Bank CEO appointed to task force

Jeanne Crain, Bremer Financial Corporation’s chief executive officer, has been appointed by Gov. Mark Dayton to co-lead the Governor’s Task Force on Housing with Acooa Ellis of Catholic Charities. This task force will study the housing system in Minnesota and develop recommendations to increase access to safe and affordable rental housing, create more pathways to homeownership and improve housing stability and opportunity.

“At Bremer, we believe homeownership is one of the cornerstones of strong communities,” said Crain. “Taking an active leadership role in the communities we serve is one of our company’s core beliefs. I’m honored to have the opportunity to partner with such a distinguished group of community leaders to tackle the critical affordable housing issues affecting individuals, families and economic vitality throughout Minnesota.”

As part of Bremer Bank’s ongoing commitment to affordable housing, in March, Bremer Bank partnered with Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity on its new Home Loan Impact Fund, agreeing to purchase up to 500 below-market Habitat mortgages over the next four years. This commitment will more than double the number of local families that can partner with Twin Cities Habitat on affordable homeownership.

Bremer Bank has branches locally in Eagan and Inver Grove Heights.

Hawkins named to bank executive group

Indiana-based Old National Bank has named Jeff Hawkins to its Executive Leadership Group, which is comprised of Old National’s senior-most leaders responsible for helping shape all policy and strategy decisions for the company.

Hawkins, who currently serves as president/chief operating officer for Anchor Bank, a division of Old National Bank, has more than 35 years of experience in the banking industry. He earned his bachelor’s degree from the University of Minnesota and completed coursework at Minnesota State University, Mankato, and the University of St. Thomas.

Hawkins joined Anchor Bank as a charter president over 20 years ago. He remains active in the community, as he is involved with the Minnesota State Fair Foundation, Dakota County Fair and statewide 4-H initiatives.

In November 2017, Old National Bank, headquartered in Evansville, Ind., closed its partnership with Anchor Bank. In May 2018, Anchor banking centers and all its lines of business will officially become Old National Bank. Local offices are in Apple Valley, Burnsville, Eagan, Farmington and Lakeville.

Burnsville bank manager recognized

Anna Garcia, manager of Anchor Bank Burnsville, was named Volunteer of the Year by the Burnsville Chamber of Commerce.

Garcia, who has been with Anchor Bank for five years, is a strong supporter of the chamber and Burnsville community. The chamber looks at who volunteers the most throughout the year, and Membership Manager Tricia Andrews said Garcia was the clear winner.

“She puts her heart and soul in pretty much everything that she does,” Andrews said.

Garcia’s contributions to the chamber include serving as an ambassador for the chamber, serving on the restaurant and decor committees for the Bite of Burnsville, serving as a member of the Women Empowered Committee, volunteering for the chamber’s Fall Fling event and the chamber’s Golf Classic. Garcia also helped out with the decor and logistics of the gala, where she was later recognized.

Garcia was also named the 2018 chair of the chamber ambassadors.

Lakeville chamber luncheon

Football great Darrell Thompson will be the speaker at the Lakeville Area Chamber’s January General Membership Luncheon 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 10, at Crystal Lake Golf Club, 16725 Innsbrook Drive, Lakeville.

Thompson is often remembered as one of the most decorated athletes to graduate from John Marshall High School in Rochester, the leading rusher in University of Minnesota Gopher football history and the first round draft pick of the Green Bay Packers where he spent five years before devoting his life to at-risk youth in Minnesota.

Thompson is entering his 25th year with Bolder Options, a comprehensive youth mentoring program that works with referred youth, age 10-14, who may be at risk for delinquent or unhealthy behaviors. Youth are matched with a caring adult mentor and introduced to an active-lifestyle based program that provides guidance, support, and opportunities through one-on-one, small group, and family specific programming designed to help them make positive choices and live a healthier life.

Cost for the event is $25 early registration, $30 members, $35 nonmembers. Registration is required. Contact Amy Green at 952-469-2020 or to RSVP or for more information.

Lakeville chamber awards and dinner

The Lakeville Area Chamber of Commerce and Tourism holds its annual Membership Dinner and Awards Celebration 6 p.m. Monday, Jan. 29, at Holiday Inn & Suites, 20800 Kenrick Ave., Lakeville.

The event will honor the chamber’s 2017 Business Persons of the Year – Karen and Ken Wentworth, co-owners of HOBO Inc. and ChemQuest Inc., businesses that manufacture, sell and service car wash soaps and products. It will also recognize the Ambassador of the Year and honorees in volunteerism, community, education and hospitality partnerships.

Reservations are required. Cost is $55 per person or $100 per couple. Contact Amy Green at 952-469-2020 or for information.

Chamber names membership director

Nicole McCarthy has been hired as director of membership by the Dakota County Regional Chamber of Commerce. The Farmington resident has experience in sales, fundraising and sponsorship development.

TempWorks CEO celebrates milestone

David Dourgarian, CEO of Eagan-based TempWorks Software, is celebrating his 10th anniversary as company leader in 2018. TempWorks provides front and back office staffing solutions for staffing agencies of every size.

The Dourgarian family has been delivering solutions to the light industrial temporary staffing industry since 1972.

Dourgarian’s late grandfather became a Manpower franchisee in Sacramento in 1972 and Dourgarian’s father Greg founded TempWorks Software in 1997 to respond to the growing demand for a software platform to recruit and track applicants for staffing agencies.

When David Dourgarian began leading the business in 2008, TempWorks had 40 employees. He has been instrumental in leading the company to record growth from 2008 to 2017, and winning awards for his innovative ideas. The company now has 132 employees and exceeded $21 million in sales in 2016.

David Dourgarian is looking towards the future of how his company can help light industry staffing agencies flourish. “Over the next three years, we have at least one client in most major markets who is preparing to go from a 100- or 200-person company to a 1,000-person company. To succeed, they will need to negotiate all kinds of growth hurdles while never losing sight of their customers and their needs,” he said.

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