The vice president and CIO of $240 million-asset Security First Bank in Center, N.D., is retiring from his second career as a rodeo stock contractor, a job he did with his father for the love of rodeo.
Rodeo has always been a part of my life. My father and uncle competed in rodeos … I have competed in the rodeo since I can remember … After college, I took a few years off from competing and started working for Security First Bank in 1996. In 1999, I came back to the rodeo circuit and concentrated on steer wrestling and was able to win the year-end championship in the North Dakota Rodeo Association.
I continued to compete in rodeos up until 2007. That’s when the stock contracting business with my father became a full-time side job after work and on the weekends. We provided timed event stock for the big rodeos sanctioned by the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association, as well as high school and amateur rodeos throughout [the Midwest].
In 2023, we made the decision to bring an end to the stock contracting business, as my father turned 77 years old, and I wanted to focus on helping my daughter, Sheridan, practice and compete in rodeos. Judging rodeos is what I’m currently doing to stay involved, and my wife, Sara, is a timer for rodeos as well.
A strong work ethic helps in anything you do [including rodeo]. I was brought up to do a job and to do it right. I work hard for Security First Bank, and the owners and my coworkers are like family. … We are here to help our community and customers in any way possible. You don’t get that from big banks.