Lance Jeppson, Pioneer Bank, Graduates from the Minnesota Bankers Association Leadership Development Academy

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Mankato, MN – May 2024. Lance Jeppson graduated from the Minnesota Bankers Association (MBA) Leadership Development Academy on May 16, 2024. This year long program, which graduated a total of 24 bankers in 2024, provides in-depth skill-building for bankers preparing for critical leadership roles in their banks. Lance was also elected class president during his time in the program.

“The MBA Leadership Development Academy requires a significant commitment to professional and personal growth” said Joe Witt, MBA President/CEO. “It is intensive and challenging. Graduates of this program should be very proud of this accomplishment and their determination to grow as individuals and bank leaders.”

The MBA Leadership Development Academy was launched by the MBA to provide additional training for the next generation of Minnesota’s bank leaders. “When we first learned about this program, we immediately saw the potential to help us strengthen our leadership capacity and grow our future leaders,” said David Krause, President and CEO of Pioneer Bank. “We couldn’t be prouder of Lance for completing the program as well as being elected class president. We look forward to the positive impact this experience will have on the future of our bank and the community we serve.”

About Pioneer Bank
Pioneer Bank is a community bank with nine locations throughout southern Minnesota including Mankato, North Mankato, St. James, St. Peter, Madelia, Mapleton, and Lake Crystal. Pioneer Bank offers expertise in personal, business and agribusiness banking with bankers and staff that provide experience that is unparalleled. Pioneer Bank is very active in the communities they serve and was a finalist in 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019 and 2022 for the Extraordinary Banking Award, a national organization that marks the excellence for the best banks in America. In addition, Pioneer Bank has been named one of Top Workplaces in Minnesota by the Star Tribune multiple times. For more information visit Member FDIC.

The Minnesota Bankers Association is the state’s largest trade association devoted exclusively to representing commercial banks. The MBA was founded in 1889 and represents 95% of Minnesota’s chartered banks. The MBA is proud to support our member banks as they work to ensure vibrant communities throughout the state. For more information, please visit our website at


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