Brian Nicklason

Trustee, board chair

Brian Nicklason is CEO and president of Woodland Bank, with offices serving the northern Minnesota communities of Deer River, Cohasset, Hill City, and Grand Rapids. He is the third-generation owner of the bank, which has grown from $14 million to more than $100 million in assets.

Nicklason began his banking career as a consumer loan officer in 1983 and in 1985 joined the U.S. Treasury Department as a national bank examiner in the Office of the Comptroller until 1991 when he joined Woodland Bank. In 2000, he was named “the rising star in banking” by Northwestern Financial Review.

Nicklason graduated from St. Cloud State University in 1982 with a bachelor of science degree in Finance, having graduated from Remer’s Northland High School in 1978 as a member of the National Honor Society.

Professionally, he has served on the board and was chairman of the Independent Bankers of Minnesota. He also currently serves on the Itasca Economic Development Corporation/Jobs2020 advisory board and formerly served on the boards of Deer River Hospital, Remer Chamber of Commerce, Cass County Economic Development, Myles Reif Center and Itasca Community College Foundation.

Brian and Jeanne Nicklason and their children live in Cohasset, Minn.