Matt Cochran Hired in Commercial Lending at Bell Bank


Matt Cochran has been hired as vice president/commercial banker at Bell Bank, located at 201 E. Superior St. in Duluth.

In his position, Cochran develops and maintains relationships with commercial customers across a range of business areas. By getting to know his customers’ short- and long-term goals and what’s important to them, Cochran said he can be proactive in making recommendations that make sense for the long-term success of their business.

“I love the team mentality at Bell, and I’m excited to be here,” Cochran said. “Everyone is working together toward a common goal: helping our customers succeed.”

Tim McShane, president of Bell Bank’s Twin Ports market, added that Cochran has an impressive background in commercial banking and lending.

“Matt is a great addition to our banking team,” said McShane. “He understands the importance we place on building relationships with our customers, because that’s the philosophy he’s taken throughout his career. We’re excited to have Matt bring his experience as we continue to add to our strong and growing team at Bell.”

Originally from Virginia, Minn., Cochran holds a bachelor’s degree from North Dakota State University in Fargo, N.D. He has been in banking for more than 15 years, starting in mortgage lending in 2003 and transitioning to commercial banking in 2007. In the commercial banking arena, he served as business specialist and business relationship manager with Wells Fargo, and since 2018 has served as commercial relationship manager with U.S. Bank in Duluth.

Cochran is active in the Duluth community and has been an Ambassador with the Hermantown and Duluth Chambers of Commerce. He has also served on the boards of the Duluth Amateur Hockey Association, Congdon Park, Choice Unlimited and St. Ann’s Senior Residence.

Cochran and his wife, Nicole, live in Duluth and have three children.


Founded in 1966 in Fargo, N.D., Bell Bank is one of the nation’s largest and fastest growing independent, family- and employee-owned banks, with full-service banking locations in Minnesota, North Dakota and Arizona and more than $10 billion in assets. The company provides a broad range of financial services, including personal and commercial banking, wealth management, mortgage and insurance. Since 2008, Bell’s unique Pay It Forward initiative has empowered more than $18 million in employee giving to individuals, families and organizations in need.