We Are Ceylon

Here at the State Bank of Ceylon, our mission is to provide simple and workable financial solutions for our unique and changing communities. We are not your typical bank. We are a community bank that abides by the philosophy that all families and communities should have access to credit in order to pursue the American dream of ownership in homes & businesses and maximize their contribution to our shared ecosystem. Our core values include solidarity: taking a team approach to accomplish more together; and human dignity: recognizing the uniqueness of every individual. We were founded in 1901 on personal service & customer care and we still live by those principles today. Please stop in and meet our friendly staff who are willing to work hard to meet your banking needs.

Our Directors

Gellert Dornay

Gellert Dornay

Chairman of the Board

Matthew Moran

Matthew Moran

Director

Ellen Muller

Ellen Muller

Director

Lori Bents

Lori Bents

Secretary of the Board

Greg Bents

Gregory Bents

Director

Our Team

Matthew Moran

Matthew Moran

President & CEO

Kevin Johnston

Kevin Johnston

Chief Operating Officer

Greg Bents

Gregory Bents

Vice President & Senior Lender

Lori Bents

Lori Bents

Operations Manager & Compliance

Doris Rosener

Doris Rosener

Assistant Operations Manager

Gellert Dornay

Gellert Dornay

Chairman of the Board

Dornay serves as Chairman of the board for the State Bank of Ceylon assisting the CEO in strategic direction and governance. Gellert starting roasting coffee for Java Trading Co. at the age of 19 and took on various roles as he helped grow the company over the following 15 years to a leader in specialty coffee across the US and parts of Europe and Asia.

He subsequently co-founded a mortgage bank, Axia Home Loans, and led the company for ten years in contributing to the rebuilding of the residential mortgage marketplace. Gellert has a strong affinity for principled entrepreneurship which led to the decision to turn Axia over to the employees through an Employee Stock Ownership Plan.

Dornay serves on numerous profit and non-profit boards and is interested in promoting the dignity of every human person. He and his wife Elizabeth home school their 10 kids on Mercer Island, Washington.

Matthew Moran

Matthew Moran

Director

Matthew F. Moran is the President and CEO responsible for all aspects of bank operations including credit, investments, deposits, and our most important asset – people. With more than 30 years of banking experience, Mr. Moran joined State Bank of Ceylon as President and CEO in February 2019. As a community banker, Mr. Moran values relationships and the opportunity to personalize credit solutions for his customers. He previously served as Executive Vice President and Chief Credit Officer at Anchor Bancorp in Lacey, WA and prior to that with Sound Community Bank from May 2007 through October 2014. Before joining Sound Community Bank, Mr. Moran was a Senior Examiner and Credit Specialist for one year with the Office of Thrift Supervision which has since been merged into the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC).

From 2004 to 2006, he was Vice President for Commercial Credit for Inland Northwest Bank. From 2001 to 2004, he was Vice President and Team Leader with Community Bancshares, a $350 million community bank in southeast Washington where he was responsible for all new credit development. In addition, Mr. Moran was with First National Bank of Omaha as the Asset/Liability Manager for the consolidated entities under First National Nebraska, Inc., a $10 billion bank holding company. Prior to that, Mr. Moran spent six years as a National Bank Examiner with the OCC where in addition to his Safety and Soundness responsibilities, he also served as a specialist in the Large Bank Capital Markets Examination Program.

Mr. Moran is a graduate of Seattle University where he earned his Bachelors in Business Administration in Finance. In 2010 he graduated from the Pacific Coast Banking School, which is affiliated with the Foster Graduate School of Business at the University of Washington. A native of Ketchikan, Alaska, Matt and his wife Anne are the parents of five children. He enjoys spending time with his family, fishing, traveling, cycling, and is an avid reader.

Ellen Muller

Ellen Muller

Director

Ellen J. Muller joined the Consulate General of Canada in Minneapolis and their International Business Development section in 2018 where she supports the Canadian Trade Commissioners in targeted areas of Agriculture, Processed Foods, Market Access & Infrastructure; Foreign Investment; Clean Technology and Life Sciences. The team serves trade in Minnesota, Iowa, Nebraska, North Dakota and South Dakota.

Prior to joining the Consulate, Ellen was the Chief Advancement Officer of Jeremiah Program, a national nonprofit dedicated to transforming families from poverty to prosperity, two generations at a time. She developed funding growth strategies by building new individual and organizational relationships with local and national funders and prospects which resulted in over $1.8 million in new funding. Additionally, she designed and raised sponsorship funds for the 20/20 Vision 2Gen Summit - convening thought leaders in the two-generational field across the US; and managed the $2.8 million enterprise wide grant program for Jeremiah's national network, raising 22% more than the previous year.

Before joining Jeremiah, Ellen was the Economic Development Manager for the capital City of Saint Paul, MN, where she was engaged in regional job creation strategies, real estate predevelopment planning, commercial corridor revitalization and site selection options for business.

