Wayzata, MN, April 2017 — The city of Wayzata recognized Anchor Bank’s 50th anniversary and community involvement at its city council meeting last night, April 18, by presenting CEO Carl Jones with a proclamation.
“When a special time comes up to mark a progress for an institution that has been such a significant part of this community for a long, long time in so many ways, we welcome that opportunity, and this evening we have one example to do just that,” Wayzata Mayor Ken Willcox said.
The mayor went on to say that Anchor Bank has been a “stellar citizen” of Wayzata for a long time.
For 50 years Anchor Bank has been committed to serving communities by delivering personalized financial solutions and accessible resources to customers. The foundation of this legacy points back to one place – Wayzata.
On April 13, 1967, Winton Jones, Carl Jones’ father, purchased North Shore State Bank. At the time, the bank had about four employees, and $1.7 million in assets. The bank grew its assets by a substantial $1.6 million dollars in its first year – a phenomenal 73 percent increase. Today, the bank manages more than $2 billion in assets, has 18 locations throughout the Twin Cities and Mankato, and has more than 300 employees.
“Little did we know how much that would grow over the years,” Carl Jones said. “The reason it has grown is the people. The people in the community and the people we have as employees.”
In addition to all its success, Anchor Bank takes pride in its contributions to the community. When Carl’s father Winton returned from World War II, he had a vision. Winton wanted to grow a career close to home – where he could raise his family and establish a presence in the community.
“Dad always believed that if we could have people in the community that were successful and contribute to that success through the bank, the communities would be successful,” Carl Jones said.
In Wayzata, Anchor Bank gives $1,000 to sponsor the Anchor Bank Cup, the annual Wayzata Police vs. Wayzata Fire softball game that benefits the Crime Prevention Coalition Fund. In 2004, the Jones family created the Anchor Bank Family Foundation (now known as the Cove Foundation), a nonprofit that supports students through scholarships and raises money to fight multiple sclerosis.
When Winton Jones purchased North Shore State Bank, the name stuck for a few years. When a new building was constructed off the corner of Wayzata Boulevard and Highway 101, in 1973, the name changed to First National Bank of Wayzata. In 1981, Anchor Bancorp, Inc. was formed and began to expand services in the metro. The bank officially became known as Anchor Bank in 1995, an ode to its Wayzata roots and the Lake Minnetonka culture. Anchor Bank’s current Wayzata building is located at 135 Central Ave. N., which opened in September 2014.
St. Paul, MN, April 2017 — Anchor Bank is excited to announce CommonBond Communities as its new client and partner.
“We are honored that CommonBond chose to move its banking relationship to Anchor,” said Kelly Elkin, senior vice president of nonprofit banking at Anchor Bank. “Partnering with such a quality organization, whose team members are committed to building affordable housing and vibrant communities throughout the Midwest, is both humbling and exciting. It also affirms Anchor’s ability to support complex banking needs.”
Kevin Myren, CommonBond’s CFO, is pleased with this new partnership.
“CommonBond did an exhaustive search process and Anchor Bank leaped to the head of the pack with the technological capabilities we sought, and most importantly, with the incredible ‘can do’ attitude of the Anchor people,” he said. “Everything Anchor Bank promised has materialized, and more. We made the right choice and are delighted in the partnership and relationship.”
To further support CommonBond’s mission and Anchor Bank’s community development initiatives, Anchor Bank will provide $10,000 as a challenge to raise donations at CommonBond’s 19th-annual GrandeGala on April 7.
“We are thrilled to have the support of Anchor Bank for this signature fundraising event that supports CommonBond’s Advantage Services,” said CommonBond Executive Vice President of Resource Development Ann Ruff.
Later in April, members of Anchor’s leadership team will also tour one of CommonBond’s communities to see first-hand the significant work of staff and volunteers.
“When good housing is in place, a lot of other good things can happen,” Ruff said. “Our goal is for people to be stably housed and to be as independent as possible.” Ruff said.
For CommonBond, home is a foundation. With more than 100 properties throughout Minnesota, Iowa and Wisconsin, CommonBond offers the community opportunities in affordable housing and services to fit their unique needs. The organization serves 50 cities, making it the Midwest’s largest nonprofit provider of affordable housing with services.
St. Paul, MN, April 2017 — Anchor Bank is excited to announce that John Thwing, The SBA Guy, has joined our team. Thwing comes to Anchor with nearly 30 years of experience in banking. He has a wide range of expertise, including owner-occupied commercial real estate, business acquisitions, expansions, partner buyouts, franchise and construction financing.
