Teller/Customer Service Representative. Leanne and her husband, Dan recently moved to the Lake City area from Hutchinson, MN. They have three sons, David, Nathan and Jacob. Leanne and Dan are excited to be living in this area of the state and are enjoying the beautiful scenery.

Robert Root has joined the Merchants Bank as VP/Network, Datacenter and PC Services in the Information Technology department in Winona. Bob previously worked at Eastwood Bank as an Information Officer and Project Management Officer. He is an avid fisherman and golfer. He lives in Stewartville, MN with his wife and two college age kids.

Ashley Wagner has joined Merchants Bank as an Electronic Banking Representative in Winona. Ashley has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Advertising from Winona State University and a Certificate in Baking & Pastry from the International Culinary School at the Art Institute. She formerly worked at Mon Petit Cupcake, LLC and Mugby Junction. She loves to spend time with her friends and family.

Julie Pearson has Joined Merchants Bank as a Correspondent Mortgage Account Executive

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Julie Pearson has joined Merchants Bank as an Assistant Vice President and a Correspondent Mortgage Account Executive, according to Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing Sue Hovell.

Pearson will be covering Wisconsin, Iowa and a portion of Minnesota in her new position. Merchants Bank provides mortgage correspondent services for 86 separate financial institutions that include 193 separate locations. Merchants Bank also provides mortgage correspondent services in the remainder of Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota and Nebraska.

“Julie’s position is important to our organization and to the financial institutions she will help meet their goals to provide their customers with good rates, timely underwriting and effective servicing,” Hovell said. “One of the great parts of having Julie on board is that she is very familiar with the process.”

Pearson has been working with financial institutions in mortgage lending since 2001. Her career has taken her to two different banks where she sold home loans to the Merchants Bank Correspondent Program.

“We were fortunate enough to work with Merchants Bank on this venture, and I came to know how wonderful a partner they were in providing services,” Pearson said. “I look forward to providing the same level of service to my customers that I received when I was Merchants’ customer.”

Julie can be reached at (507) 494-0540 or japearson@merchantsbank.com.

Robert Root Has Joined Merchants Bank as Vice President for Network, Datacenter and PC Services

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Robert Root has joined the team at Merchants Bank as Vice President for Network, Datacenter and PC services, according to Rodney Nelsestuen, Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer.

“Robert is an important addition to our team as we continue to provide our customers the technology support they need today and in the future from their bank,” Nelsestuen said.

Root has more than 20 years of Information Technology experience, including the past 15 years with Eastwood Bank. He has a well-rounded background in infrastructure management, business analysis, information security and project management.

“I look forward to putting my skills to work for Merchants Bank and learning first-hand why it has the reputation as an industry leader in our region,” Root said.

Meet Ashley Wagner, Electronic Banking Representative at Merchants

Ashley with her daughter, Everly.

Ashley with her daughter, Everly.

How long have you been with Merchants?

Ashley: Two weeks! I’m really excited to be part of team…at my previous job I worked solo. Merchants is also the first bank that I’ve worked for. I’m really enjoying it so far…you never know what’s going to happen when you pick up the phone. I always like a change of pace. Things are different every day.

What is your top electronic banking tip?

Ashley: Do your best to remember your password. But, Electronic Banking can always help you if you don’t know it. Just give us a call.

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

Ashley: Try to save when you can, but also have a little fun with your money.

If you won the Powerball (currently estimated at $50 million) what’s the first thing you would buy?

Ashley: I would pay off my student loans, my mortgage and then go on a trip to Europe.

Besides money, what’s your favorite green thing?

Ashley: Green Haribo gummy bears and my daughter in her green winter jacket. She looks like Randy from “A Christmas Story.”

For more information on our electronic banking options, visit our website.

Meet Tayler Swanson, Electronic Banking Representative at Merchants Bank

Tayler Swanson, Electronic Banking Representative at Merchants, on a trip to Alaska last summer.

Tayler Swanson, Electronic Banking Representative at Merchants, on a trip to Alaska last summer.

How long have you been with Merchants?

Tayler: I’ve worked in the Electronic Banking department at Merchants for two years. I enjoy working with customers and helping them solve a problem. It’s a great feeling when things “click” and they value my help.

What is your top electronic banking tip?

Tayler: Always double check everything. Simple accuracy can be the problem half of the time when typing in your password or PIN.

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

Tayler: Whenever you have something you want to buy, wait and see. I’m actually giving that same advice to my younger brother right now, who is considering making a large purchase.

If you won the Powerball (currently estimated at $50 million) what’s the first thing you would buy?

Tayler: I would buy back my childhood home. I grew up out in the country in Faribault and my parents sold our house shortly after I left for college at Winona State.

Besides money, what’s your favorite green thing?

Tayler: I like exploring the outdoors. I actually got to visit Alaska this past summer with my girlfriend, which was amazing. We went mountain climbing, visited Lake Eklutna and went on an eight hour whale watching cruse. We saw seals, puffins, dolphins, sea otters, humpback whales, fin whales and a massive glacier.

For more information on our electronic banking options (including Online and Mobile Banking), visit our website.

New Tellers 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. 

Heidi Jo Buxengard has joined Merchants Bank as a Teller in Caledonia. She graduated from Spring Grove Public Schools last spring and will be attending Southeast Technical College in the spring, majoring in Radiography. Heidi previously worked at the Spring Grove Swim Center and Elsie’s Bar & Grill. She enjoys sports and hunting.

Sharon McInnis has joined Merchants Bank as a Teller in Cottage Grove. She previously worked at Menards as a Plumbing Associate/Cashier and at The Jewelry Exchange as a Sales Consultant. She is looking forward to working with the Cottage Grove team and enhancing customer relationships at Merchants Bank.

Austin Robertson has joined Merchants Bank as a Teller in Rochester at our Northwest branch location. He graduated from Byron High School last Spring and is currently attending Rochester Community and Technical College. He previously worked at Hy-Vee and Menards. Austin is a Packer fan. He likes coaching and playing soccer, long boarding in the summer and snowboarding in the winter. Austin also plays drums and guitar in his free time.

Karen Rushton has joined Merchants Bank as a Teller in Hastings. Karen comes to us from Wells Fargo where she worked for 20 years in several different roles. Karen is married and has two children, Jordan, 18 and Thomas,17. She enjoys traveling in her free time.