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Mike Rainey, president

Mike works for Bremer Bank as a Personal Banking Specialist.  Mike has been with Bremer for just over 2 1/2 years and has been in the banking industry for 10 years!

Mike and his family reside in Spring Valley, MN. Mike is married and has two kids. It seems as though having young boys has determined Mike’s interests and hobbies as sports are a big part of their lives. Their family enjoys being outdoors and doing new things that keep the adventure alive.

Mike’s goal for the Chamber is to bring value to the businesses, working together and providing networking opportunities that will help all of the businesses grow.

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April Crom, Past President

April is the branch manager in Rochester for Wells Fargo Bank downtown.  She is a Stewartville native and moved to California to work for Wells Fargo and then transferred back to Minnesota a few years ago.  She has two furry kids, which some people may refer to as dogs, and leads a busy life working and volunteering.

April was the Chamber's 2017 President and fulfills many hats as chairperson for many of the events we host.  April loves seeing the community come together at the events.

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Nicholas (Nick) Johnson, Vice President

Nick is a financial advisor with Thrivent Financial.  He's been with the company since 2013 and opened an office in his adopted hometown of Stewartville in the Fall of 2017.

Nick and his wife, Chelsey, have three young boys who are all just getting started in the Stewartville School District.

He joined the Chamber because he wants to see this community continue to grow and thrive and knows that local businesses provide a backbone for positive community impact.

 

David Hildebrandt, Director

David is the owner of Hildebrandt Services LLC, a locally owned and family oriented company in Stewartville that specializes in lawn care, landscape maintenance to skid loader work and snow removal services. 

David is our newest Director to the Board of Directors and will be spending time learning more about the members of the Chamber of Commerce and the community we support.

 

Robert Hruska, Director

Robert is the Grocery Manager at Fareway Meat and Grocery in Stewartville.  Originally from Iowa, Robert, his wife and two sons transferred to Stewartville when he became the manager at Fareway seven years ago.  Robert has taken an active role in the Stewartville community through the Chamber of Commerce and the Stewartville Morning Lions. 

Robert has been the Vice-President, President for consecutive terms and stayed on the Board of Directors as he believes in supporting our community of businesses, schools and organizations.

 

Jared Johnson, Director

Jared is the General Manager of Stewartville’s Anytime Fitness. Jared is also a Certified Nutritionist and does meal-planning services and hosts nutrition seminars for all members. After seeing the change proper diet and exercise did for his own health and wellness, Jared left his IT job with The Schwan Food Company in Marshall to pursue a career in the fitness industry to help others bring positive change to their own lives!

Jared and his wife Rachel enjoy living actively. Jared is an amateur bodybuilder and Rachel takes every chance she can to play volleyball.

Jared has always been as active as possible in the community he lives in and is excited to be a part of the Board of Directors. He hopes to help each business member grow and feel involved to get the most out of their membership!

 

Alisha Nelson, Director

Alisha is an insurance agent who manages First American Insurance Services in Stewartville. In 2020, she will be purchasing the agency. 

Alisha and her husband Zach are both from Stewartville and have two daughters.  They stay busy with the girls’ scouting and sports activities and Zach’s hydraulic repair business. They enjoy home remodeling projects and taking care of their small acreage.  

Alisha joined the chamber to build relationships with other businesses in the community and become involved in local events.

 

Megan Romens, Director

Megan lives in Stewartville with her husband and two daughters.  

Megan is an Independent Sales Director with Mary Kay Cosmetics. She has been building her business for over 17 years.  She enjoys connecting with other women for skin care and beauty needs. Additionally she has a passion for helping women growing their own Mary Kay businesses.

In her free time, Megan loves working in her yard, spending summers at the Stewartville pool, and enjoying family.

Megan loves supporting other local business owners through the Chamber.  She sees the value they provide to our community through jobs, tax base, and events. She values relationships, and loves getting to know people in the community through the Chamber.

 

Dylan Smallwood, Director

Dylan is the Commercial & Agricultural Loan Officer at First Farmers & Merchants State Bank in Stewartville. He has been with FF&M for just over one year and in the banking/lending industry for 3 years.

 Dylan and his wife Anna, relocated to the SE Minnesota area after Anna received a position as a registered nurse at the Mayo Clinic. Dylan is also an assistant coach with the Stewartville Football High School varsity football team, coaching Quarterbacks.

 Dylan has joined and become active in the Stewartville Area Chamber to be able to be a part of a growing Stewartville community. He hopes to accomplish this by being active through volunteer work or working directly with local businesses to help them achieve individually.

 

Gwen Ravenhorst, Administrator

Gwen was the administrator from 2013-2016 and has come back to work part-time at the Chamber.  She has a Bachelors degree in Business Administration and is currently starting her own business.  Gwen has a passion for small, local businesses and organizations, community gatherings, and educating our youth to be responsible and caring citizens. 

Gwen is married with two children.  Their family enjoys the Scouting programs, outdoor activities and traveling. 

 

Myrna Welter, Membership Coordinator

Myrna is the Stewartville Area Chamber Membership Coordinator. Myrna and her husband, Randy, own a farm near High Forest. They raise pigs, corn, soybeans and hay. They have lived here for 30 years. They have 7 children: 3 girls and 4 boys and now have 3 grandchildren!

Myrna enjoys promoting pork where ever she goes. She serves on the Minnesota Pork Executive Board. She also likes to sew and do crafty projects.

Myrna loves to meet new people and visit with them. As a Chamber goal, she wants to get to know each of our members and a unique fact about them and their business. There are many hidden treasures in the Stewartville Area just waiting to be found and shared with others!