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Jeff Brown, Sr. Joins West Bank Rochester Community Board

West Bank has added Rochester entrepreneur and real estate investor, Jeff Brown, Sr. to its Community Board for the Rochester market.  Additionally, West Bank has recognized three retiring Community Board members. 

West Bank selects community leaders to serve on a Community Board in each local market it serves.  These leaders provide their valuable insights, perspective and collective wisdom to support the bank’s local management, as well as to assist the bank with marketing and community relations efforts.

Jeff Brown, Sr. is a long time real estate investor and has developed many high profile projects in the Rochester community.   For over 30 years, Brown has owned Jeff Brown Real Estate, a successful commercial real estate management and brokerage firm.

“Jeff is a well-respected, well connected business leader in our community and has been a supporter of West Bank since 2013 when we opened in Rochester,” said Mike Zinser, West Bank Market President.  “We are very pleased to now have Jeff advising and guiding us in a more formal role with the Bank.”

"We’re fortunate over the years that we’ve been able to attract so many amazing community leaders who have helped shape Rochester,” said Dave Nelson, West Bank Chairman & CEO. “We gain a great deal of our strength through our relationships, and together we look forward to continuing a strong and responsive community banking approach for the Rochester business community.”

Earlier this year, West Bank honored and thanked retiring Community Board members, Gus Chafoulias, Joe Powers and Elaine Garry for their unwavering dedication and support.  Following these retirements and the addition of Brown, West Bank announced the new Rochester Community Board for 2020 and beyond. 

West Bank Rochester Community Board 

  • Jason Boynton, CPA – Principal, Smith Schafer & Associates
  • Jeff Brown, Sr. – Jeff Brown Real Estate
  • Mike Busch – Principal, Paramark Corp
  • Pat Deutsch – CEO, Pace International
  • Bobbie Gostout, M.D. – Vice President, Mayo Clinic
  • Greg Groves – President, Universal Marine & RV
  • Hal Henderson – Principal, HGA Architects & Engineers
  • Charlie Kuehn – President, Kuehn Motor Company
  • Dick Kuehn – Vice President, Kuehn Motor Company
  • Dave Pederson – Partner, Dunlap & Seeger, PA
  • Peter Schuller – President, A.B. Systems
  • Ed Stanley – President, Merit Building Enclosure Systems
  • Tim Weir – CEO, Olmsted Medical Center

West Bank is a 127 year old, publicly traded community bank that is based in West Des Moines, Iowa and has a strong presence in all its markets, including Des Moines, Coralville, Rochester, Mankato, Owatonna and St. Cloud.  West Bank Chairman and CEO is former Rochester & SE Minnesota banking executive Dave Nelson, who is well known and respected in Rochester and brought West Bank to Rochester in 2013.

Under Nelson’s leadership, West Bank has been consistently named one of the top banks in America by firms such as Raymond James and Sandler O’Neill, as well as the American Bankers Association and several other industry professionals. 

In the Rochester market, West Bank is a full-service business bank, with a seasoned team of accomplished bankers that are well known and have been successful in this market for over 20 years.  In addition to business banking, the bank offers principal banking targeted to business owners, executives and professionals as well as full consumer banking and trust services to the community. 

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