Daniel M. Christianson, Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Board of F & M Community Bank, Preston, Minn., would like to announce a recent addition to the bank’s Board of Directors. Paul Bucher, an attorney with the Dunlap & Seeger firm in Rochester, was elected to the board in July.
Paul is a lifelong resident of Southeastern Minnesota. He attended Rochester Community College and the University of Minnesota, and graduated from the University of Minnesota Law School with honors.
Paul advises clients on a wide range of business and real estate transactions, commercial and agricultural leases, tax-free exchanges, bankruptcy, estate planning, tax planning and agricultural law. He has been selected as a Leading Minnesota Attorney for his work in agricultural and natural resources law as well as bankruptcy and workouts. Fewer than 6% of Minnesota attorneys have received this designation. In addition, he has designated as an SBA 504 Closing Attorney by the United States Small Business Administration.
Paul has been a member of the Rochester Zoning Board of Appeals and has served on the boards of directors of Eastwood Bank, Rochester Area Economic Development, PossAbilities of Southern Minnesota, and The Reading Center. He has also served as president of Resurrection and Life Evangelical Lutheran Church in Rochester.
“I’ve known Paul for more than 30 years and have a lot of respect for the work he does in the legal arena,” Christianson said. “Besides his legal background being of great value in serving as a director, he has previously served on the board of another community bank, so he truly understands what community banking is about. We’re lucky to have him serve on our board.”
F & M Community Bank began operating in 1911. Its home office is in Preston, Minn., and it has branch offices in Chatfield, Minn., since October 2000, and in Rochester, Minn., since October 2015. It is a wholly owned subsidiary of F & M Financial Services, Inc., which also owns and operates F & M Insurance Services, which is located in Preston.