When we opened our doors in 1966 with a single location in a north Fargo shopping center, our founders couldn't have dreamed of the growth the company would have. For decades, having happy employees and happy customers has been at the heart of the organization. Our values – creating a family atmosphere, treating our customers well and paying it forward to make our community a better place – are at the core of all we do.
Thomas “Buck” Snortland, one of the founders of State Bank of Fargo, was instrumental in helping set the tone for the company’s employee- and customer-friendly culture. Snortland family members have remained major shareholders ever since. Buck’s son, Thomas “Mickey” Snortland, was a dedicated board member for four decades and helped create the bank’s “bottom line” statement: “Happy Employees! Happy Customers!” His wife, Julie, was named to the holding company board of directors following Mickey’s passing in early 2013. Mickey’s sister Laura Snortland Fairfield is also a major shareholder and a longtime holding company board member.
“It’s the little things we do, like greeting customers and using their name, that make the biggest difference. The warmer we can make our bank feel, the better.”
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Why You Can Be Confident with Bell Bank
“We’re incredibly proud to be ranked among the strongest banks in the country,” notes Michael Solberg, Bell’s president and CEO. “We’ve been privately owned since we were chartered in 1966. As a family- and employee-owned company, we’re free to make decisions based on long-term goals — not short-term gains. No matter what’s happening in the economy, we focus on being smart, nimble and efficient, growing through exceptional customer service and competitive pricing.”
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