Wishing Dana a Very Happy Birthday!
Born on February 16, 1957, Dana Dykhouse grew up just down the road from the South Dakota border in Rock Rapids, Iowa. His mother and father, Evelyn and Emerson, raised their son to enjoy life and to live each day to its fullest.
His early years were spent doing what young boys did back then – exploring life and creating an adventure for himself in this small farming community. At an early age, he loved horses and dreamt of being a cowboy. He also showed that he was a hard worker and quite the entrepreneur. On those beautiful spring days, Dana could be found going door to door offering his extermination services to catch the mice in peoples’ houses for a per mouse price. A businessman was born.
In 1975 he accepted a football scholarship to play at South Dakota State University (SDSU). He went on to letter three times as a Jackrabbit and earned honorable mention as an all-conference defensive tackle.
He met LaDawn Stenson from Mitchell, SD while they were both students at SDSU. They wed in 1980, and after graduation, he began his financial career with Farm Credit Services working in Lincoln, Nebraska. In 1984, he accepted a position at Western Bank in Sioux Falls and began to establish deep roots in South Dakota. He quickly impressed the management team and was promoted to several leadership positions throughout his tenure at Western Bank.
In 1995, Dana was approached by T. Denny Sanford, owner of South Dakota based First PREMIER Bank to take the reins of the organization as President and Chief Executive Officer.
Read more about Dana’s Legacy of Achievement here.