Meet Our Board of Directors

This six-member council helps move Gate City Bank forward with a dedication to the strategic goals of the bank, a commitment to uphold the bank's values and a passion to remain the innovator for best-in-class products and services for customers. The board of directors is key to helping us remain an employer of choice for team members and a champion for charitable giving and volunteerism in the communities we serve.

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Steven J. Swiontek

Board Chair

During his more than 42 years at Gate City Bank, Steve Swiontek provided distinguished leadership that has inspired the bank to create a better way of life for customers, communities and team members.

Other organizations Steve has served with include the North Dakota State University Development Foundation, Noridian Healthcare Solutions, City of Fargo Renaissance Zone Authority, Greater North Dakota Chamber, Young Professionals Network and the Chamber of Fargo, Moorhead and West Fargo.

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Kevin J. Hanson

President & CEO, Gate City Bank

Kevin Hanson has spent his entire career at Gate City Bank, serving as President & CEO since 2019, which is also when he joined the board of directors. Throughout his more than 40 years with the bank, Kevin has worked tirelessly to support its core purpose of creating a better way of life.

Kevin currently serves on a number of local boards and committees, such as for the North Dakota Housing Finance Agency, American Bankers Association, Metro Area Transit and the Chamber of Fargo, Moorhead and West Fargo.

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Sindy L. Keller

Controller/Senior Accountant, Brandt Holdings Company

Serving on Gate City Bank’s board of directors since January 2021, Sindy Keller brings 38 years of accounting, controlling and philanthropic experience.

Sindy has also served on boards for: Dakota Medical Foundation, which aims to improve the health and quality of life for people in the region; Lend a Hand Up, a nonprofit that helps local families in medical crisis; and First Lutheran Church Foundation, which promotes the faith and philanthropic mission of First Lutheran Church, locally and worldwide. She also serves as president of the church council at First Lutheran Church in Fargo.

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Rodney A. Larson

Chief Health Policy Officer, American Academy of Neurology (Retired)

Rod Larson has served on Gate City Bank’s board of directors since January 1991. His diverse professional experience includes working with Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Dakota as Assistant Vice President in Government Relations, and the American Academy of Neurology in St. Paul, MN, as Chief Health Policy Officer, as well as other roles, including with his family business.

From 1983-1992, Rod served as a North Dakota state legislator, sitting on the Industry, Business and Labor Committee.

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Shirley S. Montgomery

Bank Executive (Retired)

Serving on Gate City Bank’s board of directors since January 2006, Shirley S. Montgomery worked in the finance industry for 26 years before her retirement.

Shirley has been active on other local boards, including for the area Tri-College organization, YWCA and Synergy. In 1997, she was appointed by then North Dakota Governor Ed Schafer to sit on the board of directors for Bank of North Dakota, where she served as chair from 2003-2005.

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J. Patrick Traynor

Executive Director, Dakota Medical Foundation / Impact Foundation

Pat Traynor joined Gate City Bank’s board of directors in January 2010, bringing much of his professional experience from Dakota Medical Foundation (DMF). Under his leadership as Executive Director, DMF adopted a dynamic results-oriented strategic planning process and an aggressive grant-writing program that have secured over $10 million.

Pat serves as vice chair for both the Anne Carlsen Center for Children Foundation and North Dakota Safety Council, as well as a volunteer for Ducks Unlimited.

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About Us

At Gate City Bank, we have a wonderful story to tell. It's aligned with our core purpose, focusing on investing in our customers, communities and team members. Learn more about us!

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Our Values

Learn more about how we create a better way of life for customers, communities and team members by staying true to our mission and living servant leadership down to the core of who we are.

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Our People

At Gate City Bank, our customers, communities and team members inspire everything that we are – they’re our people. Learn more about them through heartwarming stories and testimonials!

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Our Commitment

At Gate City Bank, giving back to the communities where we live and work is at the core of who we are. Learn about all the innovative ways we’re making a difference throughout North Dakota and central Minnesota.