CRE expertise highly valued at Minnesota community bank

When Steve Huston, president and CEO of Bankwest, Rockford, Minn., invited Greg Ebert to join the bank’s board, Ebert responded in a way that could have been construed as self-serving. “I asked him, ‘What’s the upside for me?’” Ebert recalled. It wasn’t that Ebert, owner of Ebert Construction based in neighboring Corcoran, wasn’t community-minded. He simply knew that participating on a bank’s board introduced him to risk and brought with it a time commitment many business owners cannot absorb. [Continue]