“We’re thrilled to have John join our team. His high-level expertise and skills will greatly enhance our footprint in the SBA market. John will play a vital role as we look to enhance our SBA strategy,” said Gerard Berenz, Anchor’s director of SBA and government guaranteed lending.
Thwing, who joined Anchor in February, gave himself the name of The SBA Guy, and the name stuck. He takes his personal brand with him everywhere he goes.
“I really am The SBA Guy. It’s my job, my title and my license plate. It is how I make the world a better place, by helping people transform their lives through ownership,” Thwing said.
He’s passionate about what he does, and he’s excited to bring that passion to Anchor.
“For most of my customers, the loan I am working on likely represents their financial ‘Super Bowl.’ They need me to perform at my best,” Thwing said.
Thwing graduated from the University of Minnesota Carlson School of Management. He started his banking career as a mail boy at Northwestern National Bank (later renamed Wells Fargo) and worked his way up.
Anchor Bank is excited to have Thwing’s enthusiasm, hard-work ethic, responsiveness and experience on our team.
Burnsville, MN, April 2017 — Anchor Bank Burnsville will be celebrating its 10th anniversary in April. Branch Manager Heather Bierbrauer invites local business owners and members of the community to join her and the branch’s friendly staff on Wednesday, April 12 to celebrate during the Burnsville Chamber of Commerce AM Coffee Break from 8-9 a.m. at the Anchor Bank Burnsville location. The coffee break will include complimentary coffee and pastries for attendees, as well as a chance to enter a drawing to win a $50 gift card.
“We’re hosting this event in order to bring community members into our business and get to know about what we do, meet other people and broaden their network,” Bierbrauer said.
Anchor Bank opened its Burnsville branch on April 2, 2007. Since its opening, the branch has been involved in a number of community organizations and events. For the past 10 years the branch has been an ongoing participant in the Burnsville Fire Muster parade. The branch has also been a sponsor of numerous events, including the Burnsville Chamber Golf Classic, the annual BITE of Burnsville and Music in the Park.
For Anchor Bank, community involvement and volunteering is important. “We’re asking a lot of the community and the local business owners to bank with us and trust us, and we want to reciprocate,” Bierbrauer said.
The city of Burnsville is expected to recognize Anchor Bank’s anniversary and community involvement by signing a proclamation at its April 4 city council meeting.
Along with the branch’s 10th anniversary, the bank is celebrating its 50th anniversary. Fifty years ago, Winton Jones purchased North Shore State Bank in Wayzata, which he later renamed Anchor Bank. Today, Anchor Bank has 18 locations throughout the Twin Cities.
About the Event
What: Burnsville Chamber of Commerce AM Coffee Break
Location: Anchor Bank
550 W. Burnsville Pkwy
Burnsville, MN 55337
Date/Time: Wednesday, April 12 from 8-9 a.m.
St. Paul, MN, Feb. 2017 — Anchor Bank has named Molly Swenson, senior mortgage loan officer at its Eden Prairie location. Molly, a graduate of St. Thomas University, brings to Anchor over 25 years of experience having worked most recently in the mortgage departments of Wells Fargo and Minnesota Bank & Trust.
“Molly is customer driven and provides exceptional guidance for homebuyers,” says Steve Dobin mortgage manager. “She offers a calm and collaborative approach to help customers structure loans that best serve their needs.”
A past president and current member of the Excelsior Rotary, Molly strongly believes in the Rotarian mission to bring integrity and ethics to all aspects of one’s life. She greatly values service and loves supporting events that foster a stronger community.
St. Paul, MN, November 2016 — Anchor Bank has named Brant Gustafson vice president, bank manager at Anchor Bank Woodbury. Brant joined Anchor with over 18 years of experience in the banking industry. A veteran of personal banking, he sets high standards and expectations for all service provided to customers.
“Brant excels at building relationships with both customers and bank employees to create an ideal environment for delivering successful financial results,” says Rhonda Mann, manager of personal banking. “Brant is a team builder who is excellent at identifying customer needs and pairing them with the correct product and support to ensure positive results.”
Brant is a member of BNI Minnesota and the Woodbury Area Chamber of Commerce. He cares deeply about the community lending support to both local food shelf and scholarship boards. He currently serves as the vice president of the White Bear Area Fast Pitch Association.
St. Paul, MN, November 2016 — Anchor Bank has promoted Wendy Boos to assistant vice president, bank manager of the Lakeville office. Wendy has been with Anchor Bank for nearly thirteen years, most recently serving as the assistant bank manager at the Farmington location.
“Wendy has always exceled at working directly with customers to ensure a remarkable experience,” says Rhonda Mann, manager of personal banking. “I’m confident that as Bank Manager, Wendy will continue to nurture her passion of helping others by leading the branch in delivering top-notch service.”
