Bell Bank has promoted 3 experienced bankers – Eric Halvorson, Joe Watzke and Todd Zabel – as the “next generation” of leaders in its Central market region, headquartered in Fargo, N.D. Halvorson has been named SVP/commercial banking director, Watzke SVP/agriculture banking director and Zabel SVP/ community banking director. Each of then has regional oversight of Bell’s banking strategies and relationships, working with our location presidents and teams in eastern North Dakota and the Minnesota lakes area.
Originally from West Fargo, N.D., Eric graduated from Minnesota State University – Moorhead. He joined Bell Bank in 2002 as a commercial lender, with a specialty focus on financing for commercial real estate/multifamily housing.
Joe, a native of Morris, Minn., graduated from Minnesota State University – Moorhead. He joined Bell in 2006 as a commercial and ag lender, then became president of Bell Bank’s Moorhead location in 2017.
Todd is originally from Harwood, N.D., and graduated from North Dakota State University and the Graduate School of Banking in Madison, Wis. He joined Bell in 2005 as a commercial lender and was named president of Bell Bank’s West Fargo locations in 2006.
Our CEO, Michael Solberg, puts it best: “These 3 are the best at what they do, and we’re excited to have them take on these enhanced leadership positions. They will be key in helping guide our company’s continued growth in the region, and they’ll mentor other leaders in successful careers at Bell.”
Congratulations to Eric, Joe and Todd!