As they become available, Prairie Business highlights the region's new hires and promotions. This week's new-hire spotlight includes the following:

Railway Credit Union president named as CULAC Ambassador

BISMARCK, N.D. • Paul Brucker, president of Railway Credit Union, Mandan, N.D., has been named a CULAC Ambassador for his achievements in 2020.

Paul Brucker
Paul BruckerCourtesy of Railway Credit Union

CULAC is the federal Legislative Action Council for the Credit Union National Association and is the national PAC that contributes to federal candidates with input from the Dakota Credit Union Association. The Ambassadors Program is a CULAC Trustee involvement program with the main goal to increase Trustees’ involvement in CULAC fundraising in their respective state.

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As the North Dakota CULAC Trustee, Brucker met four categories of strict criteria to achieve this prestigious award. He is one of only 22 credit union professionals nationally to receive the honor for 2020. DakCU plays a key role in growing membership and helping to provide service excellence to members from offices in Bismarck, N.D. and Sioux Falls, S.D.

TSP design technician earns additional certification

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. • Evan Caldwell, design technician at TSP Inc., recently earned additional professional certification. He is now a CDT-certified specialist.

Evan Caldwell
Evan CaldwellCourtsy of TSP Inc.

The designation means he has completed advanced training and testing in Construction Documents Technology. The comprehensive program encompasses topics such as writing, interpreting, enforcing, and managing construction documents.

Caldwell is part of the company’s Sioux Falls office, creating digital models and contributing to construction documents in its fully integrated, multidisciplinary architecture, engineering and planning firm. He earned his associate of applied science degree in architectural engineering technology from Southeast Tech. He put that learning to use for a structural firm before joining TSP in September 2019.

The CDT curriculum, designed and administered by the Construction Specifications Institute, takes learners on a full tour through a project’s life cycle. In addition to covering the full project structure and the ins-and-outs of bidding, the CDT training comprised relationships among design firms, owners, and contractors, including various delivery methods.

Bell Banks hires senior VP of Credit Risk and Regulatory Affairs

MAPLE GROVE, Minn. • Bell Bank has hired Steve Flaten as senior vice president of Credit Risk and Regulatory Affairs. In this role, he serves as a liaison with all bank regulatory agencies and helps the company with credit risk identification, measurement, and monitoring policies and practices.

Steve Flaten
Steve FlatenCourtesy of Bell Bank

Flaten, originally from Hatton, N.D., recently retired after 33 years with the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. He earned a degree in banking and finance from the University of North Dakota and is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin’s Graduate School of Banking.

Flaten is located in Bell Bank’s Maple Grove, Minn., office and works across the company’s divisions and regions.

Starion Bank names Morgan CEO

BISMARCK, N.D. • Starion Bank has named Don Morgan CEO-elect. Morgan will also remain president, a position he has had with the bank for more than a year. Craig Larson will remain CEO and chairman of the board.

Don Morgan
Don Morgan Courtesy of Starion Bank

With the additional responsibilities of CEO-elect, Morgan will focus more on the overall strategy and vision for the bank, in addition to his current management of the day-to-day operations 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.

Morgan was most recently promoted to president of Starion Bank in January 2020. In this new role, Morgan will have a more active role in the strategic positioning of the bank and its continued growth as he guides and develops Starion’s high-performance leadership teams.

He focuses on all operational aspects of the bank and building relationships with customers in all the communities Starion serves. He is based out of corporate headquarters in Bismarck, N.D.

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