Magazine article American Banker

No. 7: Bell State Bank & Trust

Magazine article American Banker

No. 7: Bell State Bank & Trust

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Location: Fargo, N.D. Assets: $3.1 billion No. of employees: 596 Chairman and CEO: Richard Solberg Bell State Bank & Trust (number seven in the overall ranking) is number two in the category for banks with $3 billion to $10 billion of assets.

Comfortable shoes likely are near at hand for the CEO of Bell State Bank & Trust, Richard Solberg.

He personally delivers all year-end bonus checks to the bank's employees in the locations where they work. As he makes the rounds, he stops to thank employees for their hard work throughout the year.

Believing happy employees result in happy customers, leaders at Bell make an effort to keep workers smiling.

One way they do this is by having professional photos taken of employees with their families at Bell events like baseball games and "Kids Night with Santa." A photo is generally on each employee's desk by the next workday.

Hiring anniversaries are treated like a major event. …

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