Tirzah Warren Promoted to Assistant Vice President/Teller Administrator

Tirzah Warren, Assistant Vice President/Teller Administrator

Tirzah Warren has been promoted to Assistant Vice President/Teller Administrator at Merchants Bank, according to Sue Hovell, Director of Retail Banking Performance.

“Over her 20-year career, Tirzah has consistently demonstrated her commitment to serving our customers and her leadership ensures they are taken care of professionally and compassionately by our teller team,” said Hovell.

Warren has been with the Merchants Bank since 1999, when she started as a Teller at the Winona-Goodview location. In 2001, she was promoted to Lead Teller in Goodview and served in that position for 10 years. Then in 2011, she moved to the Winona-Lakeside location and was Lead Teller there for three years. She was promoted to Teller Administrator in 2016 and oversees all tellers at the Winona locations in Goodview, Lakeside, Downtown and Downtown Drive-Up.

“I have had the joy of serving some of our customers for the entire time I’ve been with Merchants – 21 years – and it’s been an honor to get to know them and watch our families grow together,” said Warren. “Tellers are one of the Bank’s greatest assets for serving our customers and I feel it’s my privilege to help develop, and hopefully inspire, every teller on our team.”

Merchants Bank is a full service community bank with 23 bank locations in southeastern Minnesota and 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. Member FDIC.

Rob Pyle Joins Merchants Bank as Vice President/Commercial Banker

Rob Pyle, Commercial Banker

Rob Pyle has joined Merchants Bank as Vice President/Commercial Banker, according to Dan Vlasak, President for Merchants Bank in Lakeville.

“We’re excited to have Rob join the talented team in Lakeville and I know his experience in commercial banking will be valuable to our clients as we help their businesses grow and reach their goals,” said Vlasak.

Pyle has more than 15 years of experience in commercial banking, credit analysis and treasury management solutions, spending most of his career in the Twin Cities market. He was previously the Vice President of Commercial and Business Banking sectors for Old National Bank and also worked as a Credit Analyst for several years, helping assess the creditworthiness of businesses applying for commercial loans.

“I really enjoy working with business clients in all industries and of all sizes,” said Pyle. “My favorite part of my job is finding just the right financial solution for each specific client. Forming a strong business relationship and gaining the client’s trust has always been of the utmost importance to me.”

Pyle graduated from Drury University in Missouri with a Bachelor of Arts in Exercise Sports & Science and a Master in Business Administration. He is looking forward to becoming more involved in the Lakeville community. Pyle lives in Burnsville with his wife and daughter and enjoys exploring state and national parks with his family and is an avid baseball and football fan.

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 23 bank locations in southeastern Minnesota and 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. Member FDIC.

Meet Sarah Danielson, Commercial Banker in La Crescent, Minnesota

Sarah Danielson, Commercial Banker

Get to know more about Sarah Danielson and how she approaches working with businesses every day.

When did you start your banking career?
Sarah: I started working as a Teller in 1994. At the time, I worked mostly with commercial customers and really enjoyed learning about that side of banking. When I had the chance to apply for a job in the Loan Review area, I took it. In Loan Review, I spent my time analyzing business financials and while I really enjoyed it, I missed being in front of people. Ultimately, I knew the best path would be to become a Commercial Banker so I could use all of my knowledge and interact with customers again.

What do you like most about your job?
Sarah: I enjoy being there for my customers through the ups and downs of their businesses. Owning a business isn’t always easy – I know first hand – and I can relate to what it’s like for my business customers day in and day out. I have a tremendous amount of respect for them. It’s so encouraging to see people believe in themselves and have the courage to take the next step in establishing or running their business.

Share your top business/commercial banking tip.
Sarah: The secret to success is having a full understanding of what you’re doing. You might wonder how that’s possible. Start by surrounding yourself with a team of trusted experts, like a lawyer, accountant and a banker, just to name a few.

What do you hope your customers say about working with you?
Sarah: I hope they see me as a trusted partner…someone who has knowledge to share, but also looks out for their best interests.

Can you help businesses assess which business banking options would be most beneficial? How does this process work?
Sarah: Definitely. It’s as simple as sitting down and taking the time to listen to a customer. I try to uncover their true needs and pair that with my knowledge from being in such a wide variety of banking positions to make the best recommendation(s).

What does community banking mean to you?
Sarah: It’s gratifying to be part of a banking team where employees are so dedicated to improving the community professionally, through their work helping businesses grow, and personally, through volunteer and service work. I believe in community and community banking.

What are some of the biggest benefits to a business to working with a Merchants Bank Commercial Banker?
Sarah: I think we’re different because our team is interested helping businesses with their entire banking experience, from loans to deposits and treasury management tools. I’m not just your lender. I want to be your banker and someone who provides the best guidance about your financial picture.

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.

Amanda King Promoted to Assistant Controller at Merchants Bank

Amanda King, Assistant Controller

Amanda King has been promoted to Assistant Controller at Merchants Bank, according to Sue Savat, Chief Financial Officer.

“Amanda is a cornerstone of the Finance team and continues to grow in her role as our company grows. This promotion is a reflection of her expertise and dedication to serving our staff just as we would a Merchants Bank customer,” said Savat.

King has been with Merchants Bank for more than two decades, beginning her career as a Teller in 1998. She joined the Finance Department in 2002 as a Reports Specialist and over the last 18 years she has been promoted to Accounting Specialist and most recently Senior Accounting Specialist.

