Associate Promotions at National Bank of Commerce – Duluth News Tribune

The National Bank of Commerce (NBC) has announced the promotion of three of its associates. • Linda Aune, is now VP – Chief Operations Officer. His responsibilities will be to develop and implement operational strategies and innovative ideas to contribute to the strategic objectives of the organization. Linda has been in the banking industry for 37 years and has held many different positions during her distinguished career. She is from Duluth and has made an impact in our community by volunteering for organizations such as United Way, Grandma’s Marathon, Junior Achievement and Habitat for Humanity. Eric Albrecht, the new president of NBC Bank on January 1, said, “NBC is thrilled to be able to promote from within, which shows the talent we have as an organization. Linda’s leadership will create an environment where other leaders can grow, which ultimately drives the bank forward. • Brian Milliken, is now SVP – Chief Commercial Banking Officer. Brian will be responsible for managing BNC’s commercial banking team and ensuring that we serve businesses in our communities. Brian is a native of Superior and has worked in the banking industry for 16 years. He sits on the board of several local organizations such as the Superior & Douglas County Development Association and the Superior Business Center Inc. Eric Albrecht, said, “Imagination creates the ideas that turn into success. I’m thrilled that Brian is learning and growing within our organization and truly being able to bring NBC’s slogan of making more possible to life. • Blaze Zenner, is now VP – Director of Commercial Credit. His responsibilities will be to ensure the good credit quality of BNC’s commercial loan portfolio. Blaze has been in the banking industry for over 35 years and has held many different positions during his distinguished career. A native of central Minnesota and a graduate of the University of Minnesota at Duluth, he worked outside the area for several years before returning to the Twin Ports in 1990, where he has lived with his family ever since. He has been an active member of the community, volunteering with organizations such as Duluth United Way, Duluth Chamber of Commerce, Cathedral of Our Lady of the Holy Rosary, Knights of Columbus, and Grandma’s Marathon. Dave Strum, SVP – Director of Commercial Credit said, “Blaze has extensive knowledge of the banking industry and we pride ourselves on being able to promote from within. I am delighted to see him transition into this new role while continuing to help advance the bank’s commercial team. The National Bank of Commerce is headquartered in Superior and also has branches in Duluth, Esko, Hermantown, Hibbing, Poplar and Solon Springs. The bank’s web address is

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