Fargo ND Region Team

Darren Klabo


Darren has more than 15 years of commercial banking experience and has been a member of BlackRidgeBANK since it was founded in 2007. As BlackRidgeBANK's President, Darren's primary focus is to provide leadership within the market and to support the excellent team that operates out of the Fargo and West Fargo locations. When it comes to working with his key clients, his focus remains unchanged in that he is always working to provide consultative and customized lending solutions. With extensive experience in conventional and unconventional financing programs and loan structures, Darren provides commercial customers with sound advice, a common-sense approach to banking and fast turnaround times. In his personal time, Darren enjoys spending time with his wife and children and being part of a great community.

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Laurie Pulkrabek

Vice President Bank Operations

Laurie has spent her entire professional career in banking,utilizing her extensive background in management, operations and retail banking to ensure that BlackRidgeBANK customers receive only the highest levels of quality and functionality. In her spare time, Laurie enjoys reading, going to the lake, shopping and spending time with family and friends.

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Marc Knutson

Vice President - Commercial Loan Officer

Marc has more than 7 years of experience in the banking industry. As a commercial loan officer with BlackRidgeBANK, he enjoys creating customized lending solutions that fit his clients’ needs. A native of Fargo, Marc is a 2006 graduate of North Dakota State University, with a degree in business administration and a concentration in finance. In his spare time, Marc enjoys spending time with family and friends, golfing, working on cars and enjoying the outdoors.

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Kyle Haugland

Commercial Loan Officer

Kyle has more than 10 years in the banking industry. As a commercial loan officer, he values his relationships with his customers and takes pride in his high level of service. Kyle earned his degree from North Dakota State University in 2006 in business administration with a concentration in finance. Outside of the office, Kyle enjoys playing golf, following sports and spending quality time with his family and friends.

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Diana Chase

Consumer Loan Officer

Diana brings with her over 24 years of extensive banking experience in areas of consumer lending, operations and auditing. Her philosophy has always been to provide the highest quality of customer service to Clients by assisting them with attaining the best consumer products and services to meet their individual needs. As a Consumer Lender, Diana has access to a vast range of consumer products to assist her in continuing her exceptional customer service to the Clients of BlackRidgeBANK. In her spare time, Diana likes spending time at the lake, walking, watching sports, movies  and being with her family and friends.

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Jenni Peters

Cash Management Officer

Jenni has over 12 years of banking experience in various capacities including audit, compliance, risk management, lending, operations and personal/commercial banking.  As the Cash Management Officer with BlackRidgeBANK, Jenni identifies deposit solutions to meet our commercial clients' everyday  needs.  She goes above and beyond expectations to create an outstanding banking experience for clients.  Jenni is a South Dakota State University graduate with a degree in Consumer Affairs.  In her spare time, Jenni enjoys running, shopping, volunteering in the community, and spending time with her husband and children.

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Jesse Rostad

Mortgage Loan Officer

Jesse has worked in the banking industry for more than 12 years.  As a mortgage loan officer he takes pride in finding a strategy that works with each of his customer's financial goals.  A native of Barnesville, MN, Jesse earned his business degree in 2001 from Concordia College in Moorhead, MN.  Outside of the office, Jesse enjoys spending time with his family, going to the lakes, and following sports.

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Alissa Strickler

Personal Banker

Alissa has over 10 years of customer service and sales experience and very much enjoys working within the banking industry. As a personal banker, she welcomes the opportunity to work with her clients to meet their personal goals and to establish long term relationships. Whether it relates to consumer loans or consumer deposit accounts, her philosophy is to provide the highest level of customer service to ensure a great customer experience. Alissa prides herself on working hard to uncover each clients needs and has access to the products and services within the bank to accomplish those objectives. In her spare time, Alissa enjoys spending time with her husband and dogs, volunteering for worthy causes, going to the lake, fishing, watching sports, and anything outdoors.

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