Derek Simonsen

Business Banker

“I’ve always lived by the saying, ‘Be a good friend and a hard worker. Everything else will fall into place.’”

Derek compares working at First National Bank to being from a small town. “In my hometown of Chester, SD, everyone was family-oriented. I wanted to work for a company that had the same feeling and values. This place reminds me of my small town roots; everyone knows your name and is always willing to help.”

It’s important to Derek to establish a trusting relationship and to extend the Bank’s values to his customers. He loves helping individuals and businesses with their financial goals and getting to know them on a personal level. Derek’s been in the banking industry for more than 10 years.

The music connoisseur enjoys playing golf and basketball in his free time. He also serves his community by volunteering with the United Way, The Banquet, Feeding South Dakota, and Habitat for Humanity. Derek is supported by his family, including his wife, Megan and daughter, Palmer, his friends, and his work family.

Derek earned his education at Dakota State University and the ABA National Commercial Lending School in Dallas, TX.