Growing Bank Adds to Board of Directors

Sioux Falls, SD, January 25, 2019 – CorTrust Bank is pleased to announce the selection of three new members to the Board of Directors.  Members joining the Board include J. Kou Vang of West Lakeland MN, McKinzie Hopkins of Saint Louis Park, MN and Troy Olson of Artesian, SD.

Mr. Vang is the President and CEO of JB Vang Partners, Inc in St. Paul, MN, which provides overall strategic direction and development advising for commercial real estate ventures locally and nationally.   In partnership with affiliated companies, Mr. Vang has been at the helm of projects ranging from building schools and assisted living facilities to restaurants and resorts.  Mr. Vang has served on numerous community groups’ Board of Directors, and is the Past Chair of the Midway Chamber of Commerce, Minnesota Hmong Chamber of Commerce and the Asian Development Corporation.

McKinzie Hopkins received her Juris Doctorate from the University of St. Thomas School of Law in Minneapolis before Joining Deloitte Tax LLP in 2012.  As a Tax Manager she worked with public and non-public clients in a variety of industries including utilities, manufacturing, transportation, and financial services.  Ms. Hopkins, CorTrust Bank Vice President in the Minneapolis market, is the 4th generation of Hopkins to be a part of the family owned community bank.

Troy Olson is the third new member to join the CorTrust Bank Board of Directors.  After receiving his Bachelor of Science Degree in Mathematics, he taught and coached in the Howard School District before returning to the family farming operation near Artesian, SD.  The family runs a cow/calf operation along with row crops of corn, soybeans and alfalfa.  Mr. Olson served on many boards and committees along with continuing to help coach basketball at various levels within the local school district.

Since 1930, CorTrust Bank has been serving the needs of individuals and businesses throughout 16 South Dakota communities and 4 communities in Minnesota, with 26 branch locations. What started as a small operation serving the needs of local farming families in Artesian, SD has now grown into a fourth-generation family and employee owned bank with over $873 million in assets and $102 million in equity and reserves.

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