Meet Our Leadership Team

Stuart J Sneer - PresidentStuart 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 to merge the multiple 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 - Chief Executive OfficerScott D. Bradley,
President /Chief Executive Officer

Hometown: Leigh, Nebraska

Scott started his banking career in Southwest Iowa in 1983 at the First State Bank of Tabor as a junior lender for two years. He then joined First National Bank of Glidden as a Vice President of lending  where he was engaged in commercial and agricultural lending.  Scott took a Vice President position with Swea City State Bank, now known as BankPlus, in 1991. Scott opened a de novo branch with the organization in 1997 in Estherville, Iowa, and led the branch up until 1999 when he joined United Prairie Bank.  Scott was hired as an Executive Vice President and led the Wilmont, Worthington and Round Lake offices until 2004 when he was promoted to President of the Mountain Lake bank charter which added the Mountain Lake, Windom and Springfield locations to his leadership. In 2006, Scott was named the Regional President of the then Southwest Region of United Prairie Bank which included the Jackson and Slayton offices in addition to the six he had been leading. Scott was promoted to the Executive Management team of United Prairie in January of 2010 as the Chief Risk Management Officer and took on the Chief Executive Officer position in August of 2010.  In addition to his decades of banking experience, Scott is also a 1991 graduate of the Graduate School of Banking in Madison, Wisconsin.

Scott is a 3rd generation banker following in the footsteps of both his father and grandfather, who were both bank executives.  Scott currently serves on the South Central College Foundation Board as Treasurer.

In his spare time, Scott enjoys motorcycle touring, boating and time with his family.

 

Scott Smits - Chief Credit OfficerScott Smits, Chief Credit Officer

Hometown: Penfield, New York

Scott grew up in Penfield, New York and has been in banking for over 30 years, serving in several roles across the country - from New Jersey to California, and back to the Midwest. He received his BA in Business from Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Michigan, and his MBA in Management from Webster University in Irvine, California. Scott’s goal as a banking executive is to support the success of the organization, and of the people he works with.

At home, Scott enjoys woodworking and is a huge soccer fan. He and his wife have four daughters, two attending school in Kansas, one living in Colorado, and the other finishing up her Master’s in Europe. Scott also enjoys volunteering with non-profits such as Partner’s Worldwide, Young Life, and All God’s Children, an orphanage in Comayagua, Honduras. He and his family love to travel abroad and one day, he would like to climb Mt. Kilimanjaro.