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VanRoekel named Board Chair of United Prairie

MANKATO — Former Taylor Corporation and Davisco executive, Melanie VanRoekel, took the helm of United Prairie Bank’s board of directors on February 26th when she was elected board chair for the $632 million southern Minnesota financial services provider.

VanRoekel is assuming board leadership from Stuart J. Sneer of Mankato as Sneer transitions into retirement from his day-to-day activities. Sneer has led the bank board, along with its insurance and investment divisions, since 2006 when his father and founder of the company, James G. Sneer, went into retirement. Sneer will remain on the board.

“Melanie has been serving on our board for over a year, so we’re enjoying a smooth transition,” said Scott Bradley, CEO and company president. “We’re excited about having her in an even bigger leadership role. Her experience and leadership have already helped propel our company to its most profitable year ever in 2019.”

“United Prairie is well-run, technologically advanced and extremely sound,” said VanRoekel.

VanRoekel’s involvement in the Mankato business and education community runs deep. A graduate of Minnesota State University, Mankato, she’s held key positions in two of the most prominent companies in the area, Davisco Foods International, Inc. as chief financial officer, and Taylor Corporation as corporate controller.

She’s also a recognized advocate for helping those with intellectual and developmental disabilities. VanRoekel was appointed to the State of Minnesota Special Education Advisory Panel in 2017 and was Vice Chair for the 2018/2019 school year. In addition, she is on the Special Education Advisory Council for ISD77 and is board chair for the Mankato Area Foundation.

About United Prairie:

United Prairie is headquartered in Mankato, Minnesota and offers a full line of banking, insurance and investment products for personal, agricultural and business needs in 14 locations throughout central and southern Minnesota. To learn more about United Prairie and the communities they serve, visit www.unitedprairiebank.com.

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