Travis Anderson named to Prairie Business magazine’s 2018 “40 Under 40” list

BlackRidgBANK Vice President and Controller Travis Anderson has been to Prairie Business magazine’s annual 40 under 40 list, featuring 40 of the top business professionals under the age of 40 in the northern Plains.

These 40 professionals come from a wide range of industries and have made significant impacts in their chosen professions, industries and
communities. They are entrepreneurs, industry experts, executives and nonprofit leaders; they are business owners, government officers, environmental advocates and regional trendsetters.Plus, they show unusual devotion to their communities and to volunteer service.

The selected 40 are featured in the December issue, which is available here. The feature begins on Page 24.  

“The region’s economy is strong, and that’s really giving young people an opportunity to shine,” said Tom Dennis, editor of Prairie Business.

“Not only are these high achievers standouts in their work, but also they show exceptional devotion to their families and communities,” says Tom. “The work-life balance they’ve achieved is impressive — and in my view, that makes their individual success stories all the more inspiring.”

John Jessen named EVP & Chief Retail Banking Officer

John Jessen has been named Executive Vice President & Chief Retail Banking Officer for BlackRidgeBANK. In this role, Jessen will be responsible for providing strategic leadership by working with the Board of Directors and other bank management to establish long-range goals, strategies and plans for the retail banking line of business. In addition, he will be charged with positioning the bank to deliver an unparalleled banking experience for all consumer and small business banking customers. With more than two decades of banking experience, Jessen joined BlackRidgeBANK in 2007, and most recently held the position of Director of Retail Banking. In addition to his new position, he will continue in his key roles of Market President for Bismarck and Senior Credit Committee Chairman for the bank. He also will also maintain responsibility for overseeing the compliance function of the organization.

BlackRidgeBANK and Doug Wentz recognized as Champions of Affordable Housing

North Dakota Housing Finance Agency (NDHFA) recently recognized its outstanding partners as “Champions of Affordable Housing” at the Statewide Housing Conference. Among those recognized for originating loans on behalf of NDHFA were BlackRidgeBANK and Mortgage Loan Originator Doug Wentz, from the bank’s Bismarck Region.

“The Champions Awards recognize and celebrate the work of individuals, non‐profit organizations, public agencies, and private sector businesses who go above and beyond to provide affordable housing for North Dakotans.” said Jolene Kline, NDHFA executive director.

Through NDHFA’s homeownership programs individuals and families, which are typically first‐time buyers, receive low‐cost financing, and down payment and closing-cost assistance.

“One of the mortgage department areas that we take great pride in is our ability to leverage the various State and Federal government programs for the benefit of our clients,” said Joel Staehling, President of BlackRidgeBANK and Director of Secondary Market Lending. “Making housing affordable by tapping into these various and often complex programs is something we can all be proud of as a team member of BlackRidgeBANK.”

United Way – Cass Clay Recognizes BlackRidgeBANK

BlackRidgeBANK was recently named to the United Way of Cass Clay’s 2018 list for the Top 50 Most Generous workplaces. Bold community goals set by the United Way has led to bold participation by our BlackRidgeBANK Fargo Region team members. We have had the opportunity to support the United Way in reaching its goals to reduce hunger and homelessness, prepare children to succeed, help people be independent and lift people out of poverty through our 100% employee engagement and participation–each year–during the past decade. We wish to thank our employees for their positive impact and we are proud of how they came together to help meet the needs of our community. And we’re honored to be recognized as a top leader in the community.

BlackRidgeBANK signs endorsement deal with Carson Wentz

BlackRidgeBANK signs endorsement deal with number two overall NFL draft pick and two time NCAA FCS National Championship game MVP Carson Wentz FARGO, ND. (August 1st, 2016) – BlackRidgeBANK, a leading community banking organization, recently announced an endorsement agreement with Carson Wentz, former NDSU standout Quarterback and the number two overall pick in the 2016 NFL draft by the Philadelphia Eagles. Under the terms of the agreement, Carson has agreed to play an important role in the positioning of BlackRidgeBANK, BlackRidgeMORTGAGE, and BlackRidgeINSURANCE in their markets. He will appear in a range of promotional media primarily in the Fargo and Bismarck regions including radio, TV, billboards and print. Carson will also endorse BlackRidgeBANK via social media channels.

