A down-to-earth Rising Star leverages hometown experience to find her place in the big city

Jackie Herman launched a campaign earlier this year by contacting 15 friends, co-workers, vendors and former bosses, asking them to endorse her. Her campaign, however, wasn’t for political office. It was about raising support for her selection as a Northwestern Financial Review Rising Star for 2011. Most nominees receive one or two nominations, so the campaign caught the attention of NorthWestern Financial Review staff.

Herman, senior vice president, chief financial officer and director of operations for Flagship Bank in Wayzata, Minn., is one of seven bankers the magazine is recognizing with Rising Star honors this year. Two other . . .

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