Tami Krause Takes on Mortgage Lending Responsibilities at Merchants Bank in St. Charles

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Tami Krause has added Mortgage Lender to her responsibilities at Merchants Bank in St. Charles, according to Jim Allen, President for Merchants Bank in St. Charles.

“As a mortgage lender Tami will continue to show her dedication to our customers by providing them with the best possible service,”Allen said. “In her career, she has consistently shown that attention to detail and personal needs that our customers deserve and expect.”

Krause started her banking career with Merchants in 2002 as a lead teller. She has held various positions in her time with Merchants. In 2007, she took on Consumer Lending responsibilities. She will continue with her consumer lending responsibilities in addition to her new mortgage lending responsibilities.

“It’s a privilege to help people get into their next home –whether that’s a first, second, third or fourth home,”Krause said. “It remains a great time to buy or refinance a home. Rates are still low.”

Krause will be filling the mortgage lending role in St. Charles that had been filled by Rhonda Merchlewitz. Merchlewitz remains with Merchants Bank as a mortgage lender in Winona.

Kari Johnson Adds Mortgage Lending to Her Responsibilities at Merchants Bank in Rushford and Lanesboro

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Kari Johnson, Personal Banker

Personal Banker Kari Johnson has added Mortgage Lending to her duties and will be helping customers with mortgage loans in both Merchants Bank’s Rushford and Lanesboro locations, according to Ken Graner, President for Merchants Bank in Rushford and Lanesboro.

“Our customers will benefit from Kari being able to help them with their mortgage loans. She has always embraced the chance to do what she can to help customers meet their goals, and I know she will excel in providing the best service to families in Rushford and Lanesboro,”Graner said.

As a Personal Banker, Johnson helps customers open new accounts and with consumer loans. Johnson joined Merchants Bank in November of 2013 after Merchants acquired the Rushford location from Associated Bank. Johnson has been in banking for 20 years.

“Helping customers with their mortgages is a better opportunity for our customers to receive the full-service solutions they deserve in our locations,”Johnson said. “With the current rate environment it’s a fantastic time for someone to refinance or purchase a home. I look forward to helping customers in any way I can.”

Rhonda Merchlewitz had been assisting customers with mortgage loans in Rushford, Lanesboro and St. Charles. Merchlewitz has moved to Merchants Bank’s Downtown Winona location.

Mike Swanson Promoted to Commercial Banker and Cash Management Specialist at Merchants Bank in Hastings

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Mike Swanson, Commercial Banker and Cash Management Specialist

Mike Swanson has been promoted to Commercial Banker and Cash Management Specialist at Merchants Bank in Hastings, according to Bruce Goblirsch, President of Merchants Bank in Hastings.

“I’m looking forward to working with business customers to help meet their goals on the lending side of the business and showing them how our Cash Management products may be able to help those businesses in ways they may not have expected,” Swanson said.

Swanson has been with the Merchants Bank organization for four years and in banking for 15 years. Most recently he served as the Senior Consumer Banker and Branch Manager in Merchants’ Lakeville location. He started with Merchants Bank in Apple Valley.

“Mike has been successful at every aspect of banking because he always puts the needs of customers first. I expect that he will do an exceptional job helping the businesses in and around Hastings,” Goblirsch said. “Plus, his understanding of how we can help businesses with Cash Management is really an incredible benefit as they make their money work smarter.”

Swanson will be part of the team supporting Merchants Bank locations throughout the Twin Cities –including Apple Valley, Lakeville, Cottage Grove, Rosemount and Hastings –with his Cash Management expertise. Merchants Bank’s Cash Management products and services are designed to save businesses time and money, protect against potential fraudulent activity and create opportunities for those businesses to grow. It is an area of focus for the Merchants Bank organization.

Randy Bachman Promoted to Branch Manager, Personal Banking Officer at Merchants Bank in Cottage Grove

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Randy Bachman, Branch Manager and Personal Banking Officer

Randy Bachman has been promoted to Branch Manager and Personal Banking Officer at Merchants Bank in Cottage Grove, according to Lawrence Stovern, Regional President for Merchants Bank in the Twin Cities.

“Randy reflects the very best of our company values. He is respected by our staff and our customers,”Stovern said. “He’s always looking to improve the experience for everyone who comes into the Bank, and he’s dedicated to making the community better as well.”

In addition to his duties in Cottage Grove, Bachman will help to oversee Merchants Bank’s transition to a renovated facility at 8479 East Point Douglas Road South in the Fall. Currently, the Bank is at 7200 East Point Douglas Road South, which has been sold to Hy-Vee to make room for its expansion.

“We’re looking forward to the new facility and meeting the needs of our customers there,” Bachman said. “For us, it’s all about being a community partner and making sure we are exceeding the needs of our personal and business customers.”

Bachman has been with the Merchants Bank organization since 2012. He has been in banking since 2007. He is active in the Cottage Grove community, including the Holiday Train committee, Cottage Grove Area Chamber Government Affairs Committee and the Cottage Grove Area Chamber Golf Classic, a fund raiser for the Chamber Scholarship Fund.

July & August Events

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For more information on upcoming events, visit our Facebook page.

