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 /
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.
Nate Snyder, Chief Credit Officer
Hometown: St. Anthony Village, MN
Nate has been working with banks and finance companies since 1995. Through the 1990’s and 2000’s, Nate worked with small community banks up to some of the nation’s largest lending institutions on a variety of issues related to lending and credit. In 2005, Nate was recruited by a community bank with offices in the Twin Cities, Rochester and Southern Minnesota. He served as a President of the corporation for 10 years while at the same time being President of a related multi-state finance company. Nate directed credit analysis, risk mitigation, lending, legal administration, vendor management and facilities. He was also involved with operations and insurance. Nate joined the United Prairie Executive Management team in 2015 as Executive Vice President and Chief Credit Officer. In his role with United Prairie Bank, Nate directs and leads United Prairie’s credit operations, lending, risk mitigation, compliance and internal audit functions.
Nate thoroughly enjoys being part of the United Prairie team working with our Market Presidents and lenders to create favorable lending solutions for our customers. It is Nate’s goal to make sure United Prairie continues to provide the best credit products possible to augment our customer’s business and farming operations.
Nate is an avid outdoorsman who enjoys bird and big game hunting as well as fishing when he is not spending time with family and friends.