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Welcome Lori DeKeyser

Lori DeKeyser has been in banking for over 30 years.  After graduating from Jamestown College, her first job was as a Bank Examiner with the FDIC.  Most of her career was spent at Union State Bank n/k/a Border Bank, where she was a commercial lender, but she also spent time in the areas of compliance, audit, and Asset Liability Management and also spent some time in indirect leasing with Community First Financial.

Lori is active in The Fargo Optimist Club, chairing the All-Star Volleyball Series for the last 18 years.  She also is a member of the Fargodome Finance Committee and Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church finance committee.

Lori is married to Shawn, who is a professor at NDSU. They have four children, Monica, Justin, Braden, and Desi and one grandchild, Kai. In her free time, she likes to read, scrapbooks and is looking forward to more traveling upon becoming an empty nester next fall.

Lori joins our Aspire Bank team as an Operations Manager & Business Banker. She will join us in serving our clients with top-notch service & care. We are happy to have her on our team!

Toby Kommer Discussed One-Stop Shop With Fargo INC! Magazine

Toby Kommer Discussed One-Stop Shop With Fargo INC! Magazine

Story & photos courtesy of Fargo INC! Magazine

After more than 20 years working for financial services companies, in 2014, Toby Kommer left his executive position with a local bank in search of something different.

The venture Kommer settled on was a kind of one-stop-shop for small- to mid-size businesses—a physical space that an owner could come to and have almost any conceivable resource at their fingertips. Earlier this summer, the idea came to fruition, as he and his team of more than 50 cut the ribbon on a new 16,000 square-foot building at the corner of 52nd Avenue and 45th Street in one of the fastest-growing parts of Fargo.

Toby On Fargo INC!

The property houses not just Haga Kommer, the CPA firm that bears his name, it’s also home to a full-service bank, Aspire Bank; an insurance agency, Far North Insurance; and an investment firm, Red River Financial.

While Kommer concedes the one-stop-shop concept is not a new one, he says he believes their unique approach and drawing from different sources of inspiration will allow them to stand out in the financial services crowd. Here are five ways they’re doing it.


Aspire Financial Breaks Ground On New Fargo Building

Aspire Financial Breaks Ground On New Fargo Building

Photos courtesy of Michael Vosburg / Forum Photo Editor

FARGO, N.Dak. — In 2014, Aspire Bank Owner Toby Kommer—after more than 20 years working for financial services companies—thought of an idea to create a one-stop shop where owners of a small- to mid-size business could have their entire financial team in one building. Wanting to turn this idea into reality, Kommer bought certified public accountant firm Haga & Associates and rebranded it to Haga Kommer Ltd.

Aspire Financial is under construction at 5195 45th St. S., Fargo.

The idea then came to fruitionearlier in this summer. On Jan. 1, 2017, Haga Kommer Ltd. officially rebranded as Aspire Financial and constructed a new building, located at 5195 45th St. S., Fargo, later that same year.

Today, the bank offers a suite of accounting, insurance, investment and other financial services all under one roof.