Meet Our Leadership Team
Stuart J. Sneer, Chairman
Hometown: Born in Windom, MN and graduated from high school in Mountain Lake, MN (1980)
After graduating from Minnesota State University (Mankato) in 1985 with a Bachelors of Science in Finance and Real Estate, Stuart joined United Prairie to manage the Worthington office. This was not Stuart's first job in banking as he had been working for his father, United Prairie Bank founder, James G. Sneer, at Farmers State Bank of Mountain Lake during his high school years. Stuart started his career there working in the summer months as a bookkeeper and teller.
Stuart worked as a part-time teller for Norwest Bank in Mankato throughout his years in college up until 1985 when he began leading the Worthington office of United Prairie Bank. During his tenure there, Stuart gained knowledge and experience in most departments of the bank until the early 1990's when he began mentoring with then Chief Executive Officer, R.R. "Roy" Schoon.
During the late 1990's, the vision of a one-charter organization was being formulated and Stuart worked closely with Roy Schoon to start the beginnings of a one-bank, multiple branch concept. This concept was fostered by Stuart and the current leaders at that time and Jeff Weldon, CPA (current Chief Operating and Financial Officer) was brought onboard to complete the process of combining the bank charters into one. Stuart takes pride in the growth of the bank and organization over the years.
Stuart enjoys running, biking, swimming and other fitness training activities. Also in his spare time, Stuart hunts pheasant and deer and runs triathlons.
Scott D. Bradley, President /
Scott Cooper, Chief Risk Management Officer
Hometown: Randolph, Vermont
Scott Cooper joined United Prairie in June 2011 as the Chief Risk Management Officer, leading the audit and compliance departments of the organization. Scott's career in the banking industry began as a part-time bookkeeper in a small, hometown community bank where he gained experience on the teller line, data processing center, IT and the proof department. Scott eventually worked in public accounting upon graduating from college and then re-entered the banking world as a Comptroller. He was promoted to the bank's Chief Financial Officer and went on to oversee the bank's lending operations. Scott was President and CEO of First Brandon National Bank for nearly 11 years before moving from his home state of Vermont to Minnesota as North American State Bank's Chief Operating Officer for some time before joining United Prairie. Scott has a Bachelor's Degree in Accounting and is a graduate of the Graduate School of Banking at Colorado, Graduate School of Investments and Finance-University of South Carolina, Bank Marketing School - University of Colorado, School of Bank Administration - University of Wisconsin and Northern New England School of Banking- University of New Hampshire.
Concurrent to his career in banking, Scott had a 24-year career with the Vermont Fish and Wildlife Law Enforcement Division as a Deputy State Game Warden and 12-year career with the Orange County (VT) Sheriff's Department, where he retired as a lieutenant and patrol commander.
As for a special area of interest for United Prairie, Scott says, "While I like the diversity and involvement in all the areas that entail enterprise risk management, what I like best is the interaction with bank customers and working with our bankers to help them succeed in making their clients a ‘customer for life’ with ‘value added’."
Jeff Weldon, Chief Financial Officer
Hometown: Providence, Rhode Island, raised in Bloomington, Minnesota
Jeff began his career in the financial services industry with TCF National Bank in 1997 and worked his way up to Senior Accountant during his four years with the organization before moving into public accounting. Jeff joined CliftonLarsonAllen in 2000 and became an Audit Manager/Bank Consultant where, in addition to auditing, he consulted with banks regarding regulatory capital planning, estate planning and financial forecasting. In 2005, Jeff joined United Prairie as the company's Chief Financial Officer, a role he currently maintains along with leading Operations and Information Technology for the organization. Jeff is a 1996 graduate of Minnesota State University (Mankato) with a Bachelor's degree in Finance (Cum Laude) and earned his Certified Public Accountant (CPA) license in 2000. Jeff is also a 2004 graduate of the Graduate School of Banking at Colorado.
Jeff has been a driving force in the advancement of technology and efficiency that United Prairie has taken on over the past 8 years for not only staff utilization, but customer technology products as well. Jeff has also helped lead efforts in consolidating the separate bank charters into one and developing our centralized operational service center.
Jeff is an avid runner, having competed in multiple marathons, half-marathons, RAGNAR and relays across the United States. Jeff is also a Harley Davidson enthusiast in his spare time.