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Who We Are

Senior Management

Thomas H. Pohlman

Thomas H. Pohlman

President and CEO of Ames National Corporation and Chairman of First National Bank. Pohlman joined First National Bank in January of 1998 as Senior Vice President. He was promoted to Executive Vice President in December of 1998 and President in 1999. Pohlman was named Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of Ames National Corporation in 2006 and President in 2007. He is a graduate of Morningside College with more than 30 years of banking experience in commercial, retail and private banking, as well as extensive work in lending and marketing. He's very involved in the community including Iowa Bankers Association Mortgage Corporation, Ames Economic Development Commission, past president of the Ames Chamber of Commerce and past president of United Way of Story County. He is currently Chairman of the Iowa Bankers Association.

John Nelson

John Nelson

Vice President and CFO of Ames National Corporation. Nelson joined Ames National Corporation in 1993 as Assistant Vice President and Company Auditor. He was promoted to Vice President in 1998 and to CFO in 2000. Prior to joining Ames National Corporation, Nelson was a commissioned bank examiner with the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation. Educational achievements include: graduating from Iowa State University with honors as a Finance major, successfully completing the certified public accountant examination and graduating from the Iowa School of Banking. Community activities include: serving on the Gilbert Community School Board, Faith Formation Instructor for St. Cecilia Church, serving as a member of the Knights of Columbus and graduated from Leadership Ames.

Scott T. Bauer

Scott T. Bauer

President of First National Bank. Bauer joined First National in 1986 after graduating from Iowa State University with a B.B.A. in Management. He has served in many capacities for the bank including Internal Auditor, Operations Officer and Lending Officer. Before his promotion to President in January of 2008, he was Executive Vice President with the major responsibility of overseeing the loan department. He is a graduate of both the Iowa School of Banking and the Graduate School of Banking at Colorado. Bauer currently serves Audit and Finance committees of the ISU Alumni Association and sits on the board for the Iowa Bankers Association and Iowa Bankers Mortgage Corporation.

Wealth Planning Services

Richard S. Nelson, CFP(reg)

Richard S. Nelson, CFP(reg)

Senior Investment Officer. Nelson joined First National Bank in 2001 when they introduced First National Investment Services. He continues to provide a variety of financial planning services as well as investment expertise to the Trust Department's Investment Committee. Prior to joining First National, Nelson was a Financial Consultant with Merrill Lynch for five years. He is a graduate of Iowa State University with a B.S. in Finance. He obtained his CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNERô certification in 2012. Nelson also serves the Ames community as a board member of Ames Salvation Army, Humanities Iowa and on the Pastoral Council of St. Cecilia Church.

Stephen P. Kester

Stephen P. Kester

Investment Associate. Kester began employment part-time at First National Bank in 2007 while attending Iowa State University. He graduated from Iowa State in May of 2009 with a B.S. in Finance. Kester was promoted to Teller Supervisor in July 2009 where he managed two bank branches. In 2012, Kester joined First Point Wealth Management and was promoted to Investment Associate. On March 1, 2013, he successfully completed the requirements for his Series 7 and Series 66 securities registrations which are currently held with LPL Financial. Kester serves the Ames Community as a member of Young Professionals of Ames and has been active with the Campustown Action Association.

Financial Management & Trust Services

Pamela K. Fleener

Pamela K. Fleener

Vice President and Senior Trust Officer. Fleener began employment with First National Bank in 1986 after graduating from Iowa State University with a B.B.A. in Finance. She joined the Trust Department in 1988. She was named Senior Trust Officer in 2007 and currently serves the Trust Department as manager, a member of the trust investment committee and account administrator. Fleener is a graduate of Schools of Banking for Trust & Financial Services and Advanced Trust Administration School. She also attended the Cannon Financial Institute's Fiduciary Investment Management School. Fleener serves the Ames community as a member of the Northcrest Foundation, Vice President of Northcrest, Inc Board of Directors where she also serves on the Nominating and Physical Facilities Committees. Fleener served on the Youth & Shelter Services Foundation Board for six years and is past co-chair of the Friends Fund Development Committee where she continues as a member. She also volunteers for the Ames Chamber of Commerce Membership Committee, Gilbert Education Foundation, United Way and Story County Chapter of Pheasants Forever.

Donald L. Rahn, CFP(reg)

Donald L. Rahn, CFP(reg)

Vice President and Trust Officer. Rahn joined First National Bank in 2012 and is a graduate of Iowa State University with a B.S. in Industrial Engineering and the Iowa School of Banking. Rahn obtained his CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNERô certification in 2010. Prior to joining First National Bank, he worked for several financial services companies since 1993 and has more than 20 years of professional work experience with Fortune 500 companies including, 3M Company, American Express and the Principal Financial Group. Rahn began his banking career with his hometown community bank, Cherokee State Bank, in 2000 and has spent the last several years of his banking career in the trust and investment management services field as an investment portfolio manager and trust administrator with a large trust division of a community bank in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. Rahn joined the Ames Noon Rotary Club and is looking forward to becoming involved in the Ames Community.

