Meet The Executives’ Club

Current Members of The Executives’ Club of Fargo-Moorhead are listed chronologically, by their joining date, beginning August 14, 2015



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Wes Henry
Director of Service ABM Techonology Group
Hometown: East Grand Forks, MN
East Grand Forks Senior High
University of North Dakota
CLUB FOUNDING MEMBER 1 | August 14, 2015


An entrepreneur at heart, Wes Henry has been a Founder, Owner and/or Partner in 4  technology-based companies:

Ignus Technologies, 1999 to 2010; Insight Technologies, 2010 to 2011; ConnectBooster, 2010 to 2014; True IT in 2012 to 2023

Wes Co-Founded True IT, a managed IT solutions provider, in 2012. In July 2023, True IT was purchased by employee-owned Advanced Business Methods (ABM).  Wes and the True IT ownership team remain on staff.

He is a compassionate leader and solution finder with over 40 years of experience in computer technology, IT, security, networking, and software development.  He loves learning new technology, exploring ways to leverage technology to help people and businesses, and sharing his knowledge with others. Wes taught college classes in technology for almost ten years and loved seeing the “A-Ha” moments when new ideas clicked for other people. When Wes is not at work, he enjoys music, bicycling, exploring new technology, and watching movies.

Wes has authored two IT-related books, including Your IT Sucks and I Can Prove It, a requested speaker/guest at IT-related conferences and events, along with being involved in numerous entrepreneurial ventures, from 3-D manufacturing to lumber processing and things in-between.

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Josh Christy
Founder and CEO Codelation
Hometown: Fargo, ND
Fargo North High School
University of North Dakota
FOUNDING MEMBER 3 | August 17, 2015 


About Me: Codelation began full-time back on April 1st, 2009. It started out with me doing design and development, trying to do it all out of our spare bedroom. Through the years, we’ve fostered Codelation into the dynamic team it is today. While I’ve stepped away from coding myself, I still enjoy helping people with big ideas become entrepreneurs like me. I love working with startups because every day is different and you’ll never know what’s next.

Skillset/Strengths I have an almost unlimited amount of dad jokes

Hobbies Golf and reading are two pastimes of mine that I really enjoy

Fun Fact You will almost always find me outside grilling or trying some new recipe

CEO Spotlight: Josh Christy on AM1100 The Flag 03.17.2020


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Ron Fuhrman
Founder and CEO Liberty Business Systems, Inc.
Hometown: Waubun, MN
Fergus Falls Community College
Moorhead State University
Founding Member 6 | August 18, 2015


Ron, along with Paul Fink, opened the first Liberty Business location, in Fargo in 1986. Since, Liberty Business Systems, Inc. has focused on delivering excellent customer service and the best available products. Our knowledgeable, friendly staff can relieve your business of its day-to-day technology needs, freeing you to concentrate on what really matters to your success.

With 3,000 valued clients spread throughout North Dakota and Minnesota, Liberty is large enough to be backed by world-class vendors, yet local enough to have a family touch.

“Our formula of values, expertise and commitment to satisfaction has made us North Dakota’s premier provider of Office Technology Solutions. When you work with Liberty Business Systems, you’re more than just another business–you’re a valued partner.”

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Debra Asp
former President and Owner NELCO First Aid, Inc.
Hometown: Cloquet, MN
St. Paul Vocational Training Center
Founding Member 10 | August 21, 2015
Legacy LIFETIME Member


NELCO, Inc. was founded by Greg Nelson in 1987 and has been providing managed first aid and safety services to over 500 regional businesses, from small offices to some of the largest industrial manufacturers ever since. NELCO also manufactures and distributes Protek Lens and Screen Cleaner throughout the US.

Originally from Cloquet, MN, Deb graduated from the St. Paul Vocational Training Center with a degree in American Sign Language and provided interpretation to Minnesota schools for several years, before purchasing NELCO in 2007 and renaming it NELCO First Aid, Inc.

Debra sold NELCO First Aid on January 1, 2023 to Executives’ Club Founder Kurt McSparron is enjoying retirement at her home in Lake Park, MN.

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Todd Fisher
President and CEO FF Fisher Sales & Leasing
Hometown: Fargo, ND
Fargo North High School
Moorhead State University
North Dakota State University
Founding Member 14 | August 24, 2015


Todd belongs to several leasing industry groups and has been active in various industry associations for over 30 years.

He worked for a regional CPA firm in tax and management advisory services and has experience in the commercial real estate industry. Todd was also a managing partner for Smashburger in Fargo, North Dakota. He is a former franchise partner in five Qdoba restaurants in North Dakota and Minnesota.  He has held board positions with area economic development organizations, national leasing industry association, and Hospice of the Red River Valley.

Todd serves on the Executive Committee and the Advisory Board for the Fisher Companies. He and his wife Wendy reside in Fargo and have two grown children.

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Mark Giddings
Founder and CEO (retired) Giddings and Associates
Hometown: Breckenridge, Minnesota
Breckenridge High
Moorhead State University
North Dakota State College of Science
Club FoundING Member 19 | aUGUST 25, 2015


Mark founded Giddings and Associates in 1990, and developed a niche in sophisticated tax and business consulting, becoming one of the most-respected CPAs in the nation, with a unique distinction of serving clients on all 7 continents.

In January 2022, Mark sold his firm to Widmer Roel, another Fargo-based CPA firm, founded in 1973. Mark spent a few months assisting with the transition, but now enjoys full-time retirement from his home in the Cormorant Lakes area. Mark has led numerous discussions for our Club over the years and we hope that we can pull him from the dock to lend his insight and experience to many more.

Mark, congratulations on a stellar career and a successful exit from your company – and THANK YOU for your long-time support and contribution to our Club!

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Thomas Kading
Attorney and Founder Fargo Patent & Business Law, PLLC
Hometown: Park Rapids, MN
North Dakota State University
University of North Dakota School of Law
Member 22 | August 27, 2015


At heart, Tom Kading is an entrepreneur, having been involved in the ND/MN entrepreneurial community for years, as well as participating in many successful start-up ventures of his own. Tom has been involved in numerous legal transactions and resolutions, and found that many attorneys struggle to bridge the gap between the needs of business and the advice attorneys provide.

When Kading sold his business interests, he was inspired to start a law firm that offered valuable solutions for inventors, investors, and entrepreneurs.  

Fargo Patent & Business Law, PLLC was formed to help you turn your great ideas into protected assets. All of our attorneys have spent time both in the business sector and in the legal sector. This type of experience is unique in the legal services industry.

Fargo Patent & Business Law, PLLC is here to provide business solutions and not more problems. We have been in business and understand the immense impact of legal issues and disputes. This is why we focus our efforts on solving problems. It is no fun involving an attorney, so we strive to provide pragmatic out-of-the-box solutions.

We offer free consultations to walk you through your needs, the scope of your goals, and your budget.

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Nolen Bertsch
President | Nelson Window Company President | Northland Glazing & Glass2015 Founding Member

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. Begun in the mid 1950s as a glass and screen service company, Norman Bertsch arrives at the firm in the early 1960sand purchases Nelson Window in 1968. His employees include himself, one part-time installer and one semi-retired gentleman. In 1971, Norman’s son, Nolen, joins Nelson Window Co. as an installer and in 1983 Norman builds the current building at 2921 Fiechtner Drive in Fargo.

