Kirk has a long track record of leadership in banking and now he’s ready to bring his career into the community he’s called home for almost 20 years.
Will you briefly outline your banking history?
Kirk: I sure can. I started serving customers in the retail space, then moved into commercial banking and team leadership. Now I’m excited to work close to home and spend more time serving the Northfield community.
What drew you to Merchants Bank?
Kirk: In the previous markets I’ve worked, Merchants has had a distinct presence, specifically, a great reputation and loyal customer base. When I heard about Merchants coming to the Northfield community, I knew it’d be a great fit here. With a focus on serving our communities, long-term stability and honoring local history, it made perfect sense for me to join the Merchants team. Our servant leadership philosophies align and I will have the opportunity to more fully integrate into my home community.
How do you approach working with customers?
Kirk: I want my customers to feel and know that I hold their best interests at heart. We’re here to be your trusted business partner. I like to ask questions to find out not only what customers need now, but how we can support them down the road. I take a holistic approach to their situation and we find the best fit from there.
What’s the best piece of advice you’ve heard?
Kirk: Something my first manager emphasized has stayed with me to this day: it’s all about building lasting relationships. And that’s what I focus on to this day, is building mutually beneficial relationships and helping our local families, businesses and community grow.
Favorite thing about the Northfield area?
Kirk: You know what they say: location, location, location. The variety of the Twin Cities is easily accessible and some of the best healthcare in the world is close by as well, but in Northfield you still get that local, small-town familiarity and pride.
What do you like to do in your free time?
Kirk: Our family spends a lot of time outdoors; Hiking, fishing and golfing. When our three children were growing up we went camping a lot as well. It’s such a beautiful region. My wife and I are looking forward to more extended travel.
Our Commercial Bankers are always ready to discuss ideas, opportunities and options for your business. Give your local Merchants Bank a call – we’re ready to support your business as you embark on supporting your business goals.