Dean Friesen

Dean Friesen

Lead Business Advisor


Dean Friesen joined Alerus in January 2016 via the acquisition of Beacon Bank. During his banking career, Dean has been involved in founding and growing a community bank while performing various roles, including chief financial officer and chief operating officer.

Dean’s career experience provides a unique perspective when working with clients. As someone who has worked in sales and operations, he understands that a positive client experience is the result of communication, trust, and performance. He utilizes his experience to bring these elements forward with each of his clients. Additionally, he instills these qualities in his team in the west metro.

Dean received his B.A. in economics from Hamline University and has attended numerous banking programs, including the Graduate School of Banking at Wharton. He is involved in the community as the treasurer of the Minnetonka Public Schools Foundation and on the executive board at the Hamline University School of Business.

Dean and his wife, Stephanie, have lived in Deephaven for more than 25 years and appreciate being part of the Lake Minnetonka community.