Rick Berg
Co-Founder and CEO AdShark Marketing
Hometown: Hillsboro, ND
Hillsboro High
University of North Dakota
Member 27 | August 28, 2015


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.
CEO Spotlight on AM1100 The Flag 08.26.2020WATCH
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Harlan H. Goerger
Legacy Member

Our friend, Harlan, passed away November 25, 2021.

Many will remember Harlan as an associate and an irreplaceable coach in growing their business.  Harlan wrote several books and mentored countless thriving business owners, through his companies CEO Solutions and Ask HG, in continuing their success.

watch Leadership Tip no.52: Values

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Darcy Pope Fuchs
Founder and President (retired) Payroll Express, Inc. | Overland Payroll, Inc.
Hometown: Bowman, ND
ND State College of Science
MEMBER 29 | AUGUST 29, 2015
Executives’ Club GOLD Sponsor
Executives’ Club Lifetime LEGACY Member


Darcy is a Bowman, ND native, graduated from ND State College of Science and worked in the dental industry for nearly a decade following college. In 1995, she founded Payroll Express, Inc. to manage the Human Resources for small to mid-size businesses, becoming the “off-site HR department”; handling everything from hiring, benefits, and performance reviews to exits and terminations. And, yes, accurate and on-time payroll too. In 1998, she founded Overland Payroll, Inc., to manage the payroll and human resources for construction and seasonal businesses.

Along with her husband, Todd, and the rest of the team, Payroll Express became the region’s premier small business HR service and within years, built new offices “the stable” on Sheyenne Street in West Fargo. In 2020, Darcy and Todd sold Payroll Express, Inc. to a local staffing agency and have been enjoying the freedom of retirement ever since. Congratulations on your success – and THANK YOU for all of your generous contributions to our Club!

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Bob Gibb
Owner and President Robert Gibb & Sons, Inc.
Hometown: Fargo, ND
North Dakota State University
Member 31 | September 2, 2015


Upon graduation from NDSU, Bob went to work for Green Giant Co in Le Sueur, MN for 4 yrs, before returning to Fargo to join the family business in 1972. 

The company was founded in 1915 by the late Robert Gibb Senior, who immigrated to the United States from his native Scotland. Born and raised in an industrial community, his interests and talent directed him toward a career in the mechanical industry. Following World War II, Mr. Gibb’s four sons joined him in the business, accelerating the expansion and diversification of the firm.

Today, the Gibb company remains a family-run corporation, with two of Robert Gibb’s grandsons as the owners. With multi-million dollar commercial and industrial construction projects, the people at Robert Gibb & Sons understand that excellence isn’t just a goal, it’s a responsibility.

Robert Gibb & Sons is a leading full-service mechanical contractor in the Midwest specializing in plumbing, heating, air conditioning, and electrical services.

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Zach Paxton
President and Owner Custom Graphics, Inc.
Hometown: Marshall, MN
marschall Senior High
Moorhead State University
Member 33 | September 8, 2015
Executives’ Club GOLD Sponsor


While growing up, Zach worked alongside his father at Paxton signs from 5th grade through college. Taught by his grandfather and dad, Zach learned how to hand letter vehicles and signs. In 1985, Zach installed the first version of a computer based vinyl cutter for his dad. Eventually, Zach ended up moving to Moorhead to attend MSU and pursue a degree in small business administration with a minor in accounting. Between graduating high school and attending college, Zach’s grandfather taught him how to bend neon. By bending neon in the late hours of the night, Zach was able to pay for some of his college. Eventually, Zach was recruited by his father’s cousin Paul Paxton, to work at Custom Graphics. In 2016, general manager Zach took over the family business after the untimely passing of founder Paul Paxton. Since that time, Zach has lead Custom Graphics to expand further into the digital printing and signage industry.

Outside of Custom Graphics, Zach is a husband and father of four children – three daughters and one son. Zach has been married to his wife Shelley for 20 years. Their two eldest children Lea and Jordan each got married in the past year, Dana works at Custom Graphics in Customer Service while Annie, their youngest, is in middle school.
  • Favorite Childhood Movie? – ET, Star Wars, Goonies
  • Favorite Restaurant? – Pizza Ranch or Fryin’ Pan
  • Hobbies: – In Zach’s free time, he enjoys being involved with his church and is currently the children’s ministries director. – Zach also enjoys spending time backpacking and camping with his wife Shelley.
  • Fun Facts: – Zach’s birthday is on Christmas Eve! – He is secretly good at drawing Looney Tunes characters!
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Kevin Johnson
President Gateway Building Systems, Inc.

Initially started in 1958 by Tom Williams and Jim Schultz, Gateway Builders was a design / build company for agricultural buildings. In 1974 Gateway Builders was split into two separate companies, Gateway Builders, Inc. and Farm Builders, Inc.

Kevin Johnson, who is now President of Gateway Building Systems, along with Fred Suppes, acquired Farm Builders, Inc., in 1977. In 1985 Kevin Johnson purchased Suppes’ share in the company and also acquired Gateway Builders, a companion firm focuses on commercial and industrial buildings in 1986.

In 1991 he combined the two companies and changed the name to Gateway Building Systems, Inc. “We just don’t design and build for today, we look to the future and create a plan for our customers 3, 5, and 10 years down the road.”

Gateway Building Systems is the region’s design and build leader of pre-engineered buildings for the commercial and agricultural markets. Gateway Building Systems currently has offices in West Fargo, and Jamestown, North Dakota as well as Fergus Falls, Minnesota. A dealer for innovative companies like Butler Manufacturing, Brock Bins, and MC Dryers, Gateway Building Systems has built its outstanding reputation on quality and reliability.

One of the advantages of working with Gateway Building Systems is we have complete control over your project by owning our own equipment and employing our own crews and safety personnel.

From the quality and longevity of our people to the customers we have served over the last fifty plus years, Gateway Building Systems continues to focus on the future and the needs of our customers.

Gateway Building Systems. Committed to integrity, reliability and craftsmanship since 1958.

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Scott Thuen
Founder and Owner Thuen Studios
Hometown: Fargo, North Dakota
West Fargo High
North Dakota State University
Club Member 36 | September 10, 2015
Executives’ Club GOLD Sponsor


Behind every effective advertising photo, video or graphic design is a visual artist who sees things differently, who captures those differences and who delivers results that compel prospects to action. SEE. CAPTURE. COMPEL.

Thuen Studios difference is always about your Image through images, whether they’re photos, videos or designs. We bring a fine arts background, graphic design expertise and years of commercial advertising experience to seeing, capturing and compelling. And it all comes with that special something, the spark, that will set your company, product or service apart.

It’s also about a unique approach to marketing challenges and problem solving that puts the client first. There’s no overblown artist’s ego here, and you’ll never see creativity for creativity’s sake. Instead, you’ll enjoy an easy, collaborative working relationship that puts your needs first, a process that incorporates you, your vision, and an approach that is firmly grounded in your business strategies and objectives.

We’re ready to help you see and capture differences in ways that will make your target markets stop, take notice and, most importantly, take the next step. Contact us today.

Specialties: Location and studio photography for advertising and commercial clients

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David Dietz
President and CEO Preference Employment Solutions
Hometown: Fargo, ND
Fargo South High
Moorhead State University
Member #39 | September 11, 2015
Executives’ Club GOLD Sponsor


In love with connecting people to their dream job. In particular, helping good people land a career that challenges them to reach their full potential. With 26+ years’ immersion in the workforce profession, my job is awesome because I can help people better their lives while providing customized staffing and recruiting services for companies resulting in great culture and skills matches and faster time-to-hire. Oh, let’s not forget powerful human resources services that result in happier employees and happier business owners.It is my joy and honor to lead a team of employee-owners that share stock in our growing company.

