Neys graduates from banking school

Dustin Neys, Unison Bank business banking officer in Jamestown, N.D., recently graduated from the Dakota School of Banking.

Unison Bank employees, Dustin Neys and Niki Hjelle, recently attended the Dakota School of Banking in Jamestown, N.D.

The Dakota School of Banking is sponsored by the North Dakota Bankers Association (NDBA) and endorsed by the South Dakota Bankers Association (SDBA). In its 47th year, the school trained 75 bank personnel on the University of Jamestown campus in Jamestown, N.D.

Niki Hjelle, Unison Bank audit and compliance specialist, also attended the school as a first-year student.

Students, like Neys and Hjelle, are enrolled for two years and attend the school for one week each summer. The first year provides an overview of the banking industry and departments that make up a bank. Second-year students build on their banking knowledge and add a computerized bank management simulation to reinforce technical and functional management skills.

School instructors included bankers, attorneys, accountants and financial industry consultants. The sessions combined lectures, hands-on activities, a computerized banking simulation and testing.

“The Dakota School of Banking was a great experience, from the learning opportunities to networking with colleagues,” said Neys. “I look forward to putting the knowledge I’ve gained to work.”

The Dakota School of Banking provides a focused education for bankers who seek a better understanding of the industry and advancement in their careers, shared NDBA Senior Vice President of Education, Dorothy Lick.

After attending the school and graduating, Neys was able to broaden his knowledge of day-to-day bank operations and processes. “By understanding more of how the assets and liabilities of the bank work, I will be able to provide the best products possible for our customers,” said Neys.

Neys joined the Unison Bank team in 2010 as a personal banking officer. He moved into his current role with the bank in 2013.

Hjelle began at Unison Bank in 2009 as a loan assistant and was later promoted to a loan specialist. In 2018, she began her position as an audit and compliance specialist.

“Our employees are our most valuable asset; therefore, we’re pleased to continue investing in them,” said Unison Bank President & CEO, Kelly Rachel.

For more information about Unison Bank, call (701) 253-5600.