September 24, 2007

A changing of the guard at Citizens State Bank

Citizens State Bank has a new president and a new senior lender

By Jennifer Gallus
Staff Writer

With Catherine “Birdie” Jackson retiring from day-to-day operations, Brian Matzke has been promoted to the president of Citizens State Bank of Waverly and Montrose.

Previously, Matzke was a senior lender at the bank for the last five years, which entailed responsibilities such as being in charge of a department and part of a management team. Matzke will now have oversight of the entire bank’s retail and lending functions.

Kim and Catherine Jackson will maintain ownership of the bank, and will remain very involved with the bank. Catherine will remain chairman and CEO, as well.

“I appreciate the confidence the bank has in me – to give me a shot at this,” Matzke said. “The customers have been great and very supportive,” he added.

Matzke described his biggest challenge as keeping up with technology.

“We’ll make some changes in the next six months that hopefully the customers will appreciate,” Matzke said.

“We’re (the bank) here to serve the residents of the community – we’re very much focused on that. That’s what the role of a community bank should be,” Matzke said.

“It’s my philosophy that the customer always comes first. It’s part of our service standards, and always has been,” Matzke explained.

Matzke comes from a small town in southern Minnesota and grew up on a farm. “I’ve enjoyed working with the people and organizations in the community, and look forward to the next 20 years here,” he said.

In fact, Citizens State Bank has several long-time employees. Many have been there for 20-plus years, “which says a lot,” Matzke said.

With the shift of Matzke to president, a new VP senior lender was hired who is Jason Fink.

Fink’s specialty is in agricultural and business lending. He will take care of agricultural and commercial loan customers analysis and borrowing needs. “Basically, full-service lending,” Fink said.

Fink is originally from Armour, South Dakota, and has been in the banking business for six years.

“I like the business model of a small-town community bank, and the small-town atmosphere,” Fink said.

“I like getting to know customers both inside and outside the bank. I like that the bank is locally owned, and I think the customers appreciate that,” Fink explained.

“Local owners care about the current situation and future of the bank,” he added.

Fink is recently married, and his wife Shanna is a cardiology nurse. He also had two stepchildren, Courtney, 6; and Tyson, 4. His hobbies include helping harvest for one or two weeks at his parents’ grain and livestock farm in South Dakota, fishing, hunting, and boating.

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