CIB Leadership

Customer service and community involvement continues to be stronger than ever at Citizens Independent Bank. We are proud to be locally and family-owned. We take to heart that local involvement and decision-making is how a good bank should operate.

Brad Bakken, President & CEO

Brad is a graduate of the University of Minnesota, Minnesota Banking School at St. Olaf College, and the Graduate School of Banking in Madison, Wisconsin. He has been with Citizens Independent Bank since 1982 and began his duties as President & CEO in 1998. Brad is an advocate for encouraging employee growth both personally and professionally. He is personally involved in numerous community organizations and trade associations including:

  • American Bankers Association Community Bankers Council
  • Bank Holding Company Association (Past Chair)
  • Boy Scouts of America, Northern Star Presidents Cabinet
  • Children First (Past Chair)
  • Discover St. Louis Park Board of Directors
  • Greater MN Financial Group
  • Independent Community Bankers of Minnesota
  • Minnesota Bankers Association (Past Chair) 
  • Minnesota Chamber of Commerce
  • North Memorial Hospital Foundation (Past Chair)
  • Norway House Board of Directors
  • St. Louis Park Sunrise Rotary (Past President)
  • The Bakken Museum (Chairman of the Board)
  • TwinWest Chamber of Commerce (Past Chair)
Brad Bakken - President & CEO, Citizens Independent Bank, MN


Connie Bakken, Board Chair Emeritus

A medical technologist by profession, Connie Bakken began her third career with the purchase of Citizens Independent Bank at age 56 in 1980. At that time, Citizens had two locations and assets of $44 million. Today, there are four offices and assets of $300 million. Connie says that her biggest business accomplishment has been the growth of Citizens Independent Bank.

Connie is a supporter of many community programs and non-profit organizations. She has been a member of several banking associations as well as the National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO) and was a member of Rotary. She has served as a director of Youth Encounter Foundation, The Foundation HealthSystem Minnesota, and the TwinWest Chamber of Commerce. She has also served on the board of Presbyterian Homes Minnesota, Minnesota Bankers Association/MAIB, and was a trustee at Hamline University.


Awards & Achievements

  • Inducted into Minnesota Women Business Owners Hall of Fame, 2013  
  • Achievement Award - TwinWest Chamber of Commerce, 2012
  • Top 25 Women Business Owners - City Business, 2001, 2000, 1999, 1998
  • MN Women’s Political Caucus Education Council Award
  • Career Achievement Award - Women in Business, 1995
  • Community Service Award - Minnesota Suburban NAACP, 1995
  • Lifetime Achievement Award - Minnesota Chapter of the National Association of Women Business Owners, 1994
  • WCCO Good Neighbor Award - WCCO Radio, 1993
  • Employer of the Year - North Hennepin Business & Professional Women, 1990 & 1991
  • “Connie Bakken Day” - Proclaimed by Governor Perpich on May 23, 1990
  • 1990 Karen Gibbs Woman of Achievement - TwinWest Chamber of Commerce
  • “Distinguished Women in Banking” - Northwestern Financial Review, 1990
  • Woman of Achievement Award - St. Louis Park Business & Professional Women’s Association, 1984
Connie Bakken - Board Chair Emeritus, Citizens Independent Bank, MN

Constance L. Bakken 
Board Chair Emeritus

Daniel M. Delmore 
Gearty-Delmore Funeral Chapels

James L. Rhodes 
Government Relations

Richard D. Thorsen 
Business Consultant

Bradley E. Bakken  
Chairman of the Board

Ember Reichgott Junge 
Ember Communications, Inc.

Patrick K. Schmidt
Value Consulting Group

Vicki L. Turnquist
Banking Consultant