We are happy to welcome our new President, Brandon Finck, and to celebrate several internal promotions at First Independent Bank!

Brandon Headshot V2First Independent Bank is pleased to announce the appointment of Brandon Finck as its new President. Brandon will also assume a position on the Bank's Board of Directors. Brandon comes to First Independent Bank from Bank Midwest in Jackson, MN, where he held the role of Market President. Prior to that, he served as Vice President/Lender at Minnwest Bank's Ortonville office. Hailing from Tripp, SD, Brandon continues to manage his family's farming operations there. With 25 years of experience in agricultural and commercial lending, Brandon specializes in serving large operations. Brandon will oversee the day-to-day management responsibilities previously held by Bruce Pogatchnik, who will continue as CEO and Board Chairman. Kathy Neels, Bank Director and former COO, remarked, "Brandon's extensive banking experience, combined with his background in farming and strong work ethic, align well with the beliefs of First Independent Bank."

First Independent Bank Recent Promotions

Audie Sanderson 2022 2Audie Sanderson was named Executive Vice President. Audie has been with First Independent Bank since 1985. Her longstanding dedication has significantly contributed to the bank's growth over the years.




Rebecca Velde 2Rebecca Velde was named Chief Compliance Officer. Rebecca has been with First Independent Bank since 2002.  Rebecca’s history and experience provide a wealth of experience to oversee compliance operations.




Heather Murphy 2Heather Murphy was named Vice President of Human Resources. Heather has held various roles at First Independent Bank since 2008. Her expertise will ensure seamless operations as the bank progresses into the future.




With assets totaling $508 million and a presence in 11 locations, First Independent Bank stands in a strong position to meet the varied needs of its customers and the communities it serves. Member FDIC.