DakCU announces Individual Achievement Awards

BISMARCK, ND (May 17, 2023) — During the Dakota Credit Union Association awards banquet that was recently held at the Delta Marriott Hotel in Fargo, North Dakota, three Dakota credit union professionals were recognized for their outstanding individual achievements. 

Kevin Kleingartner, VP of Asset Protection, Railway Credit Union (Mandan, ND), received the Professional of the Year Award. This prestigious award honors one credit union professional each year from North or South Dakota for their contributions to advance the credit union movement in their state and the nation by helping to craft an environment that allows credit unions to grow and prosper, to better serve their members.

Larry Peterson, Volunteer at Coteau Valley FCU (Sisseton, SD), was named Volunteer of the Year. This award goes to one volunteer each year that has selflessly contributed time, effort, and talent to the development of the credit union movement in their state. Volunteers are an integral part of the credit union movement, and their contributions resonate throughout the credit union community by illuminating the most important part of the credit union structure.

David Neff, Internal Auditor & Financial Specialist at Railway Credit Union (Bismarck, ND), received the Emerging Leader of the Year Award. This award recognizes one credit union employee each year from North or South Dakota showing proven dedication and enthusiasm for the credit union movement by executing the credit union mission and guiding in new directions that enhance the overall vision of their organization.

1. Larry Peterson, left, with Jeff Olson, President/CEO of Dakota Credit Union Association.

2. Kevin Kleingartner, left, and David Neff, right with their awards.

About Dakota Credit Union Association (DakCU)

The Dakota Credit Union Association (DakCU) is the professional financial trade association serving 64 credit unions that employ nearly 2,400 individuals across the Dakotas. With more than 536,000 members in North and South Dakota, Dakota credit unions have assets exceeding $10.8 billion. In our mission to help credit unions succeed, DakCU plays a key role in growing membership and helping to provide service excellence to members from offices in Bismarck, ND and Sioux Falls, SD. For more information visit our website.  


Shawn Marie Brummer
Communications & Media Specialist
Dakota Credit Union Association
1-800-279-6328, ext. 966 or 701-220-2200

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