Board of Directors

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Heath Kooiman

President (Sioux Falls)

C.P.A - Woltman Group, PC

Heath is a licensed certified public accountant who has been with Woltman Group, PC since November of 2000. He specializes in financial accounting, income tax preparation, and computerized accounting. Prior to joining Woltman Group, PC in 2000, Heath was a staff accountant with Allen, Nelson, Turner & Co., P.S.

Heath attended the California State University at Stanislaus majoring in Business Administration and Accounting. Heath has served on several boards and committees including Hagen Beverage Distributor and the Sioux Falls Noon Sertoma Club. Heath enjoys spending time with his wife, April, and their daughter.

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Brian Gilbert

Vice President (Sioux Falls)

Senior VP and Ag Banking Manager - The First National Bank in Sioux Falls

Brian Gilbert has been with The First National Bank in Sioux Falls for 14 years and has 20 years of Ag lending experience.

Brian grew up in Hitchcock, SD on his family’s cow-calf and row crop farm operation.  He graduated from SDSU with a B.S. degree in Economics and Agribusiness.  He continued his education by attending the Graduate School of Banking and the South Dakota Agriculture and Rural Leadership program. He takes pride in helping farmers achieve their financial goals and understands the importance of keeping the family legacy strong through comfortable and challenging times.  Brian and his wife Ann, have three children that all attend St. Mary School in Dell Rapids SD, where they call home today.

Outside of work, Brian is on the SD Cattleman’s Foundation board, Sioux Falls Stockyards Experience board, and Independent Community Bankers of South Dakota board. He is also an active volunteer with many community organizations.

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Nick Gustafson

Secretary / Treasurer (Sioux Falls)

Commercial Real Estate Broker - Bender Commercial Real Estate

Nick was born in St. Louis, MO, the oldest of four siblings. He graduated from high school in Chesterfield, MO, and attended Augustana University in Sioux Falls, SD. Nick graduated with a bachelor’s degree in business administration in 2004.

Nick Gustafson has been a commercial real estate broker in Sioux Falls, SD for more than 16 years. Applying the phone skills acquired through his college job at Gateway Computer, he quickly became a leading tenant-rep broker in the Sioux Falls market. As his career matured, he increasingly served as the listing broker for large commercial and investment properties, striving to achieve the highest sales price possible within his clients’ timelines. Nick has been a partner at Bender Commercial Real Estate since 2013.

Nick recently completed his term as a board member at Volunteers of America Sioux Falls, but continues to serve on their building services committee where he advises VOA real estate decisions. He is a volunteer with Junior Achievement and teaches the real estate licensing course at Southeast Technical College.

Nick is equally as passionate about his outside interests including wine, reading, lifting weights, and traveling. Nick met his wife Shannon at Augustana University; they are proud parents of two children, Declan and Reagan.

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Gregg Brown

Director (Sioux Falls)

Senior VP, Managing Director - NAI Sioux Falls

Gregg has spent the past 23 years in commercial real estate himself within landlord advisory, tenant representation, and corporate real estate services. As part of his extensive real estate background, Gregg has closed in excess of 2 million square feet of transactions.

Prior to joining NAI Sioux Falls, Gregg was a Senior Managing Director at Newmark Knight Frank/ Grubb & Eliis in Washington, DC for the past 9 years, where he was responsible for managing corporate accounts, landlord leasing, and tenant representation assignments. He started his brokerage career in 1998 at the boutique firm of Morris-McNair & Associates. Gregg began his real estate career with Realty Investment Company, Inc., in 1995. He served as the acquisition coordinator
for office and apartment properties located in Maryland, Florida and Indiana and also served as a commercial property manager for a suburban office portfolio in Maryland.

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Steve Carnes

Director (Brookings)

Market President - Dacotah Bank

Steve was born in Madison, SD, the oldest of four siblings. He grew up in Chester and Beresford, SD. Steve graduated from high school in Beresford and attended South Dakota State University earning a Bachelor’s Degrees in Agricultural Business and Commercial Economics. Steve has spent his career working in the Banking and Financial Services field and is currently the Market President for Dacotah Bank in Brookings, SD.

Steve has always been very active in the communities he has lived in. He has taken a special interest in the local Chambers of Commerce, Rotary Clubs, and various economic development organizations in the communities, and he has always had a deep need to “give back” through the organizations he has been involved with.

