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privately held regional financial services company.
Founded to serve customers and communities in our region.
dividends paid to the Otto Bremer Trust since 1989.
Cultivating Thriving Communities
Our Purpose establishes not just who we want to be or what we want to do, but why we want to do it in the first place — for our customers, for our communities, and for each other.
We work elbow to elbow with our customers, making a difference for them in good times and bad. We share our skills, knowledge and experience to support each other every day.
We’re deeply invested in the places we live and work, and we’re always ready to do whatever it takes to help our neighbors and communities thrive and grow.
Imagination and innovation are essential to our customers’ success, and our own. If there’s a better way to do something, we’ll find it or create it.
About Otto Bremer
Otto Bremer came to Minnesota as a German immigrant in 1886 seeking opportunities for a good life. Over the next 36 years, he worked his way up to become chairman of the American National Bank and a dedicated community leader involved in civic, financial, and corporate life. Bremer’s financial acumen led to investments in many independent rural banks in the Upper Midwest. During the Great Depression, Bremer liquidated many of his personal assets to strengthen these banks and help them ride out hard times. He believed that people could survive and flourish if they had help at critical times. For all his success, Otto did not forget the strengths and hardships of the rural and immigrant experience. His concern for those working to make their lives better, coupled with his commitment to the local banks, became the cornerstone of his long-term vision. In 1943, Otto created Bremer Bank as a bank holding company to consolidate his stake in the community banks, giving the banks the advantage of acting as a group.
The Otto Bremer Trust
In 1944, Otto Bremer established a charitable trust to perpetuate his life’s work of combining finance and philanthropy for the benefit of people living in Minnesota, North Dakota, and Wisconsin. His vision and longstanding commitment to enhance the quality of life in communities during and after the Great Depression endure today through the Otto Bremer Trust (OBT). OBT's mission is to invest in people, places, and opportunities in the Upper Midwest.
OBT is also a bank-holding company that manages a diversified investment portfolio, including 92 percent ownership of Bremer Bank. The returns on these investments provide the resources to fulfill the Trust’s mission. Over its history, OBT has made more than $700 million in grants and program-related investments to more than 3,200 organizations in the three-state area.
Our Executive Team
President and CEO
As CEO since November 2016, Jeanne has combined her extensive industry knowledge and leadership experience to advance the company’s strategy and performance.
Chief Credit Officer
With decades of broad banking experience, Keith brings valuable perspective and oversight to Bremer’s lending practices and services.
EVP & Chief Financial Officer
With broad oversight of financial management and relationship management, Mitch has helped Bremer pursue new lines of business and customer-focused strategies that are propelling profitable growth.
Chief Human Resources Officer
Known for her innovative thinking and authenticity as a leader, Meghan is passionate about advancing Bremer’s culture of collaboration and trust to elevate organizational performance.
Chief Marketing Officer
Driven by her belief that the world’s problems will be solved at the intersection of the public, private and nonprofit sectors, Erin brings diverse sector experience to her role at Bremer.
Chief Strategy Officer
As Bremer’s chief strategy officer, Dan Flaningan is charged with enhancing the customer experience through specialized solutions and digital capabilities that help them more efficiently reach their financial goals.
EVP and Chief Risk Officer
Ginny brings a deep understanding of risk management to significantly improve the organization’s risk awareness, capabilities, reporting and control processes.
EVP, Consumer Banking and Operations
Tom is dedicated to delivering financial solutions and service to Bremer’s individual customers and overseeing the operations that support all of Bremer’s banking clients.