Craig P. Mueller - Oak Ridge FinancialCraig P. Mueller
Managing Director
Co-head Financial Institutions Group
(763) 923-2205

Craig joined Oak Ridge in 2007. He was one of the co-founders of North American Capital Markets in 2000. He currently advises clients regarding fixed income investments, loan sales, and investment banking.

Craig spent the first 13 years of his career at the American National Bank of St. Paul as a commercial lender and then transitioned to its Investment Department. During his tenure, Craig was a top producer advising primarily Midwest banks. In 1992, Craig joined Dain Rauscher, Inc. and started the Financial Institutions Unit in the Fixed Income Department. Craig was also a member of the elite “Chairman’s Council” which was awarded annually to the company’s top producers. Accomplishments include assisting in the pioneering of Dain’s private debt investment banking group, Portpro bond accounting for banks and mortgage backed securities and a faculty member of Dain’s “Bond Boot Camp”. Client educational experience includes numerous investment seminars sponsored by various banking associations, faculty member of The Dakota School of Banking and Dain Rauscher’s Bond Boot Camp.

Craig holds a B.S.B.A. degree in Finance from Creighton University. Craig is also a bank holding company owner and director.


David Stieber - Oak Ridge FinancialDavid J. Stieber
Managing Director
Co-head Financial Institutions Group
(763) 923-2291

David Stieber joined Oak Ridge Financial in March 2009 as Managing Director and Co-head of its Financial Institutions Group. Stieber brings to Oak Ridge 18-years of experience advising community banks on mergers and acquisitions, equity and debt capital raises, stock valuation and other general financial advisory assignments. During his career, David has worked on over 100 completed assignments for community banks.

Prior to joining Oak Ridge, David spent 10-years at RBC Capital Markets focused on the bank industry. Most recently, he acted as a consultant to a major Midwestern financial institution working directly with senior management on M&A strategies, target identification and analysis. David started his career at Ernst & Young as a tax compliance specialist.

David holds a B.B.A. in Finance from the University of Iowa and is a Certified Public Accountant.


Jake Newsom
(763) 923-2278

Prior to joining Oak Ridge in May 2019, Jake had experience in Portfolio Management and Equity Research participating in The Bulldog Fund, LLC, an advanced S&P500 strategy portfolio at the University of Minnesota Duluth. Jake also competed in the CFA Institute Research Challenge where Jake and his colleagues advanced to the America's Finals to compete in New York City. Jake's experience also extends into Corporate Finance and Accounting working for Bio-Techne Corporation, a publicly traded Life Sciences company. Jake graduated with a Bachelors of Business Administration in Financial Markets Finance from the University of Minnesota Duluth.


Bruce Bennett - Oak Ridge FinancialBruce Bennett
Senior Vice President
Institutional Sales
(763) 923-2294

Bruce joined Oak Ridge Financial in 2016. Bruce has spent his career in the management and delivery of fixed income related products to institutional investors including banks, insurance companies, wealth management firms and fund managers. His roles have included fixed income sales, portfolio management and manager of fixed income and trading activities. He has also been as a Bank owner, holding company director and co-launched a private equity fund designed to provide long term capital to financial institutions.

Prior to joining Oak Ridge Financial Bruce worked at Maxwell Simon, Inc. as a Managing Director of Fixed Income.


Mark Bennett - Oak Ridge FinancialMark Bennett
Vice President
Institutional Sales
(763) 923-2276

Mark joined Oak Ridge Financial in 2016. He previously worked at Maxwell Simon Inc. in fixed income primarily focused on agency MBS. Mark started his career in the financial services industry at Wells Fargo.

Mark studied Business Administration at the University of Wisconsin-Stout.


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