Meet The Executives’ Club…

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Nolen Bertsch
President Nelson Window Company

Nelson Window Co. is proud to be a family-owned company. That pride shows in the work we do every day. We’re known for friendly employees, quality products and services.

A little about our history

  • Nelson Window Co. begins in in the mid 1950s as a glass and screen service company
  • Norman Bertsch arrives at the firm in the early 1960s
  • Norman purchases Nelson Window in 1968. His employees include himself, one part-time installer and one semi-retired gentleman
  • Nelson Window Co. begins its relationship with the Mon-Ray and Hayfield companies in the early 70s.
  • In 1971, Norman’s son, Nolen, joins Nelson Window Co. as an installer
  • In the 1980s Nelson Window Co. starts selling and installing commercial storefronts
  • In 1983 Norman builds the current building at 2921 Fiechtner Drive, Fargo
  • Throughout the 1990s, the commercial side of the business grows, and Nelson Window Co. develops a relationship with Milgard Window
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Rick Berg
Co-Founder and CEO AdShark Marketing
Rick is a North Dakota native and was born and raised in the small town of Hillsboro, ND. He attended the University of North Dakota where he studied Commercial Aviation. After realizing he wouldn’t ever be allowed to do “loops” or “barrel rolls” he switched his focus to Marketing and graduated with a General Studies degree so he could be “good at everything”. Rick helped start AdShark with co-founder, Sean Maki, in 2013.
Fun Facts About Rick:
  • He once lost a game of poker while playing by himself.
  • Legend says that Rick never sleeps or eats.
  • His favorite craft beer is Bud Light.
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Jim Buus
President JBC Commercial Real Estate

Jim is a Fargo, ND native and graduate of North Dakota State University. He has enjoyed a nearly 30-year career in a variety of community development and commercial real estate ventures. He was affiliated with Fargo based GOLDMARK Commercial, the largest commercial brokerage firm in the region, for 23 years concluding his tenure there having served as President and Managing Broker. In late 2019 he started JBC Commercial Real Estate.

In his free time Jim and his wife enjoy spending time with friends and family at their lake home, traveling and NDSU athletics. He is also involved in a variety of business ventures and community involvement. He currently serves on the boards of Greater Fargo Moorhead Economic Development Corporation, NDSU Research & Technology Park, 701 Angel Fund and the City of Fargo Tax Exempt Review Committee.

In the Summer of 2019, a group of veteran commercial real estate professionals, led by Jim Buus and Lori Ibach, left GOLDMARK Commercial Real Estate to form JBC Commercial Real Estate. Jim Buus had been serving as GOLDMARK Commercial’s President and was also a part-owner. Buus, Ibach and five other veteran agents and administrative staff left together. Additionally, Dovetail Development LLC, owned by Elissa Novotny, which had been collocated within GOLDMARK Commercial, left to collocate with JBC Commercial.

JBC Commercial is owned by Jim Buus and Lori Ibach; the two have a combined 50 years of experience. For a variety of reasons, the team felt there was an opportunity in the market to conduct commercial real estate in a different way than they had been doing, a style that features less conflicts of interest, more collaboration amongst the stakeholders and more integration with the overall brokerage, design and development process.

In addition to being commercial real estate leaders, the JBC Commercial team prides itself on active community involvement and leadership.

Team members are involved and participative in a myriad of local organizations such as the West Fargo Youth Hockey Association, North Dakota State University, Bison Football Players Association, NDSU Team Makers, TNT Kids Fitness, Vitalant Blood Services as well as respected business groups such as various chambers of commerce, Greater Fargo Moorhead Economic Development Corporation, Moorhead Business Association and the Executives Club of Fargo Moorhead.

Updated 1 week ago.
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Jodee Bock
Owner and Founder

Where is your organization headed?

Are you getting the results you really want? Let Jodee guide you through that discovery process.

She provides an objective view of your organization’s most valuable asset: your people.

Workshop, Keynotes Presentation Titles:

“REAL Impact: Learn to Communicate By Communicating”

“Love Or Fear: The Choice is Yours”

“Fire Up But Don’t Burn Out”

“Becoming a Conscious Leader”

  • Keynotes
  • Workshops
  • Breakout Sessions
  • Coaching Engagements
  • Leadership Team Engagements
  • Communication Strategies
  • Mastermind studies and coaching

Mastermind Facilitations and Group Coaching allow your teams to connect with each other and form accountabilities that keep them on track toward the goals they set for themselves and their teams.

