Red Canoe Hires New VP of Business Lending


Red Canoe Credit Union welcomes Brett Nielsen as its new VP of Business Lending. 

Nielsen has over 29 years of experience in the financial services industry, including branch management, loan operations, SVP of Retail Banking and VP Risk Management. Nielsen was also an Examination Supervisor in Business Lending for the Department of Financial Institutions.

“Having performed several examinations at Red Canoe since 2012, I was always impressed with the management team, employees, and culture of the credit union,” said Nielsen. “I witnessed the growth and capabilities of the business lending department firsthand, so when I had the opportunity to join that team, it was an easy decision. I’m excited to be part of such a passionate, high-performing group and hope that I can contribute to our continued growth and success meeting the needs of the businesses in our market.”

Nielsen has been hired to fill the position that will be vacated by the retirement of Jim Strehlow later this year. Strehlow has been with Red Canoe for the past six years, successfully growing a large commercial lending portfolio and developing new products and services for the credit union’s business banking team.

“It’s been a pleasure to work with Jim over the years at Red Canoe,” states Tim Amato, Chief Lending Officer. “We’re going to miss him, but wish him all the best in retirement. You’ve earned it, Jim.”

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