Filling multiple roles as an AWANA Sunday School teacher at church, Wendy also serves as a member of the nonprofit Farmington Business Association.
St. Paul, MN, November 2016 – Anchor Bank has promoted Hope Schroeppel to bank manager lead. Hope will oversee the Plymouth, Wayzata, Eden Prairie and Shakopee locations. A nine-year veteran of Anchor Bank, Hope will lend expertise in financial offerings and services to further expand Anchor Bank’s presence in the community.
“Hope is a proven leader who builds strong relationships with team members to consistently deliver superior service to customers,” says Rhonda Mann personal banking manager at Anchor Bank. “She excels at highlighting Anchor Bank’s commitment to serve the community by offering innovative solutions to financial needs.”
A graduate of the University of Wisconsin with a BBA in Finance, Investments and Banking, Hope is a member of the Wayzata Chamber of Commerce and is on the board of directors of the Wayzata Rotary Club.
St. Paul, MN, November 2016 — Anchor Bank has promoted Tim Raymond to senior vice president, bank manager of its Eden Prairie location. Tim brings nearly 15 years of experience in the financial services and banking industries to the Eden Prairie office, providing a personalized client experience with each customer interaction.
“Tim has been serving clients in the Eden Prairie community since 2002,” says Rhonda Mann, manager of personal banking. “He lives the Anchor values each and every day with his customers and his team.”
Tim’s family volunteers as drivers for Dinner at Your Door, a nonprofit delivering nutritious meals helping individuals and families live independently and stay healthy. They are also active volunteers for Feed My Starving Children and the youth program at their church. In the past, Tim has served on the Board of Directors for the TwinWest Chamber of Commerce for six years, as well as the TwinWest Foundation for three years sitting on the High School Scholarship committee.
St. Paul, MN, May, 2016 — Anchor Bank has promoted Brenda Johnson to bank manager lead. Brenda leads and manages the Eagan, Woodbury, St. Paul Park and North St. Paul locations. Most recently, Brenda served as vice president, bank manager.
“Brenda delivers personal and small business banking by creating strong customer relationships founded on financial success,” Rhonda Mann, personal banking manager at Anchor Bank, said. “She has a demonstrated commitment to her community and is a role-model for leadership.”
As an Eagan Ambassador Captain for the Dakota County Regional Chamber of Commerce, Brenda facilitates involvement and encourages visibility in the community for new businesses through Chamber activities. She is also heavily involved with many other organizations supporting initiatives that make an impact close to home; including The Eagan Foundation, the Women’s Circle, and the Green Ribbon Initiatives Board.
St. Paul, MN, August 2016 – Anchor Bank has named Lisa McDaniel vice president, commercial operations & projects. Lisa, a 20-year veteran of the banking industry, will provide expertise in management and technology to ensure streamlined processes within Commercial Banking, Treasury Management, Private Banking and Investment.
"Lisa’s dedication to the client and her ability to build innovative, collaborative teams, make her an ideal addition to our organization, says Jim Collins director of commercial banking at Anchor Bank. "She focuses on building strong relationships with clients to ensure they are supported by the best possible products and services to allow them to focus on growth and efficiency."
A lifetime believer in affordable and accessible education, Lisa has served on the boards of Anoka-Ramsey Community College Foundation, the Twinwest Foundation and the North Metro Soccer Association.
St. Paul, MN, August 2016 — The Cove Foundation, formerly Anchor Bank Family Foundation, has awarded three scholarships in the amount of $4,000 each to three outstanding children of Anchor Bank employees. The award recipients, Joshua Huninghake, Zach Marshalla, and Cale McElroy, were selected by Scholarship America after their careful review of eight strong candidates.
The legacy Anchor Bank Foundation, now The Cove Foundation, was founded by the Jones family in 2004 to honor the life and legacy of Anchor Bank founder Winton Jones. The Jones family and the Foundation execute programs that advocate Winton’s love for education and support of the communities in which he lived and worked.
"The Jones family is delighted that the scholarships for 2016 have been awarded to Josh, Zach and Cale and extend our congratulations to those motivated students," says Janet Jones president of The Cove Foundation.
The Cove Foundation does consider unsolicited requests for support from 501c(3) organizations. Projects considered for support must demonstrate a clear purpose and meet defined needs in one of the Foundation’s areas of focus including education and humanitarian efforts. All applicants must submit a written project request describing how the proposed project meets these criteria in order to be considered.
