Merchants Financial Group, Inc. President to Retire January 1, 2014

NewCEO FBWINONA, Minn. – Merchants Financial Group, Inc. (MFGI) President & CEO Richard L. Mahoney has announced that he will retire as of January 1, 2014. MFGI Executive Vice President and Merchants Bank President of the Winona Charter Rodney R. Nelson will take over the position after Mahoney’s retirement.

Mahoney has been with Merchants since 1987 and has served as MFGI President & CEO since 2000. It has been a period of exceptional growth for Merchants both organically and through acquisitions. Asset size in 2000 was $327,580,461.

“It’s been great to be a part of this growth and it is due in large part to the work of our employees and the strong conservative principles of our Bank. That has positioned us well in terms of available equity to allow us to make strategic acquisitions,” Mahoney said. “We are positioned well for continued growth, and I am sure Rod will continue to provide exceptional leadership, just as he has for the Winona Charter.”

Nelson joined Merchants Bank in 2000, after serving 25 years with the Bremer Bank organization, including his last 12 years as President, CEO and Chairman of the Board for the Bremer Bank in Crookston.

“Merchants Bank is a true community bank built on customer relationships for long-term mutual success. Community banking is a personal thing and that’s what makes it important and enjoyable,” Nelson said. “I look forward to my new role and connecting with our customers throughout our entire organization.”

MFGI posted net income of $3,209,760 for the first quarter of 2013. MFGI had a record year in 2012, posting net income of $12.439 million. Merchants posted $8.778 million in net income in 2011, and $6.1 million in net income in 2010. Current asset size is $1.312 billion. Merchants remains in an excellent equity position at over $114 million.

Merchants stock is closely held, but is available to the public when shares become available. There are approximately 400 shareholders, mostly individuals and families from southeastern Minnesota and west-central Wisconsin. Merchants also has an Employee Stock Ownership Program (ESOP).