Chamber’s Mark Lee to become bank market president

From staff reports

Mark Lee has been named market president of Reliabank for the Sioux Falls area.

Lee is the public affairs and communications director for the Sioux Falls Area Chamber of Commerce. He will start with Reliabank, which is owned by his uncle’s family, at the end of the year.

“This is a new, unique opportunity to join the bank that’s been in my family,” Lee said.

His final day at the chamber hasn’t been set, but it will be in mid- to late December. Until then, Lee will work through the transition and help with policy development for the 2018 state legislative session.

“We are excited to have recruited Mark to our organization,” said David Johnson, CEO of the Watertown-based bank and Lee’s uncle. “His connections within the Sioux Falls business community will provide us with experienced direction.”

Reliabank is building a two-story branch near 85th Street and Minnesota Avenue that will open in August 2018. Reliabank Mortgage has had an office at 2333 W. 57th St. since 2015, and that location will be incorporated into the new bank building. Twenty staff members are expected to work there.

In 1968, Lee’s grandfather Walter Johnson bought Farmers State Bank in Estelline. Over the years, it expanded into other eastern South Dakota towns and eventually was renamed Reliabank. In the Sioux Falls area, the bank also has locations in Hartford, Humboldt and Tea.

Before starting at the chamber, Lee had a long career in higher education, spanning 29 years with the University Center, Dakota State University and Truman State University in Kirksville, Mo.

 

Chamber’s Mark Lee to become bank market president

Mark Lee has been named market president of Reliabank for the Sioux Falls area.

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