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Citizens Bancorporation reports promotions

NEW ULM — Citizens Bancorporation of New Ulm, Inc., parent company of Citizens Bank Minnesota, is pleased to announce the following promotions:

Julia Baumgartner, SVP/Chief Operations Officer

Baumgartner joined Citizens in 1991 as a Vice President, Commercial Loan Officer and was promoted to Senior Vice President in 2015. She graduated Summa Cum Laude from Kansas State University with a B.S. degree in Finance as well as a B.A. in Spanish. She is also a graduate of the Commercial Lending School at the University of Oklahoma and the Graduate School of Banking at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. In her new role, Baumgartner will be responsible to ensure that the Bank has the proper operational controls, administrative and reporting procedures, and people systems in place for the day-to-day operation of the Bank.

Tim Hoscheit, SVP/Chief Credit Officer

Hoscheit joined Citizens in 1986 as an Agricultural Loan Officer and was promoted to Vice President in 1991. Hoscheit was promoted to Senior Vice President in 2015. He is a graduate of Western Wisconsin Technical College with an Associate Degree in Finance. He is also a graduate of the Graduate School of Banking at the University of Colorado. In his new role, Hoscheit will be responsible for the review of the Bank’s loan portfolio on a continuing basis while providing support, direction, credit information, and loan policies and procedures to ensure its overall quality.

John Rieser, SVP/Chief Financial Officer

Rieser joined Citizens in December 2010 as an Assistant Vice President, Credit Analyst and was promoted to Assistant Vice President, Financial Officer in 2017. He is a graduate of Wartburg College in Waverly, IA with a B.A. degree in Accounting. John is currently attending the Graduate School of Banking at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and will graduate in 2019. In his new role, Rieser will be responsible for all accounting and financial analysis for the Bank, including budgeting, asset/liability management, financial reporting and tax planning.

Scott Tauer, VP/Branch Manager, La Salle

Tauer joined Citizens, La Salle Branch, in June 2010 as an Assistant Vice President, Lending and was promoted to Vice President, Lending in 2015. He is a graduate of Minnesota State University, Mankato with a B.S. degree in Business Management and a minor in Economics.  Scott has over 15 years of lending experience and specializes in Agricultural lending and Crop Insurance. He is also a 2018 graduate of the Graduate School of Banking at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Pat Brennan, Senior Vice President

Brennan joined Citizens in 1990 as a Commercial and Agricultural Lender and was promoted to Vice President in 1991. He is a graduate of Mankato State University with a Business degree. Pat has 41 years of Agricultural Lending experience including Crop Insurance Sales. He is a graduate of the Minnesota Bankers Association’s Commercial Lending School and Agricultural Lending School as well as a graduate of the Graduate School of Banking at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Shirley Laraway, Senior Vice President

Laraway joined Citizens in May 1996 as a Vice President, Mortgage Loan Officer. She is a graduate of University of Northern Iowa with a B.A. degree in Finance and Management. Shirley has 30 plus years of lending experience and specializes in Mortgage Lending.

Kevin Yager, Senior Vice President

Yager joined Citizens, Lafayette Branch, in December 1992 as a Vice President, Agricultural Lender. He is a graduate of the University of Minnesota with a B.A. degree in Ag Business and Economics. Kevin has 43 years of Agricultural Lending experience including Crop Insurance Sales. He is also a graduate of the Graduate School of Banking at the University of Colorado.

Brant Drill, Vice President

Drill joined Citizens in April 2004 as a Consumer Loan Officer and was promoted to Assistant Vice President, Lending in 2005. He is a Graduate of South Dakota State University with a B.S. degree in Agricultural Business. He is also a 2013 graduate of the Graduate School of Banking at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Jenn Wendorff, Assistant Cashier/Assistant Director of Client Services

Wendorff joined Citizens in June of 2003 as Receptionist. In 2005, she became a Client Service Representative and was promoted to Senior Client Service Representative in 2012. Wendorff was promoted to a Personal Banker in 2018. She has an Associate’s Degree in Business Management from Rasmussen College.

Mark Denn, Executive Vice President

Mark Denn, recently promoted to Executive Vice President, is now taking on the day-to-day management of the bank. Current bank President, Lou Geistfeld has announced his plans to retire at the end of 2019 at which time Denn will assume those responsibilities.

Citizens Bank Minnesota has its home office in New Ulm and branch offices in Lafayette, Lakeville and La Salle.

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