Southern Minnesota banker rises from mall kiosk to corner office

Mark Heinemann came to community banking from an unusual place: selling cell phones from a kiosk in a South Dakota mall.

Although originally intending to spend less than a year at Farmers State Bank of Hartland, Minn., Heinemann ended up making a career of it, buying the bank last year with Daniel Otten, the man responsible for bringing him on board in 2004.

Now, Heinemann is president and chief financial officer of the $106 million bank. Otten, who originally hired him as a customer service representative, is CEO and chairman.

NorthWestern Financial Review is honoring Heinemann as a Rising Star . . .

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