Dan Vollmer retires from Dacotah Bank position; promotions announced

Paige Bjronson has been promoted to his position, regional president of the bank's Northern Region.

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Dan Vollmer has announced his retirement as regional president of Dacotah Bank’s Northern Region. Paige Bjornson, market president in Valley City, has been promoted to the regional president position. Bjornson began working in the position on July 1.

As regional president of the Northern Region, Bjornson serves as a resource and leader to the bank's Belcourt, Bison, Bowbells, Dickinson, Hettinger, Jamestown, Lemmon, Minot, Rolla and Valley City locations. With Bjornson’s transition to the new position, Tyler Marthaler was promoted July 7 to market president of Dacotah Bank Valley City.

Vollmer had over 20 years of service to Dacotah Bank and over 40 years of service in banking and financial services. He retired from his full-time role on June 30 and became the Northern Region senior adviser before he will retire on Sept. 30.

Vollmer entered the banking industry in 1980. His career began in Jamestown at Norwest Bank. He left Norwest Bank in 1984 as a vice president and continued serving in executive roles for the remainder of his career. He served as president and CEO for five other financial institutions before the 2000 when Dacotah Bank acquired Rolla Holding Co. and its two banks in Rolla and Hettinger, of which Vollmer was chairman, president and CEO.

Bjornson is a North Dakota State University graduate and began as a teller with Dacotah Bank (formerly Farmers & Merchants Bank of Valley City) in 1994. Her career moved forward from there including the positions of compliance officer, credit analyst, operations and IT, marketing, human resources, business banker and market president.


Her professional achievements have been recognized by more than her team members over the years earning her the Hi-Line Award for leadership from the Chamber of Commerce, the President’s Distinguished Service Award from Valley City State University and most recently, Bankbeat Magazine’s ‘Outstanding Woman in Banking (ND) award.

Bjornson has maintained a high level of involvement with her community as a resource, leader and volunteer currently serving on the Valley City Barnes County Development Corp., City Visitors Committee, VCSU Business Advisory Board, at Our Saviors Lutheran, CHI Mercy Hospital Board and the Bridgeview Assisted Living Inc. Board.

Bjornson is married has has three grown children.

Marthaler is a NDSU graduate and started his banking career as a customer service representative and personal banker with Western State Bank in 2006. He joined Dacotah Bank’s officer trainee program in January 2008 developing into a consumer and real estate lender at Dacotah Bank’s Minot location in May 2008. He moved to Dacotah Bank’s Watertown location in June 2009 as a business banker before transferring to Dacotah Bank’s Valley City location in 2012. While in Valley City, his success in growing relationships earned him the role of senior business banker in 2018.

Marthaler and his wife, Kayleen, have three children.

Marthaler services in several groups including the Renaissance Zone Authority (City Commission), South Central Dakota Regional Council and VCSU V-500.

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