Outstanding Women 2022: Sherri Reagin

Growing up, Sherri Reagin saw firsthand what it meant to live a life in service to others. The preeminent example was set by her father, whom she described as “a good old-fashioned country doctor.” [Continue]

Outstanding Women 2022: Mary Williams

Growing up in a large family instilled in Mary Williams a great sense of responsibility. As the third-born of 12 children raised on a Winsted, Minn., farm, “we took care of our own,” Williams explained. [Continue]

Outstanding Women 2022: Brenda Franke

There was a time when the only thing Brenda Franke knew about a loan was “how to make a payment on one,” she laughed. The affable vice president and Eden Prairie, Minn., branch manager for $390 million Star Bank has spent most of her 25-year career working in the operations side of a bank. [Continue]

Wolters Kluwer’s Meirink drives transformation

Great moments in a career are often forged under pressure. Consider the effort by the team at Wolters Kluwer to scale its SBA lending solution that had for years been used by banks to process about a dozen 7(a) loans per day to accommodate the PPP deluge. [Continue]

New Alerus CEO executing growth strategy

In Phoenix in the summer, you expect temperatures in the triple digits. But for Alerus, the Valley of the Sun isn’t just hot; it’s the current hotbed where it looks to grow its four business verticals — what CEO Katie Lorenson calls the bank’s “holistic” approach to banking. [Continue]

Ag banking leader says curiosity, optimism key to serving America’s farmers

Success in ag lending hinges on a banker’s “passion for people,” says Dave Coggins, the Wisconsin banker who chairs the American Bankers Association’s Agricultural and Rural Bankers Committee. Coggins learned the value of good people skills early in his career when he saw the impact to customers that resulted from one supervisor’s “sub-par” interactions. [Continue]

Community bankers make a difference in the lives of many

I’ve come to believe community banking is somewhat of a vocation. This view has been reinforced for me by the eight honorees for “Rising Stars in Banking,” whose stories are presented this month. Each of them has already made an impact, either with their co-workers or around their communities; some are also actively bettering the industry through their activism. Many of them have done all of this while also raising families. Perhaps it’s my age, but these professionals appear too fresh-faced to have accomplished so much already. [Continue]

Attention to merchant services can deepen commercial relationships

In life cash is king but in commercial lending it is cash flow that rules. Bankers interested in helping commercial customers improve their cash positions, therefore, may want to take a fresh look at those companies’ merchant services, says Marnie Ochs-Raleigh, CEO of Evolve Payment. Her suggestion is not without precedent. [Continue]