We're here to make a difference

Bremer Bank has roots in the places where we live and work that go back to 1943, and a history of making a real-world difference in the lives of our customers that begins with our founder. Otto Bremer believed that if banks helped businesses in good times and bad, communities would thrive. Today, we’re proud to work with the people who grow our food, build our economy, and serve our neighbors. We offer banking, mortgage, investment, wealth management, trust and insurance in Minnesota, North Dakota and Wisconsin. We’re here to help you solve your toughest problems, seize your biggest opportunities, and achieve success on your terms, now and in the future.

Ready for What's Next

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$13b

privately held regional financial services company.

1943

Founded to serve customers and communities in our region.

$750m

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.

Our Values

Collaboration

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.

Commitment

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.

Creativity

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.

Otto Bremer Portrait

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

Jeanne Crain

Jeanne Crain

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.

Jeanne's Profile

Keith Ahrendt

Keith Ahrendt

Chief Credit Officer

With decades of broad banking experience, Keith brings valuable perspective and oversight to Bremer’s lending practices and services.

Keith's Profile

Mitch Bleske

Mitch Bleske

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.

Mitch's Profile

Meghan Brown

Meghan Brown

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.

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Erin Dady

Erin Dady

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.

Erin's Profile

Dan Flaningan

Dan Flaningan

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.

Dan's Profile

Ginny Kremer

Ginny Kremer

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.

Ginny's Profile

Tom Rickers

Tom Rickers

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.

Tom's Profile

Travis Hoaglund

Travis Hoaglund

EVP, Financial Solutions

Travis oversees the strategy and operations of Bremer's business line services including insurance, wealth, institutional advisory and mortgage. 

Travis' Profile