Iowa banker keen on building community and banking industry

One question that doesn’t keep the Kout family in Iowa up at night is who will take over the family bank. Bruce Kout, a 2008 NorthWestern Financial Review Rising Star, took the reins to Farmers & Merchants Savings Bank, Iowa City, from his father Don. While few things in life are guaranteed, no one was particularly surprised by the transition that occurred last December, least of all Bruce Kout, who doesn’t remember ever considering a career in a field other than banking.

“I kind of always knew,” Kout said. “I grew up at the bank. The bank was . . .

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