Julie Sands Causey never thought she would end up guiding her family’s bank through an acquisition. As family members increased in age, Causey found a way to transition the bank’s 77-year family ownership while preserving the bank’s vision for decades to come.
Causey’s grandfather, Arthur William Sands, was a bank examiner in the midst of the Great Depression. A farm boy from Alvarado, Minn., with an eighth-grade education, Sands seized on opportunity and purchased the troubled Western State Bank of St. Paul, Minn., with help from his family and friends in 1935.
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