Bell Bank is proud to announce our recent hiring of Travas Knutson and Emily Odland, and the promotions of Dean Froslie, Tim How, Andy Lerud, Jason Pohlen and Jeff Restad.
Travas Knutson is a credit officer with Bell’s correspondent banking team, which provides bank-to-bank lending in 7 states.
A native of Viking, Minn., Travas earned a finance degree from Minnesota State University Moorhead and a master’s degree in business administration from North Dakota State University. He has been in the banking field for 17 years, the last 10 with the FDIC.
Emily Odland is a commercial credit officer at Bell.
Originally from Wakonda, S.D., Emily earned her degree in business administration from Mount Marty College and has been in banking for 7 years, including work as a commercial loan underwriter.
Dean Froslie is vice president of digital strategy for Bell’s marketing team.
Originally from Rothsay, Minn., Dean is a graduate of Concordia College and has more than 20 years of marketing experience. He joined Bell in 2015, following 5 years at Community First Bankshares and 11 years at Sundog.
Tim How is vice president of relationship/project management for Bell’s marketing team.
A native of Grand Rapids, Minn., Tim earned a degree in communication from North Dakota State University and joined Bell as social media manager in 2015.
Andy Lerud, CPA, is vice president/private banker at Bell’s headquarters in Fargo, N.D.
Originally from Grand Forks, N.D., Andy earned a business management degree from the University of North Dakota and an accounting degree from North Dakota State University. He has been in the banking field for 10 years and joined Bell in 2014, most recently working as a credit officer.
Jason Pohlen is president of Bell’s bank location in Alexandria, Minn.
Originally from Minneota, Minn., Jason graduated from Minnesota State University Mankato and has been in the banking field for 25 years. He joined Bell as a commercial banker in 2017.
Jeff Restad is senior vice president/senior business development manager for Bell’s correspondent banking team.
A native of Langdon, N.D., and a graduate of Minnesota State University Moorhead, Jeff has been in banking for his entire career of nearly 30 years. He joined Bell Bank in 2003 and previously was president of the Alexandria bank, where he continues to office.
Congratulations to all these outstanding team members!