Joins Kerndt Brothers Bank staff

Kerndt Brothers Bank has announced that Rich Werner has joined the bank as a Business Banker responsible for providing lending and deposit services to agricultural businesses and commercial customers throughout northeast Iowa. His responsibilities also include business development and enhancing relationships with existing customers.

Werner joins Kerndt Brothers Bank from AgXplore headquartered in Parma, MO, where he served as an Ag Agronomist. He brings significant experience in farming, agricultural sales and manufacturing with significant experience in sales management and customer experience. In total, his experience covers over 30 years in various business positions, with progressive responsibilities related to business management and building new customer relationships through a dedicated focus on customer needs.

In making the announcement, James Kerndt, President and CEO of Kerndt Brothers Bank, stated, “Having worked on the customer side of various agricultural and manufacturing companies, Rich has developed a unique understanding of how various businesses operate. We know our business and commercial customers will certainly appreciate his perspective and the value he adds to their banking relationship.”

Werner commented, “This opportunity in banking allows me to combine previous experience in farming, livestock, equipment and seed businesses in a way that offers our customers a source of valuable information when needed. Ultimately, I hope customers will draw on my varied background to make profitable decisions for their business.”

A native of Readlyn now residing in Decorah, Werner graduated from Iowa State University (ISU), where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Animal Science. While at ISU, he participated on the Iowa State Livestock Judging Team. He has received numerous awards for sales leadership and is a Certified Crop Advisor. Active in the community, Werner has held leadership positions in church and public school organizations and has served as President of the Bremer County Cattlemen’s Association. He can be reached at 563-217-4663 or at

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