John Schumacher Named Market President

John A. Schumacher has been named Market President of the Greater Grand Forks Market of American Federal Bank. Schumacher’s office is located at American Federal’s Grand Forks location at 2551 South Columbia Road.

Schumacher has 13 years of financial services experience in the Greater Grand Forks Market, including ag and commercial lending.

“John was born, raised and educated and has lived and worked in the Red River Valley his entire life. He is one of the most respected Bankers in the market,” Executive Vice President Ross Olson said. “His knowledge of banking, his understanding of the local economy and its people, and his expertise in agriculture make John an exceptional leader and a tremendous fit for American Federal where decisions are made locally.”

Schumacher began his career as a Loan Officer in Hillsboro, ND. He later transferred to Grand Forks where he has served as a Vice President of Commercial and Agricultural Lending.

Schumacher grew up on his family’s farm near Reynolds, ND. He was involved in agriculture production for six years on acres he farmed with his father.

He earned a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Business Administration and a Master’s of Business Administration from the University of North Dakota (UND). Schumacher played football as a tight end for UND. He is Past President of the UND Letterwinners Board of Directors.

Schumacher is completing a term of office as Chief Volunteer Officer on the Board of Directors for the Grand Forks YMCA and is a member of the Special Olympics of North Dakota Finance Committee.

Schumacher and his family reside in Grand Forks.

Percy Blake Named Director

Crookston Market President Percy Blake has been named to the Board of Directors of American Federal.

Blake has been appointed to serve a term which begins December 1, 2012. He will stand for election to a three-year term at American Federal’s Annual Stockholders Meeting in the spring of 2013.

Blake’s appointment as Director will continue his 13-year role with the bank. Blake joined American Federal in 1999 and retired as Crookston Market President in November of 2012. In addition to serving as Director, Blake will continue to be available to clients and mentor American Federal Bankers.

During his tenure at American Federal, Blake has managed the Crookston banking location and for a time also managed the Ada banking location. Blake has provided financial solutions and business advice for ag and business clients throughout northwestern Minnesota for 41 years.

Blake earned a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Agricultural Economics from North Dakota State University in Fargo. Following graduation, Blake held County Supervisor positions for the USDA-FmHA in Alexandria and Hallock, Minnesota and the District Office position in Crookston. He also worked as a Senior Lender for the former Production Credit Association in Crookston and was an Agricultural Lender and a Manager of Bremer Bank’s Shelly, Minnesota branch office.

He has been recognized by American Federal for his outstanding client advice and customer service, earning invitations to American Federal’s premium recognition event, the annual “Sales Star Retreat,” and being named an “Ace Sales Star.”

Blake is a member of a number of Crookston-area community and ag organizations, including Northwest Educational Association, Airport Commission, Crookston Chamber of Commerce, United Way and Lions. Blake and his wife, Colleen, have three adult children.

Bill Anderson Named Crookston Market President

Ag and Business Banker Bill Anderson has been named Market President of the Crookston banking location. Anderson has been with American Federal since 2003.

Anderson has 23 years of experience in agriculture and banking. He joined American Federal as an Ag and Business Banker in the Hallock market and transferred to American Federal’s Crookston location in 2011. Anderson has also worked as an Inspector with the North Dakota State Seed Department in Grafton, ND and he owned and operated a farm near Hoople, ND.

“Bill has fully embraced the Crookston team, engaging himself in staff and customer service. He is effectively building relationships and providing financial advisory services to American Federal ag and business clients in the Crookston market,” said Blake. In addition to his role as an Ag and Business Banker, Anderson is securities licensed.

Anderson is a graduate of the University of Minnesota, Crookston, where he earned a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Agricultural Industries Sales and Management. He also attended the University of North Dakota in Grand Forks.

Anderson is active on several community boards, including the “Crookston In Motion” initiative, Polk County Developmental Achievement Center and Crookston Area Community Fund.

Anderson and his spouse, Holly, who is a Marketing Specialist at Riverview Health in Crookston, coordinate Crookston’s Special Olympics Program and were named the 2012 Polk County Emerging Leaders.

Wahpeton Personal Banker Jeremy Remily Named Officer

Wahpeton Personal Banker Jeremy Remily has been named an Officer of American Federal Bank.

Remily has 10 years of banking experience. He joined American Federal in 2005. Remily helps his clients identify opportunities with solutions to reach their life goals of home ownership, retirement and financial independence, convenience, major purchases, education, and financial security and protection. Before beginning his banking career, Remily owned and managed three grocery stores in North Dakota and South Dakota.

Remily holds a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Business Administration from the University of South Dakota at Vermillion, SD.