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The Essentia Health St. Mary’s-Superior Clinic is excited to welcome licensed independent social worker Sandra Vidotto to the behavioral health team.
In his role, Eric will have full responsibility for the operation of Hartel’s Fabrication Facility in Proctor, MN. Responsibilities including bidding on production of waste hauling containers, roll-offs and other custom solutions for industry. Eric comes to Hartel’s from the Local 49 Training Center where he worked as a heavy equipment trainer in Hinkley, MN. Hartel’s Disposal welcomes Eric to the team.
National Bank of Commerce (NBC), has further expanded its commercial banking team by promoting Alisha Riedel to Commercial Banker. Alisha was born and raised in Eau Claire, Wisconsin. She furthered her education by earning an associate degree in marketing from Chippewa Valley Technical College and a bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of Wyoming. Alisha has an extensive background in banking with over sixteen years in the industry. She is greatly invested in the prosperity of our region. She has served as the secretary for the Superior Jaycees since 2020. Working out of NBC’s downtown Duluth branch, Alisha will build relationships with commercial customers to help meet the credit needs of our local business community. Brad Roden, EVP - Chief Banking Officer, stated “We are happy to welcome Alisha into this new role. Her vast banking knowledge and ability to form strong relationships will provide our customers with the high level of service they have come to expect from NBC.”
Congratulations Max Bruckelmyer, the new owner of the “Viking Plumbing Building” in Grand Marais, from Steve Bragg, Business Broker

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National Bank of Commerce (NBC), continues its growth and expansion with the addition of a new associate, hiring Rob Downs lll as a Mortgage Banker. Rob grew up calling Superior, WI home. He graduated from The College of Saint Scholastica with a bachelor’s degree in business management. Rob has previously worked in industries outside of the financial space, such as project controls in heavy construction. No prior banking experience allows Rob to view the mortgage process with fresh eyes, lending him the ability to spot improvements or approach situations from a different angle. Rob stated, “I am extremely excited to embark on this new career path within the financial realm, and more specifically, mortgage banking. I have a lot to learn, but I’m willing and ready to get started. I look forward to many years ahead of helping customers become homeowners.” Rob will work out of the Solon Springs branch, located at 9245 E Main St. In his free time, Rob coaches boys hockey at Superior High School. Brad Roden EVP – Chief Banking Officer, stated “With the addition of Rob to our mortgage team we are better able to serve our customers in the market south of Superior. With Rob, exceptional customer service is already there, and with his eagerness to learn, I have no doubt he’ll be quick to catch on. He’s an exciting addition to our growing team. Welcome to NBC Rob!”
The Minnesota Housing Top Producing Loan Officer Program has been recognizing individual loan officers with the highest volume of Minnesota Housing program loans for more than a decade. Loan officers meeting the threshold for each level based on regional production are recognized at one of three levels: Platinum, Gold, or Silver.
National Bank of Commerce (NBC) has added Mark Emmel to the National Bank of Commerce and NATCOM Board of Directors. NATCOM Bancshares, Inc. is the holding company for National Bank of Commerce and is committed to creating prosperity for every person and business that chooses to make this region home. Mark Emmel began his career in the hospitality industry in 1990. He is now a partner and vice president with Labovitz Enterprises, a Duluth, MN headquartered firm with interests in various businesses including Lion Hotel Group and First Properties. As president and chief operating officer of Lion Hotel Group, he is responsible for the management and operation of the Labovitz Hotels, operating as the Lion Hotel Group, and its Duluth, MN corporate office. Mark currently serves on the Miller-Dwan Foundation Board of Directors. He has been active in several professional and civic organizations including Rotary and the United Way. “The addition of Mark to our Board of Directors is a huge win for the bank. He is a well-respected individual within the community and brings a different business perspective to the group that will be valued and appreciated,” said Steve Burgess, President and CEO of National Bank of Commerce. “I’m honored to be able to serve alongside our talented group of board members as we look to the future and how to make even more possible for the Twin Ports region.”

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Congratulations Jeff, Stephanie & Alex Boness the new owners of “Cornerstone Preschool” in Duluth from Steve Bragg, Business Broker.