Jodee Bock is a dynamic business communicator who encourages people to practice riskful thinking as opposed to merely wishful thinking. By encouraging them to think beyond their reasons, she leaves audiences with new insights, along with ideas for turning their knowledge into action.

Jodee is the founder of Bock’s Office Transformational Consulting and has more than 20 years of experience in the areas of corporate communication, media relations, executive coaching, and training and development. She holds certifications in Life Purpose and Career Coaching, Extreme Leadership, PSYCH-K Facilitation, Job Relations Training (JRT), Bob Proctor’s Life Success Consulting®, and Accelerated Innovation Training and Coaching from SolutionPeople in Chicago.

The author of several books, podcast interviews, speeches, and blog posts, Jodee is a thought leader who has been called a boat rocker and a people enhancer, thanks to her unique ability to add a new perspective to common ways of thinking.

Jodee is a highly sought after keynote speaker, workshop facilitator, and business consultant. She has spoken at events all over the United States and designed and delivered customized workshops and seminars for hundreds of clients.

Updated 1 week ago.
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Kim Bjoralt
President Human Resource Management Group, LLC

As a Human Resource Consultant and former health insurance executive Kim brings 30 years of sales, management and employee benefits experience to business owners and executives. Kim brings an insightful strategic and practical implementation talent to clients that are challenged, overwhelmed and even non-compliant in the complex world of Human Resource Management. His question-“How is your HR Model serving your business purpose and do you need to reinforce, rethink or reinvent your current approach”-has served clients around the region.

Kim is the founder and CEO of Human Resource Management Group, LLC, a human resource consulting and outsourcing firm here in Fargo.

HRMG provides all the functions usually associated with a traditional in-house human resource department. Businesses view human resources outsourcing and consulting as a strategic tool that relieves them of human resource responsibilities and enable them to focus on what they do best. In addition to allowing you to concentrate on your core business activities, outsourcing provides some key benefits, including: skilled professionals focused on human resources, reduce and manage operating costs and improving employee relations.

Feel confident that you are in compliance and adhering to the latest laws and regulations with HRMG’s assistance while keeping you up-to-date and freeing you from having to stay on top of these ever changing issues.

Specialties: Retirement Plans, Health and Welfare Benefits, Negotiating, Strategic Planning, Marketing Strategy, Sales, Managing Client Relationships, Safety Analysis

Panelist at The Executives’ Club Luncheon; CYA Cover Your Assets, November 15, 2017

Updated 1 week ago.
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Rob Burke
Director of Media Productions BNG Team

November 1, 2020

Today I get to announce a new adventure for Yarn that I am so excited for. Yarn will be joining the BNG Team!

BNG has been a client of Yarn’s for over two years and we have seen firsthand how they operate with integrity and a passion for people. So when they approached me a month ago with the idea of acquiring Yarn to grow their internal production team, it was hard for me to find a reason not to say yes.

For the last six years I have built Yarn on a few core values: Relationship, Quality, Integrity, and Impact. I have seen how the BNG Team embodies every single one of those values and we couldn’t have found a more perfect company to partner with.

For those who don’t know who BNG is or what they do, you most likely have interacted with one of their point of sale systems in a coffee shop or restaurant and didn’t know it. BNG is headquartered out of Fargo and has a mission to help small to medium sized businesses grow with tools and resources beyond a credit card terminal and it is exciting to become a part of that vision. BNG also has a heart for making an impact in their community and the world, which is a major piece of what Yarn was built on as well.

So what does this mean for the Yarn brand? There is, of course, a bittersweetness to this change as we sunset the Yarn name. Starting November, Yarn will no longer take on any new projects as our team begins the transition of operating under the BNG name.

I’ve had the privilege to work with so many creatives and for so many clients (you know who you are), who have in no small way helped shape Yarn as it grew. I cannot thank you enough for being a part of Yarn and for entrusting us with your brands over the years.

We aren’t going away, only changing names!

