Induction Category & YearAgriculture 2015
Home TownYankton, SD
Mitchell, SD

   Dennis Denny Everson
Champion of Excellence

Dennis (Denny) Everson is a South Dakota native, born and raised in Mitchell, SD. He is a graduate of South Dakota State University where he holds two degrees. He also earned an advanced banking degree from the University of Wisconsin. After a brief career as a farmer; he changed his career to Agricultural Banking and Finance and spent thirty-seven years in Ag Banking. In 2012, he retired from First Dakota National Bank, where he was well known in all First Dakota communities. He remains actively involved in agriculture, finance, and leadership on a state and national level.

In 1990, seeing the need to inspire and advance the leadership capacity of people in the agricultural and rural South Dakota communities, Everson was a founder of the South Dakota Agricultural and Rural Leadership (SDARL) training program. SDARL helps farmers, ranchers and agribusiness people throughout South Dakota become better leaders.

During his professional career, he created the first access to the Federal Agricultural Mortgage Corporation (Farmer Mac), for a community bank. His vision created additional credit opportunities for South Dakota farmers and ranchers.

On the national level - through his work with the American Bankers Association, Everson worked to improve the flow of credit to farmers and ranchers throughout the United States. Everson served on the Agricultural and Rural Bankers Committee of the American Bankers Association, and also served as the Chairman of the committee. He testified seven times before the US House Agriculture Committee and the US Senate Committee on agriculture and numerous agricultural finance issues. He was recognized by ABA in 2008 for his contributions to the professionalism of agricultural bankers.

Everson has been widely quoted in major media outlets as an expert on agricultural finance issues (Wall Street Journal, Reuters, NW Financial Review and others).

Everson and his wife Janet reside in Yankton.

Home Town (Yankton, SD)
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