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:
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
Constance L. Bakken
Daniel M. Delmore
James L. Rhodes
Richard D. Thorsen
Bradley E. Bakken
Ember Reichgott Junge
Patrick K. Schmidt
Vicki L. Turnquist