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PRAIRIE PEOPLE: Week ending Nov. 24

Lloyd is Spirit of Sioux Falls Award winner

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – Craig Lloyd, chairman of the board of Lloyd Companies, was presented with the 2017 Spirit of Sioux Falls Award during a special ceremony at the Sioux Falls Development Foundation annual meeting on Nov. 16.

The award recognizes leadership excellence and dedication to the Sioux Falls business community and its economic growth.

In 1972, Craig and Pat Lloyd moved to Sioux Falls to manage a low-income housing community. Soon Lloyd branched out and started building homes.

Today, Lloyd Companies manages more than 5,000 apartment units and is a leader in commercial construction.

“Craig Lloyd embodies the ideal of a great corporate citizen,” said Steve Statz, Development Foundation board chairman. “His life has been about finding ways to help grow Sioux Falls and South Dakota and make the place we live stronger and better. We’re proud to honor him with the Spirit of Sioux Falls Award.”

Shari Buck named regional director for Sen. John Hoeven

WATFORD CITY, N.D. – Sen. John Hoeven, R-N.D., announced that Shari Buck will serve as regional director for western North Dakota.

In this role, she will cover 13 counties in the western portion of the state, helping the senator assist constituents, businesses and community leaders in the region.

Buck comes to Hoeven’s office with experience in public service, most recently as planner and director of public relations for McKenzie County. She has also served as councilwoman and mayor of North Las Vegas, Nev., and in leadership positions both in public agencies and private enterprises.

Her move to North Dakota was brought about by opportunities in the oil field.

Buck will be based out of Watford City.

LeMoine receives marketing award from association

BISMARCK, N.D. - Heather LeMoine, North Dakota Tourism marketing and research manager, was recently recognized for marketing excellence. The Travel and Tourism Research Association presented the J. Desmond Slattery Professional Marketing Award to LeMoine at the annual Marketing Outlook Forum in Baltimore.

The award recognizes a travel marketing professional who has made a significant contribution to travel and tourism marketing.

LeMoine was recognized for using research to inform marketing decisions, building analytic and dashboard assets and mobilizing digital tactics to increase travel and tourism in North Dakota.

Olson names to national credit-union association board

BISMARCK, N.D. – Jeff Olson, president and CEO of the Credit Union Association of the Dakotas, recently was elected to the board of directors of the American Association of Credit Union Leagues.

AACUL is a voluntary membership association for credit union leagues that are members of the Credit Union National Association. The association’s purpose is to help in the development of its member organizations and to advise and recommend to management and policy makers within the credit union movement.

Starion Bank names Morgan CFO

BISMARCK, N.D. – Don Morgan has been named chief financial officer for Starion Bank. As CFO, he will oversee all financial operations for the $1.25 billion bank.

Since 2012, Morgan has been with Starion. He joined as vice president for credit administration and has served as chief credit officer since 2013. A year later, he became a member of Starion’s executive team, which is responsible for initiating key actions within the organization, reviewing financial data and setting major project priorities.

Morgan’s banking and leadership experience includes 16 years in the areas of credit administration, commercial lending, market president and internal auditing.

A certified public accountant, Morgan earned a bachelor’s degree in finance with an accounting minor from University of Wyoming and has completed master’s courses in accounting at University of Phoenix.

DCN’s Domres Joins InfraGard ND Board of Directors

BISMARCK, N.D. – Todd Domres, business development manager at DCN, has been named to the board of directors for InfraGard’s North Dakota chapter.

Domres is a certified public accountant and holds an MBAdegree from the University of Mary in Bismarck. As an Infragard board member, he will support the state’s secure and resilient infrastructure through collaboration, information sharing, training and relationship building.

InfraGard is a partnership between the FBI and members of the private sector. It was created to promote the timely exchange of information and learning opportunities to help protect the nation’s critical infrastructure, including the information technology sector.

DCN maintains the largest internet network in North Dakota and operates data centers in Bismarck and Fargo.