So here’s to new adventures!

– Rob Burke

Updated 4 weeks ago.
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Rachael Boyer
President and CEO The Home Authority, Inc.

Rachael Boyer is a results-oriented, transformational leader, and business executive with more than 20 years of experience in construction, healthcare, and numerous industries. Rachael’s entrepreneurial spirit has allowed her to develop several businesses and brands from origination across a variety of industries. Rachael’s passion for the construction industry has been built on the foundation of excellence with the customer at the center of the experience, and the framework of passion to transform vision to reality.

In her 20 years of healthcare experience, Rachael transitioned from a clinical provider as a Physician Assistant in General Surgery to the Vice President of Operations of a large healthcare system in the Upper Midwest. At the same time as she was building her healthcare career, Rachael was a serial entrepreneur and started several businesses within the construction and real estate industry. Rachael also combined her construction-related business and industry knowledge with healthcare to lead several multi-million-dollar expansion and renovation initiatives, including the design and build of the first hybrid interventional suite in the Upper Midwest, and only the third in the United States.

Rachael’s diverse background has resulted in her being recognized as a dynamic and knowledgeable business woman in the construction industry with the expert ability to strategically design and transform environments in a timely and cost-effective manner. Rachael’s true passion resides in the opportunity to serve her customers by guiding them through the transformation of their home, while allowing the customer to enjoy the ups and downs of the remodeling process. Although business and success drive Rachael’s enjoyment in life, her true passion resides in her role as a wife of 27 years and mother of an amazing 14-year-old son who has already professionally authored, published and become a #1 International best selling author of an adventure-action novel, Island Games: Mystery of the Four Quadrants; and has established his own corporation to inspire individuals with the same passion for reading and writing. Additionally, Rachael is closely connected and involved with multiple national and community organizations. She is a member of CEO Space International, National Association of Professional Women, Home Builder’s Association, Moorhead Business Association, the100, inc., sponsor for community youth sports teams, has served on local school boards, and has volunteered with numerous community organizations.

Have you been dreaming of a home renovation, but are unsure of where to start? Do you have ideas for what your spaces could look like, but don’t know how to fit it all together? This is where The Home Authority, a general contractor and home remodeling company serving Fargo, ND and the surrounding areas, comes in. We guide you through the entire home remodeling process – from design, to obtaining estimates, to coordinating your project’s schedule – allowing you to understand the entire start-to-finish without taking away from you and your family’s day to day life.

Updated 1 week ago.
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Paul Bougie
Owner & Visionary House of Bouge Creative Services
  • NDSU, Communications & Marketing
  • Founded House of Bouge in November 2016
  • House of Bouge Studio | voice talent & audio projects
  • Jan2019 Executive Expo opening speaker You vs Them
  • Member since September 18, 2017
Updated 7 months ago.
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Melissa Brandt
President and CEO Downtown Community Partnership
  • NDSU, BBA, Fashion Merchandising and Business
  • Mgr/Mktg, Abercrombie & Fitch, Anthropologie, Scheels, Vanity ’98-’13
  • GM, Moorhead Center Mall, 2014-’16
  • Business Development Mgr with Kilbourne Group 2017
  • DCP since November 2017
  •  Making Downtown Uniquely Intriguing  Area Woman, Jun’18
  • Member since November 22, 2017
Updated 7 months ago.
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Mark Bjerke
Owner MAD Events Management

Highly-successful entrepreneur and P&L operations executive involved in multiple businesses including health clubs, publishing companies, public and private events, product distribution and TV, internet and multi-media outlets. Skilled marketing management professional who conceived, promoted, produced, and managed 7 Construction Expos that featured live demo’s, training, education, entertainment as well as static displays. Seasoned marketing expert that has personally performed or managed all marketing disciplines and directed relationships in all areas of advertising and multi-media

Proven sales, marketing, and business management pacesetter and dynamic speaker and presenter who utilizes outstanding communication, leadership, interpersonal skills and a participative management style to lead and motivate employees to surpass expectations. Regarded by colleagues for unwavering honesty and integrity, in-depth marketing savvy, and the ability to out-think and out-sell the competitors. Instrumental in building lasting relationships with key clients.