* Talent attraction and retention consulting that reduces employee turnover costs and lowers manager’s stress level
* Employee Value Proposition Consulting to help businesses compete for employees
* Succession planning consulting because I’ve done it
* Workforce and labor market dynamics

* Employee-ownership business models and cultures
* Leadership
* Entrepreneurship and capitalism
* People-centric human resources
* Nature and exploring wilderness
* Land and water conservation
* Marriage

 CEO Spotlight on AM1100 The Flag 01.22.20 WATCH

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Mike Graham
President Magnum Electric, Inc.
Hometown: Ortonville, Minnesota
Ortonville Secondary
Moorhead State University
Club Founding Member 41 | September 14, 2015


“Magnum Electric, Inc. is a full-service electrical contractor that has been in business since 1989. We employ over 250 personnel with our main office in West Fargo, ND and travel crews across the United States. Currently, we are licensed in 27 states, specializing in new construction, commercial, industrial, residential multi-family and hospitality projects.”

Mike started with Magnum in 2000 as an Apprentice. As a foreman in 2008 he was presented with an opportunity and become part owner.

For over 30 years we have expanded business operations with the philosophy that “Quality doesn’t cost, it pays”, knowing that customers have higher expectations when it comes to quality and service.

Magnum Electric’s commitment to providing quality workmanship and service has built a solid reputation that continues today.

The vision continues with outstanding leadership and unparalleled dedication to service, quality products and cost controls that best serves our valued customers. We take pride in the fact that we are able to meet project deadlines and take care of our customers in a timely, friendly and professional manner.


Our core values are an important part of defining our brand culture. We aren’t trying to be perfect, but the things we do value are the tools we use to succeed.

Reputation – Define expectations and exceed them.

Knowledge – Understand the entire process, not just our part.

Creativity – Unique perspective and problem solving.

Authenticity – Be accountable and be real.

Optimism – Have a positive attitude and be part of the solution.

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Jim Buus
Founder and President JBC Commercial Real Estate
Hometown: Fargo, North Dakota
Fargo South High
North Dakota State University
Member 42 | September 14, 2015
Executives’ Club GOLD Sponsor


Jim is a Fargo, ND native, graduate of North Dakota State University and a veteran commercial real estate professional with more than 25 years of experience in tenant representation and site selection, owner representation, lease administration, property management as well as complex commercial and multi family development projects.

In the Summer of 2019, Jim, along with Lori Ibach, formed JBC Commercial Real Estate. Jim 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 with the team, left to collaborate with JBC Commercial.

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.

The JBC Commercial brokerage team had already been market leaders in regional commercial sales and leasing activity, but now with new team members and a new brand and style, the team is poised to continue its market share and leadership in commercial brokerage.

“Whether it’s a business owner who needs help finding a new location or a property owner or developer needing marketing help or collaborative partners, the JBC Commercial team is open to discuss how and what we can do for that business.”

Jim is also very active in the region’s economic development activities with more than 30 years of experience working directly in economic/community development and by currently serving on the board of directors of the Greater Fargo Moorhead Economic Development Corporation, NDSU Research and Technology Park, the City of Fargo Economic Development Incentives Committee and the 701 and 701 II Angel Investment Funds.

In his free time Jim and his wife enjoy spending time with friends and family at their lake home, traveling and NDSU athletics.

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Ben Koppelman
President and Founder Vision Construction, LLC
HOMETOWN: West Fargo, ND
West Fargo High
North Dakota State University
Founding Member 43 | September 14, 2015
Ben Koppelman is active in his community, serving 4 years on the West Fargo School Board, with 2 years as President. Ben also serves West Fargo’s District 16 in the North Dakota Legislature. He studied Construction Management at NDSU and founded Vision Construction, LLC in 2003, a general contractor specializing in commercial construction and retail fit-ups.
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David Reid
President and Owner Radiant Homes
Hometown: Knoxville, TN
Knoxville Catholic High
U of Tennessee – Knoxville
North Dakota State University


Radiant Homes is a team of expert builders dedicated to achieving distinguished design paired with exceptional functionality.  We partner with you and your family to create a space designed specifically for the life you’re building. And the best part? You can get the home of your dreams at the budget you define. We guide you every step of the way. Our goal is to keep your excitement high and your stress levels low.

 “We will work tirelessly to ensure that watching your home lift off the paper and built on your favorite setting is a gratifying and enjoyable experience.” Currently, David also serves as President of The Home Builders Association of FM.

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Cindy Cole
Founder and President Altel – Alternative Telecom, Inc.
Hometown: Moorhead, MN
Moorhead High
Executives’ Club GOLD Sponsor
Founding Member 56 | October 30, 2015


Cindy Cole-Softing and the team at Alternative Telecom, Inc. have served over 4,000 business clients in the region, since its’ founding in 2000. Altel is the only stop you need for your company to design and install a phone system best suited to support your operations, move or service your existing system, cable your facility for both voice and data, & configure and order your dial tone for local, long distance, and internet access.

Proudly serving all of The Red River Valley, Fargo Moorhead, Grand Forks, Detroit Lakes. Alternative Telecom Inc. encompasses the region with the latest proven telecommunications, voice & data cabling, and call accounting systems.

If you need a new solution, let Altel’s innovative engineering team help design the communications system that is right for your business and evaluate the alternatives that have been proposed by other vendors. 

Cindy is also an Owner/Partner with the Holiday Inn Lakefront in Detroit Lakes.

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Cindy Tyo
President and Owner Travel Travel
Hometown: Argyle, MN
Argyle High
Founding Member 58 | November 30, 2015


“I have 35 years of experience in the travel industry, and I can’t wait for the next 35 years to come! I absolutely love what I do – travel is my passion.

Our company is a full service travel agency, which means we specialize in both leisure and corporate travel, as well as other more defined areas of travels such as Destination Weddings, Disney, Cruise, Sandals, etc.
For our corporate travel management program we specialize in account management, cost savings operations, and business travel planning; consulting and development. Our varied programs, technologies and vast experience allows us to work on customized solutions for all ranges of travel budgets.

Travel can be very time consuming and costly for companies who do not use the services of a travel management company. Travel Leaders of Fargo specializes in corporate travel, and with various technologies, resources and the ability to realize savings through heavily negotiated discounts, we are able to save companies both time and money in their travel arrangements.

Please take a second to look at our cost-savings calculator on our website, this tool will let you know exactly how much money your company can potentially save using Travel Leaders of Fargo as your travel management company:

If you are interested in increasing productivity, and saving money for your company, please do not hesitate to give me a call, send me an email or connect with me on Linkedin” – Cindy

ABOUT | Cindy moved to the Fargo-Moorhead area after high school and originally planned to build a career in the medical field. But by the age of 19, after working in a hotel and travel agency in the area, she realized her passion was travel. Beginning in the mid-1980s, Tyo worked as a travel agency manager in Crookston, MN, and Fargo-Moorhead. Tyo then spent several years in Los Angeles, CA, before returning to Fargo – first to manage her current agency, then becoming the agency’s owner in 2003.

Cindy has found herself in elite and rarified company, as one of the only people ever to win both of Travel Leaders’ highest honors: Associate of the Year and The Golden Legacy Award. The Golden Legacy Award ranks as the single highest honor any Travel Leaders Associate may receive and celebrates the award winner’s lifetime career achievements.

