Businesspeople - Jan. 5, 2020

Businesspeople - Jan. 5, 2020


Starion Bank names president

Don Morgan has been named president of Starion Bank. 

Morgan, a certified public accountant, has been with Starion since 2012 when he joined the bank as vice president for credit administration. The next year he was promoted to chief credit officer. In 2014, he became a member of Starion’s Executive Committee, which is responsible for initiating key actions within the organization, reviewing financial data and setting major project priorities.

A Wyoming native, he earned a bachelor’s degree in finance with an accounting minor from University of Wyoming and a master’s in accounting from the University of Phoenix. Morgan is active in the North Dakota Stockmen’s Association, local 4-H, and the Soil Conservation District.

Starion Bank promotes three

LaDawn Schmitt has been promoted to chief credit officer. Schmitt began her career with Starion in 2006 as a business banking representative. In the past 13 years, she has served in roles within credit analysis and loan review and as business banking officer. In mid-2018, she was named assistant chief credit officer and senior vice president. Schmitt holds a bachelor of arts degree in business administration from Minnesota State University Moorhead.

Rick Geloff has been promoted to controller. Geloff first joined Starion in 2013 as a credit analyst. He has also served in the roles of business banking officer and special assets officer, prior to being promoted to financial reporting manager and vice president in May 2018. Geloff is a certified public accountant and a member of the Bismarck School Board, currently serving as its president. He earned bachelor’s degrees in general studies and business management from Minot State University.

Rachael Erickson has been promoted to credit manager and vice president. Erickson joined Starion 10 years ago as a customer service representative and receptionist in Mandan and moved to Bismarck when she was promoted to personal banking officer. Since 2012, she has been in the credit department serving as a credit administrative assistant, credit analyst and, most recently, credit lead. Erickson earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration and management from Dickinson State University.

Northern Improvement promotions

Bruce Thompson has been promoted to Bismarck-Mandan area manager for Northern Improvement, replacing Brad Ballweber, who is retiring after more than 42 years. Thompson has worked as an estimator and project manager and most recently as the assistant area manager. He also serves as a vice president of the company. 

Brad Ballweber was the Bismarck-Mandan vice president and area manager for the past 30½ years. He was appointed treasurer and elected to the Northern Improvement board of directors. Ballweber also served the community on the Bismarck-Mandan Chamber of Commerce Board, ND Workforce Safety and Insurance board of directors, BSC Foundation Board, and as Northern Lights Council president for the Boy Scouts of America.  

Jason Irey has been promoted to assistant Bismarck-Mandan area manager. Irey has worked as an estimator and project manager and was recently appointed as a vice president of the company. 

Bank of North Dakota hires staff

Sierra Whitmire has joined the Bank of North Dakota as a student loan processing specialist. She came to the Bank of North Dakota from Roughrider Transportation where she was a dispatcher and accounting assistant.

Bank of North Dakota promotions

Melinda Schirado has been promoted to bank operations specialist III. Schirado has worked in operations since she began her career with the Bank of North Dakota in June 1990.

Bank of North Dakota transfers

Samantha Yanish has accepted the student loan processing specialist position. Yanish has worked in student loan customer service since she began her career with the Bank of North Dakota in March 2019.

TechND elects board members

Jason Anderson and Kurt Schmidt, both of Bismarck, have been elected members to the Technology Council of North Dakota's board of directors.

Founded in 2000 by North Dakota business, government and education leaders, TechND has spent two decades advocating for a positive business climate for technology companies, addressing tech workforce needs, encouraging infrastructure development and providing knowledge sharing opportunities for its membership.

Monthly awards

Dave Berger, Mandan, of Farmers Union Insurance of ND, has been named the top producer of auto insurance sales for October.

Phil Halvorson, Mandan, of Farmers Union Insurance of ND, has been named the top producer of long-term care sales and a top five producer of health insurance sales for October.

Courtney Schauer, Mandan, of Farmers Union Insurance of ND, has been named the top producer of life insurance sales for October.

Lewis Schock, Mandan, of Farmers Union Insurance of ND, has been named a top five producer of health insurance sales for October.



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