A Passion for Putting People First

Our People First values are at the heart of everything we do. To us, that means making genuine connections through passionate and empowered people. Putting people first drives our everyday decisions and influences how we treat our customers, colleagues, and community.

We focus on building strong relationships with our customers, by providing quick answers, access to decision makers, and solutions that actually work. Our expert bankers personally customize your accounts, focusing only on what you need.

Community Involvement

We’re dedicated to enhancing the quality of life and economic viability of local families and businesses.  Through our annual hospice events, charitable giving campaigns, and our partnerships with programs that provide financial assistance in low-to-moderate income areas and underserved markets, reinvesting in our communities has always been a focus of ours. And we are so proud to have employees dedicated to giving back.

Choice Bank team members hosting law enforcement family night at the zoo.


We need amazing people to deliver our #PeopleFirst style of banking. Our employees support our customers, and each other, every day. We firmly believe it begins with our culture, our values, and our benefits. Like what you see? Check out our current openings.

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Choice Bank team members attend annual leadership retreat - Ignite18.

Our History

In 2001, Choice Bank began with the merger of four local banks: Citizens State Bank Grafton-Petersburg, First Capital Bank of North Dakota, First State Bank Langdon and Walhalla State Bank. Each local bank was known for its strong community banking culture. Due to our forward-thinking approach and a proven record of stability and reliability, Choice Bank has continued to grow and expand over the years. We are now excited to expand into Minnesota through our partnership with Venture Bank, with four locations in Bloomington, Eagan, Golden Valley, and Roseville. While we have grown and changed throughout the years, one thing remains the same – our commitment to our local communities and the people and businesses we serve.

Choice Bank's roots reach back to our Grafton location formed in 1906.

Executive Management

Brian L. Johnson

Chief Executive Officer

Lisa Artz

Executive Director, Corporate Relations

Jeff Bajek

Managing Director, Commercial Credit

Travis Barkve

Managing Director, Bank Operations

Mike Boub

Executive Director, Financial Services

Crystal Hatcher

Managing Director, Corporate Risk

Tim Heilman

Executive Director, Technology & Innovation

Brian P. Johnson

Executive Director, Strategic Operations

Tim Karsky

Executive Director, North Dakota

Kara Lombard

Managing Director, Talent & Organizational Development

Gwen Stanley

Executive Director, Finance

Michael Zenk

Executive Director, Minnesota

Board of Directors

George Wald


Joe Bata


Erv Inniger


Brian L. Johnson


Rodger Johnson


Dr. Susan Mathison


Lauris Molbert


Candace Muggerud


Clay Swanson


Craig Tweten


Michael Zenk

Executive Director, Minnesota