Kevin Finke Joins Merchants Bank as an Assistant Vice President and Business Banker

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Kevin Finke has joined the Merchants Bank team as an Assistant Vice President and Business Banker, according to Randy Domeyer, Senior Vice President and Business Banking Department Manager.

“Kevin’s knowledge and energy will be a definite benefit to those people looking to build their business through working with Merchants Bank,” Domeyer said. “Kevin has taken on a great deal of responsibility helping businesses succeed in the markets he has served, and we know he will continue to build relationships here in our area.”

Before joining Merchants Bank, Finke worked as a business lender in both Wisconsin and Minnesota. He has a Business Administration degree from Winona State University.

“Merchants Bank has the reputation as a business banking leader. I look forward to enhancing that reputation as I help businesses reach their goals” Finke said. “My wife and I also look forward to returning to the Winona area. It is the place where we belong.”

Contact Kevin for your business banking needs today: kjfinke@merchantsbank.com.

Meet Kathy Simon, Credit Card Assistant Merchants

Kathy and her husband, David

Kathy and her husband, David

How long have you been with Merchants?

Kathy: Six years. I started as a File Clerk, then went to the Loan Servicing department and now I’m in the Credit Card department.

What is your top banking tip?

Kathy: Make sure to check your credit card statement each month for purchases you did not make. There’s a lot of credit card fraud. Sadly, it is so common and happens every day. It’s important to be aware of what is going in your accounts.

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

Kathy: Save. Save for a rainy day. I think that was probably the thing they drilled in my head. I started babysitting when I was ten and had opened my first savings account at that age. When we were growing up, I loaned my older siblings money because I was the only one who listened to my parents’ advice.

If you won the Powerball (currently estimated at $194 million) what’s the first thing you would buy?

Kathy: I would pay off my mortgage, give to my family members and give to charity. Then, I’d take a great tropical vacation.

Besides money, what’s your favorite green thing?

Kathy: I would say trees. We used lived in Wyoming and it felt like everything was brown there. When we would travel home to Minnesota, we would get off the airplane and drive straight to Lake Calhoun to walk around the lake. Everything was so green and lush…we missed it.

Click here to learn more about Credit Cards at Merchants Bank. Credit cards are subject to credit approval.

Meet Emily Buxengard, Credit Card Assistant at Merchants

Emily with her family (from l-r): Celia, Bailey, Marcus and Allen.

Emily with her family (from l-r): Celia, Bailey, Marcus and Allen.

How long have you been with Merchants?

Emily: I was hired on October 31, 2003 as a Teller. In the beginning, I worked at our Lakeside branch in Winona for about a year and then moved to the Downtown location. Eventually, I began helping the Credit Card Department two days a week and started full time in Credit Cards in 2006.

What is your top banking tip?

Emily: Explore mycardstatement.com and the Score Card Rewards website. Both are great online tools for our credit card customers and usually provide answers to common questions you may have about your credit card account, ScoreCard points and more.

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

Emily: My mom only gave me one piece of advice when it came to credit cards. She told me that if you won’t have the money to pay the credit card bill when you get it, you can’t have it. It’s something I still follow today. I’ll go into a store and want to buy something, but I know that I can’t have it because I can’t be sure I can payoff the bill when I get it. I think it’s a good piece of advice to follow, especially when you are new to having a credit card.

If you won the Powerball (currently estimated at $194 million) what’s the first thing you would buy?

Emily: I would pay off my mortgage and set up my children for life. Then, I would donate to my top five charities. I would also love to pay it forward anonymously…do things like pay for another family’s meal in restaurants without telling them or pay for coffee of the person behind me in the drive through. I want to pay it forward and I want to teach my kids how to do that.

Besides money, what’s your favorite green thing?

Emily: Avocados. Without a doubt. I put avocados on everything: chili, quesadillas, pizza…we put them in our smoothies and use it instead of mayo in egg salad. They are an amazing.

Click here to learn more about Credit Cards at Merchants Bank. Credit cards are subject to credit approval.

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.