Updated 2 months ago.
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Todd Berning
President/Owner Epic Companies

EPIC Companies is a real estate investing and development firm based out of West Fargo, ND. We take pride in our property management, capital investment and real estate development.

We are a small company with an aspirational vision for the future.

Our focus is on developing commercial rentals with office and retail space, industrial rentals, and multi-family spaces.

The sky is the limit.

Working hard to develop real estate projects, offer investors high returns, and create long-lasting relationships. Offering investors return on their capital through debt and equity real estate investment opportunities.

EPIC Companies seeks to achieve superior risk-adjusted returns through the new construction of mixed-use buildings in secondary markets in the upper Mid-West. EPIC’s projects range from $3-20M with 25% allocated to commercial space (usually first floor) while the upper floors are dedicated to multi-family housing.

Updated 2 months ago.
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Lisa Bortnem-Wiser
President Mid States Wireless, Inc.

Specialties: Mentoring for women, Advocate for women in the workplace, EOS, planning and oversight, DoD, budgeting, business operations, contract management, staff development, telecommunications, commercial real estate management.

MidStates Wireless, Inc., formerly known as Elder’s Radio Communications was originally formed in 1946 to work on consumer electronics during and following WWII when replacement parts were difficult to find. Elder’s Radio Communications installed its first commercial RF communications in a fleet of taxi cabs for Doyle Cab Company in Fargo, ND. The company has remained in the same family for the past 70 years and has been handed from one generation to the next. Today the corporation deals primarily in commercial two-way, public safety, interoperability solutions from the RF subscriber, to the dispatch center technology up to and including the construction and maintenance of the tower facilities.

MidStates Wireless has two primary locations; the headquarters in Fargo, ND and a satellite shop in Minot, ND. We have four technicians, two installers, one outside sales professional, and six office staff that are assigned to the headquarters location in Fargo, ND and two technician/installers assigned to the satellite location in Minot as well as a second outside sales professional tasked with the western side of North Dakota. These technicians are strategically located to provide rapid responses to our commercial, public safety and government customers.

MidStates works with a variety of technologies, including but not limited to, wireless broadband (point-to-point & multi-point), UHF & VHF solutions (both analog and digital), Digital Trunking, Complete Dispatch Center Solutions, Command and Control Consoles, Analog and Digital Video capture and storage, 911 integrations, Turnkey tower installations, Mass Siren and Alerting Solutions, Emergency and Commercial vehicle up-fit, in car digital camera, and ALPR, just to name a few.

Updated 3 weeks ago.
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Miranda Burfeind
Owner Phone-n-Fix
Updated 2 months ago.
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Matthew J Breker
Financial AdvisorMerrill Lynch Wealth Management

Matt is a relationship builder and problem solver who works to understand high-net worth clients to simplify their financial lives. He assists clients in identifying and prioritizing their goals including estate planning, investments, tax minimization strategies, wealth transfer, business transition, and retirement income.  He develops a personalized strategy based on the client’s goals, circumstances, and personal perspective.  He strives to gain clients’ trust and is committed to providing value to make the most of their financial resources.

Prior to joining Merrill, Matt cultivated relationships across the United States and globally bringing ideas together to solve problems in agribusiness.  He holds a B.S. and M.S. in Agricultural Economics from North Dakota State University.  A native of Rutland, North Dakota, he was raised on the family farm and learned the ethics of hard work, honesty, and integrity.  Today, he makes his home in Oxbow, North Dakota.  Outside of the office, Matt enjoys spending time at the family farm, the lake, hunting, fishing, and volunteering with local organizations.

Updated 2 months ago.
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Cheryl Bergian
Owner Cheryl Bergian Law Office

Cheryl Bergian is an attorney with 30+ years of experience, practicing in North Dakota and Minnesota.  She concentrates in personal and small business bankruptcies, but also provides services in drafting wills, healthcare directives and powers of attorney for financial decisions.

Cheryl is a life-long resident of North Dakota, is “from” Jamestown, but has lived in Fargo since 1986.  She enjoys reading and dog walks with two re-homed dogs, and the change of seasons we have in North Dakota (although winter could be a month shorter on each side).

