It has been an interesting road from Windom Area High Schools Class of 74 to Chief Executive Officer of one of Americas largest banks, TCF.
There are lots of good stories, without question.
But Lynn Nagorske prefers to talk about his roots in Windom, his school and TCF which obviously gives him great pride. Lynn became CEO of TCF Financial Corporation in January, a promotion from the president title he had held since 1995.
At $13.9 billion in assets, TCF is the 43rd largest bank in the nation. Its 452 branches make it roughly 10th largest in the country. And, this week, the Minnesota Legislature approved a bill that is expected to put TCFs name on the new University of Minnesota football stadium. Nagorske signed the contract for TCFs naming rights deal.
The son of Eldon and Lorna Nagorske grew up on a rural Windom farm. The Nagorskes lived there until Lynn was 15, when his family moved to a home on River Road in Windom.
Lynn eventually married Pam Carter, who he started dating during his senior year of high school. Pam is the daughter of Al and Shirley Carter of Windom.
Lynn and Pam have two daughters: Megan, a sophmore at the University of Minnesota; and Rebecca, who graduated from Miami of Ohio and works at TCF in Chicago. The Nagorskes currently live in Orono.
Growing up at Windom
Lynn clearly loves to talk about his home town of Windom.
He makes visits a few times each year, subscribes to the Cottonwood County Citizen and keeps tabs on his relatives and in-laws. Lynns earliest days were spent on a farm near Windom.
I couldnt farm, Lynn said with a chuckle. I was allergic to everything. Harvest time was the worst. I could hardly breathe.
Nevertheless, Lynn also has some good memories of farming.
I drove tractor, planted corn and did all of those wonderful things, Nagorske said. I developed a great appreciation for hard work.
Nagorske was also active in high school, working on the Tatler newspaper staff and as business manager for the Eagle Yearbook.
I had a terrific education in Windom, which really put me on the launch pad for my career, Nagorske said. Some of my teachers were David Campbell, Bob Perrier and Bob Lindaman.
After high school, Lynn went on to college at Mankato State University, a school he chose because of its excellent accounting department.
Eventually, Lynn was hired as an audit manager for a Minneapolis firm called Peat Marwick, where he developed an interest in banking practices. He worked with such things as savings & loans, community banking and lending companies.
In 1986, Nagorske made a big career move, joining TCF as a controller and senior vice president.Six months later, he was named TCFs Chief Financial Officer, a post he held until he was named president in 1995.
While at TCF, I had a constant evolution of assignments which prepared me for my current job, Nagorske said. I was growing with the company. I liked the way the company was headed.
For the complete story, see this week's print edition of the Citizen.