Montana banker touts education as the path forward

Heather Malcolm wants people to understand that ag lending is more than a subset of commercial lending. In fact, Malcolm believes ag lending is different enough — and the ag relationship important enough — that she invested time and talent to advocate resurrecting the agricultural track within the American Bankers Association’s Commercial Lending School, including writing some of its curriculum. [Continue]

North Dakota bank funds tech for distance learners

In March, Joy Kitzan, senior vice president Dakota Community Bank & Trust, Hebron, N.D., received a call from the principal of her local K-12 school with a need. North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum had just directed educators to put together a distance learning program for the state’s schoolchildren in response to the coronavirus pandemic. They had about two weeks to plan. [Continue]

Master of circumstances

Kristina K. Williams became president and CEO of the Federal Home Loan Bank of Des Moines on January 20 of this year, and was soon thereafter reminded that life has a relentless ability to deliver the unexpected. In the earliest days of the pandemic, Williams took charge, organizing a crisis plan, sending roughly 90 percent of her workforce to home offices while keeping 5 percent at the bank’s disaster recovery site and another 5 percent at headquarters. [Continue]

Icon of agricultural banking dies

Frank Bruning, chairman emeritus of Bruning State Bank in Bruning, Neb., died June 1 after a fall at his home. Bruning began his life’s work in 1964, working in the bank his grandfather helped launch in the late 1800s. The bank was then called The German Bank, a nod to the family’s ancestry. The family changed the name of the bank to Bruning State Bank after World War I.  [Continue]