Please join us in welcoming our newest Board Member, Thad Olsen!
Thad grew up in Centerville, SD, a small town southwest of Sioux Falls. How small you ask? Thad’s graduating class was 28. He attended South Dakota State University and received a BS in Electrical Engineering. Thad continued his post-secondary education at the University of South Dakota receiving a Master’s in Business Administration. Thad then began his path toward a finance career by working for the Governor’s Office of Economic Development in Pierre, SD; Green Tree Financial in Rapid City, SD; and the South Dakota Department of Agriculture in Pierre, SD. Thad’s first step into banking was with CorTrust Bank, Sioux Falls, SD. He joined Bremer Bank nearly 20 years ago as a business banker in Fergus Falls, MN. In March 2020, he moved to the St Cloud area to lead the St Cloud region for Bremer. Since making this transition, the region has expanded to include a branch in Princeton, MN, and the business banking segment from St Cloud and the Twin Cities markets.
Thad has been married twenty-five years on June 20, 2023 to his beautiful bride, Vynetta, who is an OB RN at CentraCare. He lives in Sartell, MN, and has five children – Brett (deceased), Michael – 26, Tejah – 24, Caden – 19 and Piper – 17; two grandchildren – Noah (deceased) and Violet – 6 months; a dog named Moose; and two cats, Salem and Friday, a.k.a. Fat Bastard (Thad adds, “sorry but it fits.”). Thad is an avid outdoorsman who loves hunting upland birds and fishing.
When asked why Thad joined the WACOSA Board of Directors, Thad shares, “Prior to joining WACOSA, I served for nine years on the board of a similar organization in Fergus Falls, MN. I loved being able to make an impact on the lives of some of the most caring people you can meet. To be able to continue this work at WACOSA is a pleasure.”
Thank you for sharing your time and talents with WACOSA Thad, we’re so glad you’re here!