John Novak

DEC Member since 2010
VP of the International Department, Bremer Bank N.A.

John Novak joined Bremer Bank N.A. as Vice President and Manager of the International Department in December of 2004. John currently has responsibility for sales, marketing, training and consulting of all International services. Bremer Financial Corporation is a privately held financial services company owned by its employees and the Otto Bremer Foundation. Founded in 1943 and headquartered in St. Paul, Minnesota, the Bremer Bank has nearly 100 locations across Minnesota, North Dakota and Wisconsin. The Otto Bremer Foundation uses its share of dividends to distribute charitable grants to Bremer Bank communities.

John’s more than 44 years of International finance and International banking experience includes working for Citibank in NYC, National City Bank, Cleveland, Ohio [now PNC] and U.S. Bank Minneapolis, MN. While at these banks, he managed and provided support for International operations and promoted sales. Before coming to Bremer, John also had nearly seven years of corporate experience at Polaris Industries Inc., managing a $35 million-dollar International portfolio for over 50 worldwide foreign distributors.

John is a member of both the Minnesota District Export Council [MN DEC] and the North Dakota District Export Council [ND DEC]. John is currently serving as a Board of Director of the Midwest Global Trade Association [MGTA], where he is also serving on its Education and Special Events Committees. He is also a past President of the MGTA. John also serves as the Chair of the International Trade Advisory Council at St. Paul College, St. Paul, MN. This council supports curriculum and educational opportunities for its students.