About The Cove Foundation
The Cove Foundation is a Minnesota-based family foundation, established in 2004, under the direction of the Jones family that seeks to improve the quality of life in the lives of individuals, families and the communities we serve. The Foundation achieves its objective through contributions to projects in the areas of education and humanitarian efforts.
For general inquires email firstname.lastname@example.org. Completed Minnesota Common Grant applications can be sent to email@example.com.
St. Paul, MN, September 2016 — Jim Huninghake senior vice president, commercial banking at Anchor Bank has been honored with SPEDCO’s 2016 Banker of the Year Award. Jim was selected by SPEDCO for both the instrumental support of their SBA 504 Loan program and the wealth of valuable insight he offers to clients.
“Jim exudes a reassuring confidence both in his financial service abilities as well as in the success of each of his clients, and is well deserving of the award,” says Jim Collins Director of Commercial Banking at Anchor Bank.
SPEDCO has only extended the honor three times in the last 22 years. It is with significance that the last award was also presented to Jim in 2007.
SPEDCO is a nonprofit certified development company whose mission is to help small businesses obtain financing for job creation, to fund business expansion and to promote economic development throughout the state of Minnesota and nine counties in western Wisconsin. As a registered agent of the SBA since 1981, SPEDCO is certified to provide consultation and services to banks and their customers. SPEDCO consistently ranks high on the list of Minnesota institutions using SBA programs.
St. Paul, MN, July 2016 — Anchor Bank has named Kelly Elkin senior vice president, nonprofit banking. Kelly brings over 30 years of experience in the industry to Anchor Bank, working with start-up to Fortune 100, domestic and international, private and public, for-profit and nonprofit organizations.
Kelly appreciates that every nonprofit is unique, and takes time to listen, ask questions and understand her client’s needs,” says Jim Collins director of commercial banking at Anchor Bank. “She thrives at taking a complex financing need, and bringing together constituents to structure creative solutions.”
Over the past 10 years, Kelly’s volunteer focus has been serving on nonprofit boards of directors. Currently, Kelly serves as board treasurer and director of Alliance Housing, Inc., and board director and finance committee member of Youthprise.
St. Paul, MN, June 2016— Jeff Boelsen has joined Anchor Bank’s Board of Directors. Previously, Jeff spent 25 years in the distribution channel of Cummins Inc., a Fortune 250 company, most recently as vice president of finance and chief financial officer. Jeff retired in 2015 and currently consults part-time for Cummins Inc.
“As a key corporate leader, Jeff brings a wealth of knowledge to the table and is very involved in his community,” says Carl Jones chief executive officer and chairman of the board at Anchor Bank. “We’re thrilled to welcome Jeff to Anchor, and look forward to utilizing his extensive experience.”
Jeff graduated from St. Cloud State University in Minnesota. He was a former Board member of Cummins NPower and ICDC (Cummins’ insurance captive) and served on the finance committee of North Oaks Golf Club, Our Saviors Church and Sundance Condo Association. Jeff has also served on several councils for Cummins North American Distributors.
St. Paul, MN, May 2016— Anchor Bank has promoted Charity Williams to Bank Manager Lead. In addition to managing and coaching her own personal banking team in Apple Valley, as Bank Manager Lead Charity now oversees Anchor’s Burnsville, Lakeville and Mankato teams. Charity has worked in the banking and financial industry since 2001 and joined Anchor in April 2014, most recently serving as Vice President, Bank Manager.
“Charity has excelled at setting expectations for her team to deepen relationships, “says Rhonda Mann, Personal Banking Manager at Anchor Bank. “I’m confident that as Bank Manager Lead Charity will inspire an even stronger execution of Anchor’s overall values, strategic plans and tactical objectives. ”
Charity has a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from the University of Florida and is a Dale Carnegie Leadership Training graduate, having completed coursework on effective sales, teamwork, leadership development, effective public speaking and customer service skills . She also has her NMLS license. Charity also regularly volunteers with local food shelves and other nonprofits in the area.
St. Paul, MN, May, 2016 — Anchor Bank has promoted Kristi Joeckel to bank manager lead. Kristi leads and manages the St. Paul Park office in addition to overseeing the Eagan, Woodbury and North. St. Paul offices. She has been with Anchor for over a decade, supporting her teams with a highly motivated attitude.
“Kristi goes above and beyond to exceed her client’s goals with a warm smile and welcoming spirit,” Rhonda Mann, personal banking manager at Anchor Bank, said. “She has an undeniable passion for people and continuously works to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of her assigned offices.”
As a Vice President, Bank Manager Lead, Kristi demonstrates that teamwork combined with a genuine attitude go a long way. She is well-versed in personal financial services and is up to the challenge of ensuring every single person receives the highest quality service.
