Johnson Retires from Cornerstone Bank
After a distinguished career of 30 years in banking, Vaune Johnson is retiring as SVP Market President at Cornerstone Bank in Dickinson. As of April 15, 2022, Johnson will transition to a part-time Executive Vice President role to assist with special projects for the bank.
Gary Petersen, Chairman of Cornerstone Bank said, “Vaune is a true community banker. Her strong leadership has been felt within Cornerstone Bank, the industry, and the community. We are excited for her to stay on the Cornerstone Bank team in her new role.”
An Accomplished Career
Throughout her career, Johnson has broken barriers in the financial industry. In fact, she was the first female Chairperson of the North Dakota Bankers Association, paving the way for a time of officers being all female in the years following. Johnson also provided strong leadership within her membership on the American Bankers Association Grassroots Committee and the North Dakota Society of CPA’s. She has received numerous awards including being named a Fellow by Dickinson State University. Johnson received the Northwestern Financial Review Outstanding Women in Banking award, the Greater North Dakotan Community Leadership Award, the Dickinson Area Outstanding Community Volunteer Award and the Dickinson Area Chamber of Commerce Director of the Year Award.
Johnson has also been a leader not only in her community, but also in the region. She serves on the North Dakota Board of Medicine as well as the Dickinson Chapter of the Employer Support of Guard and Reserve. Johnson is Treasurer of the Greater North Dakota Chamber and Stark County Job Development Authority. She has also been an instructor at Dickinson State University in Accounting and Management Leadership.
“I have been blessed in my public accounting and banking career with early mentors like Ron Kovash and Frank Fridrich. Along with family and friends, they provided the building blocks in knowledge, support and confidence,” Johnson reflected. She went on to say, “Joining Cornerstone has been my capstone and I am excited for Scott as he steps into the Market President role. We joined Cornerstone nearly eight years ago and have been true to our Cornerstone mission of helping people make important decisions about their money. The Cornerstone culture is unsurpassed and I am so proud of our team and our accomplishments. I believe the best is yet to come!”
Scott Tschetter has been promoted to SVP Market President. Tschetter joined Cornerstone Bank in 2014 as a VP Business Banker and has 20 years of banking expertise. He has worked alongside Johnson for many years thus ensuring a smooth transition for bank customers and the community alike.
Tschetter is a native of Watford City and has a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration and minor in Banking and Finance from Dickinson State University. He is also a graduate of the Graduate School of Banking in Madison, WI and the MN Commercial Lending School. Tschetter has been the recipient of Prairie Business Magazine’s top 40 under 40 award. He currently serves as Chairman of the Stark County Housing Authority.
This Calls for a Celebration!
To celebrate Vaune’s career and Scott’s promotion, there will be an open house on Wednesday, April 20 from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. at Cornerstone Bank (3095 15th Street West, Dickinson). Hors d’oeuvres and drinks will be served.