“Our approach to financial solutions emphasizes innovation, creativity, and client-centricity. This agreement is a natural extension of the innovative thinking we foster throughout the organization. As an athlete and a person, Carson is an impact player, just as we strive to be an impact player for our clients,” said Mark Anderson (CEO of BlackRidgeFINANCIAL and Fargo Market BlackRidgeBANK President) “Teaming with Carson represents a logical step for our organization,” stated John Jessen (Director of Retail Banking and Bismarck Market BlackRidgeBANK President). “Carson has strong ties to Bismarck, Fargo, and the entire region with an impeccable work ethic and represents an ideal professional to team up with as we continue our growth and introduce creative solutions for our clients,” Jessen added.

Through the end of the year, BlackRidgeBANK will be giving away autographed jerseys to the first 200 clients who close a mortgage loan with BlackRidgeMORTGAGE. Each officially licensed NFL Philadelphia Eagles jersey autographed by Carson Wentz comes with a letter of authenticity. The offer is subject to qualifying criteria noted on the company’s web site for first mortgage loans originated in the Bismarck and Fargo BlackRidgeBANK locations between August 1st and December 31st, 2016 or while supplies last.

BlackRidge Financial, a privately owned bank holding company, was established in 2004. BlackRidgeBANK operates eleven bank offices, in North Dakota and Minnesota, and one insurance agency (BlackRidgeINSURANCE; based in Fargo, ND). The bank offers a complete line of personal and commercial financial and insurance solutions and is committed to providing financial solutions, one relationship at a time.

Supporting Lincoln Elementary in Alexandria

Bank president, Corey Simonson, recently made a stop at local Lincoln Elementary School in Alexandria. On behalf of BlackRidgeBANK he was able to present a check to Principal Brendan Bogart for $2,000 to support their lunch program. This program provides meals at a reduced cost or free for families in need or that are going through an unexpected financial hardship and need assistance.

Helping the Fargo Public Schools Foundation


(Becky Bakke, Katie Anderson, Diana Chase)

Many elementary students go without breakfast and rely on the Got No Milk program that gives students milk mid-morning and helps them focus. Many families are unable to afford the mid-morning milk, which is sometimes the student’s only source of nutrition until lunch, and the number of students needing assistance continues to increase every year. Diana Chase and Katie Anderson, on behalf of BlackRidgeBANK, were pleased to present a check for $2,000.00 to the Fargo Public Schools Foundation to help many local students receive milk through the Got No Milk program. 

Giving Back to the Baxter Community at the Riverside Elementary School

Darren Larson, John Clark
(Darren Larsen with Principal John Clark)

On Wednesday, November 18th, Darren Larsen and Holly Brandt, two BlackRidgeBANK employees from our Baxter, MN branch, attended Riverside Elementary School’s weekly meeting that included about 30 staff members and their Principal John Clark. Riverside Elementary provides education services to some of the lower income families in the area through a milk program and a healthy snack program to promote strong bodies and minds in the young students. Some children struggle to participate in these programs due to cost. On behalf of BlackRidgeBANK, Darren presented a check for $2,000.00 to help cover the costs of these programs for those struggling families.

“Our communities are what make us strong and viable, and to be able to give back in such an impactful way makes me proud to be a member of BlackRidgeBANK!” – Holly Brandt, Credit Administration Manager for BlackRidgeBANK-Baxter


Important Message About the Recent Retailer Data Breaches

When you hear about a data breach it is good to know that we continually work to protect your account. We have sophisticated fraud monitoring tools that actively monitor your debit card activity for abnormal spending patterns. Should we have concerns, we will contact you. If we see something unusual, we move fast to keep your debit card and your personal information safe. Plus, your account is protected with zero liability*, which means you are not responsible for unauthorized transactions made to your account if you notify us promptly. Zero liability does not apply to business debit cards. We strongly advise you to review your account activity frequently and immediately notify us of any suspicious activity. If you have questions regarding your BlackRidgeBANK debit card, please contact your local branch for assistance.

* Certain conditions and limitations may apply.