Kari Johnson Adds Mortgage Lending to Her Responsibilities at Merchants Bank in Rushford and Lanesboro

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Kari Johnson, Personal Banker

Personal Banker Kari Johnson has added Mortgage Lending to her duties and will be helping customers with mortgage loans in both Merchants Bank’s Rushford and Lanesboro locations, according to Ken Graner, President for Merchants Bank in Rushford and Lanesboro.

“Our customers will benefit from Kari being able to help them with their mortgage loans. She has always embraced the chance to do what she can to help customers meet their goals, and I know she will excel in providing the best service to families in Rushford and Lanesboro,”Graner said.

As a Personal Banker, Johnson helps customers open new accounts and with consumer loans. Johnson joined Merchants Bank in November of 2013 after Merchants acquired the Rushford location from Associated Bank. Johnson has been in banking for 20 years.

“Helping customers with their mortgages is a better opportunity for our customers to receive the full-service solutions they deserve in our locations,”Johnson said. “With the current rate environment it’s a fantastic time for someone to refinance or purchase a home. I look forward to helping customers in any way I can.”

Rhonda Merchlewitz had been assisting customers with mortgage loans in Rushford, Lanesboro and St. Charles. Merchlewitz has moved to Merchants Bank’s Downtown Winona location.

Mike Swanson Promoted to Commercial Banker and Cash Management Specialist at Merchants Bank in Hastings

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Mike Swanson, Commercial Banker and Cash Management Specialist

Mike Swanson has been promoted to Commercial Banker and Cash Management Specialist at Merchants Bank in Hastings, according to Bruce Goblirsch, President of Merchants Bank in Hastings.

“I’m looking forward to working with business customers to help meet their goals on the lending side of the business and showing them how our Cash Management products may be able to help those businesses in ways they may not have expected,” Swanson said.

Swanson has been with the Merchants Bank organization for four years and in banking for 15 years. Most recently he served as the Senior Consumer Banker and Branch Manager in Merchants’ Lakeville location. He started with Merchants Bank in Apple Valley.

“Mike has been successful at every aspect of banking because he always puts the needs of customers first. I expect that he will do an exceptional job helping the businesses in and around Hastings,” Goblirsch said. “Plus, his understanding of how we can help businesses with Cash Management is really an incredible benefit as they make their money work smarter.”

Swanson will be part of the team supporting Merchants Bank locations throughout the Twin Cities –including Apple Valley, Lakeville, Cottage Grove, Rosemount and Hastings –with his Cash Management expertise. Merchants Bank’s Cash Management products and services are designed to save businesses time and money, protect against potential fraudulent activity and create opportunities for those businesses to grow. It is an area of focus for the Merchants Bank organization.

Randy Bachman Promoted to Branch Manager, Personal Banking Officer at Merchants Bank in Cottage Grove

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Randy Bachman, Branch Manager and Personal Banking Officer

Randy Bachman has been promoted to Branch Manager and Personal Banking Officer at Merchants Bank in Cottage Grove, according to Lawrence Stovern, Regional President for Merchants Bank in the Twin Cities.

“Randy reflects the very best of our company values. He is respected by our staff and our customers,”Stovern said. “He’s always looking to improve the experience for everyone who comes into the Bank, and he’s dedicated to making the community better as well.”

In addition to his duties in Cottage Grove, Bachman will help to oversee Merchants Bank’s transition to a renovated facility at 8479 East Point Douglas Road South in the Fall. Currently, the Bank is at 7200 East Point Douglas Road South, which has been sold to Hy-Vee to make room for its expansion.

“We’re looking forward to the new facility and meeting the needs of our customers there,” Bachman said. “For us, it’s all about being a community partner and making sure we are exceeding the needs of our personal and business customers.”

Bachman has been with the Merchants Bank organization since 2012. He has been in banking since 2007. He is active in the Cottage Grove community, including the Holiday Train committee, Cottage Grove Area Chamber Government Affairs Committee and the Cottage Grove Area Chamber Golf Classic, a fund raiser for the Chamber Scholarship Fund.

Congratulate New and Promoted Staff

BechtelTinaTina Bechtel has transferred from her role as a Lead Teller to a Customer Service Representative and Lead Teller in Caledonia and Spring Grove. Tina has been with Merchants since 2010 when Merchants Bank acquired Central Bank.

 

 

 

 

CollettiVeronicaVeronica Colletti has transferred from her role as a Teller to an Electronic Banking Representative in Winona. Veronica has been with Merchants since 2015.

 

 

 

 

 

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Sara Ellis has transferred from her role as a Teller to a Customer Service Representative in Eau Claire. Sara has been with Merchants since 2014.

 

 

 

 

 

FegyakTeresaTeresa Fegyak has transferred from her role as a Customer Service Representative to a Personal Banker in Spring Grove. Teresa has been with Merchants since 2000.

