Blake Koebke Promoted to Assistant Vice President/Commercial & Ag Banker at Merchants Bank

Blake Koebke, Assistant Vice President/Commercial & Ag Banker

Blake Koebke has been promoted to Assistant Vice President/Commercial & Ag Banker at Merchants Bank, according to Jon Marley, President for Merchants in St. Charles.

“We congratulate Blake and thank him for his service to our clients. Blake excels at understanding the possibilities we offer to help fulfill our clients’ needs and dreams,” said Marley.

Koebke has been with Merchants Bank since 2013, beginning his career as a Credit Analyst working alongside the Commercial team as part of the loan approval process. In 2015, he was promoted to Commercial & Ag Banker for Merchants Bank in St. Charles. Koebke is a southern Minnesota native, growing up in Spring Valley and attended the University of Minnesota, obtaining a Bachelor of Science in Applied Economics.

“I feel fortunate to work for a company that aligns with my personal values and seeks to make service to others a priority. It’s about looking out for the best interests of the customers…playing a part in helping them achieve their goals and making their dreams or ideas a reality is very rewarding,” said Koebke.

The Merchants Bank Commercial Lending team is comprised of more than 40 local experts, available throughout our regional footprint. In addition to traditional commercial loans, Merchants bankers specialize in ag bankingSBA loansfloor plan financing and equipment lease financing. As a regional banking leader, Merchants can assist businesses of any size with their business financing needs, including Treasury Management and deposit 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 $2.5 billion in assets. Merchants was founded in 1875. Loans are subject to credit approval.

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.

Jerad Brown Promoted To Commercial/Ag Banking Officer

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Jerad Brown has been promoted to Commercial/Ag Banking Officer according to Ken Graner, Market President for Merchants Bank in Lanesboro and Rushford.

“Jerad goes above and beyond to build personal relationships with his ag and business customers. It’s important to him to understand the unique aspects of each business or farming operation so he can recommend financing solutions that make sense and help the business reach their goals,” said Graner.

Brown has been in the banking industry since 2015 and began his career as a credit analyst. In 2017, he joined Merchants Bank in Lanesboro and Rushford as a Commercial and Ag Banker. He has a degree in Agricultural Science from South Dakota State University. Brown is a Rushford native and graduated from Rushford-Peterson High School.

“Getting to know my customers and visit their operations is the best part of my job. I like working with my friends and neighbors and knowing that I’m making a positive impact on our local economy,” noted Brown.

Since 2013, Merchants Bank has been a community partner in Rushford and Lanesboro, helping individuals and businesses achieve their financial goals. With an expertise in personal and business deposit account solutions and business and ag financing, Merchants has been fortunate to have a hand in growing the local economy. 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 and one loan production office in southeastern Minnesota and two bank locations in west-central Wisconsin. Headquartered in Winona, MN, the Bank has more than $2 billion in assets and was founded in 1875. Loans are subject to credit approval.

Jerad Brown Has Joined Merchants Bank in Rushford and Lanesboro as a Commercial and Ag Banker

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Jerad Brown, Commercial & Ag Banker

Area native Jerad Brown has joined Merchants Bank in Rushford and Lanesboro as a Commercial and Ag Banker, according to Ken Graner, President for Merchants Bank in Rushford and Lanesboro.

“Jerad has the right mix of experience, interest and personality to be successful as a banker and, more importantly, to help our customers grow,” Graner said. “His work in credit analysis and his interest and experience in business and ag will be a benefit to the people he serves.”

For the past two years, Brown has worked with Rushford State Bank as a credit analyst, looking at agriculture and commercial loans, including an emphasis on the Farm Service Agency (FSA) guaranty program. A graduate of Rushford-Peterson High School and South Dakota State University, he served as a member of the South Dakota State University Livestock Judging Team. At SDSU, Brown majored in Agriculture Science and had minors in Animal Science and Agriculture Business.

“The people who live here are my neighbors. I know what’s important to them, and I know how important it is for our local economy for our farms and businesses to succeed,” Brown said. “I look forward to putting my knowledge and energy to work for Merchants Bank and our customers.”

Commercial, Ag and SBA Lending Trends

The economy continues to improve. One indicator we look at in banking is the increase in our lending portfolio.

GraphOur lending portfolio continues to grow at Merchants Bank.

  • Overall our lending portfolio has increased 15.7% through the first three quarter of 2014 compared to the first three quarters of 2013, where we had a very strong year compared to many other financial institutions.
  • Commercial lending increased 16.3% across all of our locations.
  • Ag lending has increased 12.9% and SBA lending has increased 16.3%.

The increase shows our expertise in and commitment to growing these important segments to help make the places we live better.

Contact a Business Banker today to learn more about business financing and leasing options at Merchants Bank. Subject to credit approval.