SDBA Elects New Officers

The South Dakota Bankers Association (SDBA), the professional and trade association for South Dakota’s financial services industry since 1884, recently elected officers for its 2014-2015 Board of Directors. The SDBA is honored to have the following individuals serve as officers:

  • Chairman: George Kenzy, president/CEO, First Fidelity Bank, Burke

  • Chairman-Elect: Rick Rylance, western regional president, Dacotah Bank, Rapid City

  • Vice Chairman: Paul Domke, president/CEO, Heartland State Bank, Redfield

  • Immediate Past Chairman: Kevin Tetzlaff, president/CEO, First Bank & Trust, Brookings

The official election took place at the Annual Convention of the South Dakota Bankers Association and North Dakota Bankers Association in Fargo, N.D., on June 10, 2014. The term for the new officers is effective now through next year’s convention, which will be held in Sioux Falls on June 7-9, 2015.

Chairman George Kenzy

George Kenzy has worked at First Fidelity Bank, Burke, since November of 1984, in several different positions at the bank. He started as a teller and has had duties with insurance, loans, acquisitions, human resources and eventually became involved in senior management. Kenzy was named president and CEO of First Fidelity Bank in 2001.

Kenzy has served as Community Club president twice, mayor of Burke for six years, and is a current member of the development corporation and men’s club. He has also coached softball and little girls’ basketball teams. Kenzy has served on the SDBA Board of Directors since 2008 and the South Dakota Bankers Insurance and Services Board since 2006.

Kenzy and his wife, Laurie Lillibridge Kenzy, have three daughters. Kelsea is married to Sen. Billie Sutton and graduated from USD Law School this past spring. Katelyn graduated from the University of Nebraska at Lincoln with a degree in fashion merchandising. Chloe graduated from Burke High School and will be a freshman at the University of Missouri this fall.

Chairman-Elect Rick Rylance

Rick Rylance began his banking career with Dacotah Banks, Inc., in 1978. He has worked in the Aberdeen, Lemmon, Sisseton, Webster and Rapid City markets. Rylance has worked in the operations and loan departments and served as branch manager in Sisseton and president in Webster. He currently serves as regional president for Dacotah Bank in Rapid City.

Rylance is vice chair of Youth and Family Services in Rapid City and is a board member of United Way, Black Hills Works Foundation and Rapid City Rush Foundation. He has also been involved in the Rapid City Economic Development Partnership and a classroom teacher for Junior Achievement.

Rylance’s wife, Rhonda, is a secretary/paralegal for Lynn, Jackson, Schultz and LeBrun, and the couple has two sons. RJ works for Morgan, Theeler, Cogley & Petersen Law Firm in Mitchell and lives in Parkston, where his wife, Leslie, is an activities director. Reid works for Scheels All Sports in Rapid City.

Chairman-Elect Paul Domke

Paul Domke began working at Bank of Wessington (now Heartland State Bank) when he was in high school. He began working at the Tulare branch in 1988, and in 2007 moved to the Redfield office. He has served as president/CEO of Heartland State Bank since April 2008.

Domke’s community involvement has included the Community Memorial Hospital Foundation Board, Beadle and Spink Enterprise Community Board and the Tulare Town Board. He currently serves on the Grow Spink Board.

Domke has five children: Lucas, Tyler, Hannah, Samuel and Cami Jo.

Immediate Past Chairman Kevin Tetzlaff

Kevin Tetzlaff began working for First National Bank in Brookings (now First Bank & Trust) as an intern his senior year in college. After graduating from South Dakota State University in 1991 with a double major in ag business and commercial economics, he began working for the bank full time as an ag loan officer. He moved into business banking in 1995 and in 1998 was named president and CEO of Community State Bank in Milbank (now First Bank & Trust). He returned to Brookings in 2008 when he was named president and CEO of First Bank & Trust, Brookings.

Tetzlaff continues his strong community ties with SDSU. He serves on the University’s Council of Trustees and chairs the SDSU Jackrabbit Advocates Board. Additionally, he is a member of the Brookings Economic Development Corporation and the SDSU Growth Partnership Board.

Tetzlaff and his wife, Erin, have four children. Preston will be a junior at Brookings High School, Baylee will be a sophomore, Zoë a third grader, and Bergan a first grader this fall.

Through the SDBA, hundreds of South Dakota bankers volunteer each year to serve on SDBA boards, committees and task forces to educate the state’s consumers, promote financial literacy and advocate for the banking industry.

View the press release.

View the officer photo.

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