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Cornerstone Bank Announces Benchmark Mortgage Services

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At Cornerstone Bank we value bold ideas that break through traditional bank thinking; it is with this in mind that we are pleased to announce that Benchmark Mortgage services will now be available on site at our Cornerstone Bank locations.

Brian McKinney, CEO of Benchmark, states, “We are thrilled to begin originating mortgage loans locally in North Dakota, South Dakota, and Minnesota. Cornerstone is a unique organization that cares deeply for its customers and team members. We are delighted to bring our industry-leading service platform to the Cornerstone Bank locations.”

CEO/President Pete Fullerton said, "We're excited about the opportunity. Customers can continue to expect exceptional customer service and expertise at our Cornerstone Bank locations."

Benchmark Mortgage, founded in 1999, is a full-service mortgage banker, broker, and servicer headquartered in Plano, TX. Benchmark has over 90 locations and is licensed to do business in 45 states, including North Dakota, South Dakota, and Minnesota. Benchmark Mortgage, a dba of Ark-La-Tex Financial Services, NMLS #2143, has based their lending model on relationships from the beginning, and is a team united by their core values. In 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, and 2016, Mortgage Executive Magazine named Benchmark Mortgage one of the Top 100 Mortgage Companies in America.

Cornerstone Holding Company, based in North Dakota, is the parent company of Cornerstone Bank. One of North Dakota’s ten largest financial institutions, Cornerstone Holding Company is an $820 million financial institution. Cornerstone Bank has North Dakota locations in Bismarck, Dickinson, Grand Forks, Fargo, Makoti, Minot, New Town, Parshall, Plaza, Watford City and South Dakota locations in Aberdeen and Sioux Falls. Cornerstone Bank provides an expansive product offering while staying true to their mission of providing access to financial experts who give straight answers and the best possible financial options. Cornerstone’s offerings include business and personal loans, deposits and cash management services, online and mobile banking.