Neil S. Jordheim, 1970 Businessman, House Corporation Member
Neil Jordheim has given substantial time, energy and resources to service clubs, charities and civic organizations in efforts to help them
make a difference for those in need. Neil was born in Fargo and grew up on a farm near Walcott, N.D. He graduated from Kindred (N.D.) High School in 1966 before enrolling at North Dakota State University. During his years at NDSU, Neil was active in Sigma Alpha Epsilon, the men’s choir, Air Force ROTC and a business club. In 1970, Neil graduated from NDSU with a bachelor degree in economics.
In 1971, he married Nancy (Johnson) Jordheim. He went on to receive U.S. Air Force Pilot Training at Williams Air Force Base near Mesa, Ariz., then was assigned to become a flight instructor in the T-37 aircraft at the base. Neil joined the team at Metropolitan Federal Bank, Fargo, in 1976, and was vice president of administration during his 18 years there. He then became a trust officer/executive vice president at Heartland Trust Co., in Fargo. At Heartland, he specializes in personal trust administration, charitable trusts, IRA rollovers and estate settlement. He also provides business retirement plans and investment services for charitable foundations as well as assists clients in developing comprehensive financial and retirement plans.
In addition to his professional contributions, Neil is active in a number of not-for-profit organizations. One of his most rewarding accomplishments has been participation in a Lions Vision Mission to Mexico in 2012. He was named Lion of the Year by his club and received the Melvin Jones award for his years of service to Lions International. Neil also serves on the FM Area Foundation Board of Directors and chairs the foundation’s Trustees Committee. He is president of the Heritage Hjemkomst Interpretive Center Board, board member and treasurer of the Historical and Cultural Society of Clay County, president of the Anne Carlsen Center Board of Directors, president of the Fargo Lions Club, chairman of the Administrative Counsel of the First United Methodist Church of Fargo, district committee chair of the Boy Scouts of America, member of the Board of Directors for the Fish Hook Lake and River Association, member of the Red River Valley Estate Planners Organization, member of the Board of Directors for the Bison Arts and longtime member of NDSU Team-makers.
Neil’s dedication to service stretches back many decades. He was chairman of the North Dakota Beta House Corporation back in the 1980s where he served for more than 10 years as a board member. He was called back into action for the House Corporation in the late 1990s when it became evident the chapter house needed to be replaced or updated. Neil was an active member of the committee that remodeled the chapter house and raised a large percentage of the money to pay for the project. He has since moved to “Emeritus “ status with the North Dakota Beta House Corporation.
Brother and past Hall of Fame recipient John Gunkleman had this to say about Neil, “I have had the pleasure of working with Neil almost since
graduation. He never missed a House Corp meeting or an SAE House Event that we would get invited to at the last minute. During the first fund raising efforts he hosted all the meetings at his office and was always there for financial advice and guidance. Neil truly represents an individual who lives by THE TRUE GENTLEMAN. “ Neil and his wife, Nancy, have two grown sons. Neil’s hobbies include photography, golf, boating, carpentry, NDSU activities and being a grandfather.