Business Memos 4/17/13

MetLife honors John J. Miller

LAKE ELMO — John J Miller, CLU, ChFC, CASL, with New England Securities, was recently recognized by the MetLife Broker-Dealer Group for his achievements in the investment industry.

Miller was named to the Inner Circle program, which recognizes a select number of professionals for their excellence in the areas of client services and investment sales. Miller was chosen for his commitment to servicing the long-term financial needs of his clients. Miller has worked in the financial services industry for 32 years.

Through New England Securities, Miller provides a broad range of investment and insurance products including variable annuities, mutual funds and life insurance.

New England Financial, a Boston-based affiliate of MetLife, Inc. (NYSE:Met), provides financial products and services to individual and business markets through a network of 45 offices and almost 2,200 financial representatives. For more than 170 years, New England Financial has been recognized as one of the premier life insurance and financial services organizations. For more information, please visit the company’s web site at

Students learn about banking

Two Sykview Elementary School students visit with Lake Elmo Bank commercial lender Tom Swedenburg, left, during the students’ recent tour of the bank. (Photo courtesy of Lake Elmo Bank)

LAKE ELMO — Fourth-graders at Skyview Elementary School in Oakdale recently learned about the banking business by shadowing Lake Elmo Bank employees.

The program gives students an opportunity to learn more about what banks do and about specific bank jobs. After classroom discussions, the students developed their own resumes and applied for specific positions at Lake Elmo Bank. Following job interviews with Lake Elmo Bank staff, students were selected for various positions and visited the bank to “shadow” a bank employee.

“This is the 15th year we have partnered with an elementary school to educate children on the basics of banking through a banking program tailored towards the youth,” said Christine Clark, Lake Elmo Bank vice president marketing. “The program is beneficial for the students and our banking staff always enjoys participating in community projects.”

Lake Elmo Bank is a community bank serving the east metro area for more than 100 years and has offices in Lake Elmo, Stillwater and Oakdale.

Falls Chamber holds ‘sampler’ event

ST. CROIX FALLS, Wis. — The Falls Chamber of Commerce holds their “Falls Sampler” wine- and food-tasting event from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. May 3 at the Polk County Fairground’s 4H Building.

The evening showcases eight wine and craft beer vendors, plus 16 different restaurants, delis and food markets offering a variety of sample-sized portions. The event has undergone a make-over this year with a location change and the addition of more wine and beer vendors. The 4H Building will be transformed to reflect an “Up North Fishing” theme just in time for the Wisconsin fishing opener on Saturday. The evening includes great music and a 50/50 cash raffle.

Tickets are on sale at the Chamber’s website,, for $20 in advance or VIP admission for $35, which allows entrance 45 minutes before the general public and the chance to win a bottle of Charles Krug Cabernet donated by Johnson Brothers. If space remains, admission is $25 cash at the door. Reservations for this ticketless event can be booked online with a credit card or PayPal at or by calling the Chamber office at 715.483.3580.

Compiled by Erik Sandin – [email protected]