Cynthia L. Bourke

Cynthia L. Bourke

Vice President and Trust Officer. Bourke began employment at First National Bank in 1984 and joined the Trust Department in 1992. Bourke is a graduate of Iowa State University with a B.S. in Business Administration. She has served the bank in many capacities including Assistant Cashier and Internal Auditor. Bourke serves in account administration for the Trust Department. She is also a graduate of Schools of Banking for Trust & Financial Services and Advanced Trust Administration School. Bourke has served the Ames community as treasurer for Heartland Senior Services. She is currently on the board for United Way of Story County Endowment Professional Advisory and is the secretary/treasurer of the Northcrest Foundation.

Kathleen M. Gawtry

Kathleen M. Gawtry

Trust Officer. Gawtry joined First National Bank in 2007. Gawtry has been in financial services since 1980 and has 20 years of experience in trust administration. Prior to joining First National Bank, she worked eight years as a financial consultant for Wells Fargo Private Client Services. She graduated from Iowa Central in Fort Dodge from the Business Management Program. Gawtry is a graduate of Schools of Banking for Trust & Financial Services. Gawtry held the NASD Series 7, 6, 65 & 63 securities licenses, and currently holds the Iowa Life, Health and Variable Annuity licenses. Gawtry has been involved in the community of Ankeny as a member of the Chamber of Commerce and board member of New Horizons Adult Day Center of Ankeny.

Keri S. Kain

Keri S. Kain

Trust Officer. Kain began employment at First National Bank in 1996 and joined the Trust Department in 1997 after graduating from Iowa State University with a B.S. degree in Finance. Kain is also a graduate of Schools of Banking for Trust & Financial Services and Advanced Trust Operations. Kain serves on the INFOVISA Trust Software User Steering Committee. Kain is involved in the community as a Loaned Executive volunteer for United Way of Story County and as a board member and treasurer for Ames Community Preschool Center.

Nick E. Johnson, CFA

Nick E. Johnson, CFA

Investment Analyst. Johnson joined First National Bank in 2013. He graduated summa cum laude from the University of Northern Iowa with a B.A. in Finance and Economics, and from the University of Iowa with a M.B.A in Investment Management. Johnson obtained his Chartered Financial Analyst certification in August 2010. Prior to joining First National Bank, Johnson began his career in Cedar Rapids at GreatAmerica Financial Services in 2007. After four years of commercial credit analysis, he returned to school to pursue his M.B.A. at the University of Iowa where he graduated with distinction. During his M.B.A. program, Johnson interned as an equity research analyst for the State of Wisconsin Investment Board, the ninth largest public pension plan in the U.S. which manages approximately $85 billion in assets. Johnson, born and raised in Ames, is eager to become involved in the Ames Community.

Private Banking

Tanya M. Anderson

Tanya M. Anderson

Vice President & Private Banker. Anderson joined First National Bank in 1978 after graduating from Iowa State University. Anderson has spent nearly 20 years working in the Financial Management & Trust Services area, focused on client care and business development. Anderson is an active Ames community member and currently serves as President of the Mary Greeley Medical Center Foundation Board and is a member of the Women with Initiative, Rotary and the CY Stephens Performing Arts Council. She also is a member of PEO and Beta Tau Delta.

Stacy J. Dreyer

Stacy J. Dreyer

Vice President & Private Banker. Dreyer joined First National Bank in 2008 and has more than ten years of banking experience, including: business development, personal, commercial, mortgage and community relations. She graduated from Minot State University in North Dakota with a finance degree. Dreyer has a high level of commitment to customer service and to the community. She currently serves as: Mary Greeley Medical Center Auxiliary Executive Board Member and Past President, Main Street Cultural District Executive Board Member, Treasurer and Past President, Ames Foundation Board Treasurer, ISU Alumni Association Board Associate, Ames Public Library Leadership Task Force, Ames Chamber Ambassador and a member of the Young Professionals of Ames. Most recently, Dreyer was recognized as a YPA 4 Under 40 Award recipient, a Chamber Community Involvement award winner and the Main Street Cultural District Volunteer of the Year.

Jennifer M. Walter

Jennifer M. Walter

Private Banker. Walter joined First National Bank in August 2013 and is a 2002 Graduate of Faith Baptist College in Ankeny, with a B.S. in Education & Counseling. Walter has 13 years of business experience and has been the owner of Walnut Street Gallery in Ankeny since 2007. In 2000, Walter began working at Walnut Street Gallery as a college student. Currently, Walter serves on the Executive Board of the Ankeny Chamber of Commerce and is very active in the Ankeny business community. Walter was the 2010 President of the Uptown Ankeny association, has been a member of the Ankeny Rotary, is an involved church member and continues to serve on many committees that benefit the Ankeny community.

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