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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? Contact our business services experts, or schedule an appointment online!
    You can also reach the general Business Services line at: 218-625-8890.


    Neil Sample

    Always ready to lend a hand, Neil guides our business services team to identify the best solutions to meet our member 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 Canosia Township area. In his spare time, he has fun hunting, fishing, traveling with his wife, and following the stock market.

    Neil Sample (#1421091)
    Vice President of Commercial Lending
    218-625-8853
    neil.sample@membersccu.org*


    Justin Riemer

    Owning and financing a business is a significant deal and it helps to have a friend in finances by your side. With seven years of experience in the financial services industry, Justin joined MCCU’s Business Department in 2019. “In my time doing lending, I have developed a passion for working with businesses to figure out ways to get their projects completed,” said Justin. “Every business has different needs, and I look forward to providing them with financial solutions that work best for them”.

    Justin holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Economics from the University of Wisconsin Stevens Point. In his spare time, he enjoys golfing, hiking, and spending Summers on the water with his family. Justin also plays softball and volleyball in the Duluth community and enjoys volunteering his time at the Great Lakes Aquarium.

    Justin Riemer (#1869214)
    Commercial Production Manager 
    218-625-8821
    justin.riemer@membersccu.org*

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    John Shannon

    Equal parts business and family man, John Shannon made the switch from Branch Manager of the Moose Lake branch to the MCCU business team in 2019. "I am thrilled to work with the business community in pursuit of helping them identify their business needs and providing them with sound financial solutions", said John.

    When the work day ends, family time begins. Most evenings and weekends, you will find John and his wife, Nicole, sitting courtside or at an ice arena watching their kids' sporting practices and cheering them on. John and his family also enjoy the great outdoors where you'll find them tubing on the lake, side-by-siding down a dusty trail, or hiking and showshoeing in Minnesota's nature. 

    John is a recent graduate of the MCCU Emerging Leaders Program. He is also a current board member of The Mercy Foundation, Moose Lake Area Chamber, and Moose Lake Area Food Shelf.

    John Shannon (#1867236)
    Business Services Officer
    218-625-8859
    john.shannon@membersccu.org*

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    Alex Bastien

    Having worked in the financial services industry since 2006, Alex brings a wealth of experience assisting businesses with startups, expansions, purchases, succession financing, and other economic development projects.

    “I’m excited to be part of the commercial lending team at MCCU,” says Alex. “I’m able to use my direct experience to help our members and surrounding communities.” 

    Born and raised in Duluth, Alex grew up skiing at Chester Bowl and attended the College of St. Scholastica. In his spare time, Alex still enjoys skiing, as well as traveling with his wife and two kids, biking, and playing drums in a local band.

    Alex Bastien (#2167230)
    Business Services Officer
    218-625-8822
    alex.bastien@membersccu.org*

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    Doug Bremer

    A transplant from Fargo, North Dakota, Doug has called Duluth home for more than two decades and has made a name for himself as an active member of the local community. He has enjoyed serving on the boards of several local business and community organizations.

    “Owning and operating a business takes grit and a special skillset,” says Doug. “Working with MCCU, we can provide sound financial solutions and offer trusted advice. My role is to support our business community members and help them succeed. I am proud to be a part of their journey.”

    Doug lives in Duluth with his wife, their three children, and their two Old English Sheepdogs. When he’s not working, he enjoys reading, linguistics, and learning about plant care. Other favorite pastimes include martial arts, mountain biking, and traveling with his family as much as possible.

     

    Doug Bremer (#1863736)
    Business Services Officer
    218-625-8868
    douglas.bremer@membersccu.org*

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