“I’ve really appreciated the opportunity to grow in my career over last 20 years at Merchants. We have a wonderful team and I enjoy supporting them, so they can support our customers,” King.

Amanda lives in Caledonia on a farm with her husband, Luke, and their four daughters, Jovial, Regan, Kensey and Bayla.

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.

Rachel Larson Promoted to Manager of Collections at Merchants Bank

Rachel Larson. Manager of Collections

Rachel Larson has been promoted to Manager of Collections at Merchants Bank, according to Mark McGrory, Chief Credit Officer.

“Rachel is the perfect fit to lead our Collections team. Not only does she understand the risk management side of our business, but as a 20-year veteran on the Merchants Bank team she knows our culture and understands that taking care of our customers is what makes Merchants Bank a great community bank,” said McGrory.

Larson has been with Merchants Bank since 1999 and as an integral part of the Bank’s Audit/Compliance team for the past 16 years, most recently as a Risk Management Officer. Larson also graduated from Merchants’ home-grown leadership program, the I Believe Leadership Series, in 2019.

In her new role as Manager of Collections, she will work with individual loan customers who are experiencing financial hardship and help them with an appropriate workout plan. As an area that affects the overall credit quality of the Bank, Larson and the Collections team will help maintain the asset quality of the Bank by finding workable solution for these customers.

“This new role provides me with the opportunity to interact with customers in a much more personal way and provide the caring service approach that’s in alignment with the Merchants culture. I’m looking forward to assisting customers as possible with solutions for their individual needs,” Larson.

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.

Meet Kathy Simon, Credit Card Specialist

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Kathy with some of her co-workers: (l-r) Carol Bell, Kathy Simon, Ashley Wagner, Marcus Krings

When did you start your banking career?

Kathy: I started as a teller when I was 20 years old. I came to Merchants Bank in 2008 as a File Clerk, and then moved to Loan Servicing and Credit Cards.

What is your top banking tip?

Kathy: I would say check your statements for fraud. We see credit card fraud daily. If you pay attention to your statements, either paper or online, you may be able to catch fraud in time. If you suspect fraud on your account, the window to act is within 60 days from the statement’s cut-off date.

Acting as soon as you suspect something is always best. Or better yet, download our Merchants Bank Credit Card App on your mobile device to monitor your Merchants Credit Card daily. Many other cards have similar apps; take advantage of them to protect yourself.

What’s one thing your mom or dad taught you about money?

Kathy: My mom always said, “Put money away for a rainy day!” That’s such a “mom” thing to say, isn’t it? It was great advice. A little saved goes a long way later.

If you had $1,875,000 what is one fun thing you’d do with the money?

Kathy: I would travel to Europe and give some to family and friends.

Besides money, what’s your favorite green thing?

Kathy: It’s a toss-up between trees and avocados. If I had to pick, I’d say trees.

Click here to learn more about Credit Cards at Merchants Bank. Credit cards are subject to credit approval.

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.

Adrian A. Quilling Promoted To Mortgage Lender

Adrian Quilling, Mortgage Lender

Adrian A. Quilling has been promoted to Mortgage Lender at Merchants Bank in Rosemount, according to Michelle Selig, Branch Manager.

“Adrian already has a background in home loans and loves helping our customers, especially during important life stages. His new role as a Mortgage Lender will be a great fit for him and a benefit to those looking to buy or build homes in the Rosemount area,” said Selig.

Quilling has been with Merchants Bank since 2018 when he started as a Customer Service Representative and Lending Assistant. Prior to joining Merchants, he was a Universal Banker at Old National Bank (formerly Anchor Bank) and has experience in personal banking and lending, including deposit accounts, mortgages and personal loans.

“I’m excited to now be a complete financial partner for individuals and families – whether it’s showing them the right tools and accounts to meet personal savings goals or guiding them through the home loan process,” said Quilling.

You can get to know more about Quilling on the Merchants Bank website by visiting http://www.merchantsbank.com/aquilling.

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.

 

Rick Jaacks Joins Merchants Bank as Vice President/Commercial Banker

Rick Jaacks, Commercial Banker

Rick Jaacks has joined Merchants Bank as a Vice President/Commercial Banker, according to Randy Domeyer, Senior Vice President and Commercial Banking Manager for Merchants in Winona.

“Rick’s extensive background in commercial lending will complement our already talented team,” said Domeyer. “He truly understands the personalized approach to banking that makes a difference for our business customers.”

With a banking career that spans more than 30 years, Rick brings strong experience in commercial and ag lending, treasury management and credit quality management to Merchants. He was previously a Business Development Officer for Community Bank and Trust in Iowa and has spent most of his career working for community banks. Rick is also a Small Business Administration (SBA) lending expert.

“Being a community banker is a privilege and I’m looking forward to continuing to embrace the community banking philosophy that’s been so important to Merchants Bank’s success. It’s about getting to know my customers’ individual needs and adding value as their financial partner,” said Rick.

In Iowa, Rick was actively involved with Waterloo Main Street, multiple commissions for the City of Waterloo, served as a Board Member for the North East Iowa Food Bank and looks forward to becoming involved in the Winona community as well. He and his wife, Heather, will be relocating to Winona.

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 banking, SBA loans, floor 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 branches in southeastern Minnesota and west-central Wisconsin. Headquartered in Winona, MN, the Bank has more than $1.76 billion in assets and was founded in 1875. Loans are subject to approval.