Merchants Bank in St. Charles Kicks Off 29th Annual “10 Days of Giving” with a $400 Donation to the Hometown Resource Center

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Merchants Bank in St. Charles is kicking off its 29th annual “10 Days of Giving” Food Drive, December 1-10 with a $400 donation to the Hometown Resource Center in St. Charles.

Sandra Pasche, Customer Service Representative

Sandra Pasche, Customer Service Representative

“There are many people among us who for whatever reason need our help,” said Merchants Bank’s Sandra Pasche, who is coordinating this year’s drive. “We ask those of us who have the means to consider giving so all of our holidays are better.”

The Hometown Resource Center provides assistance to those in need in the St. Charles area. Students in the St. Charles area will be asked to provide donations of non-perishable food items and monetary donations. Additionally, individuals and businesses in the St. Charles area are being encouraged to make donations. Donations can be placed in barrels Dec. 1-10 (barrels will be picked up Monday, December 11) at these locations:

  • Early Childhood Family Education
  • Merchants Bank
  • Charles Elementary School
  • Charles High School
  • Matthew Community Preschool
  • Charles Day Care

Cash donations are preferred because they allow the Hometown Resource Center to buy the products it needs the most. Monetary donations can be brought or mailed to Merchants Bank in St. Charles, 1130 Whitewater Avenue.

Merchants Bank in Hastings Takes the Lead in the “10 Days of Giving” Food Drive, December 1-10

10daysofgivingblogMerchants Bank in Hastings will once again partner with Hastings Family Service (HFS) and area schools to help those in need during the “10 Days of Giving” Food Drive, December 1-10.

Last year, with help from Merchants Bank, 3,421 pounds of food and $11,190 in monetary donations were collected from students and community members to help Hastings Family Service.

Much of the food is collected during the Canadian Pacific Holiday Train visit to Hastings, scheduled this year for 8:30 p.m., December 8, at the Canadian Pacific Depot, 500 East Second Street.

Bruce Goblirsch, President of Merchants Bank-Hastings

Bruce Goblirsch, President of Merchants Bank-Hastings

“We appreciate all donations, but we want to point out that monetary donations are the most versatile, allowing the food shelf to get what it needs most at any particular time,” said Bruce Goblirsch, President of Merchants Bank in Hastings.

Area residents are encouraged to drop off monetary donations and non-perishable food items for the “10 Days of Giving” at Merchants Bank in Hastings, 1525 Vermillion Street. Checks can be made payable to the “10 Days of Giving.”

Toni Nisbit Promoted to Vice President of Mortgage Operations

Toni Nisbit, Vice President of Mortgage Operations

Toni Nisbit has been promoted to Vice President of Mortgage Operations, according to Cindy Harrison, Senior Vice President of Credit Administration for Merchants Bank.

“Toni’s calm, common sense approach has been much appreciated by those who have interacted with her and will continue to be beneficial as she now leads the entire Mortgage Operations team,” Harrison said.

Nisbit has been serving as the interim leader of this key area for Merchants, and prior to that served as the Underwriting Manager/Assistant Mortgage Operations Manager. She has been with the Merchants’organization since 2001.

“I’m looking forward to the opportunity to continue working with my great team and the opportunity to improve on the work we are already doing,”Nisbit said.

Nisbit’s team now includes more than 45 employees. Together they work to support and process mortgage loans for Merchants’21 locations, as well as the 143 other community banking locations and credit unions across five states that make up Merchants Bank’s correspondent mortgage banking network. Merchants has a $2.6 billion loan servicing portfolio.

“I anticipate building our relationships with both our internal and external customers and improving efficiencies to make sure our mortgage closings are done smoother and faster, while still maintaining our accuracy and high level of customer service,” Nisbit said.

Mike Stangl Joins Merchants Bank as a Mortgage Lender and Commercial Banker

Mike Stangl, Mortgage Lender and Commercial Banker

Mike Stangl has joined Merchants Bank as a mortgage lender and commercial banker at the Bank’s La Crescent location, according to Steve Christiansen, Merchants Bank President in La Crescent and Onalaska.

“Mike’s skill set will allow him to provide people in the La Crescent market guidance and support whether they are in need of residential mortgage loans or commercial real estate loans,” Christiansen said, adding that Merchants also recently hired mortgage lender Ashley Harrison to fill the growing need for mortgage lending in the La Crescent area.

Stangl has been working in the La Crosse market as a mortgage lender since 2012. From 2001 to 2012 he was in the Marshfield, WI, market working in banking in a number of roles, including mortgage, consumer, and commercial lending.

