South Dakotan is steadying force for good

The opioid epidemic washing across the country has impacted thousands of lives, including those of children in the Sioux Falls area. Krista Tschetter is working to make sure they’re not alone. [Continue]

Minnesota leader paves path at Bell Bank

Erin Procko is no stranger to trail blazing: she is the first female market president at Bell Bank, one of the largest privately-owned banks in the country and was a key player in Bell’s move into the Minneapolis market. Procko was instrumental in building the Fargo, N.D.-based Bell’s lending presence in the Minneapolis-St. Paul market, beginning from scratch in 2012. [Continue]

North Dakota banker leads throughout her community

Keeping a small town afloat requires lots of moving cogs and cooperation, and few people know this better than Christie Obenauer, president and CEO of Union State Bank of Hazen, N.D. Egos, even among competitors, must be checked at the door.  [Continue]

Supporting families boosts professional advancement for all

It’s no secret that at banks across the country — big and small — most of the people sitting in the CEO’s seat or on the board have traditionally been men. Yet, some community banks have quietly redrawn that blueprint by offering workplace initiatives, such as family friendliness, flexibility and mentoring opportunities, which foster female leadership.  [Continue]

Indiana banker advises women to know their strengths

Jessica Carroll credits her mother for getting her into banking. Carroll, the first female CEO at the century-old Charleston, Ind.-based New Washington State Bank, was a child when her mom worked there as a teller. When Carroll was in college, her mom got her into the bank on a part-time basis.  [Continue]

Invest in employees to find growth

There are banks engaged in newsworthy initiatives all across this country. Maine’s Bangor Savings Bank caught my eye recently, not only because it provides tuition reimbursement, but because it has partnered with Husson University to allow its employees to earn undergraduate credit for work done at the bank. [Continue]

Small-business lender views her role as teammate

Lori Raabe has worn many hats in her three-plus decade banking career: Teller, personal banker, mortgage lender, business development officer, SBA lender, branch manager, taxidermist. Okay, that last role is figurative.  [Continue]

CFPB chief argues against self-interest

Kathleen Kraninger, the Trump-selected director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, is emerging as a very intriguing public official. Criticized early on as inexperienced, Kraninger has turned out to be refreshingly selfless. Confirmed by the Senate last December on a straight-line party vote, Kraninger is attempting to take partisan politics out of the CFPB leadership job. [Continue]

Iowa banker finds growth worth the effort

Peg Scott doesn’t play the blame game but neither does she settle. It was an inclination toward positive action which sparked Scott to pursue a college degree as a non-traditional student after being passed over for a promotion, spurred her to assemble a group of investors to buy the bank where she worked, and inspired her to be a leader with the Iowa Bankers Association.  [Continue]

Database tech helps land new deposit accounts

ClickSwitch is a Minneapolis-based fintech with a simple goal: Make it easier for people to switch banks. The company started with a focus on moving automatic payments between banks but soon learned the key was to move direct deposit information. [Continue]