About Us | At Cheryl Bergian Law Office, I see my business as more than just a law firm: I’m your support network as you take on life’s financial challenges. Whether you are struggling with an unshakable debt burden or considering the best methods for protecting the estate you have worked so hard to build, I will help you move quickly and efficiently toward a resolution and better tomorrow.

A Local Firm Focused On Protecting Your Interests | When I say “focused on protecting your interests,” I am talking about more than just your finances. I will take your personal, professional and financial goals seriously and will take every precaution to discreetly and effectively safeguard your interests.

Updated 1 month ago.
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Beverly Boone
CEO Boone Charitable Foundation
  • Making a difference in the lives of others.
  • Hometown: Grafton, ND
  • BS, University of North Dakota
  • New Life Center, Fargo: Donor Relations Manager
Updated 5 months ago.
  1. Wes Henry
  2. Josh Christy
  3. Don R Grande
  4. Dean Vollmer
  5. Ron Fuhrman
  6. Doug Johnson
  7. Debra M Asp
  8. Ben Meland
  9. Todd Fisher
  10. Mark Giddings
  11. Jim Kasper
  12. Jon Kungel
  13. Tom Kading
  14. Nolen Bertsch
  15. Harlan Goerger
  16. Patrick Emerson
  17. Rick Berg
  18. Darcy Pope-Fuchs
  19. Bob Gibb
  20. Kristi Larkin
  21. Zach Paxton
  22. Kevin Johnson
  23. Scott Thuen
  24. David Dietz
  25. Mike Graham
  26. Jim Buus
  27. Ben Koppelman
  28. David Reid
  29. Cindy Cole
  30. Cindy Tyo
  31. Jon Lowry
  32. Brady Nash
  33. Dan Parker
  34. Kent Satrang
  35. Joe Gudding
  36. Dave Anderson
  37. Mike Dragosavich
  38. Matt Lachowitzer
  39. Shawn Weyer
  40. Kari Score
  41. Art Rosenberg
  42. Brandon Pittenger
  43. Brook Lyter
  44. Stu Stockmoe
  45. Jodee Bock
  46. Mason Orth
  47. Kim Bjoralt
  48. Russell Schell
  49. Richard Cossette
  50. Robert Sinner
  51. Jim Howe
  52. Dave Ekman
  53. Barry Maring
  54. Roger Christianson
  55. Mike Meagher
  56. Kelly Wentz
  57. Tim Eissinger
  58. Rob Burke
  59. Jessica Hoppe
  60. Rachael Boyer
  61. Paul Highness
  62. Carissa Olsen
  63. Sheri Larson
  64. Steve Dusek
  65. Paul Smith
  66. John Reimer
  67. Alex Warner
  68. Dayna Del Val
  69. Darren Rogness
  70. Anthony Molzahn
  71. DJ Colter
  72. Amber Metz
  73. Don Arvidson
  74. Barry Gish
  75. Matt Magness
  76. Dave Nelson
  77. Robin Nelson
  78. Bill Erickson
  79. Andrea Hochhalter
  80. Paul Bougie
  81. Stacie Loegering
  82. Beth Jansen
  83. Patrick Kirby
  84. Melissa Brandt
  85. Jared Ferguson
  86. Michael Johnson
  87. Sylvia Lunski
  88. Kia Adams-Mikesh
  89. Dan Cash
  90. Dana Sand
  91. Dave Harmon
  92. Trent Lee
  93. Dan Retzlaff
  94. Peter Schott
  95. Mark Bjerke
  96. Todd Berning
  97. Adam Martin
  98. Matt Chaussee
  99. Sandra Vigen
  100. Michelle Swanson
  101. Lisa Bortnem-Wiser
  102. Shelle Hagen
  103. Ole P Rygg
  104. Janelle Albrecht
  105. John Fisher
  106. Ryan Such
  107. Miranda Burfeind
  108. Sarah Koustrup
  109. Beau Flom
  110. Trenton Gerads
  111. Shanna Cramer
  112. Susan Hozak
  113. Austen Schauer
  114. Mark Puppe
  115. Maddie Schultz
  116. Amy L Nash
  117. Patrick Metzger
  118. Jackson Strom
  119. Matt Breker
  120. Brett Meyers
  121. Gary Johnson
  122. Steve Hallstrom
  123. Linda J Pederson PE
  124. Joe Tjosvold
  125. Cheryl Bergian
  126. Jason Orloske
  127. Allen Ralston
  128. Maren Gemar
  129. Pete Christopher
  130. Gail Nelson
  131. Erik Jacobsen
  132. Landon Vogel
  133. Heather Aal
  134. Beverly Boone
  135. Shelley Lenz
  136. Tom Stadum
  137. Shaun Engelsrud
  138. Julie Halvorsen
  139. Chris Poer
  140. Cassie Temple
  141. Kurt McSparron