Steve met his wife, Kim, while in college, and they have three children, Chelsea (Lino Lakes, MN), Brittni (Chicago, IL), and Alex (Sioux Falls, SD). Steve and Kim enjoy walking to stay healthy and spending time with their family, especially their two grandchildren, Charlotte (6) and Zachary (4), travelling to see and experience “new things”, and all SDSU Jacks football and basketball games.

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Mike Gray

Director (Sioux Falls)

Business Retention and Expansion Director - Sioux Falls Development Foundation

As the Director of Business Retention and Expansion for the Sioux Falls Development Foundation (SFDF), Mike Gray works on economic and community development projects throughout the city of Sioux Falls. He works closely with existing businesses on their growth plans by helping them find available land as well as assisting them with various state and local incentive programs. Most recently, he led the collaborative effort with city staff, elected officials, a consortium of banks, SFDF staff, and other stakeholders to establish the Tax Increment Financing District for Foundation Park North and the financing plan to accelerate the development of 450 acres of shovel-ready industrial land.

Before joining the Development Foundation, Mike worked in the community development office of the City of Sioux Falls, where he oversaw the Tax Increment Financing program, property tax reduction, and other incentive programs. He facilitated development projects through the city review process by working with other city departments, including Planning & Building Services and Public Works. He was the liaison to many of the city’s partner organizations, including the Sioux Falls Development Foundation, USD Discovery District, Forward Sioux Falls, and the Governor’s Office of Economic Development.

Mike also volunteers with various community organizations, including fundraising for the Chamber of Commerce Community Appeals campaigns, serves on the Board of Adjustment for the City of Sioux Falls, and volunteers at First Lutheran Church. He and his wife Lindsey enjoy traveling, taking part in community events, and spending time with friends and family, including their dog, Max.

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Jessica Harry

Director (Aberdeen)

Business Banker - Great Western Bank 

Jessica Harry started working for Great Western Bank in Aberdeen, in June of 2013 as a Credit Analyst and became a Business Banker in April of 2014, giving her eight years of banking experience. Prior to her banking career, she was a Staff Accountant for Daktronics in Brookings. Jessica manages small to medium size business relationships within the bank and enjoys being able to determine the best financing options for each relationship.

Jessica holds a BS in Professional Accountancy and Business Management as well as a MS in Banking and Financial Services all from Northern State University. Originally from Groton, Jessica and her husband Zach now live in Aberdeen with their two children, Braylee and Jacoby.

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Will Haugen

Director (Chamberlain)

President - First Dakota National Bank in Chamberlain

Will Haugen has worked for First Dakota National Bank for 19 years including 12 years in Mitchell, SD as an ag loan officer and is currently the President of First Dakota in Chamberlain where he has worked for the last seven years. 

Will grew up on a ranch near Elm Springs, SD. He graduated from University of Wyoming in 2001 with a BS in Agriculture Business. He attended the Graduate School of Banking in Madison, WI and is a graduate of South Dakota Ag & Rural Leadership Class VIII.  Will and his wife, Cortney, have three children, Peyton, Prestyn and Adessa.  They live in rural Reliance, SD where they run a small cow herd and enjoy supporting their kids in their rodeo and sporting activities.  Will volunteers on the Banker Advisory Board for GSB- Wisconsin, SD 4-H Rodeo Finals, Barger Foundation Board of Directors and is currently the treasurer for Trinity Lutheran Church in Chamberlain. 

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Jake Quasney

Director (Sioux Falls)

Executive Vice President of Development - Lloyd Companies

Jake grew up in Rapid City, SD before attending Chadron State College in Nebraska.  After graduation, Jake attended the University of South Dakota School of Law, earning a Juris Doctorate in 2011.  Jake went on to complete his LLM in Taxation through the University of Alabama. 

Following graduation from Law School, Jake clerked for a year in the 7th Circuit of South Dakota.  After his clerkship, he joined the Bangs McCullen Law Firm where he focused in transactional, business, estate, and tax planning.  In 2015, Jake found his calling when he joined Lloyd Companies where he now serves at the Executive Vice President of Development overseeing many functions of the business.  Jake loves working to solve complex issues that face developments and works collaboratively with an accomplished team focused on delivering results for residents, tenants, investors, and the communities they serve. 

Jake met his wife, Lindsey, in high school, and they have two children Piper and Sawyer.  They love spending time outdoors with the kids.  Jake enjoys hunting, football, and other sports.