Kevin Powers, 59, is a native of Grand Forks, North Dakota, and a graduate of the University of North Dakota with a Bachelor’s Degree in Economics. He began his banking career in 1979 at First Bank (U.S. Bank) in Edina, Minn., where he worked his way up to business banking manager before accepting a position as senior vice president and business banking manager at Bremer Bank in Brainerd, Minn., in 1991

Following an independent bank acquisition by Bremer Bank in Grand Forks, Powers moved back home in 1993 to manage all aspects of the new location for the bank. Powers’ success in North Dakota prompted Bremer to expand in the state with a charter in the Fargo/Moorhead area, where he was named president and CEO. As president, Powers opened four offices in the market and turned the start-up operation into a highly successful venture with assets growing to $1.6 billion and 15 branches throughout North Dakota and northwest Minnesota.

Powers was named West Region president in 2004, and in 2010, was promoted to group president of the West Region, with the added duties as CEO of Bremer’s Twin Cities charter from 2010 to 2012. He most recently served as group president of Bremer’s West Region prior to his selection as president and CEO of TheBANK of Edwardsville. He began his duties with TheBANK of Edwardsville on March 2, 2015.