How does the reality of your job differ from people’s perception of it?
Because I travel the world for work: I’m just on vacation. In some ways it makes sense, as I truly love what I do, but I’m putting in 12-14 hour days in meeting rooms and on busses when I travel for work, like most people who travel for work. I just so happen to be having my meetings in Cancun or Prague! 

What’s your “why”?
The moment I see everything I love about travel in someone else’s expression for the first time. Like my son when he got done bungee jumping for the first time in New Zealand to observing the transformation of a client as they conquer their fear of heights to go zip lining in Costa Rica.  The knowledge and experience gained, and the doors opened through travel is priceless.

from Fargo INC! Faces of Fargo Business

 CEO Spotlight on AM1100 The Flag 05.11.2021 WATCH

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Jon Lowry
Founder and Owner Lowry Engineering
Hometown: South Sioux City, NE
South Sioux City High
Concordia College
North Dakota State University
Founding Member 59 | December 3, 2015


Jon Lowry, owner of Lowry Engineering is a civil engineer with over 20 years of experience specializing in residential, industrial, and commercial development as well as municipal and transportation engineering projects. Lowry’s background and experience provides him with a strong foundation to successfully take on and complete residential and commercial subdivisions, municipal utility improvements, roadway improvements, and transportation projects. His responsibilities include subdivision site planning, building site planning, street and utility design, storm water management design, report preparation, project management, bid administration, and construction administration.

While not in the office, Lowry, his three children—a girl and two boys, with his wife, enjoy their family time together by playing games and spending lots of time in the lakes area. Lowry is also an avid outdoors man who loves to hunt and fish.

 CEO Spotlight on AM1100 The Flag 07.09.2020 WATCH

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Dan Parker
Franchise Owner Any Lab Test Now
Hometown: Rugby, ND
Rugby High
University of North Dakota
Founding Member 63 | December 11, 2015


How are you managing your drug free workplace program? You need a simple solution to manage your pre-employment drug testing, random testing program, reasonable suspicion, post-incident and back-to-work drug and alcohol testing. It is easier for you, your business, your candidates, and your employees if that one resource can also help you with heavy metals and other occupational exposure testing services, as well as background screens and even employee wellness programs. ANY LAB TEST NOW® is your solution.

Employer Testing services include, but are not limited to:

  • Drug and Alcohol Testing: Pre-employment, Random Screening, Post-Accident, Suspicion
  • DOT Testing
  • Background Screening
  • Nicotine/Cotinine Testing
  • Heavy Metal Testing
  • COVID19 Testing (Rapid Antigen, RT-PCR, Antibody)
  • Specimen Testing options:  Urine, Hair, Nails, Saliva, and Breath
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Kent Satrang
CEO Petro Serve USA
Hometown: Rolette, North Dakota
University of North Dakota
North Dakota State University
Club Member 64 | December 18, 2015

I’m Kent Satrang, your CEO at Petro Serve USA. Petro Serve USA is a diversified cooperative, founded in Moorhead, Minnesota in 1934. We are a locally-owned, diverse energy cooperative owned by its members. Petro Serve USA is the region’s finest energy supplier specializing in 100% American-made fuels. We are Fargo–Moorhead’s largest supplier of home heating, commercial and agricultural fuel, and propane and lubricating oil. Our passion for store growth is rooted in the belief that America needs to lessen its dependence on foreign oil. This explains our name, Petro Serve USA, and our registered tagline “Helping America Fuel Better”. It is our conviction that our neighbors and farm customers/owners, right here in our own backyard, can and must produce renewable fuels like ethanol and soy diesel to stop the importation of Middle East oil. America imports almost $1 billion in oil each and every day, much of it from countries that oppose freedom and our American way of life. At Petro Serve USA, we’ve worked hard to develop new high-tech blender pump infrastructure, and innovate national and local legislation.

When I got into the business in 1980, it was “location, location, location.” Now it’s “location, execution of your business plan, and proper structure.” You can’t be in the fuel business and be a poor operator, or you won’t last long. People in this business are excellent operators. We’re in a pennies business; we’re selling a product that we bought for 3.10 and we’re selling it for 3.12 and then we have to pay the credit card companies their fee. We try to be as efficient as we can be. Everything we do at Petro Serve is to drive net operating costs down.

In 1998 I moved to Fargo and we had probably about three convenience stores and did about ten million in sales. Three years later we got involved more in the ethanols and we doubled in sales to 20 million. Three years later we doubled to 40 million. And three years later we doubled to 80 million. And three years later we doubled to 160 million.

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Dave Anderson
Chairman of the Board Dakota Monument Company, Inc.
Hometown: Fargo, North Dakota
Fargo South High
North Dakota State University
Founding Member 65 | December 21, 2015


It was 1911, and three men – O. C. Anderson, H. F. Nesne, who was Anderson’s uncle, and O. Skognes – incorporated Dakota Monument Company in the young state of North Dakota. They opened their doors at 101 Front Street (now Main Avenue) in Fargo, N.D. in February. Anderson operated Dakota Monument Company until his death in 1938. At that time, his son, Frederick S. Anderson, took it over. 

David succeeded his father as the Dakota Monument Company owner in 1980. He remembers watching his father hand chisel letters and designs into stone in the small shop off the alley behind Dakota Monument for the company’s customers. Dave learned everything he could from his dad and the other craftsmen in the shop, as well as the business side of the company.

In 1994, Dave oversaw the construction of a new facility at 1212 24th Ave. South in Fargo, where Dakota Monument is still located. The fifth generation of Andersons entered the business in 2013. Today Dakota Monument Company is the only monument company in North Dakota invited to be one of 50 members of the American Institute of Commemorative Art. The company also has been a part of the Monument Builders of North America since 1982.

The family tradition at Dakota Monument continues with Dave, and sons, Dustin, Seth, and Scott.

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Mike Dragosavich
Founder, CEO and Publisher Spotlight
Hometown: Chicago, Illinois
H.L. Richards High
North Dakota State University
Member 67 | January 20, 2016


Spotlight is a full services marketing firm and publishing company.
Products include: Fargo Monthly Magazine, Fargo Inc, Future Farmer, Bison Illustrated, and Design & Living Magazine. Located in Fargo, North Dakota.
Services include: Digital Marketing, Videography, Advertising Strategy, Website Design, Inbound Marketing, Graphic Design and more .

“Spotlight Media is constantly growing and changing. In 2010, there was 1 employee. Now look at our team!” – Drago Originally from the south side of Chicago, “I spent 2 yrs in and out of the NFL, and now publish magazines, build brands, build e-commerce and consider myself a serial entrepreneur in the place I call home: Fargo.”

– Learn about our company at:
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– Come eat a burger at our restaurant this year:
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Email me if you need anything or just want to arm wrestle. –

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Matt Lachowitzer
Founder and Owner Matt’s Automotive Service Centers
Hometown: Herman, MN
Member 70 | January 30, 2016
Executives’ Club Platinum Member


All Matt’s Automotive Service Center locations in the Fargo-Moorhead communities are known for providing exceptional customer care and vehicle service that is unmatched in its industry.

However, for Lachowitzer, being a successful business goes far beyond auto repair. The team at Matt’s Automotive is highly trained in guest experience, relationship building, emotional intelligence and providing an unmatched experience to their customers, rather than just selling to them. “We are trying to change what people think when they think of auto repair,” he said.