St. Paul, MN, May 2016 — Anchor Bank has names Jordan Marriott vice president, commercial banker in the Eagan Office. Previously, Jordan held a position as a Commercial Loan Officer at a Federal Credit Union in St. Paul.
“As Vice President, Commercial Banker Jordan takes the time to build relationships with clients and understand their business operations in order to implement mutually beneficial solution,” Jim Collins director of commercial banking at Anchor Bank, said. “His ability to come up with creative solutions from a credit standpoint due to his background as an analyst and portfolio manager is part of what makes working with Jordan a unique experience.”
Jordan attended University of Minnesota Duluth where he received a bachelor’s degree in Finance. He was also member of NCAA Division II University of Minnesota Duluth football national championship teams.
St. Paul, MN, May 2016 — Anchor Bank has promoted Kim Bundich to bank manager lead. In addition to leading and managing the Snelling office, Kim will now oversee the Arden Hills, Blaine and West St. Paul offices. Previously, Kim held a position at Anchor Bank as Vice President, Bank Manager, managing a portfolio of accounts to ensure each individual is receiving the full breadth of financial services that Anchor has to offer.
“As Bank Manager Lead Kim excels in overseeing and delivering topnotch personal banking services with an emphasis on providing the very best in customer service,” says Rhonda Mann, manager of personal banking. “Whether Kim is assisting with opening a new account, explaining the credit process to a new client, or helping a team member, she does so with a can do attitude and a strong focus on her clients.”
As active in her role upholding the tradition of Anchor’s customer-focused service as she is in her community, Kim remains a vital asset to her entire team. When Kim isn’t busy volunteering with a variety of non-profits in her community, including Sharing and Caring Hands, she enjoys spending time with her daughter, creating new recipes and traveling.
St. Paul, MN, April 2016 — Anchor Bank has named Steve Willems chief information officer. Steve comes to Anchor Bank with over 30 years of experience in the information technology industry. Most recently, Steve held a position as vice president of information technology solutions at a multi-million dollar Twin Cities nonprofit.
“Steve is a strategic IT executive, and we’re thrilled to have him on board,” says Jeff Hawkins, president and chief operating officer at Anchor Bank. “He has a track record of building teams that deliver technology solutions to support infrastructure, enable business growth and increase customer satisfaction.”
Steve has been an adjunct teacher at St. Mary’s University of Minnesota for over six years, teaching in the Masters of Information Technology Management program. Outside of work, he lends much of his time to volunteering in areas of his church, including Finance Committee, Men’s Group, Sacraments, Ministry, and Soldiers in Christ. In addition, Steve volunteers with Andover youth athletic events, participates in the ThinkIT mentorship program, and is a past board of director member and past chair for Minnesota Computers for Schools.
St. Paul, MN, April 2016 — Anchor Bank has promoted Jason Torke to market president, commercial real estate. Jason joined Anchor Bank in 2007 as a vice president of commercial banking, where he spent over five years successfully growing a large loan portfolio, lending complex loan structures to hundreds of borrowers spread across numerous industries. He most recently held a position as senior vice president, commercial real estate manager, leading a team responsible for overseeing a large and fast-growing loan portfolio.
“Jason has a complete understanding of every intricacy of the most complex commercial loans,” says Jim Collins, director of commercial banking at Anchor Bank. “Jason regularly identifies and recommends commercial partnerships with Anchor, playing an essential role in business development.”
In nearly nine years with Anchor, Jason has developed stable long-term business and personal relationships with countless clients. He is involved as a member of several professional organizations including Risk Management Association (RMA), NAIOP— the Commercial Real Estate Development Association, Minneapolis Regional Chamber of Commerce, Minnesota Commercial Real Estate (MNCAR), and the Minnesota Shopping Center Association (MSCA).
St. Paul, MN, Feb. 2016 — Anchor Bank has named Christina Ortiz assistant vice president, bank manager at Anchor Bank West St. Paul. Christina has been with Anchor for nearly 13 years, most recently pioneering a new position as learning and development coordinator in the Human Resources department. She formerly held a position serving as assistant bank manager at Anchor Bank West St. Paul.
“Christina truly understands the importance of providing our customers with an exceptional experience, she listens to their needs and provides solutions.” Rhonda Mann, manager of personal banking. “Christina’s patient and optimistic leadership style is what equips her to handle tough situations and to find the best possible solutions for her clients.”
Christina volunteers with Celebrate West St. Paul, an organization that engages the community, honors the next generation and promotes local businesses. She served on the board of directors from 2014-2015. In her 13 years with Anchor, Christina has always demonstrated a commitment to serving her neighbors and community.