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John Babcock

Chairman, CEO, and President - The Bank of Elk River

Mr. Babcock is the fifth-generation Babcock to serve as chairman of the bank. He has been with the bank since 1997 and a board member since 2000. He worked as a branch manager and commercial lender before becoming president. Under his leadership, the bank entered a new era of innovation during times of opportunity and challenges. Mr. Babcock led through exponential technological advancement with the inception of the smartphone, social media, WiFi, and streaming as a way to connect with customers. Additionally, he led the bank through global impacts, including 9/11, the Great Recession, the COVID-19 pandemic, and the 2020 recession. Mr. Babcock graduated from Colorado College and the Graduate School of Banking in Madison, Wisconsin. He is also the former owner of Apples Associates, Inc.