HTC Team News and Honors

  • Brian Halverson, President, currently serves on the Board of Directors at the Plains Art Museum in Fargo.
  • Brian also recently presented to the Financial Management Association (FMA) group at Minnesota State University Moorhead. FMA is a student organization that helps aspiring professionals with networking and skill development for financial careers.
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HTC Team News and Honors

  • We are proud to be a Premier Partner with the FMWF Chamber for 2019.
  • Jon Benson, Trust Officer, is a past president of Hospice of the Red River Valley and is currently on the Board of Directors.
  • Steve Halverson, chairman of the board, currently serves on the FMWF Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors as a member at large.
  • We celebrated the holiday season with a Christmas party at the Plains Art Museum, complete with a white elephant gift exchange and pottery making class.
    • Gary is going to get a lot of use from his gift.
    • Jana, Kevin, and Mary are now expert potters.
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Meet Kayla Kranda

Kayla Kranda is an Operations Associate at HTC. She oversees our trust accounting software and makes sure everything balances. Kayla enjoys spending time with her family and friends and is an avid football fan.

Tell us about yourself.

I grew up in Tappen, North Dakota, and graduated from Minot State University with a bachelor of science degree in finance. I have been in the financial services and banking industry for over 15 years. Currently, I live in West Fargo with my husband, Kyle, son Karson (2 1/2), and daughter Kora, who was born at the end of January.

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Meet Bre Smith

Bre Smith is an administrative associate who supports the trust administration side of HTC. She is the most recent addition to HTC, and we are excited to have her on the team.

Tell us about yourself.

I grew up in Vermillion, South Dakota, and attended college at St. Cloud State University and South Dakota State University. My husband and our two girls just moved to Fargo from Pierre, South Dakota, this spring. Prior to joining HTC, I worked in the trust department of a bank for four years.

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Meet Kristen Grove

Kristen Grove is an administrative associate who primarily supports retirement services. She enjoys spending time with her family and friends and her spare time is occupied with a multitude of hobbies.

Tell us about about yourself.

I was born in Williston, North Dakota, but moved to Fargo at the age of 11. I have two amazing parents, a sister, two brothers, two sisters-in-law, a brother-in-law, three nieces, and three nephews. Upon graduation from Fargo South High School, I attended Concordia College and obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree in communications with an emphasis on public relations and advertising in 2003. My collegiate studies also focused on journalism and pre-law.

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Meet Michelle Hoppe

Michelle Hoppe is an administrative associate who primarily supports personal trusts. She enjoys spending time with her family and friends. Early morning coffee dates are her favorite.

Below she shares a few things about herself.

Tell us about yourself.
I grew up on the Canadian border in Minnesota, near Baudette. I learned about life with my two brothers and two sisters from some pretty amazing parents. I also have a crazy amount of extended family that I am close with, most of whom live near Baudette.

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Meet Denise Lies

Denise Lies is a senior administrative associate who primarily supports retirement plan administration. She enjoys cheering on her teenage sons and spending time on the farm where she grew up.

Below she shares a few things about herself–and her yummy recipe for taco soup.

Tell us about yourself.

I grew up on a small dairy farm about a mile outside of New Rockford, North Dakota. I moved to the Fargo area after high school to attend Minnesota State University Moorhead where I obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in accounting. I currently live in West Fargo (Go Packers!). I am married and have two sons, Tyler, who is 17, and Tanner, who is 14.

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Meet Mary Carlson

Mary Carlson is a senior administrative associate who works primarily with personal trusts. She also is a huge sports fan and makes a fabulous Christmas Eve Lasagna.

Below she shares a few things about herself—and her recipe!

Tell us about yourself.
I was born in Thief River Falls, Minnesota, but moved to Fargo when I was 4 years old and have been a “north sider” ever since. I have two daughters: Jenna, who is 26, and Liz, who just turned 20. I am a member of First Lutheran Church, Fargo, where I most recently served as secretary/treasurer of its foundation.

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