Ellen launched her career in development and has raised millions of dollars for worthy charities, including the 1991 International Special Olympics Games and as a successful fundraising consultant for the Vietnam Women’s Memorial Project and the U.S. National Ski Hall of Fame. She also was managing broker with GreatMinneapolis™ Real Estate and an executive sales manager for Weekenders USA.

Born and raised in Omaha, Nebraska, Ellen has made Minneapolis her home after earning a B.A. in Humanities from St. Catherine University. She has two grown daughters, Elizabeth Gordon (Boston) and Claire Muller (San Diego).

Lori Bents

Lori Bents

Secretary of the Board

Lori Bents has been a lifelong resident of Ceylon, MN and has been working in the banking industry for 35 years. Lori’s husband Tom has been in the Agriculture Industry for 38 years. They have two daughters and six grandchildren. Amanda and Joe McFarland and their children, Emma, Maxson, Miles and Maverick live in Mankato, MN. Abby and Douglas Roderick and their children, Cecilia and Harrison live in Sioux Falls, SD. They love having family so close by.

Greg Bents

Gregory Bents

Director

Greg Bents is currently the State Bank of Ceylon’s Vice President and Senior Lender. Greg also serves on the Board of Directors for the Bank. Greg has lived in Ceylon the majority of his life and has been helping customers with his infectious smile at the bank since 1980. He has one daughter Clarissa who is attending Minnesota State University, Mankato.

Matthew Moran

Matthew Moran

President & CEO

Matthew F. Moran is the President and CEO responsible for all aspects of bank operations including credit, investments, deposits, and our most important asset – people. With more than 30 years of banking experience, Mr. Moran joined State Bank of Ceylon as President and CEO in February 2019. As a community banker, Mr. Moran values relationships and the opportunity to personalize credit solutions for his customers. He previously served as Executive Vice President and Chief Credit Officer at Anchor Bancorp in Lacey, WA and prior to that with Sound Community Bank from May 2007 through October 2014. Before joining Sound Community Bank, Mr. Moran was a Senior Examiner and Credit Specialist for one year with the Office of Thrift Supervision which has since been merged into the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC).

From 2004 to 2006, he was Vice President for Commercial Credit for Inland Northwest Bank. From 2001 to 2004, he was Vice President and Team Leader with Community Bancshares, a $350 million community bank in southeast Washington where he was responsible for all new credit development. In addition, Mr. Moran was with First National Bank of Omaha as the Asset/Liability Manager for the consolidated entities under First National Nebraska, Inc., a $10 billion bank holding company. Prior to that, Mr. Moran spent six years as a National Bank Examiner with the OCC where in addition to his Safety and Soundness responsibilities, he also served as a specialist in the Large Bank Capital Markets Examination Program.

Mr. Moran is a graduate of Seattle University where he earned his Bachelors in Business Administration in Finance. In 2010 he graduated from the Pacific Coast Banking School, which is affiliated with the Foster Graduate School of Business at the University of Washington. A native of Ketchikan, Alaska, Matt and his wife Anne are the parents of five children. He enjoys spending time with his family, fishing, traveling, cycling, and is an avid reader.

Kevin Johnston

Kevin Johnston

Chief Operating Officer

Johnston began his banking career in 2012 as a commercial loan officer with Sound Community Bank in Seattle. He started knowing almost nothing about finance, developing a specialty in commercial construction and multifamily real estate within a few years. After moving on to Anchor Bank, Johnston was able to assist in the careful but substantial growth of the bank’s commercial portfolio, which allowed the sale of the bank in 2018.

Johnston is a member of the Washington State Bar Association. He is a graduate of Gonzaga School of Law and the University of Portland. He lives with his wife and two children in Issaquah, Washington. When not at work, Johnston enjoys traveling, reading, music, and spending time with his family.

Gregory Bents

Gregory Bents

Vice President & Senior Lender

Greg Bents is currently the State Bank of Ceylon’s Vice President and Senior Lender. Greg also serves on the Board of Directors for the Bank. Greg has lived in Ceylon the majority of his life and has been helping customers with his infectious smile at the bank since 1980. He has one daughter Clarissa who is attending Minnesota State University, Mankato.

Lori Bents

Lori Bents

Operations Manager & Compliance

Lori Bents has been a lifelong resident of Ceylon, MN and has been working in the banking industry for 35 years. Lori’s husband Tom has been in the Agriculture Industry for 38 years. They have two daughters and six grandchildren. Amanda and Joe McFarland and their children, Emma, Maxson, Miles and Maverick live in Mankato, MN. Abby and Douglas Roderick and their children, Cecilia and Harrison live in Sioux Falls, SD. They love having family so close by.

Doris Rosener

Doris Rosener

Assistant Operations Manager

Hours & Location

  • Hours of Operation
  • Monday - Friday: 8:45am - 3pm
  • Wednesday: 8:45am - 5:30pm
  • Saturday & Sunday: Closed
  • All Federal Holidays: Closed
  • Headquarters
  • 104 West Main Street
  • Ceylon, MN 56121
  • Contact Info
  • Phone: 507-632-4242
  • Fax: 507-632-4244

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