Two Bravera employees were recognized as Prairie Business Magazines 40 Under 40. These individuals are recognized for their great work ethics, service to others, innovation, impactfulness and creativity.
Bobbie Larson, Cheif Risk Officer, joined Bravera in 2012 as an internal auditor. She was promoted to audit manager soon after, and in 2017 moved into her current position, the chief risk officer role. Larson is responsible for overseeing all risk management functions, including compliance, credit review, information security, fraud and audit. Larson practices outstanding work ethics daily. She goes above and beyond to accomplish what needs to be done to ensure success. She leads a team of 18 employees all with the goals and intentions to keep Bravera customers and employees financially safe. She is a strong believer in long-term professional development and making it a priority in her practices. Larson has participated in courses such as the Pacific Institute Leadership Program and served as a mentor for Bravera’s mentorship program: Leader at Every Level. She has been a key component of the company’s growth to a $3 billion financial institution operating in three states. Larson’s team leads the interaction with regulators, ensures compliance with regulations, and is engaged in several strategic initiatives. She leads the due diligence for Bravera acquisitions and has been directly engaged in the acquisition of three banks by Bravera in the past four years. Managing risk is one of the most critical activities of a bank, and Larson’s leadership ensures the company is taking a risk balanced approach and making sound decisions to protect customers, employees and shareholders. Larson is involved in organizations such as the Institute of Internal Auditors, North Dakota Society of CPAs and NDBA Peer Groups. She has a passion for giving back to her community and does so through the United Way Little Black Dress campaign, United Way Day of Caring, GABR, Walk to End Alzheimer’s and Rebuilding Together. She has had current and past involvement at her children’s school boards and parent-teacher organizations. Larson resides in Steele, North Dakota, with her husband and three sons.
As the Regional President at Bravera Bank’s Dickinson, North Dakota office, Jarrod Steffan serves as a mentor to his peers and participates in bank-wide strategic planning. He cultivates relationships with his customers and encourages his employees to do the same. As a farmer/rancher himself, Steffan has a significant understanding of what his customers are experiencing and uses his first-hand knowledge to provide value to his customers. He handles executive responsibilities for all external services in his designated region. He represents the Bravera culture by leading by example. His daily responsibilities include execution and implementation of the business plan, monitoring of department budgets, and reporting to the bank’s senior management team. He does all of this by promoting a positive and collaborative work environment and encourages teamwork and top-notch customer service. He started with the company in 2008 as an ag banking officer. In 2014 he was promoted to Glendive Market president and relocated to fulfill this position, and in 2021, accepted his current position. He celebrated 15 years of service with Bravera this year. Steffan earned a Bachelor of Science in business administration/ag business from Dakota State University. Outside of Bravera, Steffan serves on the South Heart School Board.
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