By Ivan Raconteur
LESTER PRAIRIE, SILVER LAKE, MN First Community Bank board of directors has named Matt Schuldt interim president of First Community Bank, locations in Lester Prairie and Silver Lake, effective April 15.
“Business going forward, for the most part isn’t going to change,” Schuldt said.
“With what occurred, with Douglas Jilek’s passing, we just want the communities both our communities that we serve, our two locations in Silver Lake and Lester Prairie, we want them to know we’re stable, everything’s going to move forward, and it will be business as usual,” Schuldt said.
The only change, he said, will be that he will have office hours in both locations. He will work in the Lester Prairie office Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays; and in the Silver Lake office Tuesdays and Thursdays.
Schuldt noted the bank merged the Lester Prairie and Silver Lake banks into one First Community Bank.
Schuldt said he has always had an open-door policy, and customers will be able to reach him at either location.
“I am looking forward to getting to know people and build relationships in Silver Lake,” he added.
It’s an honor, but its a humble honor, Schuldt said of being named interim president.
I want people to know; ‘your bank is still here for you.’” Schuldt said.
“We’ve always had a great staff,” he noted, adding that customers are greeted with a smile and a friendly hello when they enter the bank. The staff knows the customers and they know the community, he said.
Schuldt grew up in a small town, Caledonia, which had a population of 2,700 at the time.
“This community reminds me of my small town,” Schuldt said. “People care. People take care of each other.”
He noted local church groups, the Lions Club, Lester Prairie Business Association, and the American Legion are all active in the community.
Schuldt noted enjoys serving the community, and he has become “a very good pancake flipper” since joining the Lester Prairie Lions.
Schuldt has been employed as vice president at First Community Bank since September 2009.
Schuldt currently lives in Buffalo with his wife, Melissa, daughter, Gabrielle, 6, and son, Samuel, 3.