Winona Harbormasters Cap 2023 Harbormaster!

Published On: April 18th, 2023|Categories: News|

2023 Harbor Master Jim Vrchota and 2022 Harbor Master Fred Benning

Thursday. April 13 th Chamber Network Night took a twist when the Steamboat Days Harbormasters and
Committee members took to the microphone to surprise and “Cap” Jim Vrchota as the 2023
Harbormaster.

Jim and his wife Tami have 4 children. Jim is the Market President for Oakwood Bank in Rollingstone.
Jim was nominated for his many years of service to the Winona Community. The anonymous
nomination stated that “between taking care and providing for his family and excelling at his job, Jim
always commits significant time to helping others.”
The list of organizations that Jim has been or is currently a part of is extensive.

This is a sample of some of those groups:
Benedictine Health – St. Anne of Winona, Junior Achievement, WAPS Task Force, Winona ORC, and the
Winona WorkForce Development Center/CareerForce. He has served Economic Development for
Winona County, City of Goodview, Winona Chamber, Visit Winona, and the Minnesota Business Finance
Corp.

He has used his 40 years of agricultural lending experience to give back to the local ag community thru
the Winona Chamber Agri-Business Committee and Family Night on the Farm.
Jim is a staunch supporter of the Arts. He has been on the boards for Winona Symphony Orchestra,
Great River Shakespeare Festival and Theatre Du Mississippi. He has also been an important part of the
Winona Health USO Show.

Harbor Master Jim and past Harbor Masters

Jim and past Harbormasters will be the hosts for the Steamboat Days Sip and Celebrate Wine and Beer
Tasting with a Live and Silent Action Saturday, May 6th, 7pm – 9pm at the American Legion Club. This
fundraiser will benefit Steamboat Days events and Winona Area Humane Society. Ticket are available
for sale at HyVee and from Steamboat Days board members.

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