7/4 Eitzen Family Fun Fest Parade
12:00 p.m.
Main Street in Eitzen, MN 
7/6-7/10 Winona County Fair
St. Charles, MN
Merchants Bank staff will be providing free golf cart rides around the fair grounds.
7/9 Pan-O-Prog Parade
5:30 p.m.
Holyoke Avenue in Lakeville, MN
 
8/3 Lanesboro Community Picnic
5:00 – 7:00 p.m.
Slyvan Park in Lanesboro, MNMerchants Bank staff will be serving hamburgers and refreshments.
7/15-7/17 Merchants Bank Weekend at the Great River Shakespeare Festival
Winona, MNGet discount tickets for any Great River Shakespeare Festival play showing July 15-17. Use the code MerchBank2016 (case sensitive) when ordering tickets online at grsf.secure.force.com/ticket, by phone (507-474-7900 ) or email (boxoffice@grsf.org).
7/16 Rushford Days Parade
7:00 p.m.
Home Street in Rushford, MN
 
7/17 Hastings Rivertown Days Parade
12:00 p.m.
Hastings, MN 
7/21 Hampton Community Appreciation Picnic
4:30 – 6:30 p.m.
Hampton City Hall Community Room in Hampton, MN
Merchants Bank staff will be serving dinner – featuring a pulled pork sandwich, potato salad and refreshments.
7/27 Rosemount Community Appreciation Picnic
11:30 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Merchants Bank in Rosemount, MNAs a part of Rosemount’s Leprechaun Days celebration, the Merchants Bank staff will be grilling hot dogs and serving refreshments in the Bank parking lot.
7/30 Leprechaun Days Parade
11:00 a.m.
Rosemount High School in Rosemount, MN
8/7 Buffalo Bill Days Parade
1:30 p.m.
Parkway Avenue and Beacon Street in Lanesboro, MN 
8/7 Red Wing River City Days Parade
1:00 p.m.
Downtown Red Wing, MN 
8/10 Winona Community Picnic
5:00-7:00 p.m.
Jaycees Pavilion, Winona Lake Park in Winona, MN
Bring your friends and family for a picnic and games. Tickets are $4 per person and can be purchased at any Merchants Bank-Winona location.
8/19 Goodview Days Kiddie Parade
10:00 a.m.
5th Street in Goodview, MN
 
8/19 Goodview Community Appreciation Picnic
11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Merchants Bank in Goodview
As a part of the Goodview Days celebration, we will be serving brats, ice treats and refreshments in our parking lot.
8/21 Goodview Days Grande Parade
1:00 p.m.
6th Street between 38th and 51st Avenue in Goodview, MN 
8/25 St. Charles Eagles Cancer Telethon Fundraiser
11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Merchants Bank in St. CharlesCome for a lunch including hot dog, potato chips and a pop. All proceeds benefit the Eagles Cancer Telethon.
8/28 Gladiolus Days Parade
1:00 p.m.
7th Street near Fire Department in St. Charles, MN
 

Congratulate New and Promoted Staff

BechtelTinaTina Bechtel has transferred from her role as a Lead Teller to a Customer Service Representative and Lead Teller in Caledonia and Spring Grove. Tina has been with Merchants since 2010 when Merchants Bank acquired Central Bank.

 

 

 

 

CollettiVeronicaVeronica Colletti has transferred from her role as a Teller to an Electronic Banking Representative in Winona. Veronica has been with Merchants since 2015.

 

 

 

 

 

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Sara Ellis has transferred from her role as a Teller to a Customer Service Representative in Eau Claire. Sara has been with Merchants since 2014.

 

 

 

 

 

FegyakTeresaTeresa Fegyak has transferred from her role as a Customer Service Representative to a Personal Banker in Spring Grove. Teresa has been with Merchants since 2000.

 

 

 

 

 

FloresNoraNora Flores has joined Merchants Bank as a Teller at our Rochester Green Meadows location. Nora previously worked as a Quality Control Lead at Seneca Foods Corporation. She is a mother of two beautiful children, a son and daughter. Nora is a huge believer in the power of smiles, good mornings, and how are you. She is very excited to be part of the Merchants team.

 

 

 

HoscheitMaceyMacey Hoscheit has joined Merchants Bank as a Teller in Caledonia and Spring Grove. Macey previously worked in the kitchen area at Elsie’s and at Kids Corner. She lives in Caledonia and has spent half of her life growing up on a farm. Macey enjoys styling hair, makeup, and shopping.

 

 

 

JorgensonMelanieMelanie Jorgenson has joined Merchants Bank as a Teller/Vault Attendant in Winona. Melanie previously worked as a Paraprofessional at Winona Area Public Schools and also has 13 years of banking experience. She likes to golf and spend time with her family, especially her two sons, and friends.

 

 

 

LammersTannerTanner Lammers has joined Merchants Bank as a Teller at our Rochester Northwest location. Tanner is currently a junior at Winona State University, majoring in Business Administration and Human Resources. He also works at Cinemagic Theater. Tanner loves all outdoor activities and the LA Rams, MN Wild, Timberwolves and Twins.

 

 

 

LundKatieKatie Lund has been promoted from her role as a Mortgage Loan Coordinator to Mortgage Lender in Rochester. Katie has been part of the Merchants Bank team since 2008, when she joined Merchants Bank Equipment Finance (then known as Merchants Capital Resources). Since 2013, she has worked at Merchants Bank in Rosemount as a Mortgage Loan Coordinator. Katie is excited to help people realize their dreams of home ownership with the programs and support available at Merchants.

 

 

StankoTeriTeri Stanko has joined Merchants Bank as a Teller in Cannon Falls. Teri previously worked as a Safety Director at Ag Partners and as a Proof Operator at First National Bank. Teri enjoys baking, crafting and reading. Her most enjoyable times are the picnics and long walks with her two grandchildren.