Giving back to the Fargo-Moorhead community is one of the company’s core values. In the last thirteen years, Matt’s Auto has donated over $1.4 million dollars. Lachowitzer, who loves supporting local charities and organizations, said, “I don’t want to be remembered for fixing cars, I want to be remembered for what we’ve done for this community.”

Read Matt’s story in the Sept. 2021 Ratchet + Wrench Magazine: A True Industry Advocate

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Shawn Weyer
Founder and Owner Weyer Companies
Hometown: Stillwater, MN
Stillwater Area High
North Dakota State University
Weyer Companies, Owner, since 2012
Member 71 | January 30, 2016


I am Shawn Weyer, Owner of Weyer Companies, headquarters located in South Fargo. We specialize in painting applications and drywall. We aspire to change the industry by creating an unmatched work culture and prove that the skilled trades industry is a home to build careers. When people talk about “no job too big or too small,” Weyer Companies is a perfect example! From painting an apartment to installing drywall and painting a 6 story commercial building, we really do paint it all.

A fun fact about our team is we are extremely diverse! Of our 40 employees only 5 have come from a painting background. This is a testament to our training process and how our different backgrounds have only given us a unique edge over our competition.

We are excited to expand our team and services with a new Grand Forks location opening in Spring of 2023. We are proud to support and work closely with many nonprofits, charities and organizations within the community such as: Golden Drive Homeless Kids, Homeward Animal Shelter, Giving Hearts Foundation and Force Hometown Heroes to name a few. We are a member of the HBA/HBC and are A+BBB accredited.

The Weyer Companies Way

HOME Magazine, by Trendsetters, March 2024

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Kari Score
President and Owner Dakota Storage Products, Inc.


Dakota Storage Products’ story began in 1989 when Merlyn Nelson opened the business in Westgo Square in West Fargo to help meet the needs of companies and small businesses throughout the region.

Merlyn retired in 2008, and his daughter Kari took over the operations with the help of her family. In over 25 years, Dakota Storage Products has grown and is now reaching out to companies all over the upper Midwest.

Our team at Dakota Storage Products works with clients from many industries throughout the region. We take pride in being professional, reliable, and trustworthy and work to build a long-term working relationship with each client. We are experts in pallet racking and warehouse planning. We know what you need and can deliver in a timely manner. Dakota Storage Products has the largest on-hand inventory in the region. As your friendly, family owned pallet racking company, we strive to help find the best possible solution to your storage and warehouse needs!

CEO Spotlight on AM1100 The Flag 08.25.2020 WATCH

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Art Rosenberg
President Capital Commercial Real Estate Group
Hometown: Bismarck, ND
St. Mary’s Central High
University of North Dakota
Member 74 | March 10, 2016


Art is a highly accomplished Senior Executive and Entrepreneur with more than 25 years of success in the venture capital (verticals), commercial real estate, development, and management consulting. Leveraging extensive experience as a licensed real estate agent in North Dakota and Minnesota and managing venture capital funds and real estate holdings, Art is a valuable asset for startups to small companies seeking expert experience with audit committees, finance, various hybrids of equity (reverse mergers, straight-line debt), cash flow, or investor relations. His key areas of expertise include leadership development, venture capital management, problem-solving, strategy, and anything real estate, including multifamily, retail, commercial, 1031 exchanges, land development, and sales.

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Brook Lyter
President and CEO BLI, Inc.
Hometown: Sanborn, North Dakota
Valley City High
Loyola Marymount University
Member 77 | March 23, 2016


Brook is a serial entrepreneur, currently Owner and President of numerous companies, including;

  • BLI Inc. | Since 2021, A dba, Ride or Die Trucking Company, is a freight transportation business born out of the pandemic. In the early days of The Shutdown, there was a sudden realization that the existing entertainment, gaming, and events businesses were completely vulnerable to the new and real threat of a catastrophe. It was recognized that we had the facilities and expertise in place to haul passengers, but we did not have the assets to haul freight. Therefore, the concept of building an “Essential Service” took hold. And when bars reopened in North Dakota and we got back to work slowly but surely with events and entertainment, the seeds had already been planted and the work had been done to prepare for a new venture, “Ride or Die Trucking Company”.
  • FPN Gaming | Since 2010, North Dakota licensed distributor of gaming supplies including exclusive pull tab games, all major ND licensed electronic pull tab gaming systems, blackjack tables and supplies, custom prize boards, LED display cases, bingo, Dakota Poker Tour live streaming events, and other services for the purpose of raising funds for North Dakota charitable organizations.
  • Fargo Party Ride | Since 2009, Limo service specializing in unique Limo Bus/Party Buses for wedding transportation, bachelor/bachelorette parties, casino runs, Vikings ticket + transportation packages and more. Eight (8) unique vehicles to choose from in Fargo.
  • Fastball Productions | Since 2008, developing custom applications/solutions. Limo Leader reservation system, poker tour/league manager, sports extensions for Joomla, and others.
  • Free Poker Network, Inc. | Since 2005, marketing and promotions specializing in free-to-play Texas Holdem for bars/restaurants nationwide, over 250 locations. More than $1 million in prizes including 100+ World Series of Poker bracelet event seats have been given away since 2005.
  • Powerplay DJ, Inc., | Since 1994, mobile DJ service providing entertainment for all occasions in the upper midwest with offices in Fargo and Bismarck. Perform for 350+ weddings annually. DJ, Karaoke, Video, Trivia, Casino Fun Nights and related services. 12 sound & light shows plus photo booths.
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Stu Stockmoe
President and Owner SaveCoin and Monitor Marketing
Hometown: Fargo, North Dakota
Fargo South High
North Dakota State University
Member 78 | April 13, 2016
Executives’ Club VIP Member


“I offer the most unique and dynamic advertising solutions in the Fargo-Moorhead area through my 2 companies. I work with all types of businesses, and with my 23 years of experience in the advertising industry can help businesses create successful campaigns reaching many thousands of people, to help build your brand and get you new customers as well.” – Stu

Stu is a Fargo native and NDSU graduate, with over 20 years of sales, marketing and promotional experience directly in the region. Stu Co-Founded SaveCoin in 2009 and since 2015 is the sole Owner and operator. He added sister company Monitor Marketing in 2016.

Monitor Marketing is a digital media company offering a dynamic advertising solution for businesses of all types.  We have one of the largest indoor digital advertising networks in the FM area with several host locations in the lakes area as well. The monitors serve as indoor digital billboards with many key benefits over outdoor including a much more captive audience, more creative capabilities and best of all much lower pricing.  Also, this isn’t bathroom advertising, our monitors are placed in the main open traffic areas of the host businesses.  You’ll be able to specify your target market and reduce advertising waste by delivering venue or community-wide targeting.

SaveCoin, headquartered in Fargo, ND, offers dynamic advertising solutions to a growing interactive audience of 34,000 email subscribers, 500 SMS/Test subscribers, 10,000+ facebook followers, 600 Twitter followers, and 26,000 unique weekly website visitors. There are Several distinct options; Daily Deal campaign, Coupon program, exclusive and targeted “Showcase” emails, and banner ads.

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Dr. Mason Orth
Founder and CEO ChiroHealth & Rehab
Hometown: Horace, ND
West Fargo High
Minnesota State University Moorhead
Northwestern Health Sciences University
Member 85 | May 23, 2016


Dr. Orth is known for his ability to diagnose more difficult cases especially related to spinal, shoulder, hip and knee conditions.  He has grown his practice from a sole-practitioner to having multiple doctors in multiple clinics in both North Dakota and Minnesota. He has coached and trained doctors across the country and has over a half-dozen doctors right here in the area that have trained with him and are in practice today.

