Starion Financial partners to fund the Bottineau County Children’s Academy
Starion Financial partnered with other local organizations to finance the Bottineau County Children’s Academy. Starion Financial and the Bank of North Dakota financed a combined $300,000 with the flex PACE program.
Additional grants and financing for the $1.2 million project were provided by the Dakota College, State of North Dakota, City of Bottineau, County of Bottineau, North Central Electric and other fundraising.
Lindsey Guss, Bottineau resident, will run the Bottineau County Children’s Academy, which will employ 10 – 12 people. The new facility will provide childcare for 51 children in the area. Guss and the Bottineau Economic Development Corporation (EDC) are planning to develop an afterschool program as well.
“The EDC saw a need in the community when residents couldn’t find childcare. People were having to either move or have one parent quit their job to stay home with the kids,” said Chuck Neubauer, Starion Financial business banker and EDC president. “It took a lot of people coming together to make this project happen. It hasn’t been easy, but it’s worth all the effort to solve a need for our community.”
“EDC’s vision closely aligns with Starion’s values and commitment to the Bottineau community,” said Jim Peterson, Starion Financial market president. “We were excited for an opportunity to partner on this project and to live out our mission to be a supercommunity bank for our friends and neighbors.”
Starion Financial hires marketing and communications manager
Trish Helgeson has joined Starion Financial as the marketing and communications manager. She is located at the bank’s Mandan location.
In her role, Helgeson leads the development and implementation of effective marketing strategies to support sales of personal and business banking, mortgage, insurance and investment services at Starion’s locations in North Dakota and Madison, WI. Her responsibilities include oversight of advertising, public relations, internal communications, digital strategy, event planning and product development.
Helgeson comes to Starion with more than 20 years of marketing and public relations experience in the banking, healthcare and tourism industries. She earned her Bachelor of Science in marketing from Minnesota State University Moorhead and her Master of Business Administration degree from North Dakota State University – Fargo.
Starion Financial presents Economic Outlook Forum results
Starion Financial will be presenting the results of The Fargo Moorhead West Fargo Chamber of Commerce’s economic survey on Wednesday, February 26 from 8 – 9:30 a.m. The event will be held at the Ramada Plaza and Suites Conference Center in Fargo.
At the presentation, Dan Staller, Starion Financial market president, will reveal the results of the local business economic outlook survey and compare them to last year’s results. Topics covered in the survey included business changes from 2011 – 2013, expected changes for 2014, industry breakdowns, business segments, factors affecting performance, unemployment rates/hiring stats and more.
This is a one-time opportunity to hear this valuable survey data firsthand, as well as presentations from Pam Sharp, director of the Office of Management and Budget, Ross Manson, principal at Eide Bailly, and Jim Gartin, president of the Greater Fargo Moorhead Economic Development Corp. To purchase tickets, visit fmwfchamber.com or call (218) 233-1100.
If you are unable to attend the event, survey results will be available after the presentation at starionfinancial.com.
Starion Financial named MSA United Way Top 20 Contributor
Starion Financial was named one of the Top 20 Contributors at the Missouri Slope Area (MSA) United Way annual meeting on January 31. The bank’s fundraising effort earned it eighth place overall.
On top of earning this honor, Craig Larson, CEO/president, and his wife, Shelley Larson, received the Tocqueville Society award, which recognizes the top for individual givers in 2013. Additionally, Vern Dosch, Starion Financial board member, will serve on the United Way’s board in 2014.
“We’re proud to support the United Way’s mission to unite people and resources to build a better community as it mirrors the values of Starion,” said Craig Larson, Starion Financial CEO/president. “Our employees are the reason this fundraising effort was so successful, and I’m honored to work with such fine, caring individuals.”
Starion Financial hires VP of credit administration
Marc Rasmussen has joined Starion Financial as its VP of credit administration. He is located at the bank’s downtown Bismarck location.
In his role, Rasmussen works with the chief credit officer to lead and oversee the credit department regarding underwriting, collateral valuation, loan policy adherence, documentation/commercial loan operations and project administration. He ensures credit quality while providing competitive service levels to internal and external customers of the department. Additionally, Rasmussen facilitates projects relating to all aspects of credit administration, strategic initiatives, regulatory compliance, internal controls, software changes, credit reporting, efficiency gains and enhancement of loan policies.
