Merchants Bank Lobbies Open to Limited Visitor Traffic

Open sign hanging on front door of a business.

Merchants Bank has reopened its lobbies across all 23 locations to limited visitor traffic as of Monday, June 22, according to President & CEO, Greg Evans.

“As we look forward to the economy reopening, we know our customers are anxious to conduct banking business in person again and we are providing that option with several precautionary health and safety measures in place,” said Evans. “We are still encouraging customers to use one of our alternative banking methods, including Online & Mobile channels or our Drive-Up facilities, whenever possible.”

Those wishing to conduct banking business in person are asked to follow guidelines to help keep fellow customers, Merchants Bank employees and our communities safe and healthy. To meet with a Banker, customers should make an appointment ahead of time by calling their local branch. Lobby visitors will be asked to observe social distancing of at least six feet, consider wearing a face masks, use complimentary hand sanitizer before conducting bank business and cover coughs or sneezes.

Merchants Bank has equipped all branches with additional hand sanitizer stations and provided personal protective equipment to employees, including shields for customer service areas, such as teller windows, where required social distancing may be difficult. Distance markers and guides have been installed to ensure proper social distancing of at least six feet. All of these guidelines and procedures will remain in place in Merchants Bank branches until further notice.

“We want to thank our customers for their patience and understanding as we managed your banking needs through alternative banking channels over the last three months. The Merchants team is grateful for your flexibility and willingness to modify your usual banking routine for the health and safety of all,” said Evans.” 

More information about Merchants’ lobby reopenings and coronavirus financial resources can be found at www.merchantsbank.com/coronavirus.

Merchants Bank is a full service community bank with 23 bank locations in southeastern Minnesota, two bank locations in west-central Wisconsin and a leasing division, Merchants Bank Equipment Finance, in Edina. Headquartered in Winona, MN, MFGI has more than $2.1 billion in assets. Merchants was founded in 1875.

Jon Marley Named Market President for Merchants Bank in St. Charles

Jon Marley, Market President/Ag & Commercial Banker

Experienced Ag/Commercial Banker, Jon Marley has been named the new Market President for Merchants Bank in St. Charles, according to Andrew Guzzo, Winona & Southeast Regions President.

“Jon brings a broad and deep agriculture centric background to Merchants, which will be critical to his role in St. Charles. Moreover, he embraces the community service culture that Merchants Bank embodies,” said Guzzo.

Marley has 30 years of commercial/ag banking and sales experience. In addition to working for two community banks in Indiana, he was a crop mix and hog farmer for more than three decades. Marley was most recently the Community Market President for Salin Bank and Trust in Indianapolis. He was also previously a Seed Dealer and Crop Insurance Agent for Pioneer Hi Bred International.

“I’m proud to say I’ve been in farming for more than 30 years, ever since my dad bought a farm when I was in elementary school,” said Marley. “I’m looking forward to being a resource for Merchants Bank ag and business customers and becoming a part of the St. Charles community.”

Marley attended Purdue University, earning a Bachelor of Science in Agricultural Economics. He and his wife, Julie, will be relocating to the St. Charles area and are looking forward to becoming involved in the community. His hobbies include reading and gardening and he also enjoys spending time with his four grown children.

Since 1989, Merchants Bank has been a community partner in St. Charles helping individuals, businesses and farmers achieve their financial goals. With a focus on personal deposits and ag/business financing, Merchants has been fortunate to grow with the St. Charles community. In addition to traditional banking services, the Bank also offers a full line of business loan, lease and floor plan finance solutions, digital banking, security apps, treasury management tools and wealth management services.

Merchants Bank is a full service community bank with 21 bank locations in southeastern Minnesota, two bank locations in west-central Wisconsin and a leasing division, Merchants Bank Equipment Finance, in Edina. Headquartered in Winona, MN, MFGI has more than $2.1 billion in assets. Merchants was founded in 1875.

Two Local Leaders Named to Merchants Bank Advisory Board for Cannon Falls, Hampton and Red Wing

Mark Poss and Brenda Stelter, Advisory Board Members

Mark Poss and Brenda Stelter have been named to the Merchants Bank Advisory Board for Cannon Falls, Hampton and Red Wing, according to Dan Massett, Regional President.

“Our local Advisory Board members are instrumental in guiding our branches in Cannon Falls, Hampton and Red Wing. I am looking forward to the experience and insights Mark and Brenda will bring to our organization,” said Massett.

Poss recently sold his family owned newspaper publishing company and is currently a lead investor with Golden Triangle Angel Fund, assisting local and regional startup companies with early stage targeted investments. Stelter is the Owner of Anchor Promotions, Apparel and Signage, a provider of promotional products, branded materials and apparel and custom signage. Both businesses are headquartered in Red Wing.

“Being a part of Merchants’ Advisory Board is an opportunity to build greater connections in the community and learn more about the local impact banking can have on my friends, neighbors and fellow business owners,” said Stelter.

The Board and Advisory Board leadership structure is well established in the Merchants culture and has contributed to the growth of the organization. The Cannon Falls, Hampton and Red Wing Advisory Board was established in 2009. Advisory Boards across Merchants’ footprint ensure the Bank is connected with the communities served and provides key insights into the local population and economies. Advisory Board members contribute meaningful feedback about what is important to community members and business owners and how Merchants Bank can collaborate on a local level to create thriving communities.

“I am honored to join the Merchants Bank Advisory Board during this time of company growth,” said Poss. “It is exciting to be a part of a team that is not only growing a business but working to make our communities a better place to work and live.”

Merchants Bank is a full service community bank with 21 bank locations in southeastern Minnesota, two bank locations in west-central Wisconsin, a leasing division, Merchants Bank Equipment Finance, in Edina and a loan production office in Bloomington. Headquartered in Winona, MN, MFGI has more than $2.1 billion in assets. Merchants was founded in 1875.