Instincts, education help Minnesota banker

 Gail Mikolich’s banking career started with an internship at Northeast Bank in Minneapolis, where she still works today. But it began in earnest with a decisive discussion about her first big promotion, to a supervisory role in bookkeeping. Tom Beck, the bank’s president and Mikolich’s longstanding mentor, “was a little uncertain because I was pretty … Read more

Lending leader turned toward operations

Shelly Steere grew up in northern Minnesota but moved to Minneapolis to attend the Carlson School of Management at the University of Minnesota. She worked for a while in the insurance department of the Minnesota Bankers Association, and she “always had a keen interest in math and numbers.” But she didn’t necessarily think she would … Read more