Watertown, South Dakota - January 24, 2019 Dakotaland Federal Credit Union announces the newest addition to the Watertown staff with the arrival of Gary Weckwerth. Weckwerth brings a wealth of financial, multi-media and entrepreneurial experience to his new position in the Business Development and Real Estate Department. “We are thrilled to have Gary on board. With his notable business development experience, we look forward to the new opportunities and growth he will bring to Dakotaland”, commented Watertown Branch Manager, Laura Heathcote.
Weckwerth has a strong business and public relations background, but most recently, Gary was hosting the afternoon lifestyle television show “KELOLAND Living” on KELO-TV. Along with that, he originated home loans for a Sioux Falls established bank. Mr. Weckwerth founded, owned and managed the Sioux Falls Canaries Baseball and the Sioux Falls Stampede Hockey Clubs. In addition, Gary can proudly claim to being the second sports director in the history of KELO-TV.
“I have always been a solid proponent for building a stronger community and I feel I can do that in Watertown through the business development and real estate lending at Dakotaland”, claims Weckwerth. Gary went on to explain one of the greatest professional joys he has experienced is closing day for someone buying a new home. “I’ve been fortunate to do it over 10,000 times in my career and I’m grateful to Dakotaland for allowing me to continue to do what I enjoy”, added Weckwerth.
Gary and his wife of 35 years, Ann, have called Sioux Falls home for the last 37 years, but have also owned a home on Lake Kampeska for almost 16 years. Watertown has been the Weckwerth second home for a long time and will soon be their permanent residence. Gary calls Little Falls, MN his childhood home, while he graduated from Milaca Senior High School in Milaca, MN. Gary has a Mass Communications degree from St. Cloud State University, St. Cloud, MN. Over the past 18 years, Weckwerth has been in the financial services industry and associated with real estate, specifically title insurance and mortgage banking.
Gary spends his free time trying to catch fish, but if the fish aren’t biting, he can be found on the golf course. Gary and Ann have two grown children and just learned they are going to be grandparents for the first time. The Weckwerth’s are also ‘cat people’ and will be moving Kitty LeMew to Lake Kampeska.
Dakotaland Federal Credit Union has locations in Huron, Volga, Brookings, Madison, Redfield, DeSmet, Mitchell, Aberdeen, Watertown and Woonsocket. With 35,000 members and $330 million in assets, Dakotaland continues to be locally owned and operated offering a full-line of financial services to its membership since 1935.