Over the years his clinics have won multiple awards for performance and achievement and he continues to pursue the most effective and up-to-date methods of treating patients without the use of drugs and surgery.  He has helped to start local wellness programs in area businesses and his clinics perform multiple community events each month.

Dr. Orth grew up locally in Horace and still resides in the area with his three children.  He graduated with a Pre-Medicine degree from Minnesota State University Moorhead with the intention of going to medical school.  During college he also worked as a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist and it was his love of health, nutrition and human performance that eventually led him to study chiropractic at Northwestern – a highly respected school for Fargo chiropractors.

When not working he will be spending time with his family, preferably outdoors and by water.  If he isn’t hanging out with family he will likely be reading, studying or tuning-up his 1967 Dodge Coronet 500.  Active in his church he has started a local men’s group and works to help people create a better life for themselves.

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Kim Bjoralt
President Human Resource Management Group, LLC.
Hometown: Northwood, ND
University of North Dakota
Member 86 | May 24, 2016


Kim founded Human Resource Management Group, LLC in 2012. 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

Mission: Our mission is to deliver comprehensive, highly personalized human resources, payroll, benefits and administration, government compliance and human capital  management services through a team of experts, enabling our clients to focus on their business.

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Russell Schell
Founder and President RJ Energy Solutions, LLC
Hometown: Fargo, ND
Libby High School; Libby, MT
United States Air Force
Founded RJ Energy Solutions, LLC: 2013
Club Member 94 | June 17, 2016


Several years ago I made the decision to go out on my own and start RJ Energy Solutions. This company puts me in a position that allows me to work with many different clients in a variety of different areas. I work on site doing inspections and being involved in finding the very best solutions for the problems that we might find. My background in serving customers both in large commercial sites and residential homes has enabled me to focus on helping create and sustain safe, comfortable and energy efficient environments – and help my clients improve the performance of homes and buildings around the area.

Our focus at RJ Energy solutions is also helping clients have healthy homes and businesses with air systems and energy systems that work to make the home and business the very best they can be. Healthy inside environments that are free from problems such as radon is still another area we help our clients with.

When I not helping my customers improve their indoor air issue. I’m always up for some hiking, biking, camping or anything that keeps a person moving. The times I am good with sitting is when I’m watching sporting events (Football, Basketball, Baseball, Hockey).

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Richard Cossette
President and Owner T.R.S. Industries, Inc.
Hometown: Fargo, North Dakota
Fargo South High
Club Member 116 | October 21, 2016


T.R.S. Industries was started in 1983 in the garage of Roger Cossette. Roger’s wife Claudia and son Richard joined shortly after and the company continued to grow. Richard’s wife Joy joined the company along with their sons Shane and Bob. Tarp manufacturing equipment was also purchased as we continued to grow.

In 1989 the company expanded to the Fargo Industrial Park and built a building large enough to drive a Semi Truck or trailer into the shop for repairs and installations. In 1992 and 1995 we added to the existing building to more than double our space. In 2005 T.R.S. Industries expanded to add the Fabrics Division, which was located directly behind the existing building and used for new tarp production and custom covers.

In 2009, T.R.S. Industries added a new building which housed production and the majority of the offices. The new location was 1230 40th St N, Fargo, ND. T.R.S. still had their location at 4119 14th Ave N, which was used to house installation of tarps and repair on large truck tarps.

In 2013, T.R.S. Industries added 36,000 square feet onto their new building, which increased manufacturing space to 69,000 square feet. This new addition was used to house all of the employees under one roof, in order to serve customers more efficiently. T.R.S. manufactures many of the parts for Roll Tarp Systems and stocks a wide selection of replacement tarps, lumber tarps, and steel tarps.

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Barry Maring
CPA, Owner and Broker Sonmar | First Choice | Right at Home
Hometown: Fargo, North Dakota
Fargo South High
Concordia College
Member 135 | December 16, 2016


Starting out as an auditor with KPMG International and then joining the ND Department of Banking as a Bank Examiner, I have a profound understanding of accounting, finance, and banking. I took this knowledge and experience and began a 20-year career in private industry specializing in various business types and complexities. I was involved in many successful land transactions, restaurants, hotels, and other commercial real estate deals before joining First Choice Business Brokers in 2022.

Barry is a longtime entrepreneur with management experience in several diverse industries. He graduated Cum Laude from Concordia College, Moorhead, MN with a BA in Business Administration and Accounting with a minor in Spanish.

Barry began following his entrepreneurial spirit early in his career when he developed a quick-serve Italian restaurant and purchased and developed various restaurants. 

In 2008, Barry joined the Sonmar Management team, founded in 1988. Sonmar has built 50 hotels over the past 40 years. 

Barry purchased a Right at Home franchise for the Fargo area in 2017. Right at Home Fargo provides a range of in-home care options for seniors and adults with disabilities. “Don’t think of our services as one-size-fits all. We know everyone’s needs are different, so our care plans are uniquely tailored to each individual.”

Married 29+ years to Elizabeth with a son, Jack and a daughter, Brooke. He enjoys golfing and relaxing at the lake in his free time.

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Roger Christianson
Market President Fluid Interiors
Hometown: Fargo, NORTH DAKOTA
University of North Dakota
Member 137 | since December 19, 2016


Roger spent 6 years as an Outside Sales Rep with Fireside Office in Fargo, before founding Christianson’s Business Furniture in 1993. 

Christianson’s Business Furniture is the regional dealer for Haworth brand furniture, receiving the Best In Class distinction awarded to Haworth dealerships based on exceptional performance in market development, sales, customer satisfaction, operational excellence and enterprise development. This distinction was award Roger, his wife Kim and their team, in 2022 and multiple years prior.


January 1, 2023, an acquisition was completed by Fluid, a Minneapolis-based interior solutions company, for Christianson’s Fargo and St. Cloud locations. Roger Christianson will become Fluid’s Regional Market President and will join its executive leadership team.

“Christiansons has always been dedicated to transforming spaces, culture, and wellbeing for our customers and their employees,” said Roger Christianson, President and Owner of Christiansons. “Fluid shares these values.” 

Roger and his team at Christianson’s operated with the vision statement “To be recognized as the leading office dealer in our community, providing superior quality, value and customer service.”

January 1, 2024, the Christiansons Furniture logo was officially retired.

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Mike Meagher
Founder and CEO Sagency
Hometown: Pembina, ND
Minnesota State University Moorhead
Forbes Coaches Council Member since 2019
Member 136 | December 19, 2016


Spinning Your Wheels Limits Your Impact
You want your organization to make significant strides toward a bigger vision but wasting time, money, and energy on initiatives that don’t get you anywhere leaves you far short of your goal. The longer you remain stuck, spinning your wheels, the greater the risk that you will become irrelevant in this fast-changing world with even bigger challenges just around the corner.

How can you better prepare yourself and your organization to aim higher, successfully execute, and maximize potential?

Multiply Greatness

I am the founder and CEO of Sagency, a leadership coaching and executive search firm. I am deeply committed to helping mission-driven executives build enduring organizations where greatness multiplies, and potential is maximized.

