Ted Abear, Deerwood Bank Graduates from the Minnesota Bankers Association Leadership Development Academy


Baxter, MN – 6/14/2022. Ted Abear graduated from the Minnesota Bankers Association (MBA) Leadership Development Academy on May 19, 2022. This year-long program, which graduated a total of 23 bankers in 2022, provides in-depth skill-building for bankers preparing for critical leadership roles in their banks. “The MBA Leadership Development Academy requires a significant commitment to professional and personal growth” said Joe Witt, MBA President/CEO. “It is intensive and challenging. Graduates of this program should be very proud of this accomplishment and their determination to grow as individuals and bank leaders.”

The MBA Leadership Development Academy was launched by the MBA to provide additional training for the next generation of Minnesota’s bank leaders. “When we first learned about this program, we immediately saw the potential to help us strengthen our leadership capacity and grow our future leaders,” said John Ohlin, President and CEO of Deerwood Bank. “We couldn’t be prouder of Ted for completing the program, and we look forward to the positive impact this experience will have on the future of our bank and the community we serve.”

Deerwood Bank has 12 offices throughout central and northern Minnesota—including, Baxter, Bemidji, Deerwood, Grand Rapids —and the Twin Cities.

The Minnesota Bankers Association is the state’s largest trade association devoted exclusively to representing commercial banks. The MBA was founded in 1889 and represents 95% of Minnesota’s chartered banks. The MBA is proud to support our member banks as they work to ensure vibrant communities throughout the state. For more information, please visit our website at

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Office: 218.825.8946


Ted Abear, Vice President Business Banking