Gary Popkes, CFP®
Gary Popkes, CFP®
SVP Trust Officer
Gary is highly focused on ensuring his team members have a "servant-based" mentality towards helping clients succeed. Our goal at Plains Commerce Bank is to take care of our clients and their families-if we can be successful in accomplishing this objective, we have delivered value to our clients by ensuring their financial peace of mind.
Gary firmly believes in the importance of positive workplace culture and is thrilled to be working for an organization that shares this value. For him, serving others and helping them achieve their financial goals is immensely gratifying, extending this dedication to clients, co-workers, friends, and family.
Over 30 years of Trust & Wealth Management Experience
Gary joined Plains Commerce in 2023 as SVP, Trust Officer and brings with him knowledge and experience that will guide our Trust Department.
Gary embarked on his career in the financial services industry with Citicorp Investment Services, where he received excellent training and invaluable experience. His dedication and passion for finance led him to obtain securities licenses, allowing him to provide investment advice to clients.
During his tenure at Citicorp, Gary specialized in working with clients to develop customized investment strategies that aligned with their retirement goals and objectives. His commitment to his clients' financial security earned him a reputation as a trusted advisor.
As his career progressed, Gary extended his expertise to assist companies with their corporate retirement plans, including 401(k) and 403(b) management. His guidance helped countless employees prepare for a secure retirement.
Over the next 15 years, Gary's talent and experience were sought after by two other financial institutions in Sioux Falls. He played pivotal roles in building out their trust and wealth management departments, leaving a lasting impact on the organizations' growth and success.
Certified Financial Planner® (CFP®)
In 1997, Gary's pursuit of excellence led him to study and obtain his Certified Financial Planner® (CFP®) designation. This achievement set a milestone, as he became the youngest CFP® in the state of South Dakota, garnering respect from peers and clients alike.
In his role, Gary will collaborate with client's attorneys and tax professionals to develop comprehensive financial and estate plans tailored to each individual's unique circumstances. This personalized approach ensures that every client receives a plan that best aligns with their financial goals.
Outside of his professional endeavors, Gary is married to his wife Laura and together they have three children -- Lyndsea, Nathan, and Nicholas. And when not working, Gary and Laura enjoy fishing, hunting, golf, and various outdoor activities.
Gary was a college football player at SDSU and Augustana, fostering a spirit of teamwork and perseverance that translates into his work ethic today.
One unique fact about Gary's journey is his ownership of a Dairy Queen in Sioux Falls for five years. This entrepreneurial venture reflects his spirit of seizing opportunities and embracing challenges.
Only deposit products are FDIC insured. Investment Products are not FDIC insured, not a deposit or other obligation of the bank, not insured by any federal government agency, not guaranteed by the bank, and may lose value.