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Bremer Bank’s Stephen Spears named “person to know” by Twin Cities Business


Stephen Spears of Bremer Bank was recently named one of Twin Cities Business magazine’s 100 People to Know for 2023. Spears, Bremer’s senior vice president of Twin Cities community banking, has spent more than 25 years in financial services and has been part of Bremer’s senior leadership team since 2020. He oversees secondary marketing, affordable lending functions, and supports the bank’s commitment to establish a greater presence in serving Black, Indigenous, Latino, Asian and other communities of color. Spears was instrumental in opening Bremer’s new branch on Minneapolis’ East Lake Street neighborhood in 2022.

“Stephen is a tremendous asset to Bremer Bank and a natural leader,” said Jeanne Crain, president and CEO of Bremer Bank. “His commitment to strengthening community partnerships and his work to develop new resources to build relationships and support small business owners and individuals is both actionable and impactful. Stephen is extremely deserving of this honor.”

Every year, the editors of Twin Cities Business make a list of the people in and around Minnesota business who are likely to make news and drive change in the year ahead. The TCB 100 list for 2023 includes CEOs, founders, philanthropists, government officials and innovators across the state.

“It is an honor to be recognized in this meaningful way. I love that living out Bremer’s purpose, of cultivating thriving communities allows me to show up for the many special and diverse communities we serve,” Spears said. “When a community thrives, we all thrive – and that is what drives both myself and Bremer in everything we do.”

Read Stephen's article in the TCB 100 list is featured in the December 2022/January 2023 issue of Twin Cities Business here.

About Bremer Financial Corporation

Bremer Financial Corporation is a privately held, regional financial services company with $16 billion in assets, jointly owned by the Otto Bremer Trust and Bremer employees. Founded in 1943 by Otto Bremer, the company is headquartered in St. Paul, Minnesota and provides a comprehensive range of banking, mortgage, investment, wealth management, and insurance products and services throughout Minnesota, North Dakota and Wisconsin. Clients include small businesses, mid-sized corporations, agribusinesses, nonprofits, public and government entities, and individuals and families.