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PRAIRIE PEOPLE: Week of Jan. 2

Starion Bank names new president

BISMARCK, N.D. — Starion Bank has named Don Morgan president, with Craig Larson continuing in the roles of CEO and chairman of the board for the bank. As president, Morgan manages the day-to-day operations of the bank, while Larson focuses on the overall strategy and vision for 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.

“With Don’s exceptional finance background and commitment to serving our communities, I’m confident that under his leadership Starion will continue to be a strong organization committed to taking our employees, customers and communities farther,” Larson said. “Starion has been a family-owned bank for 50 years and we look forward to Don leading the team into the next 50.”

In this new role, Morgan will partner with and develop Starion’s high-performance leadership teams, focusing on all operational aspects of the bank and building relationships within the bank, with customers and all the communities Starion serves.

Morgan has extensive banking and leadership experience, which includes 18 years in the areas of credit administration, commercial lending, market president and internal auditing. 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. 

Starion Bank promotes three people in its credit, finance departments

BISMARCK, N.D. — Starion Bank recently promoted members of its credit and finance teams.

LaDawn Schmitt has been promoted to chief credit officer (CCO). As CCO, Schmitt will join the bank’s Executive Committee, which is responsible for initiating key actions within the organization, reviewing financial data and setting major project priorities. 

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/SVP. 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/VP 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/VP. Erickson joined Starion 10 years ago as customer service representative/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 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.

New CEO announced at RR46

FARGO, N.D. — Andy Reierson has been promoted to CEO of RR46, a family of nine companies established to serve and solve the marketing communications needs of clients in our most important industries. Andy succeeds Roger Reierson who has served in the role since 1983. Roger will move to executive chairman. 

Andy joined Flint Group, a business unit of RR46, in 2006. He was promoted to COO of RR46 in 2016. As COO he oversaw daily operations at the parent company level and built working partnerships with each business unit president and leadership team. He is a member of the RR46 board of directors. In his tenure with RR46, he has served as an account manager with Flint Group in Fargo, N.D., and Duluth, Minn., and as president of Flint Group’s Duluth office and digital marketing business. 

Andy’s leadership includes sharing his time on multiple nonprofit boards and coaching youth hockey. He currently serves on the Duluth Area Chamber of Commerce board of directors and executive committee and is a 2014-15 Leadership Minnesota alum, sponsored by the Minnesota Chamber of Commerce. 

Roger will remain active as RR46 board chair, working on client projects and building community and industry relations.

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Send information about business promotions, new hires, and notable business happenings to Editor Andrew Weeks at aweeks@prairiebusinessmagazine.com