2019 The Chamber's Ninth Annual Meeting
Help us celebrate the business community and the volunteers committed to using their time, talents and influence to help businesses thrive, create positive change and build a stronger community!
Whether you're new to The Chamber or are actively involved, the Annual Meeting is an excellent opportunity to dive even deeper into who we are, what we do, and how together with our incredible volunteers, we impact businesses and professionals in our community. You'll hear highlights from our most recent fiscal year with a report from our president and board chairs, watch an exciting video that shines light on these successes, thank our committee chairs for the work they've done, and hear just what is next on the horizon.
We'll also honor and present the award to our 2019 recipient of the Legacy Leader Award.
We're thrilled to announce Gate City Bank’s Executive Chair and Chair of the Board, Steve Swiontek, our 2019 Legacy Leader Award. This prestigious award recognizes and emphasizes the important role and contributions of long-time local leaders in both shaping and serving The Chamber, metropolitan community and region.
Swiontek was selected by a nomination committee based on his involvement in North Dakota’s business climate. A member of The Chamber’s Board of Directors since 2014, Swiontek also served as chair from 2017-18.
A native of North Dakota, Swiontek grew up in Edgeley, and later graduated from North Dakota State University with a bachelor’s degree in economics and military science. While there, he held the title of Student Body President and served as a member of the North Dakota House of Representatives for eight years.
Swiontek started his Gate City Bank career as a management trainee, his first job out of college in 1978. He went on to hold various positions at the Bank, including personnel manager, branch coordinator and director of administration. From 2001 to 2019, he served as chair, president and CEO. Currently, Steve serves as Executive Chair at Gate City Bank. He oversees the Bank’s strategic investments in philanthropic giving, and provides a strong voice to the many programs that touch the lives of the communities the Bank serves. In addition, he Chairs Gate City Bank’s Board of Directors. The Bank, which was founded in 1923, had 24 locations in 2001. Under Swiontek’s leadership, it has expanded to $2.3 billion in assets with 38 locations across 19 communities in North Dakota and west central Minnesota, and over 700 team members.
Swiontek shares his industry knowledge with various banking organizations and has been actively involved with the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, Independent Community Bankers of America, North Dakota Bankers Association and Officer of the Comptroller of the Currency.
Throughout his career, Swiontek has had many notable achievements and is the recipient of many awards including the NDSU Development Foundation Service Award, ND Chamber of Commerce Community Leadership Award and Prairie Business Leaders & Legacies award, among others.
Business and career achievements aside, Swiontek continues to remain active in a variety of community organizations as part of his personal commitment to make a difference and provide a better way of life. Together, Swiontek and his wife, Mary Anne, co-chair the NDSU Capital Campaign. He also serves on the Board of Trustees for the NDSU Foundation and served as chair of the Executive Governing Board from 2015 to 2018. Additionally, Swiontek is a member of the City of Fargo Renaissance Zone Authority, a member of the Board of Directors at Noridian Healthcare Solutions and an active member of Hope Lutheran Church in Fargo.
Alerus | Bank of the West | Bethany Retirement Living | Beverage Wholesalers
Cass County Electric Cooperative | Cornerstone Bank | Dawson Insurance
First International Bank & Trust | Flint Group | FM CVB | Heritage Homes
Home Builders Association of Fargo Moorhead | Houston Engineering
Indigo Signworks | Media Productions | Microsoft | Midwest Radio of FM - KFGO
NDSU Foundation & Alumni Association | Otter Tail Corporation | ROERS
Sharon Hilgers - Park Co Realtors | Starion Bank
Talecris Plasma Resources Inc. A GRIFOLS Company | Wanzek Construction Inc.
Wells Fargo Bank | Western State Bank | US Bank