“Being a part of the Merchants team will allow me to use my skills in a number of areas to provide the best benefit for the people I’ll serve,” Stangl said. “As a community banker, I’m especially thrilled to be working with an organization that cares about its customers and has the resources to help.”

Stangl is involved in the community, donating his time to a number of organizations, including the Mississippi Valley Conservancy, Coulee Region Humane Society, and the Hunger Task Force.

Congratulate New and Promoted Staff

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New Staff

BleningerAnnette Annette Bleninger, Cash Management Officer, CTP, Rosemount

Annette has more than 15 years of banking experience in sales, customer service and operations in Cash Management. She has worked with customers of varying sizes to help them determine the products and services that will help them most effectively manage their short term funds. She is looking forward to working with customers and bankers across Merchants Bank’s Twin Cities locations.

BorgenAmanda Amanda Borgen, Teller, Rushford

Amanda previously worked as a Sales Associate/Assistant Manager at Cut Above Home in Rochester. Having grown up on a farm, she and her husband are happy to have recently moved back to the country on their own farm. They have a new puppy named Bear, who can be quite a handful, but a great dog. Amanda loves doing anything creative, from sewing to drawing to DIY’s

KeimMeghan Meghan Keim, Customer Service Representative & Teller, Winona-Lakeside

Meghan previously worked at David’s Bridal and KDLT-TV. She has a communications background and graduated from Minnesota State University Moorehead. Meghan is a bubbly person who loves sports (Minnesota ones!), holidays, chocolate, movies, baking, reading, and talking with people.

KnottKayla Kayla Knott, Teller, Winona-Lakeside

Kayla is from a small town in Minnesota and has four siblings, one of which is her identical twin!  Kayla is a sophomore at Winona State University majoring in Business.  She previously worked at Fergusons Apple Orchard, Schweich’s Hotel Bar & Restaurant, and Hy-Vee.

ThaiAmyNgoc Amy Thai, Teller, Cottage Grove

Amy also currently works at DSW as a part-time Sales Associate and previously worked at Quali-Mac as an Assistant. She is happy to join the Merchants team and looks forward to getting to know our Cottage Grove customers.

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ManorMeghan Meghan Manor, Personal Banker, Winona-Downtown

Megan has been with Merchants since 2016. She was previously a Customer Service Representative in Winona.

Toni Nisbit, Vice President of Mortgage Operations, Winona-Downtown

Toni has been with Merchants Bank since 2001. She was previously the Underwriting Manager/Assistant Mortgage Operations Manager.

Attend our Holiday Open Houses

Please join us for these Holiday Open Houses

Join our staff at these great events throughout December. Be sure to follow us on our Facebook page for information on these events or pictures from other events you may have missed.

11/27 Free Town Hall Forum with Neel Kashkari, President of the Minneapolis Federal Reserve Bank
5:00 – 6:30 p.m.
East Hall in Student Union/Kryzsko Commons, W. 9th St, Winona, Minn.
At the free Town Hall Forum, President Kashkari will give brief opening remarks, followed by an open-mic Q&A with the audience, moderated by Scott Olson, President of Winona State University.

To register for this FREE event, go to: FRBMinneapolis.cvent.com/Winona

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12/1-12/10 “10 Days of Giving” Food Drive

See how you can support local food shelves through the “10 Days of Giving” at participating Merchants Bank locations.

12/1 Caledonia Holiday Open House
10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
At Merchants Bank in Caledonia

Please join us for cookies and refreshments in our bank lobby.
12/1 Caledonia Winter Wonderland Parade
7:00 p.m.
Please join us on Main Street in Downtown Caledonia.
12/1, 12/8, 12/15, 12/22, 12/29 Cottage Grove Holiday Open House
9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
At Merchants Bank in Cottage Grove

Please join us for cookies and refreshments in our bank lobby.
12/2 Goodview Holiday Lighted Parade
5:30 p.m.
6th Street in Goodview
12/4-12/8 Lanesboro Holiday Open House
Monday-Thursday: 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Friday: 9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
At Merchants Bank in Lanesboro
Please join us for cookies and refreshments in our bank lobby.
12/4-12/8 Rushford Holiday Open House
Monday-Thursday: 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Friday: 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
At Merchants Bank in Rushford

Please join us for cookies and refreshments in our bank lobby.
12/8 Hastings Holiday Open House
11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
At Merchants Bank in Hastings
Please join us for a light lunch and refreshments in our bank lobby. You may also bring food or monetary donations for the “10 Days of Giving” Food Drive.
12/8 Spring Grove Holiday Open House
12:00 – 4:00 p.m.
At Merchants Bank in Spring Grove

