Jewbalations-Heidi Gesell Bank Cherokee's CEO

January 17, 201719 min
At BankCherokee, we believe that community starts with family; I am proud to be the third generation of my family to lead our independently-operated bank and to continue the tradition of work my grandfather started nearly 100 years ago.

I began my career at First National Bank of St. Paul and joined BankCherokee in 1983. I have served in many banking capacities. In my current role as president and CEO, I provide vision and direction for BankCherokee, ensuring the organization, our employees and the local small businesses we serve continue to thrive. Since moving into my leadership role in 1996, the bank’s assets have increased by nearly 75 percent.

I am personally committed to being an innovator in the Twin Cities’ business community and the neighborhoods BankCherokee serves. My work has resulted in numerous local business and finance awards including Finance & Commerce “Top Women in Finance” award (2007), as well as Minnesota Business Magazine’s “The (Real) Power 50” award (2015).

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