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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, Lori, my future wife, and I decided that the 60 degree weather of Rapid City was a bit better than the negative 20 of Fargo/Moorhead.  We 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 football, 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 in 2002 and became an owner in 2005.  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, currently serving on the Board of Directors for Rushmore Thunder Hockey Association and a past Board of Directors for ASA Softball Association.



Vern Burress, NMLS #14234 - SD lic # MLO.00103
Affiliated Mortgage dba Lend Smart Mortgage, LLC NMLS #4474
2920 West Main street ste 2, Rapid City, SD  57702
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