Please join us for cookies and refreshments in our bank lobby. Santa will be available for pictures from 2:00 – 4:00 p.m.
12/8 St. Charles Holiday Open House
10:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.
At Merchants Bank in St. Charles

Please join us for refreshments in our bank lobby. You may also bring food or monetary donations for the “10 Days of Giving” Food Drive.
12/9 Rushford Holiday Parade of Lights
7:00 p.m.
Join us for the Parade of Lights in Downtown Rushford.
12/11-12/15 Rosemount Holiday Open House
9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
At Merchants Bank in Rosemount

Please join us for cookies and refreshments in our bank lobby.
12/14 Cannon Falls Holiday Open House
9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
At Merchants Bank in Cannon Falls
Please join us for cookies and refreshments in our bank lobby. Live music will be performed throughout the day by area schools.
9:00 a.m. – Cannon Falls High School Concert Choir
10:00 a.m. – Cannon Falls High School Flute Choir
11:00 p.m. – Randolph Junior High School Choir
12:00 p.m.  – Holiday music featuring Jane Peterson on piano
1:00 p.m. – St. Paul’s Lutheran School Choir
12/14-12/15 La Crescent Holiday Open House
8:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
At Merchants Bank in La Crescent

Please join us for cookies, coffee and holiday spirit in our bank lobby.
12/18 Eau Claire Holiday Open House
9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
At Merchants Bank in Eau Claire
Please join us for cookies and refreshments in our bank lobby.  
12/18-12/22 Winona Holiday Open House
9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
At Merchants Bank in Winona-Downtown
Please join us for cookies and refreshments in our bank lobby. Live music will be performed throughout the week by area schools.
12/18-12/22 Onalaska Holiday Open House
9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
At Merchants Bank in Onalaska
Please join us for cookies and refreshments in our bank lobby. 
12/18-12/22 Rochester-Green Meadows Holiday Open House
8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
At Merchants Bank in Rochester – Green Meadows office
Please join us for cookies and refreshments in our bank lobby.
12/18-12/22 Rochester-Northwest Plaza Holiday Open House
8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
At Merchants Bank in Rochester – Northwest Plaza office
Please join us for cookies and refreshments in our bank lobby. 
12/18-12/22 Red Wing Holiday Open House
8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
At Merchants Bank in Red Wing
Please join us for cookies and refreshments in our bank lobby. Please bring a donation of hats and mittens to support our friends and neighbors in the Red Wing area.

Welch, Anderson to Again Lead “10 Days of Giving”

Jen Welch and Chad Anderson, 10 Days of Giving Co-Chairs

Jennifer Welch and Chad Anderson are returning as co-chairs for Merchants Bank’s 2017 “10 Days of Giving,” which runs December 1-10.

“We’re excited that Jen and Chad have agreed to lead our employee team again in this very important community event,” said Andrew Guzzo, Regional President.

The event is now in its 29th year of collecting non-perishable food items and monetary donations to benefit the food shelf at Winona Volunteer Services. Last year, the “10 Days of Giving” collected 206,050 pounds of food, bringing the 28-year total to 3,045,465 pounds of food. Two pounds of food are calculated for each dollar brought in. The percentage of monetary donations keeps increasing each year.

“Our goal is to make sure that no one in Winona County goes hungry this winter,” said Welch, a Cash Management expert and the Bank’s Events and Adventures Coordinator, who is serving her fourth year as co-chair.

Through the end of 2016, 1,173 households were registered for the food shelf at Winona Volunteer Services. Last year, more than 3,324 individuals were served at the food shelf, and another 1,603 people were helped at the Emergency food shelf. Last year 480,145 pounds of food were distributed. Also 264 elementary kids received healthy weekend snacks during the 2015-2016 school year.
“Our employees believe so much in helping those who need help. It is gratifying to see that almost every member of our staff contributes to this event in some way,” said Anderson, a Commercial Banker, who is serving his second year as co-chair.

As in the past, Merchants will be collecting at its locations as well as at schools and participating businesses around the area. For questions, please call Welch at 457-1108 or Anderson at 457-1196. The “10 Days of Giving” will officially kick off with a press conference at 10 a.m., December 1 at Merchants Bank in downtown Winona. Monetary donations can be made out to “10 Days of Giving” and can be mailed to, or dropped off at Merchants Bank, 102 E. 3rd Street, Winona, MN 55987. If you would like to make a donation online, you can go directly to the Winona Volunteer Services website: http://www.winonavs.org. Indicate “10 Days of Giving” after entering your name.

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