Alerus Promotes Norris and Ausman to Leadership Positions

Minneapolis, Minn. (March 31, 2017) – Alerus is pleased to announce the promotion of David “Chip” Norris to Group President and Director of Sales and Service, and Sara Ausman to Regional President of the Twin Cities.

As Group President, Norris will lead the company’s Sales and Service division including all market and group presidents across Alerus’ footprint in Minnesota, North Dakota, and Arizona. Additionally, Norris will serve as a member of Alerus’ newly created leadership team, the Alerus Leadership Council. This team is focused on strategic and financial business results and review, talent development, key project progress, and managing of the organization’s work. Prior to this role, Norris served as the President for all of Alerus’ Minnesota markets since 2008. Norris has more than 30 years of experience in banking and served in a variety of leadership positions at other institutions prior to joining Alerus in 2007.

Previously the Managing Director of Professional Services and Private Banking, Ausman will now oversee Alerus’ entire Twin Cities market as Regional President. In her new role, Ausman will lead new business development through Alerus’ sales staff, relationship managers, and relationship bankers. Ausman joined Alerus in 2012 and has more than 25 years of banking experience. She received a bachelor’s degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a master’s degree from Michigan State University.

About Alerus Financial Corporation
Alerus Financial Corporation, through its subsidiaries Alerus Financial, N.A. and Alerus Securities Corporation, offers business and consumer banking products and services, residential mortgage financing, employer-sponsored retirement plan and benefit administration, and wealth management including trust, brokerage, insurance, and asset management. Alerus Financial banking and wealth management offices are located in Grand Forks and Fargo, N.D., the Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minn. metropolitan area, Duluth, Minn., and Scottsdale, Ariz. Alerus Retirement and Benefits plan administration offices are located in St. Paul, Minn., Albert Lea, Minn., East Lansing and Troy, Mich., and Manchester, N.H.