By Starrla Cray
LESTER PRAIRIE, MN As First Community Bank’s new president/CEO, Dean Perry is dedicated to maintaining and growing the bank’s successful service in Lester Prairie and Silver Lake.
“I’m looking to continue the Jileks’ great family tradition of being involved in the community,” Perry said. “I’ve always worked for family-owned community banks, and this fits really well with my background.”
Before joining FCB July 14, Perry served as president/CEO at banks in the areas of Willmar, Cokato, and Chisago City.
Perry is originally from the Quad Cities, a group of five communities on the Iowa/Illinois border. He attended college for business administration/finance at the University of Illinois, and got his first job with a bank in Illinois.
In 1996, Perry and his wife, Molly, moved to Minnesota to be near her family in Buffalo. Since then, the couple has had three children, currently ages 15, 11, and 8.
“Our hobby tends to be our kids,” Perry said, adding that he also enjoys golf and other outdoor activities in his spare time.
For Perry, a typical day at work involves providing direction and leadership, building an effective culture internally with employees and externally with clients, and overseeing various projects within the bank.
What’s the best part of his job?
“It’s really working with businesses and helping them succeed,” Perry said. “I’ve had the opportunity to be involved with a lot of different businesses, and it’s rewarding when business owners come up to me and say that my help was a big factor in their success.”
In addition to helping businesses, Perry is also focused on the success of the Lester Prairie and Silver Lake communities.
“The same philosophies that are important to the Jilek family are important to me, as well,” Perry said. “Given the tragedy that occurred with the passing of Doug Jilek, we want the community to know that we’re here, and we’re going to continue to be here.”
Bank owner/director Sheila Jilek said she is confident that Perry’s experience will be a good fit for the FCB family.
“We’re looking to move forward,” Jilek said.
FCB in Lester Prairie is located at 500 Central Avenue, and can be reached at (320) 395-2515.
The Silver Lake branch is located at 201 W Main Street. The phone number is (320) 327-3191.