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Men with area ties named to banking group's board

Two men with area connections were recently elected to the South Dakota Bankers Association board of directors.

George Kenzy, president and CEO of First Fidelity Bank in Burke, was elected chairman-elect.

Kenzy has worked at the bank since November 1984. He started as a teller and has had duties with insurance, loans, acquisitions, human resources and eventually became involved in senior management.

Kenzy was named president and CEO of First Fidelity Bank in 2001.

Kenzy has served as Community Club president twice, mayor of Burke for six years, development corporation member and men's club member. He has also coached softball and little girls' basketball teams.

Kenzy and his wife, Laurie Lillibridge Kenzy, have three daughters. Kelsea is married to Sen. Billie Sutton and is in her last year of law school at the University of South Dakota in Vermillion, Kate will be a senior in fashion merchandising at the University of Nebraska in Lincoln, and Chloe is a senior at Burke High School.

Steve Hayes, president and CEO of Dakota Prairie Bank in Fort Pierre, was named immediate past chairman.

Hayes has been in banking for 26 years. He began banking in August 1987, working for his parents, Keith and Marge Hayes, and his cousin, LeRoy Louder, at the family-owned Draper State Bank, which is now Dakota Prairie Bank.

After a short time, he moved to a loan officer and was named president and CEO in 1999.

He has attended the Graduate School of Banking in Boulder, Colo.

Hayes serves as chairman of the Fort Pierre Economic Development Board of Directors, serves on the board of the Governor's Office of Economic Development and the South Dakota Banking Commission; is past president of Oahe Valley Rural Health Board in Fort Pierre; and past chairman of the trustee board for Stanley Jones Memorial Clinic in Presho.

Hayes's wife, Marla, is the pharmacy manager at Winner Regional Hospital. Their daughter, Jaime, lives in Harrisburg and attends college in Sioux Falls, and their son, Nicholas, will be a junior at Lyman High School in Presho.