Leaders work with me and my team to close leadership gaps, optimize for organizational health and growth, and achieve significant results. Our services are designed to help you and your organization…

☑️ ACQUIRE top talent (Executive Search & Talent Assessment)
☑️ BUILD high-performance teams (Team Coaching)
☑️ UNLOCK the potential and performance of key leaders (Executive Coaching)
☑️ CREATE strategic alignment (Strategic Planning)
☑️ ACCELERATE leadership growth across your organization (Leadership Development & Succession Planning)

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Kelly Wentz
Partner MetroPrairie
Hometown: Fargo, North Dakota
Fargo South High
Moorhead State University
Member 144 | January 6, 2017


The CHAMP Plan™ does not interfere with or replace any existing health insurance policy that your company has in place. Instead, it complements those plans by providing additional healthcare benefits. Those benefits are what your employees get, but employers like you also receive valuable financial benefits from signing up.   

Some examples of the financial benefits of implementing the CHAMP Plan™ include:

  • Access to pre-tax benefits under Section 125.
  • Companies receive a fixed savings of $573.60 and up to $1,880 in total savings per employee per year.
  • Reduces taxable income by $14,400 per year per participant ($1,200 x 12 months).

Employees also benefit financially, as the CHAMP Plan™ Increases employees’ take home pay by an average of $1,500/year net ($125/month). 

Kelly has over 30 years in the insurance, financial and benefits business.  He has served as Ethics Chair for the FM Association of Insurance & Financial Advisors.  He also served on the ND Governor’s Commision on Aging.  Currently he is on the Board of Directors for Shriners Children’s-Twin Cities.  He is a partner in MetroPrairie, a Managing General Agency of the CHAMP Plan for the Dakotas & Minnesota.  A native of Fargo, he graduated from Moorhead State Univ.

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Tim Eissinger
CEO Anne Carlsen Center
Hometown: Fargo, North Dakota
North Dakota State University
Member 145 | January 18, 2017
Executives’ Club GOLD Sponsor


Tim Eissinger is the Chief Executive Officer for the Anne Carlsen Center, serving over 4,000 individuals and leading an organization of 700 team members  across North Dakota and western Minnesota.

“Anne Carlsen is a non-profit organization providing individuals with developmental disabilities or delays with services and supports for over 80 years. Anne Carlsen has positioned itself on the cutting edge of innovation with unique programs, creative therapies, and advanced assistive technologies that provide life-changing programming to those we serve. Our mission is to make the world a more inclusive place where independence is a gift to all.”

Tim spent 3 years as COO at Anne Carlsen Center, before moving into the CEO position in 2017. He is a life-long North Dakotan and has over 35 years in the non-profit sector. Prior to Anne Carlsen, Tim held numerous roles, from House Parent to Vice-President, with Dakota Boys and Girls Ranch, from 1983 to 2015. He is known as a servant leader, a trust builder, and a leader with a talent for approaching problems from multiple points of view.

Tim resides in Fargo with his wife, Becky, and has two grown daughters. In his limited spare time, he likes to build his own computers and has produced computer graphics and animations which have aired on networks such as the History Channel, Discovery Health and PBS.

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Rob Burke
Founder Yarn Media
Hometown: Bismarck, North Dakota
Century High
Bismarck State College
Minnesota Career and Technical College
Member 147 | January 27, 2017


Rob has had the chance to raise up and lead high-caliber teams in cross-channel marketing and strategy to hit real-world numbers and goals as a part of company growth.

Founded in 2015, Yarn is a nationally recognized video production company that has produced content globally across 5 countries for clients including 3M, United Way, Compassion International, Bushel, Kilbourne Group, and Alerus.

Rob is a results-driven and strategic business leader with over 20 years of experience in driving organizational growth and profitability. With a proven track record in developing and executing business strategies, he has demonstrated a unique ability to lead cross-functional teams, build and maintain relationships with key stakeholders, and drive revenue growth.

Rob is a strong communicator and collaborator, with a talent for building and managing relationships across diverse groups and levels of an organization. He is committed to fostering a culture of innovation, accountability, and collaboration, and is dedicated to supporting the growth and development of his teams.

In 2020, Rob and his wife also founded Printed Foundry, made-to-order 3D printed products available online and shipped around the globe.

In 2022, Rob also accepted a position as Chief Marketing Officer at DonorDock, rated the #1 Easiest-to-Use Nonprofit CRM, helping non-profits raise funds through donor management.

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Jessica Hoppe
CFP Member since January 31, 2017

During her 20+ years in the financial industry, Jessica’s clients referenced her as open minded, solution driven, knowledgeable, and strategic; “An excellent person to have on your side to link all of your business and financial needs together.”

Jessica received her CFP in 2016, and spent the past 10 years as a Senior Business Advisor with Alerus, after 12+ years at US Bank.

Active in the community, Jessica volunteers her time on the board of directors of the American Lung Association of the Upper Midwest (ALAUM), the Plains Art Museum, and TNT Kids Fitness. She has also served the community in various capacities with the United Way of Cass-Clay. Jessica is a Certified Financial Planner, holds a master’s degree in business (MBA) from North Dakota State University and a bachelor of science in finance from Minnesota State University Moorhead.

Jessica Hoppe lives in Horace, N.D., with her husband, Bill, their two children, and a crazy Doberman named Red. In her free time, Jessica enjoys reading, gardening, fitness, and spending as much of her summer as possible at the lake.

  • Hometown: Nevis, MN
  • Education: MSUM, NDSU, College for Financial Planning
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Rachael Boyer
Founder and CEO The Authority Companies
Hometown: Hawley, Minnesota
Club Member 149 | February 8, 2017


Rachael Boyer is a results-oriented, transformational leader and business executive with more than 20 years of experience in construction. 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 31 years and mother of an amazing son who recently graduated high school and 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.

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Sheri Larson
Executive Director Moorhead Business Association
Hometown: Kindred, North Dakota
Kindred High
Moorhead State University
Member 156 | May 2, 2017


Since 2018, I have been the Executive Director for Moorhead Business Association. The mission is to promote and support the growth and success of the members in the Greater Moorhead Area. MBA fosters a thriving business community through networking opportunities, advocacy, events as well as providing the resources businesses need to succeed. Love being able to bring members together and share their story.

In 2022, the Moorhead City Council recognized the Moorhead Business Association with the MoorHeart Award. Thank you to the nominee that was quoted “ A true treasure to Moorhead in promoting our wonderful city. We appreciate all they have done to promote our community and keep Moorhead strong.  We LOVE 56560!” In 2023, I nominated for the YWCA Women of the Year, being recognized as a cheerleader for the business owners in & around Moorhead.

My husband and I have lived in Moorhead for more than 45 years. We raised our children as Moorhead Spuds being active in the Moorhead Spud Booster Club and their activities. “Once a Spud, always a Spud.” We are very fortunate to have our two granddaughters living close to us. As a family, we enjoy our time on the lake during the summer. Spending time with family and friends that makes you laugh and feel loved is so important!

The Moorhead Business Association fosters growth of Moorhead business through advocacy, networking and information. The MBA is committed to building a better place to conduct business by enhancing current business and by creating a community atmosphere, which is encouraging potential new business. We encourage you to join the MBA JOIN

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Paul Smith
Fargo Center Director ND Small Business Development Center
Hometown: Elk Grove Village, IL
St. Viator High School
Northwestern University
Lawrence University
Member 158 | May 5, 2017


Paul has a passion to help entrepreneurs and small business owners. In his current role, he assists founders to start, manage and grow their companies through providing no-cost, confidential business advising services and training in a variety of areas, which include: Business setup/registration, business planning, market research, financial projections and analysis, funding your venture, buying and selling a business and succession and exit planning.

