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Meiring attends Graduate School of Banking

Connie Meiring, HR Manager at Minster Bank, graduated from the prestigious Graduate School of Banking at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Meiring also received an Executive Leadership Certificate while pursuing her studies.

The school, sponsored by the 18 state bankers associations comprising the Central States Conference of Bankers Associations, and the University of Wisconsin-Madison, was established in 1945 to provide bankers with an opportunity for advanced study and research in banking, economics and leadership. Instruction at the Graduate School of Banking takes place during two-week resident sessions for three consecutive summers, along with comprehensive study between summer resident sessions. The curriculum focuses on the management of strategic issues faced by banking executives and financial services industry professionals.

Mark Henschen, president and CEO reports, “The Graduate School of Banking provides exceptional leadership and growth opportunities. Connie’s dedication to this three-year program is commendable and will help with her HR role at Minster Bank.”

Since the Graduate School of Banking’s inception in 1945, it has been the school of choice for more than 20,000 bankers. Over 90 esteemed academicians, economists, government officials, and industry professionals comprise the School’s faculty.

Minster Bank has offices in Minster, New Bremen, St. Marys, Wapakoneta, Sidney, Troy and Vandalia. Minster Bank has assets totaling more than $450 million and has been serving the communities of West Central Ohio since 1914. To find out more about Minster Bank, visit

Koenig Equipment aquiree Smith Implements

BOTKINS — Koenig Equipment, Inc., a John Deere dealer based in Botkins, completed its acquisition of Smith Implements, Inc., effective Oct. 31. With the six additional locations, Koenig Equipment now owns and operates 13 John Deere dealership facilities serving agricultural, commercial, governmental and residential customers in 42 counties across Ohio and Indiana.

“Acquiring more locations and increasing our geographic footprint is most exciting because it provides Koenig with additional resources to serve customers more effectively and efficiently while offering greater opportunities for personal and professional growth to our employees,” said Koenig CEO Aaron Koenig.

Employing approximately 280 people, Koenig is among the largest equipment dealers in the Midwest.

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