People You Should Know

JAN. 8, 2019

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MetaBank has hired two staff members.

Ryan Kessinger

Mark Bickett

Mark Bickett is the director of risk management systems. Bickett has two decades of experience managing and improving the analytic capabilities of financial reporting systems.

Ryan Kessinger is the consumer lending business program manager. He worked for more than a decade at Wells Fargo in various roles, most recently as a loan document specialist.

MetaBank has promoted eight staff members.

Tina Buhta

Sheila Wolfe

John Parsons

John Parsons to HR recruiter. Parsons has been with Meta for a year and a half and started as an HR coordinator.

Sheila Wolfe to compliance director. Wolfe has been with Meta for almost two years and started as a senior compliance analyst.

Tina Buhta to director of compliance. Buhta has been with Meta for six years and started as a BSA/AML program administrator.

Drew Piearson

Amanda Krueger

Nick Burke

Nick Burke to financial intelligence analyst II. Burke has been with Meta for one year and started as a financial intelligence analyst I.

Amanda Krueger to senior compliance analyst. Krueger has been with Meta for two years and started as a compliance analyst.

Drew Piearson to senior risk analyst. Piearson has been with Meta for six years and started as a risk analyst.

Benjamin Brouillette

Jarred Stohr

Jarred Stohr to security analyst I. Stohr has been with Meta for three years and started as an IS analyst II.

Benjamin Brouillette to BSA/AML compliance analyst. Brouillette has been with Meta for two years and started as a financial intelligence analyst.

Aimpoint Research

Sarah Tveidt

Sarah Tveidt has been named director of Aimpoint Research. She will work with the company’s  ag industry partners, as well as assist in marketing and communication efforts and thought leadership development. Before joining Aimpoint Research, Tveidt served as the interim executive director of the South Dakota Soybean Research & Promotion Council and the South Dakota Soybean Association. For eight years, she served as the communications director of those organizations. Before that, she served on Mike Rounds’ staff when he was governor of South Dakota.

Lynne Keller Forbes

Dakota Business Finance

Lynne Keller Forbes has been elected to the board of directors of the National Association of Development Companies. She will represent Region 8, which includes South Dakota, North Dakota, Wyoming, Montana, Colorado and Utah. Forbes is the executive director of Dakota Business Finance, the South Eastern Council of Governments and the South Eastern Development Foundation.

Janet Kittams

Helpline Center

Janet Kittams has been promoted to CEO of the Helpline Center. She has served as president of the organization since 2013. She joined the Helpline Center as a volunteer in 1993 and began working there full time in 1994. She left the Helpline Center in 2007 and returned in 2010 as executive director.


Mike Young

Sioux Falls Tower

Mike Young has been promoted to president of Sioux Falls Tower. He joined the company in 2003 and has served in the roles of tower technician, crew chief, project manager and chief operating officer. Craig Snyder will continue to serve as CEO.


Marty Christensen

West Plains Engineering

Marty Christensen has assumed the role of building services division manager for West Plains Engineering. Christensen, a Professional Engineer, has 24 years of experience at West Plains, which has five regional offices. He joined the firm as a mechanical designer in 1994 and has grown into leadership roles as a principal, manager of the Sioux Falls office and board member.

Mike Fisher

Mike Fisher has been promoted to West Plains Engineering’s office manager in Sioux Falls. Fisher, a Professional Engineer, joined the Sioux Falls office in 2013 as the head of the electrical department and has nearly 30 years of experience as a consulting engineer. Over the past five years, he has been a leader in project management and business development.


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