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Erik Ustad

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Erik Ustad

Tell us about your background: where you grew up, where you went to school, industry experience, your family, and volunteer work (if applicable).

I’m originally from Vermillion and attended the University of South Dakota, graduating with a business degree in finance. I was always interested in investments but really got serious about it while in a student organization at USD that involved working with real money and making real investment decisions.

My wife and I have been here in Sioux Falls for almost five years. For volunteering, I try to get out with the Rake the Town crew at FNB.

What is your role at FNB? What does your day-to-day work look like?

I’m a Portfolio Manager here at the Bank. My daily work could be any number of things.

I primarily assist the investment team with research and reporting, but I also work with individuals and families on their investments. Additionally, I work directly with the Wealth Management advisors to figure out how to best help our clients.

What is your favorite thing about FNB?

I like the coworkers and the family-feel of our work environment. It always feels good to come in and see everybody and always know that they are there to help in any way they can.

What’s your personal motto?

Life’s a garden — dig it!

What’s a problem you wish you could solve?

Traffic. I am very impatient; any time I’m sitting in traffic or commuting, I can feel the stress levels rising.

If you had $500 to spend at any local business, where or what would you spend it on?

I enjoy golfing, so I would probably use that money for some golfing around town and a post-round beer at one of the local breweries.

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