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Keith Gades joins Community Development Bank

Community Development Bank in Hancock is pleased to announce the addition of Keith Gades to their staff. Gades joins the bank with over 34 years of experience in banking and agriculture. He will be focusing on agriculture and commercial loans.

Coming to work at the bank in Hancock is like coming home. Gades grew up on a farm 10 miles north of Appleton and went to Appleton High School. He is very familiar with many people in the Appleton and Holloway areas.

After high school, he attended the University of Minnesota, Morris where he graduated with a Economics major and minor in Business Economics and math. His first job at a bank was in Ivanhoe, Minn. where he started in 1978.

Gades worked in Ivanhoe for eight and a half years and then in Fairfax, Minn. for four and a half years where he was vice president. He then moved to Cyrus and served as vice president of the bank there for 22 years. He and his wife, Luann, still live in Cyrus. They have two sons, Rick and Ryan and one granddaughter, Nicole.

Gades is excited to work in Hancock because he knows so many people here. His father, Ronald Gades, worked for several years at the locker plant in Hancock and he has many relatives in the area. When not working, you might find him hunting, fishing or playing golf. He has been active for several years with the Cyrus Fire Department, Pope County Pheasants Forever and at Trinity Lutheran Church.

Along with his years of banking experience, Gades brings first hand knowledge of the ag industry. He still farm 110 acres south of Morris and his son farms 130 acres. He also raises some cattle and keeps up with the many changes in the industry.

This will come in handy when he assists customers looking for ag, commercial or consumer loans. He is especially excited about the rate special that Community Development Bank currently has in place for ag machinery. He encourages people to stop in at the bank and chat with him about what they have to offer.

Gades plans to be at the bank in Hancock at least four days a week depending on the need. He encourages people to either stop in or to call the bank and set up an appointment. He will be happy to help out with your agriculture or commercial loan needs, or just chat for awhile about the industry.

Stop in at the bank on Friday, Feb. 22 any time during the day for coffee and cookies and meet Keityh.