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    Business Services Team

    Whether your business is large or small, well-established or an endeavor-in-the-works, you need trustworthy expert advice, accessible borrowing options, and smart financial products.  Let our MCCU Business Team be part of yours!

    Have questions? Want to schedule an appointment? E-mail one of our business services experts!
    You can also reach the general Business Services line at: (218) 625-8890.


    Duluth

    Wendy Jurek     

     
    A veteran of the financial services industry, with abundant experience in commercial lending and business services, Wendy Jurek manages the Business Lending department and oversees a business lending portfolio.

    Wendy enjoys creating and sustaining relationships with business banking members, and providing commercial loans and deposit solutions tailored to meet each member's unique needs.

    In her spare time, Wendy enjoys volunteering in the community and spending time with her friends and family.

     

    Wendy Jurek (#582760)
    Business Services Manager
    (218)-878-3647
    wendy.jurek@membersccu.org*


    Neil Sample

    Always ready to lend a hand, Neil helps our business members identify the best solutions to meet their needs.

    "I've always appreciated the opportunity to serve my community in a positive way," says Sample, "I love that I'm able to do that in my role at MCCU, by assisting in the success of the local businesses that are so critical to the economic health of our communities."

    Neil graduated from Bemidji State University, with a Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting. He currently enjoys life in the Fredenberg Township area. In his spare time, he has fun hunting, fishing with his father, thrift shopping with his wife, and following the stock market.

    Neil Sample (#1421091)
    Business Services Officer
    (218) 625-8853
    neil.sample@membersccu.org*


    Amber Stoddard

    Amber Stoddard is no stranger to the dynamics of small business, growing up in the family restaurant industry for 33 years.

    As the Business Services Assistant at our Spirit Valley location, she finds great reward in serving our business members.

    "I enjoy showing our members the fun and convenient things we have to offer to make their businesses run smoothly, " says Stoddard.

    Amber hails from Barnum, but has called Duluth home for the last twelve years. She attended Hennepin Technical College, where she studied culinary arts. Stoddard continues to be an avid baker. Along with her husband and dog, Luci, she enjoys spending free time camping, four-wheeling, spending time with family and friends and hosting game nights.

    Amber Stoddard
    Business Services Assistant
    (218) 625-8831
    amber.stoddard@membersccu.org*


    Cloquet

     MCCU Business Team - Jame Lundberg

    A graduate of Northern State University in Aberdeen, South Dakota, James Lundberg has well over a decade of experience in the financial industry. He takes great satisfaction in helping our business members identify solutions to meet their financial needs.

    “The spirit of entrepreneurship is what drives our economy,” says Lundberg, “In Business Services, I enjoy finding and providing the tools needed to make members’ dreams a success.”

    James is based out of MCCU's Cloquet office, but serves business members across our service area. Originally from Esko, he enjoys reading, hunting, and spending time with his family.

    James Lundberg (#1398003)
    Business Services Officer
    (218) 878-3688
    james.lundberg@membersccu.org*


    Christina Simmer

    A friendly face in our Cloquet branch, Business Services Assistant Christina Simmer was born and raised in the community she now enjoys serving.

    Simmer is a proud alumni of Cloquet High School, FDLTCC and UMD and is pleased to bring her skills to the Business Services Department of MCCU.

    "I really enjoy supporting the work of our Business Services department," says Simmer, "I love being part of a team that exceeds the expectations of our business members, on a daily basis."

    In her spare time, Christina enjoys golfing, camping and spending time outdoors in the summer.

    Christina Simmer
    Business Services Assistant
    (218) 878-3621
    christina.simmer@membersccu.org*


    North Branch

    Brad Larson

    Well-known and highly regarded in our Southern branch communities, Brad provides expert knowledge and service to the credit union’s business members in the North Branch, Isanti, Sandstone, Hinckley and Moose Lake regions.

    “I enjoy being a part of the Business Services side of MCCU,” said Larson, “I have worked in consumer, mortgage and business lending over the past twenty-nine years. I'm well-acquainted in the communities we serve and I hope to help with the business needs of our southern offices and the members they serve.”

    Brad is an active community member, serving as a Rotarian and as a board member of Lakes and Pines and the Anoka Ramsey Foundation. In his spare time, he enjoys traveling, oil painting, golfing, landscaping, and spending time with friends and family.

    Brad Larson (#500121)
    Business Services Officer
    (651) 674-6301
    brad.larson@membersccu.org*


    Martha Zentner

    Always up for an adventure and new challenges, Martha Zentner serves our North Branch location as the Business Services Assistant.  With over 16 years in the finance industry, Zentner leads with her knowledge and experience.  “I look forward to exceeding our members’ expectations every time by providing top notch service to our business members,” said Zentner. 

    A North Branch resident of 36 years, Martha and her husband raised three wonderful kids and are now enjoying the best gift they’ve ever received - their grandchildren!  Zentner’s hobbies include traveling, camping, reading and chasing grandkids.

    Martha Zentner
    Business Services Assistant
    (651) 674-6315
    martha.zentner@membersccu.org*


    Aitkin

    Grace Novotny

    A down-to-earth country girl with a sound mind for numbers, Grace Novotny is the perfect fit for the Aitkin community’s business members.  Grace has a background in financial planning and a Bachelor’s degree in Statistics and Actuarial Science from the University of Minnesota Duluth.
     
    Novotny grew up next door, in McGregor, and became a resident of Aitkin when she married her husband in 2017.  “I am excited to be a part of MCCU, and I look forward to serving the business members of this great community,” says Novotny.
     
    In her spare time, Grace loves playing softball and being on the family farm with her loved ones.

    Grace Novotny
    Business Services Assistant
    (218) 625-8913
    grace.novotny@membersccu.org*


    Baxter

    Troy Casper

    Owning and financing a business is a significant deal and it helps to have a financial expert by your side.  With over 25 years of experience in the finance industry, Troy Casper brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to business community members in the Brainerd Lakes Area.

    Casper joined Baxter, MCCU’s newest branch location, right after its doors opened in 2018.  “Members Cooperative’s presence in the Brainerd Lakes Area is a wonderful addition to our community,” said Casper.  “I am thrilled to be a part of the new team and to continue to provide financial solutions to our business community”.

    Casper holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics from St. John’s University.  In his spare time, Troy delights in cooking, entertaining and spending time on the lake with Jill and their five children.  He also enjoys fishing, boating, and working on home improvement projects.

    Troy Casper
    Business Services Officer
    (218) 625-8896
    troy.casper@membersccu.org*


    Grand Rapids

    Samantha Bluntach

    Armed with Associate degrees in Business and Accounting and her Minnesota niceness, Samantha Bluntach landed her “dream job” at MCCU as a Business Services Assistant.  “Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do,” stated Samantha.  When she’s not putting pen to paper (okay, fingers to keyboard) and abiding by meaningful quotes, Samantha enjoys being outdoors, spending time with her family and friends, and being a new mom to her precious daughter.

    Samantha Bluntach
    Business Services Assistant
    (218) 322-2954
    samantha.bluntach@membersccu.org*


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