National Bank of Commerce is a community bank headquartered in Superior, Wis. with ten locations in Northeastern Minnesota and Northwestern Wisconsin. Burgess has nearly 40 years of banking experience and has been president and CEO of National Bank of Commerce for almost 10 years. “I would like to congratulate Steve on being selected as the 2021 Banker of the Year,” said Rose Oswald Poels, WBA president and CEO. “Steve is known for creating a strong bank culture through respect for others, integrity, and professional excellence.” Burgess has made many contributions to the banking industry and the economy in Wisconsin and Minnesota. He served on the WBA Board and chaired the WBA Government Relations Committee. He has previously served as chairman of APEX, on the La Crosse Area Economic Development Committee, as president of the Neillsville Economic Development Association, president of the Neillsville Chamber of Commerce, and as chairman of the Marshfield Economic Development Association. Burgess also serves on the College of St. Scholastica and Essentia Health Duluth Clinic Foundation boards. He is an active member of Duluth Rotary Club 25. His past service includes his roles as vice chairman of the St. Joseph Hospital (Marshfield, Wis.), Board member of the Washburn Academy (Neillsville, Wis.), and chair of Neillsville Assisted Living, Inc. During Burgess’ nearly decade-long tenure at National Bank of Commerce, the bank has performed at the top of the performance metrics, achieving the top quartile for annual ROA and ROE for all but two of those years. Burgess has led the bank’s growth in assets from $400 million to $1.2 billion. He initiated a residential real estate origination department, including servicing. Under Burgess’ leadership, the bank converted software operating systems to new and more efficient processing. He instituted an enterprise risk management department and led a successful re-branding of the bank’s image. Burgess’ professional experience includes serving as president and CEO of State Bank Financial (La Crosse, Wis.) for 11 years, president and CEO of M&I Central Bank and Trust (Marshfield, Wis.) for seven years, and president and CEO of the First National Bank of Neillsville for 12 years. Burgess and his wife of 40 years, Kathy Burgess, reside at their “sugarhouse” in Duluth, Minn., where the family runs a syrup-producing business. The couple has five adult children. The Wisconsin Bankers Association’s Banker of the Year award is presented to one Wisconsin banker each year. The recipient must be a Wisconsin bank CEO or president who has demonstrated outstanding service to their bank, to the continued vitality of their community, and to the banking profession. Burgess was honored at WBA’s Bank Executives Conference in Wisconsin Dells, the largest banking event in Wisconsin, on February 10, 2022.
Wisconsin-based trucking company honored for 10th consecutive year
Terch & Associates LLC, a Duluth based consulting firm specializing in human resources operated by Justin Terch, announced the firm’s acquisition of Applied Professional Services (APS). APS has operated in Duluth since 1995 and provides investigative and support services to the area’s legal, business, and insurance community. “A pplied Professional Services will continue its long tradition of providing comprehensive investigative and support services to APS clients while complementing and enhancing the services our consultants can provide in employment matters” said Justin L. Terch, President of both firms. Terch is the former Managing Investigator of APS. The security division of APS was not part of the acquisition.
EOS Worldwide has designated Meg Thoreson, of Arnson Business Solutions in Solon Springs, a Professional EOS Implementer. The Entrepreneurial Operating System (EOS) is a management operating system that is designed to help entrepreneurs eliminate common business frustrations like poor communication, lack of control, not enough profit, and getting stuck-when nothing seems to be working. All businesses eventually get stuck. Thousands of entrepreneurs around the world run on EOS and credit it with helping them break through ceilings to achieve personal and business growth. She joins a community of over 400 implementers worldwide and works primarily with locally owned businesses located in northeast Minnesota and northwest Wisconsin.
National Bank of Commerce (NBC) announces the following changes to National Bank of Commerce and NATCOM’s Board of Directors. NATCOM Bancshares, Inc. is the holding company for National Bank of Commerce and is committed to creating prosperity for every person and business that chooses to make this region home. • Jim Jarocki, President at Beal Services Corporation, has retired as Chairman of the National Bank of Commerce board and NATCOM Bancshares, Inc. board after 11 years of service. • Mark Manion, Co-owner of Manion’s Incorporated, has been named Chairman of the National Bank of Commerce Board and NATCOM Bancshares, Inc. board. Mark has served on NBC and NATCOM’s Board of Directors for 23 years. • Joel Kolquist, Certified Public Accountant at Kolquist, Seitz and Goldman, is NBC and NATCOM’s newest board member. “Congratulations to every one of these individuals,” said Steve Burgess, President and CEO. “It’s my honor to witness the growth of NBC and our holding company, something we are fortunate to have at National Bank of Commerce. As the organization prospers, we are proud to share the recognition of those helping us make more possible. Our customers have come to expect nothing but excellence from us, and from our front-line staff to our Board of Directors, we continue to exemplify the highest standards.”
Kevin is a Superior, WI native. He attended the University
Salmela is excited to announce the promotion of Kate Horvath