Ellingston (left) and Bonander pose for a photo in front of the bank.
When visiting Exchange State Bank of Hills, customers may have noticed a couple of new young men on staff. They are Mike Bonander and Caleb Ellingson, and the two were interviewed for the Hills Crescent last week.
Question: What is your position at the bank?
Mike: I am a loan officer and vice president.
Caleb: This is the first position of this kind at the bank. The Exchange State Bank is growing and had the need for a credit analyst.
Question: Where did you go to school?
Mike: I graduated from Augustana College in Sioux Falls, S.D., in 2006 with a major in business administration along with economics and Spanish. Before working at the bank in Hills, I was employed in Minneapolis at First Commercial Bank for 1 1/2 years, Home Federal Bank for 3 1/2 years and Pine River Capital Management for 2 1/2 years. While in Minneapolis, I earned my master’s degree in business from the University of Minnesota.
Caleb: I graduated this past May with a Bachelor of Science in Finance Degree from Southwest Minnesota State University in Marshall.
Question: Why did you decide to work in a financial institution?
Mike: My grandfather and father have worked in banks, and I decided I wanted to join the family business.
Caleb: My first years of college I went for an accounting degree but decided to pursue a degree in business.
Question: What do you enjoy most about your job?
Mike: I enjoy working with the people in the community and the personal touch of small town banking
Caleb: I also enjoy working with the community and the personal touch of small town banking.
Question: What do you do for fun?
Mike: I hang out with friends, spend time at the lakes, travel and spend time with my dog, a Great Dane.
Caleb: I enjoy golf, hanging out with friends and traveling.