Raymond L. Hansen Joins Merchants Bank as Trust Officer

Wealth | 01.06.2022

Raymond L. Hansen has joined Merchants Bank as a Trust Officer, according to Trust Department Manager, Masood Dehnavifar.

“Ray’s knowledge and experience will enhance our ability to provide excellent customer experiences when serving our clients. He will also help us expand our wealth management presence throughout our entire footprint as we continue to exhibit significant growth,” said Dehnavifar. “Ray is excited to embrace our unique approach of providing personalized and local service combined with sophisticated expertise within the wealth management industry.”

Hansen’s experience includes more than 30 years as an attorney assisting clients with estate planning, probate and trust administration. He was an estate planning and probate attorney at O’Brien & Wolf, L.L.P. in Rochester, MN for the past 20 years. He was also previously a Law Instructor at Rochester Community and Technical College.

“I’m looking forward to connecting with clients on a personal level and sharing the unique ways we can serve them through Merchants’ Wealth Management offerings,” said Hansen. “My focus has always been on listening and learning about my clients’ goals. I’m excited to continue building relationships through my work at Merchants.”

His primary role will be to serve Trust clients directly based on their individual or business needs through trusts, estate planning, investment management, or 401(k) administration services. He will be officed out of the Merchants Bank location at 55th Street NW in Rochester, and work with clients at any of our Merchants locations in the North Region (Apple Valley, Cannon Falls, Cottage Grove, Eau Claire, Hampton, Hastings, Lakeville, Northfield, Red Wing and Rosemount).

Hansen attended The John Marshall College of Law in Chicago where he earned his law degree. He is a member of the Olmstead County and Minnesota State Bar Associations and a former member of the American Academy of Estate Planning Attorneys where he served on the Board of Governors. As part of his volunteer efforts, Hansen serves as a Conciliation Court Referee for the 3rd District in Olmstead and Dodge counties and is an advisor to the Board of Directors for the Rochester Diversity Council. He and his wife Mary have two children and are long-time Rochester area residents and active in the community through several organizations.

The Merchants Bank Trust Department provides professional services to individuals, families, businesses and non-profit organizations. Trust services include serving as trustee for revocable and irrevocable trusts; counseling on estate plans to preserve and transfer wealth; providing investment management for individuals, companies and foundations; managing and administering 401(k) plans; acting as an agent under a power of attorney or as personal representative under a will; and handling administration of estates.

Merchants Bank is a full service community bank with 23 branches in southeastern Minnesota and west-central Wisconsin and a leasing division, Merchants Bank Equipment Finance, in Edina. Headquartered in Winona, MN, the Bank has more than $2.7 billion in assets and was founded in 1875.

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