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Starion Financial’s Landon Feil moves to Mandan branch

Landon Feil, business banking officer, has moved to Starion’s Mandan branch after spending more than a year at the bank’s downtown Bismarck location.

In his role, Feil maintains and develops existing loan portfolios and works to build and strengthen customer relationships. He also works to develop new loan business, promoting additional bank products and services.

Feil graduated from UND with a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration. He has experience in management, sales and business administration.

Feil is Treasurer of the Board of Directors of the Head Injury Association of North Dakota and Chairman of Ducks Unlimited – Mandan Chapter.



Starion Financial’s founder receives Greater North Dakotan Award

Frank Larson, founder of Starion Financial, receiving the Greater North Dakotan AwardFrank Larson, founder of Starion Financial, received the Greater North Dakotan Award on April 15 at the Governor’s Business Forum at the Alerus Center in Grand Forks. The award is the Greater North Dakota Chamber of Commerce’s highest honor and was presented to Larson in acknowledgement of the business and philanthropic impact he has had on the state of North Dakota.

“Throughout his life and career, Frank has served as a strong example of dedication to the betterment of North Dakota and its business community,” said Andy Peterson, president/CEO of the Greater North Dakota Chamber. “He has truly made, and continues to make, a powerful impact on our communities, businesses and state.”

“My father is a true community builder, and at the end of the day his biggest concern is helping people to be successful,” said Craig Larson, president/CEO of Starion Financial. “That’s how he really started his banking career: with that hope to help the community and to help customers, and that commitment has not wavered in 45 years.”

Pictured: Andy Peterson, Chamber president (left) and Frank Larson

 

To learn more about Starion's roots, read Our Story.



Starion Financial rated four stars by Bankrate.com

Starion Financial has been awarded four stars in Bankrate.com’s Safe & Sound Ratings service for the quarter that ended September 30, 2013. This is the highest score a financial institution can receive. These ratings are comparisons to both industry and peer norms and standards and key absolute benchmarks.

For more than 16 years, Bankrate.com’s Safe & Sound service has given consumers information on the relative financial strength and stability of U.S. commercial banks, savings institutions and credit unions. They are a leading publisher, aggregator and distributor of personal finance content on the Internet.

“Bankrate has a solid system for rating financial institutions,” said Craig Larson, president/CEO. “We are proud of the strong rating we received and will work hard to keep receiving high scores like this in years to come.”



Starion Financial receives highest rating from BauerFinancial

Starion Financial has received a five-star rating from BauerFinancial, the Nation’s leading independent bank and credit union rating firm.

BauerFinancial has been reporting on and analyzing the performance of U.S. banks and credit unions since 1983. Star ratings are assigned on a scale of zero-to-five stars (five being the strongest) and are based on the overall financial picture of the financial institution. The ratings are independent, meaning no institution is able to pay to be rated or excluded.

“Each of the institutions on the Recommended Bank Report is financially sound and is operating well above its regulatory requirements,” said Craig Larson, CEO/president of Starion Financial. “This rating is a great tribute to all the hard work and leadership of our team.”



Starion Financial’s Lindsey Matter receives national recognition

Lindsey Matter, Starion Financial Mortgage Banker - Mandan, Bismarck, North DakotaLindsey Matter, mortgage banker at Starion Financial, has been named to Mortgage Executive’s Top 1% of Mortgage Originators list. Matter is located at the bank’s Mandan location.

Each year, Mortgage Executive Magazine compiles the most comprehensive list of The Nation’s Top 1% of Mortgage Originators. The publication seeks to recognize and celebrate the service, dedication and hard work that leading mortgage professionals put into serving their clients.

To be eligible for consideration, originators must have had at least $30 million in loan volume in the 2013 calendar year. Matter produced more than $40 million and closed 168 loans in 2013.



