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First National Bank is proud to introduce to you our mortgage loan staff.  Our loan officers have many years of experience and are ready to help you with all of your home financing needs be it purchase or refinance.  Contact one of our loan officers shown below for a quick and easy pre-approval today!!

Thomas Lessin
Laurie Shelton
Kari Bortnem
Angelia Dale
Amanda Benson
Jesse Herrington
Stephanie Odden
 

Thomas Lessin

I have over 31 years of experience in mortgage lending and am honored to head up the Mortgage Lending dept. at First National Bank.  I truly enjoy helping all borrowers whether they are a 1st time home-buyer or a seasoned borrower that is purchasing a primary, second home, or investment property.  I hold all the govt. designations which allow me to underwrite both appraisals and credit on all RD, VA, and FHA loans.  With the exception of special investor programs all your loans will have local decisions right here.  Let me help you achieve your homeownership dreams.  Personally I grew up all over the country and even in a couple of areas outside the US.  I have four grown children, a daughter and three sons, and I am proud to say that each of my sons has or is currently serving their country in the military.  I enjoy time away from work with my wife, and my children when they come to visit.  Please give me a call as I look forward to helping you and I do take appts outside of regular hours to accommodate borrowers schedules.  NMLS#609681.



632 Main St
Rapid City, SD 57701
Phone: 605-399-0990 X214
Fax: 605-399-0995


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Laurie Shelton

Hi I am Laurie Shelton and my 30+ years in Banking have taught me a lot about people and their needs.  During my banking life I have worked in mortgage lending for over half of that time.  I have found that the most rewarding part of my career is to help families buy a home that they can call their own.  I am a Huron native who early in life spread my wings and left home to experience life and eventually returned home to raise my family.  My husband and I are almost empty nesters.  We have three daughters, a son in law and grandson.  They are all in various stages of their lives and keep us quite busy. I enjoy spending time with family and friends and serving the Huron Community through its various organizations.  Please give me a call and let’s see how we can make your first or next home purchase or refinance a reality.  NMLS#609692.



333 Dakota Ave, South
Huron, SD 57350
Phone: 605-353-6821
Fax: 605-353-6888


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Kari Bortnem

Hello, my name is Kari Bortnem and I am a Residential Mortgage Underwriter and Loan Originator at First National Bank in Rapid City South Dakota. I was born and raised in Brookings SD and after I graduated from SDSU with a B.S. in Commercial Economics, I started my career in finance at First National Bank of Southeast Denver.  I expanded my background and education in residential mortgage lending at Universal Lending, Norwest/Wells Fargo, and North American Mortgage Company in Denver until relocating to the beautiful Black Hills in 2001.  My husband, Kip Harrington, and my dogs, Darby and Roo-bee, and I are happy to call Rapid City and the West Boulevard Neighborhood our home.  I love to mountain bike and I belong to the Drty Grlz mountain biking club.  I am a member of the Black Hills Mountain Bike Association and The Zonta Club of the Black Hills as well as an active Rapid City Rush and Rushmore Thunder fan.  I also support the Humane Society of the Black Hills by volunteering with their fundraising committee and enjoy being a Pet Therapy Partner with my dog Darby.   My goal in life is to be as good of a person as my dog already thinks I am.”  ~Author Unknown  I would love to assist you with you next home loan experience.  Give me a call today. NMLS#178836.



632 Main St
Rapid City, SD 57701
Phone: 605-399-0990
Fax: 605-399-0995


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Angelia Dale

I grew up in Deadwood and graduated from Lead High School, so naturally I wanted my children to be raised in the Northern Hills.  The home town feeling is in every community, people are willing to help their neighbors and I like that you see a familiar face everywhere you go!  I like to provide “old fashion customer service” to all my clients, I work for you, not the other way around.  Having worked for 6 years as a licensed residential loan officer in Spearfish I have learned the ins and outs of residential lending.  In 2010 I took a brief break and I became a chocolatier!  I missed the stimulating environment that residential lending provides however and I secured a position with First National Bank covering both the Sturgis and Lead branches and I can cover all the outlying areas close to these branches.  Working in both locations also allows me to be an active member in the community I grew up in and the one I live in.  Once again I work hard to serve my clients with the best possible customer service.  I look forward to seeing past clients and making new ones.  NMLS#175544.



955 Main St
Sturgis, SD 57785
Phone: 605-347-4416
Fax: 605-347-4276


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Amanda Benson

 

Buying a home or refinancing is typically one of the biggest financial decisions a family or person will ever make. I have been helping  people  in the Black Hills  of South Dakota achieve their home financing goals for over 5 years and look forward to many more. I have assisted hundreds of people/families purchase or refinance their existing mortgages over that time. As a mortgage consultant I believe my role in the home buying/refinancing process is to educate my borrowers on what to expect throughout the transaction.  As part of my business I will explain the different loan options available and which products may  best  fits your short term and long term goals.  The  Black Hills of South Dakota have been my home since 1995, so I have strong ties to the area, excellent working knowledge of our real-estate market,   and I love helping people in our community. I look forward to working with you and your family!  NMLS # 473529.



632 Main St
Rapid city, SD 57702
Phone: 605-399-0990
Fax: 605-399-0995


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Jesse Herrington

 

Thank you for considering First National Bank for your home financing.  My goal is to provide you with a positive home loan experience and become your trusted home financing expert. South Dakota is my home.  I was born and raised on ranch Southeast of Rapid City in between Hermosa and Rapid City.  My mom and dad still operate the ranch that I grew up on.  Living on the ranch, I learned the principles of hard-work and also the importance of family.  During my years in high school, I enjoyed playing baseball.  I played for Post 320 their inaugural year in 1998.  One of the main things that I enjoy about the Rapid City area is its baseball rich tradition.  Following Post 22 and Post 320 is a favorite summertime activity of mine.  I'm proud that our area has produced so much baseball talent.  After graduating from Rapid City Central High School, I attended Black Hills State University and then transferred to Chadron State College and completed my Bachelor's Degree in Business Administration.  This helped lay the groundwork for me entering the financial services field. In July of 2009, I married my wife Shari.  We now have been blessed with two daughters - Grace and Sarah.  It is awesome having two daughters as they are a lot of fun.  My wife enjoys being part of the local MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers) group.  We also enjoy sporting events and taking weekend get-a-ways to explore what the Black Hills area has to offer.  Thanks again for considering First National Bank for your home financing.  We look forward to working with you!  NMLS # 833002.



632 Main St
Rapid City, SD 57701
Phone: 605-399-0990
Fax: 605-399-0995


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Stephanie Odden

 NMLS#747397



125 W Sioux
Pierre, SD 57501
Phone: 605-945-3900
Fax: 605-945-3914


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