Rasmussen has more than 30 years of experience, having served as a loan officer, residential lending manager, branch manager, regional manager and most recently as a senior credit officer. He earned a Bachelor of Science in business administration from the University of South Dakota. Additionally, he graduated from Master’s level three-year courses at both Mortgage Bankers Association’s School of Mortgage Banking – Wash. and Pacific Coast Banking School – Wash.
Before moving to North Dakota, Rasmussen was involved in United Way, YMCA, Rotary Club, Washington Reinvestment Association, Habitat for Humanity, Jaycees and other service clubs. He is a member of the Sons of the American Revolution and is a published author.
Starion Financial awarded Business of the Year
On behalf of Starion Financial, Jay Feil, market president, accepted the Business of the Year award from the Mandan Progress Organization (MPO) at their annual awards dinner on Monday, January 27th.
MPO was established in 1993 as a forum for businesses and citizens to unite to help Mandan thrive. Their mission is to enhance Mandan's business climate, create and promote public events and generate community pride.
Feil says “this award was totally unexpected; this is just what we do.”
Strong community focus is a core value at Starion Financial, and the bank has been involved with MPO since its inception. “Not only has Starion been a member since the beginning, but they were an integral part in forming the Mandan Progress Organization,” said Del Wetsch, executive director of MPO.
“Over the years, we could always count on Feil and the team at Starion to support all of our events. They have contributed not only financially, but also with volunteers helping organize and execute these events,” said Wetsch. “When selecting the Business of the Year, we look at what companies do throughout the community, not just for MPO events. It was a unanimous decision by the board to name Starion Financial the Business of the Year.”
Craig Larson, Starion Financial president/CEO, congratulated the Mandan staff: “I am proud of the support the entire team provides to the community. Mandan has fast become one of the most exciting communities in all of North Dakota.”
Starion Financial hires mortgage processing specialist
Tamara Peterson has joined Starion Financial as a mortgage processing specialist. She is located at the bank’s Mandan location.
In her role, Peterson is responsible for the bankwide processing and closing of all mortgage loan applications. She also performs other mortgage loan support duties, such as balancing loan transactions, reviewing files for mortgage compliance and working with third party partners to prepare documents for closing.
Peterson joins Starion with more than 19 years of customer service experience and 10 years of loan processing experience. She attended the University of North Dakota – Grand Forks, earning a Bachelor’s degree in business administration with concentration in management and marketing.
Starion Financial hires credit analyst
In his new position, Geloff closely partners with the bank’s business banking team. He analyzes commercial and agricultural loan requests for decision-making by the bank’s loan review committee and performs documentation and appraisal review.
Geloff comes to Starion with more than five years of payroll experience. He earned his Bachelor of Arts in general studies and Bachelor of Science in business with an emphasis in accounting from Minot State University.
Starion Financial hires valuation officer
Rae Ann Seibel has joined Starion Financial as the valuation officer. She is located at the bank’s downtown Bismarck location.
In her role, Seibel manages and maintains all aspects of the real estate analysis and appraisal process. She provides direction in the administration of commercial, residential and/or agricultural real estate activities, conducts appraisal reviews, trains business loan staff and assists in completion of special projects and assignments.
Seibel brings more than 25 years of experience to Starion, previously working as an auditor, accountant and financial analyst. She is a licensed Real Estate Agent and earned her Graduate Realtor Institute designation. Additionally, Seibel is the treasurer and secretary for the Brookfield Estates Homeowners Association.
Starion Financial hires marketing analyst
Rebecca Brusch has joined Starion Financial as a marketing analyst. She is located at the bank’s Fargo Urban Plains location, just off south 45th Street.
In her role, Brusch coordinates data metrics and analysis of marketing strategies, sales efforts, campaigns and other major corporate directives. She leads efforts to optimize data metrics used for sales and corporate reporting and assists with efforts to identify, assess and optimize bankwide database needs. Additionally, Brusch assists with marketing event strategy and execution and also coordinates fulfilling marketing related invoices and budget.
Brusch earned a Bachelor’s degree in computer science from Ripon College – Wisconsin and has several years of sales, computer science and IT experience. She is a member of the National Ski Patrol and is involved in Kindred Hearts Transport Connection, a volunteer pet transportation service. Additionally, Brusch manages the Green Bay, WI Freecycle group; a nonprofit group that promotes environmental sustainability.