Del Mari Runck embraces the seasons in Alexandria

Del Mari Runck, Alexandria Lakes Area Chamber of Commerce

North Dakota native Del Mari Runck was working as an executive for a banking firm in North Dakota when a recruiter called her. Would she be interested in becoming an executive officer at an Alexandria bank?

Del Mari’s job was going well, although she knew she would have limited leadership opportunities there, due to the family-owned nature of the bank she was working for.

“I’m not really at a point where I want to move,” she told the recruiter. She suggested Del Mari visit Alexandria—and that was all it took. Once Del Mari saw the town, the lakes and the close proximity to state parks, she was hooked.

She accepted the job and has lived in Alexandria ever since. Her husband, Kim, joined her after their oldest child graduated from high school in North Dakota. Kim owns All Is Well Property Care, a business that cares for properties of area residents.

Living in west central Minnesota enabled Del Mari to realize a long-term goal. Nine years after she was hired as chief financial officer, she was named president and chief executive officer of the community-owned bank, a position she had always wanted to achieve.

She serves on the board of the Alexandria Lakes Area Chamber of Commerce, an organization she commends for its efforts to foster networking among business owners. She appreciates other chamber business-friendly efforts in Alexandria, including Leadership Alexandria, a program for chamber members which provides insights into community history, government, industry and education.  Del Mari is also a member of the Lakes Area Professional Women’s group that meets monthly and a board member of several other non-profits in Alexandria.

And she enjoys hiking in area parks, snowshoeing in the winter and relaxing on the lake in the summer.

Spending time on the water and in the woods, she said, “gives you space to breathe. It gives you peace. I couldn’t be happier with this community and to be part of a vibrant, growing community. It’s a great place to be.”

Steve Henning