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President's Message


I love working at the Gothenburg State Bank. Working here is fun - it is challenging - it is rewarding - and, the work we do is important to our community. If you look at successful communities across the country it would be difficult to find one that doesn't have a bank helping the community succeed. We pride ourselves in being leaders in our community. Therefore, a couple of years ago our bank set out to establish our true mission statement, a statement that could guide us and inform everyone of why we do the things that we do. Our statement is:

The Gothenburg State Bank exists to enhance the lives of our Customers,
our Team Members, and our Community - Because we care!

All the decisions that we make at our bank can be made by following this statement and this has made it easier to be a successful bank.

Recently I had the opportunity to attend the Dave Ramsey EntreLeadership conference that focused on being a more effective leader. The speakers and the messages at this conference were amazing and I truly enjoyed learning from the great leaders that were in attendance. One of the speakers that I enjoyed the most was John C. Maxwell, a best-selling author and coach on the topic of leadership. The whole conference was tremendous, but listening to John C. Maxwell made the conference very insightful. One of the topics he discussed was how all great leaders need to intentionally grow every day.This of course is not easy but extremely valuable to improve our leadership skills. Personal growth is not something that automatically takes place during your lifetime. You don't just happen to get advancements in your career. You don't just happen to get on an improved personal budget. You don't just happen to strengthen the bonds that you have with your children. You don't just happen to become closer to God in your spiritual journey. You don't just happen to lose weight and live a healthier life. These things take intentional action and all of them take time and effort. Dave Ramsey says, "It is not an accident that a football team wins a Super Bowl. They win because they become what they think about." Great teams become successful by choosing a path and working hard every day. They set specific goals and they proactively work at them every day as they choose to succeed.

As I mentioned before, I love working at the Gothenburg State Bank. I think the main reason I love it so much is that we have intentionally decided to do banking better. We care about what our customers are going through, we work as a team to achieve our goals, and we love helping Gothenburg grow and thrive. The Gothenburg State Bank team members work hard to improve lives, and even though it is not easy, we intentionally do it every day - and we do it Because We Care!

Luke Signiture

Luke Rickertsen

Past Messages

1st QTR 2017
4th QTR 2016
3rd QTR 2016
2nd QTR 2016
1st QTR 2016
4th QTR 2015
3rd QTR 2015
2nd QTR 2015
1st QTR 2015

Bank President Luke Rickertsen