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News & Events

Date: 6/25/2018

Title: Ames National Corporation President & CEO, Pohlman, Retires on June 29 (6/25/18)


Ames, Iowa. Thomas Pohlman, Chairman, President and CEO of Ames National Corporation, headquartered in Ames, Iowa, will retire on June 29, 2018 with more than 41 years of leadership and banking experience in commercial, retail and private banking, as well as extensive work in lending and marketing.


Tom is a graduate of Morningside College. He joined First National Bank in January of 1998 as Senior Vice President. He was promoted to Executive Vice President in December of 1998 and President in 1999. Tom was named Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of Ames National Corporation in 2006 and President and CEO in 2007. In 2016, Tom was recognized by the Ames Chamber of Commerce as Business Person of the Year.


In addition to his banking success, Tom has been an active community member, serving in various leadership positions throughout his career in Ames, including:

  • Ames Economic Development Commission Board and Executive Committee Member
  • Ames Chamber of Commerce President
  • United Way of Story County Campaign Chair
  • Mary Greeley Medical Center Foundation President, Board Member and Finance Committee Member
  • Rotary District 6000 Treasurer

In addition to his community leadership, he has also served in many banking association roles, including:


  • Iowa Bankers Association, Chairman
  • IBA Finance Committee Member
  • ABA Community Bankers Council Member
  • Iowa Bankers Mortgage Corporation Board Member
  • Iowa Commission for Volunteer Service Board Member

Tom’s extensive work with both local and state-wide initiatives is an example of his commitment to community betterment and improving the local business climate. Through his work as a banking leader, his career has been spent finding ways to help businesses and retail customers succeed in their financial lives.

Pohlman commented, "When you work a lifetime in the financial industry, you know that relationships are what make this career rewarding. Ames National Corporation is a strong and stable organization focused on helping customers, employees and shareholders succeed. It's been a challenging and motivating environment in which to work, and I’ve enjoyed being part of a growing and expanding community bank."

Tom and his wife, Tricia, have two grown children, Lindsay and Brandon. Lindsay and her husband, Nate, have three children and live in Ankeny. Brandon and his wife, Lisa, reside in Colorado with their son.

Introducing John P. Nelson as President & CEO

John P. Nelson assumed the role of President and CEO of the Company on June 29, 2018. John has served as Chief Financial Officer for the Company since 1999 and as director since 2013. He will continue as a director of the Company.

John was a commissioned bank examiner for the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation prior to joining the Company as Auditor in 1993 and brings a high level of qualification with respect to banking, accounting and regulatory matters. In addition to his banking experience, Mr. Nelson currently serves as the President of the Gilbert Community Schools Board.

"Ames National Corporation is in good hands," Pohlman said. "I have worked closely with John over the past 20 years and know his experience, dedication and focus on Ames National Corporation’s core values will position him for success as President & CEO."

Tom will continue to serve as the Chairman of the Ames National Corporation Board of Directors following his retirement.

About Ames National Corporation:

Ames National Corporation is listed on the NASDAQ Capital Market under the ticker symbol, ATLO. With nearly $1.4 Billion in assets, the Corporation affiliate banks include: First National Bank, Ames, Boone Bank & Trust Co., Boone, State Bank & Trust Co., Nevada, Reliance State Bank, Story City, and United Bank & Trust, Marshalltown. Additional information about Ames National Corporation can be found at