The board of directors for First State Bank and Trust, Bayport, recently announced a promotion in their leadership team. Jason Howard, president, has been promoted to president and chief executive officer following the retirement of Peter Clements.

“I am humbled and grateful for the opportunity to lead this great organization and build upon the legacies of our previous leaders. I am excited to continue First State Bank and Trust’s focus on providing local, personalized banking, insurance and trust services as we have for the last 106 years,” Howard said. “It is a privilege to work side by side our talented and energetic staff who execute our mission daily to serve the diverse financial needs of the St. Croix Valley community and beyond.”

Howard, 41, joined First State Bank and Trust in 2012 and was promoted to chief financial officer in 2013. A 2001 accounting and economics graduate of Luther College, Howard began his career as a staff accountant with Arthur Andersen in Minneapolis and later served 10 years with Wipfli where he provided audit and consulting services to community banks throughout the Midwest. Howard obtained his Certified Public Accountant (CPA) license in 2003. He currently serves as chairman of the board for Croixdale Senior Living Community, Bayport, is a member of the board of directors for Lakeview Health, Stillwater, and is an active participant in the Stillwater Noon Rotary Club. He resides in St. Paul with his wife, Lyndsay, and two sons.