Our Members by first name, A to Z

  • companies headed/partnered

Adam Martin

Alex Warner

Allen Ralston

  • Empower Digital Marketing

Amber Metz

Amy L Nash

Andrea Hochhalter

Anthony Molzahn

Art Rosenberg

Austen Schauer

  • ProSource

Barry Gish

Barry Maring

Beau Flom

Ben Koppelman

Ben Meland

Beverly Boone

  • Boone Charitable Foundation

Bill Erickson

Bob Gibb

Brady Nash

Brandon Pittenger

Brett Meyers

Brook Lyter

Carissa Olsen

Cheryl Bergian

Cindy Cole

Cindy Tyo

Dan Cash

Dan Parker

Dan Retzlaff

Dana Sand

Darcy Pope Fuchs

Darren Rogness

Dave Anderson

Dave Ekman

  • Bridge Hospitality

Dave Harmon

Dave Nelson

David Dietz

David Reid

Dayna Del Val

Dean Vollmer

Debra M Asp

DJ Colter

Don Arvidson

Don R Grande

Doug Johnson

Erik Jacobson

  • SA-Fargo/Moorhead
  • EJ- Contract Employment
  • Blue Line Walleye Tournament

Gail Nelson

  • Journey Counseling

Gary Johnson

Harlan Goerger

Heather Aal

Jackson Strom

Janelle Albrecht

Jared Ferguson

Jason Orloske

Jessica Hoppe

  • Alerus Financial

Jill Christopher

Jim Buus

Jim Howe

Jim Kasper

  • Asset Management Group, Inc.

Jodee Bock

Joe Gudding

  • Avalon Events Center

Joe Tjosvold

John Fisher

John Reimer

Jon Kungel

Jon Lowry

Josh Christy

Kari Score

Kelly Wentz

Kent Satrang

Kevin Johnson

Kia Mikesh

Kim Bjoralt

Kristi Larkin

Kurt McSparron

Landon Vogel

  • Prairie Ag Products

Linda J Pederson

Lisa Bortnem-Wiser

Maddie Schultz

Maren Gamer

  • Touchmark

Mark Bjerke

Mark Giddings, CPA, CGMA

Mark Puppe

Mason Orth

Matt Breker

  • Merrill Financial Advisor

Matt Chaussee

Matt Lachowitzer

Matt Magness

Melissa Brandt

Michael Johnson

Michelle Swanson

Mike Dragosavich

Mike Graham

Mike Meagher

Miranda Burfeind

Nolen Bertsch

Ole P Rygg

Patrick Emerson

Patrick Kirby

Patrick Metzger

Paul Bougie

Paul Highness

  • Pro Resources

Paul Smith

Pete Christopher

  • Lake Agassiz Habitat For Humanity

Peter Schott

Rachael Boyer

Richard Cossette

Rick Berg

Rob Burke

Robert Sinner

Robin Nelson

Roger Christianson

Ron Fuhrman

Russell Schell

Ryan Such

Sandra Vigen

Sarah Koustrup

  • National Hospitality Services

Scott Thuen

Shanna Cramer

Shawn Weyer

Shelle Hagen

Shelley Lenz

  • Killdeer Veterinary Clinic
  • State Avenue Veterinary Clinic
  • Ometepe Veterinary Clinic
  • Sustainable Vets International

Sheri Larson

Stacie Loegering

Steve Dusek

Steve Hallstrom

Stu Stockmoe

Susan Hozak

Sylvia Lunski

Tim Eissinger

Todd Berning

Todd Fisher

Tom Kading

Trent Lee

Wes Henry

Zach Paxton