 

 

 

 

 

FloresNoraNora Flores has joined Merchants Bank as a Teller at our Rochester Green Meadows location. Nora previously worked as a Quality Control Lead at Seneca Foods Corporation. She is a mother of two beautiful children, a son and daughter. Nora is a huge believer in the power of smiles, good mornings, and how are you. She is very excited to be part of the Merchants team.

 

 

 

HoscheitMaceyMacey Hoscheit has joined Merchants Bank as a Teller in Caledonia and Spring Grove. Macey previously worked in the kitchen area at Elsie’s and at Kids Corner. She lives in Caledonia and has spent half of her life growing up on a farm. Macey enjoys styling hair, makeup, and shopping.

 

 

 

JorgensonMelanieMelanie Jorgenson has joined Merchants Bank as a Teller/Vault Attendant in Winona. Melanie previously worked as a Paraprofessional at Winona Area Public Schools and also has 13 years of banking experience. She likes to golf and spend time with her family, especially her two sons, and friends.

 

 

 

LammersTannerTanner Lammers has joined Merchants Bank as a Teller at our Rochester Northwest location. Tanner is currently a junior at Winona State University, majoring in Business Administration and Human Resources. He also works at Cinemagic Theater. Tanner loves all outdoor activities and the LA Rams, MN Wild, Timberwolves and Twins.

 

 

 

LundKatieKatie Lund has been promoted from her role as a Mortgage Loan Coordinator to Mortgage Lender in Rochester. Katie has been part of the Merchants Bank team since 2008, when she joined Merchants Bank Equipment Finance (then known as Merchants Capital Resources). Since 2013, she has worked at Merchants Bank in Rosemount as a Mortgage Loan Coordinator. Katie is excited to help people realize their dreams of home ownership with the programs and support available at Merchants.

 

 

StankoTeriTeri Stanko has joined Merchants Bank as a Teller in Cannon Falls. Teri previously worked as a Safety Director at Ag Partners and as a Proof Operator at First National Bank. Teri enjoys baking, crafting and reading. Her most enjoyable times are the picnics and long walks with her two grandchildren.

Meet Sarah Danielson, Commercial Banker and Cash Management Specialist

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Sarah Danielson, Commercial Banker and Cash Management Specialist

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 helps me 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 cash 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.

Teresa Fegyak and Tina Bechtel Take on Additional Responsibilities at Merchants Bank in Spring Grove

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Teresa Fegyak, Personal Banker

Teresa Fegyak and Tina Bechtel have taken on additional responsibilities at Merchants Bank in Spring Grove. Fegyak is now a Personal Banker and Bechtel is now Customer Service Representative/Lead Teller, according to Matt Schuldt, President of Merchants Bank in Spring Grove and Caledonia.

“Teresa and Tina have great relationships with our customers in Spring Grove, and those customers will benefit more from the additional skill and service they will provide,”Schuldt said.

As a Personal Banker, Fegyak will now be able to help customers with consumer loans in addition to deposit accounts. She has been with the Merchants organization since 2000, when she started working with Merchants Bank in Caledonia. She moved to the Spring Grove branch in 2010.

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Tina Bechtel, Customer Service Representative/ Lead Teller

“Instead of having to refer customers who may need a loan to another banker, I’ll be able to help them. This will be more convenient for our great customers,”Fegyak said.

Bechtel, who has been serving as Lead Teller in both the Spring Grove and Caledonia locations, will add the Customer Service Representative responsibilities to her duties and focus on the Spring Grove location.

“With my additional responsibilities I look forward to helping people even more when they see us in Spring Grove,”Bechtel said.

Rhonda Merchlewitz Moves to Winona as Mortgage Loan Officer

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Rhonda Merchlewitz, Mortgage Loan Officer

Merchants Bank Mortgage Loan Officer Rhonda Merchlewitz has moved from St. Charles to Winona to meet the expanding need in the Winona market, according to Sue Hovell, Director of Retail Banking Performance.

“We’re excited to have Rhonda join our team in Winona,”Hovell said. “In addition to her skills with conventional mortgage loans, Rhonda is also very knowledgeable with other types of loans, including VA, FHA, Rural Development and Minnesota Housing. She is also an expert in our construction loans, which is perfect for people considering building.”

Merchlewitz has been in banking since 1998 and has been part of the Merchants team since 2004, working with customers in Merchants Bank in St. Charles, as well as serving the mortgage needs for the Merchants Bank locations in Rushford and Lanesboro.

“It’s been a great joy to work with my customers over the years, and meet their needs. I’ve enjoyed working with people several times as repeat customers and then helping their children as well,”Merchlewitz said. “I look forward to building the same sort of relationships with customers in Winona. It’s an exciting time for me.”

Merchlewitz spent time living in Winona before her move to Merchants in St. Charles. She said she is looking forward to a smooth transition, where she will meet the needs of current customers as she establishes her presence in Winona. Tami Krause will be taking on the new role of serving mortgage customers in St. Charles, as will Kari Johnson in Rushford and Lanesboro.