I was born in raised in a small town in northern Minnesota. After graduating high school I attended the University of Minnesota at Moorhead. After visiting Rapid City during the winter months of 1993, I decided that the 60 degree weather of Rapid City was a bit better than the negative 20 of Fargo/Moorhead. I moved to Rapid City in 1993 and never looked back.
I am very fortunate to have a great family. Our first child, Allie, was born in 1997. She is a tremendous student athlete. She is currently playing on Rushmore Thunder Girls Varsity Hockey Team. She is the center and returning 3 year captain. When not on the ice, you can find her striking out batters as a pitcher for the Mizuno Elite Fastpitch Softball team. Our second child, Mitch, was born in 2000. He is turning in to a mini me. School comes very easy for him. He currently plays hockey and golf. His specialty is in hockey as a goalie - they always say that there is something missing upstairs to stand in front of flying pucks!!
I started in the mortgage industry in 2000. I came to Affiliated Mortgage in 2002 and have never looked back. I have always said I would never have a "job." When you love your work it is not a job. Life is too short not to love what you do for a career. Even with all the recent changes in the banking industry it is still great being in the mortgage industry. It is so fulfilling to assist home buyers in purchasing a new home or assisting current home owners in improving their financial situation during a refinance.
I am active in my children's activities. I have coached the girls varsity hockey team since the 2007-2008 season, my son's hockey teams since 2005, along with his football team. I also am the head coach for the Mizuno Elite Fastpitch team and have coached fastpitch softball since 2003. I have also coached fastpitch for RC Central, Harney Little League, and tried to help with youth soccer. Soccer - not my thing nor my kids. I love helping teach young athlete not only the game but how to cope with life lessons along with winning and how to handle losing.
I am also a member of RC Chamber of Commerce, Black Hills Home Builders Association, past voting member on the Board of Directors for Rushmore Thunder Hockey Association and a past Board of Directors for ASA Softball Association.
Vern Burress - Senior Loan Officer - NMLS # 14234