Business lender profile: Jared Pink


Community banking suits Jared just fine, thank you.  It fits him so well he was promoted to the position of vice president-business banking at GRSB in early September 2013.

“I can’t tell you how excited I am with this new job,” said Jared.  “This is something I’ve aspired to, and I’m delighted I have the opportunity to develop here at Grand Rapids State Bank.  Community banking is what I want to do, and this is a great step for me.”

Jared’s home town of Kelliher has a population of 400, so when you’re a Kelliher native you know everyone in the community.  Kelliher lies 45 miles northeast of Bemidji, and the main occupations in the area are logging and farming.  Jared comes from a logging family; his father operates a small business where pulpwood is harvested and delivered to area paper mills and sawmills in International Falls, Bemidji, and Grand Rapids. 

“Growing up in a small community, I understand how a community bank helps small businesses grow and flourish,” added Jared.  “I saw firsthand how jobs were created thanks to loans to these businesses, and I want to work in a job where I can have a positive influence for people in area communities.”

Jared graduated from Kelliher High School and went on to earn a bachelor’s degree in business finance from Bemidji State University.  He completed a work-study program at Affinity Credit Union and after graduation was hired at Northland Community Bank.  He worked as a loan officer for Northland in Bemidji and Blackduck before First National Bank of Deerwood acquired Northland. 

In 2005 Jared was hired as the manager of GRSB’s Pokegama Office.  He moved into the role of personal banker in 2008 and then into a position of credit analyst in 2010.  The credit analyst position helped him understand the ins and outs of underwriting loans, another step in his development as a prospective business banker.

“Making loans to businesses involves other factors and considerations,” explained Jared, “and I was grateful for the chance to learn the proverbial ‘rest of the story’ as a credit analyst.  The opportunity to take the next step is very gratifying.”

Jared is proud of being a Christian and a family man.  He counts his blessings for his wife, Nicole, and their children, Hudson and Anysia, ages seven and five.  Jared recounts the story of how he “bumped into” Nicole as a sign of divine providence. 

“Nicole was working for the Bald Eagle Water Ski Shows, a non-profit organization based in Centerville, Minnesota, that produces water ski entertainment for the entire family,” said Jared.  “The group was putting on a show in Bemidji, and I happened to walk around a corner and ran into her.  I suppose it was love at first sight.”

Nicole, a native of Forest Lake, Minnesota, was a bit hesitant to move north to Bemidji, but she soon learned to love the lakes of northern Minnesota.  She continues to love to water ski and is considering forming a skiing club in the Grand Rapids area.  Nicole is a registered nurse at Grand Itasca Clinic & Hospital, and she is working on another degree with the hopes of becoming a nurse anesthetist. 

When Jared is not working or spending time with his family, he enjoys the great outdoors of northern Minnesota, particularly bowhunting for white-tailed deer and fishing for trophy walleyes.  Jared and office mate Cory Colter have a friendly annual competition to see who can bag the biggest buck.  Jared thinks he is ahead so far.  But his love of hunting doesn’t keep him from his first passion: banking.

“This bank has 100 years of experience serving people in Itasca County,” said Jared.  “I love getting out of the office to talk to customers and prospective customers.  It’s what community bankers do.”

Pink family    Jared's deer

Right: Nicole, Anysia, Hudson and Jared; Jared proudly displays a trophy buck from a recent bowhunting season.

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