Bremer Bank's new president
As an avid fan of both fishing and golfing, Ron Mueller is greatly looking forward to making his home in Detroit Lakes.
But first, he and his wife Gwen need to find a house.
"We'd like to get a place on the lake, close to town," said Mueller, who became the new president of Bremer Bank's Detroit Lakes branch on Jan. 1.
But for now, they're renting a home on Cormorant Lake, and getting acclimated to life in the lakes area.
Prior to moving to the area, Mueller had been the president of Bremer's Casselton branch for 18 years.
"I think it's (Bremer) a great organization, one that's given me an opportunity to advance my career, and its unique ownership structure makes it a great place to work," he said, noting that its employee-owned foundation means, "We will never be sold or acquired."
A native of Cummings, N.D., Mueller grew up on his family's farm with six brothers and one sister. After he graduated from high school in Hillsboro, N.D., Mueller went on to receive his undergraduate education from North Dakota State University in Fargo, where he earned a bachelor's degree in agricultural education.
After working for about a year as an ag instructor in Wahpeton, N.D., Mueller decided to pursue his interest in financial services, and worked as an ag loan officer at Farm Credit Services in Ada, Minn., for three years before beginning his career at Bremer.
In all, he's been with the financial institution for 25 years, including stints in Lisbon, N.D., as a vice president, retail manager and senior lending manager, Larimore, N.D., as a vice president and senior lending manager, and Fargo, as the head of the agricultural lending department.
While living in Larimore, Mueller began working toward his master's in business administration by taking a three-year graduate course in banking from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
The coursework enabled him to spend most of his time in Larimore, though he did have to go back to Madison for two weeks each year, Mueller said.
It was while living in Casselton that he received his MBA fron the University of Mary in Bismarck.
Mueller said that he decided to switch careers from ag education to banking because, "I just always liked working with finances."
In addition, he continued, "I like helping people -- being a part of them becoming successful."
He and his wife Gwen -- a registered nurse who works with Fargo-Cass Public Health -- are also the proud parents of three grown sons. Two of them, Ryan and Jason, are currently employed in the financial services department at Microsoft in Seattle, Wash., while the third, Logan, is in his sophomore year at NDSU in Fargo.
Since coming to Detroit Lakes, Mueller said he's enjoyed getting to know his staff, and the bank's clientele.
"The people have been very welcoming," he added. "It's exciting, getting a chance to meet people and see their businesses and organizations. It's been a great couple of months."
At Bremer's Detroit Lakes branch, Mueller works with a staff of 31 employees. His duties encompass the general management of the bank as well as working with some of its loan customers directly.
"I think it's been going great," he said.
"I've got a great staff here. It's been enjoyable to work with them."
Besides fishing and golfing, Mueller said, "I like to get involved in community organizations." In fact, he's already a member of the Detroit Lakes Kiwanis Club.
After 18 years in Casselton, Mueller said his plan is to finish out his career in Detroit Lakes.
"My hope is to go until my retirement here," he said.