What's New At UP
Johnson New Market President - Spicer
Kerry Ann Johnson, a 21-year banking veteran and well-known Willmar area civic leader, will take over management of United Prairie Bank’s Spicer operation on Thursday, June 2nd.
“United Prairie Bank in Spicer has a great tradition of service and community involvement, but we need a strong, long-term leader to fulfill the operation’s true potential,” said Scott Bradley, United Prairie’s President. “We have no doubt that Kerry will bring that strong leadership to the table as our new Market President.”
“I am excited to lead the team to ensure United Prairie is the best financial service provider in the area and be the strongest engine for economic development and growth,” said Johnson.
Johnson has held leadership roles with several area banks over the last two decades, including Bremer Bank, US Bank and Wells Fargo.
In addition, she has been an active community volunteer leader. She currently chairs the board of directors for the Kandiyohi County Housing and Redevelopment Authority (HRA) and serves on the board of trustees for the Rice Health Foundation. In addition, she has also served on the Willmar Lakes Area Chamber Board.
Johnson and her husband, Scott, have also been successful business owners. One of those businesses, Northern States Supply, had five locations in three states when it was sold to its employees in 1998.
Johnson and her husband have six adult children and five grandchildren. The couple is currently working at relocating from Willmar to Spicer.
Bhend Joins United Prairie Bank in Owatonna
United Prairie Bank in Owatonna is pleased to announce the arrival of lifetime area resident and longtime area banker, John Bhend. John has joined the team as a Vice President/Business Banker, bringing his expertise in agricultural lending.
John’s experience and relationships in this area are a great fit with United Prairie. "I'm really excited to start working with the team here at United Prairie and connecting with customers. It is an honor to be part of an organization that strives to help clients navigate their financial positions during times of great change with the focus on the client goals and well-being."
“We’re happy to have John come onboard and bring his great knowledge base of agribusiness to both our clients, and to our team,” commented Owatonna Market President, Jason Sundberg.
United Prairie launched a new company Vision Statement in June! The new Vision Statement is to Help Every Customer Find Financial Success! This statement drives our intent to have meaningful discussions with our customers to help recommend financials tools to help them achieve their financial goals.
Financial success is a different destination for different people. And, it can be an ongoing goal that changes over a person’s life time. Financial success can mean retiring comfortably. Financial success can mean starting a budget to save money for an emergency. Financial success can mean being safe from risk. The list can go on and on.
Statistics show that a great percentage of Americans have no retirement funds or savings set aside. The great news is, there is always the opportunity to start! What if you don’t have financial goals? We can help you with that too!
At United Prairie, we will help you get there…to financial success!