Starion Financial’s Jason Weber receives national recognition

Jason Weber, Starion Financial Mortgage Banker - Middleton, Sun Prairie, Madison, WisconsinJason Weber, mortgage banker at Starion Financial, has been named to Mortgage Executive’s Top 1% of Mortgage Originators list. Weber is located at the bank’s Middleton location and also services customers at the Sun Prairie location.

Each year, Mortgage Executive Magazine compiles the most comprehensive list of The Nation’s Top 1% of Mortgage Originators. The publication seeks to recognize and celebrate the service, dedication and hard work that leading mortgage professionals put into serving their clients.

To be eligible for consideration, originators must have had at least $30 million in loan volume in the 2013 calendar year. Weber produced more than $58 million and closed 240 loans in 2013.



Starion Financial presents local business survey results

Tim Karsky, Starion Financial Market President - BismarckStarion Financial will be presenting the results of The Bismarck-Mandan Chamber of Commerce’s business survey on Wednesday, April 2 from 7:30 – 9 a.m. The event will be held at the Ramada Hotel and Conference Center in Bismarck.
               
At the presentation, Tim Karsky, Starion Financial market president, will reveal the results of the local survey and compare them to last year’s results. Topics covered in the survey included 2013 performance, anticipated 2014 performance and reasons attributed for successes and challenges for our local businesses.

“If Starion is going to be successful we need to know how our businesses are doing and what they’re planning so we can be ready to meet their needs,” said Tim Karsky. “This survey provides a lot of good information for us and for other local businesses so we can anticipate upcoming business trends.”

This is a one-time opportunity to hear this valuable survey data firsthand, as well as a presentation from Dr. Slavisa Tasic from the University of Mary. To register for this event, visit bismarckmandan.com or call (701) 223-5660.

If you are unable to attend the event, survey results will be available following the presentation at starionfinancial.com.



Starion Financial supports Big Brothers Big Sisters

Starion Financial recently participated in the Big Brother Big Sister’s Bowl for Kids’ Sake fundraising event. Employees bowled in the event and also raised money by making a “jeans day” donation for BBBS.
          
In addition, Jody Ridl, Starion Financial credit analyst, was among the top five individual contributors for the event, raising more than $600.

“I chose to get involved because too many young people are struggling at school and at home,” said Ridl. “This was a really fun way for us to fundraise for this great cause.”

“Big Brothers Big Sisters has a really important role in our communities and greatly improves the lives of our friends and neighbors,” said Craig Larson, Starion Financial CEO/president. “We are proud to support their mission to connect young people with mentors who can positively impact their life.”



Starion Financial hires Brian Hanson as operations manager

Brian Hanson has joined Starion Financial as the operations manager. He is located at the bank’s Mandan location.
          
In his role, Hanson is responsible for the day-to-day oversight of the deposit operations and accounting departments. He manages and partakes in projects, partners with bank departments in achieving strategic initiatives, ensures compliance with regulations and manages applicable third-party vendor and service provider relations to maintain service levels.

Hanson comes to Starion with more than ten years of banking experience. He earned both his Bachelor’s degree and Masters of Business Administration at the University of Mary – Bismarck.

He is actively involved in several performing art ventures and volunteers with El Refuge, an international organization dedicated to creating a positive culture for youth.



Starion Financial receives the SBA Director’s Award

Starion Financial received the Director’s Award for the fiscal year 2013. This award is given annually by the North Dakota District Office of the Small Business Administration (SBA) to those lenders who have demonstrated a commitment to financing small business using SBA programs. This year, the SBA recognized the top six lenders in the state.

In 2013, forty-seven lenders provided much needed financing to small businesses in North Dakota using SBA. The North Dakota office met targeted goals for the fiscal year 2013 with the help and support of all participating lenders.

“As a supercommunity bank, Starion Financial recognizes the important role small businesses play in our communities. We are dedicated to helping small business owners achieve success and are proud to support the North Dakota SBA,” said Tim Dowling, Business Banking EVP. “We compete for North Dakota business with many other good, experienced SBA lenders. But, we think our unique blend of attributes will provide the best possible results for small businesses.”