In 2019, he was named ND ‘State Star’ award winner, which recognizes exemplary performance, strong commitment to small business, and significant contribution to the SBDC network. He also is a regular contributing writer to FargoINC! magazine.

He recently earned his Accredited Business Intermediary certification (ABI) in addition to his Economic Development Finance Professional (EDFP) and Certified Value Growth Advisor (CVGA) certifications. He is a SBA export-certified advisor.

Before joining the ND SBDC in 2015, Paul worked in a diverse range of industries, which included: Financial services, retail, manufacturing, technology, transitional management, agribusiness, customer service, engineering, consulting, healthcare, agency and media.

He holds a Bachelor’s Degree from Lawrence University and a Master’s Degree from Northwestern University.

Born and raised in the Chicago area, Paul and his family live in Fargo, ND.

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Anthony Molzahn
Founder and CEO Devii
Hometown: Webster, Wisconsin
University of Minnesota-Duluth
MEMBER 166 | JULY 10, 2016


Tech Enthusiast // Design Junkie // UI Hacker // Blockchain Supporter // GIS Lover // 107 Remote Pilot // Problem Solver | 

Anthony founded Project Phoenix as a custom software development company in May of 2017, building platforms for customers across a myriad of markets: UAS, IoT, Education, Retail, Precision Agriculture, and Professional Services. Each platform Project Phoenix built leveraged a custom-created instant API engine and database hosting platform, Devii (, to trim hundreds of hours of API development down to just a few minutes.

“We began as a software development company and faced the same hurdles that every other dev team is facing: The software development industry is overworked and understaffed. In order to stay ahead of the curve, we developed Devii, which allowed us to instantly and securely generate APIs to any existing SQL database. This was a game changer for us, as it automated many of the tedious tasks that used to take up our team’s time. It has also been a cost saver, as we no longer need to spend the time it takes to write and manage every API.”

In 2022, Project Phoenix sunset custom software development to focus on commercializing Devii with the expectation of offsetting the global software engineer employment shortage while also improving the security and durability of API development for millions of engineers in the software development industry.

If you could go back in time to Anthony from several years ago, what hindsight advice would you give yourself?

“Put down the golf clubs and start pursuing something that you can meaningfully contribute your mind to.”

“Since I was about seven, I dreamed of becoming a professional golfer and I didn’t let that dream go until I was in my late 20s. Even after I had started a career in software development and even after it was clear my mind and energy would be better spent creating and enabling great ideas, I persisted. I look back at what I learned though, on having to give up something that I put so much time into, and it actually makes me smile; I understand now I bloom where I am planted and that expecting change is a super power for creating sustainability, both for myself and for the lives of those around me.” – Anthony  10 QUESTIONS WITH JOHN MACHACEK: FARGO INC! MAGAZINE

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DJ Colter
Owner, Agent and Entrepreneur DJ Colter Agency, Inc.
Hometown: Hysham, Montana
University of Montana
University of Portland
Executives’ Club PLATINUM Lifetime Member
Executives’ Club 2024 Leadership Council


DJ is passionate about giving back to his community. He volunteers, has held leadership positions or has been on various committees in the Chamber of Commerce, Realtors’ Association, Homebuilders’ Association, Emergency Food Pantry, Valley Christian Counseling, Athletes in Action, CRU, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, FM Powerlunch, and YoungLife…and is a member of the Horace Lions Club.

Personal Information: Married to Jennifer, lived Fargo, West Fargo, and now Horace since 2003, Three daughters: Kennedy, Harper, McKenna In addition, DJ is an entrepreneur at heart and can relate to business owners because he has had ownership in several businesses including: Ron’s Aqua Massage, Oreck Clean Home Center, Basement Technologies of North Dakota,, and Mrs. Field’s Cookies. He also oversees the business operations of several rental properties.

Previous Employment: Teacher & Coach in the Vancouver School District Vancouver, WA

Hobbies & Interests: Spending as much time outside as possible with my wife and three daughters at our Lake Sallie Cabin in MN as well as: Hunting, Fishing, Golfing, Water Sports, Snow Skiing, Hiking, Lifting Weights, Traveling, etc.

Honors: All Lines Leader, 2005 – 2006; All-Star Leader 2007, Premier Leaders 2012-2020; AFLIC, 2004 – 2020; Life Diamond, 2004 – 2020, Life Underwriter Training Council Fellow; All American, 2005 – 2020, IC Hall of Fame Ring winner, 2016 All American “Top 10”, 10-time American Hall of Fame winner, #1 in the Premier Leader’s Top 10 in 2020

“Our goal is to be the most compassionate and driven insurance team for our clients that protects their dreams through our products. We want to help anyone in need of a ‘dream champion’ to protect their assets and liabilities in the way they want to do business.” – DJ

CEO Spotlight on AM100 The Flag 8.17.2021 WATCH

DJ talks about the Execs’ Club!

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Amber Metz
Executive Director Lake Agassiz Development Group
Hometown: Harvey, North Dakota
Harvey High
North Dakota State University
Club Member 169 | July 31, 2017


Amber has been with Lake Agassiz Development Group since 2007; from Program Manager, to Assistant Manager, and finally to Executive Director in 2015. 

A native of Harvey, ND and NDSU graduate, Amber oversees the activities of 4 organizations under the LADG umbrella; including Lake Agassiz Regional Council; Lake Agassiz Regional Development Corporation; Lake Agassiz Certified Development Company; with each entity having its’ own Board of Directors and role in the areas of community development, business lending and entrepreneurial services.

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Don Arvidson
Business Consultant Express Employment Professionals, Fargo

“What motivates me?…it’s a pretty crazy world and I think, if you can make someone’s day just a little bit better or make them smile…the end result seems they bless me more than I may have blessed them, so experiences like these are motivating to me.“ – Don

Executives’ Club GOLD Sponsor

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Barry Gish
Legacy Member

Our friend, Barry , passed away peacefully at his home in Peoria, AZ on November 14, 2023. obituary

“My passion is to help entrepreneurs and their leadership teams succeed in every aspect of business. This is my driving focus and what truly sets me apart. When I partner with a client, I am fully invested in them. This bond, fueled by my personal values of hard work and integrity, drives this passion to serve my clients with a relentless energy that encompasses more than three decades of leadership, coaching, and facilitation experience.” – Barry

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Matt Magness
President and CEO Roll-a-Ramp

Business Owner: Roll-a-Ramp,
Executive Leader – Great Plains, Microsoft
Consulting, International Business Professional

Learning & Development Professional – Training Business Management, Team Leadership, Content & Curriculum Development, Certifications, Train-the-Trainer, Adult Learning, eLearning/Distance Learning, LMS, Translation & Localization

25+ years Management experience – Hiring, Performance Management, Team Building, Team Health, Vision, Goals, Metrics, Recognition, Corporate, Small Business

Technology Professional – ERP, CRM, LMS, Dynamics, Cloud Solutions, Sales, Implementation, Subscription Services, IT Management, Program Management, Project Management, BI, Cognos, Banner, Quickbooks

Business Development – Start-Ups, Growth Strategist, Down-Sizing, Sales Channel Development, Channel Programs

Finance and Operations Professional – Budgets, Revenues, Procedures, Projections, HR, Facilities, Customer Service, Loan Packaging, SBA,

Mergers, Acquisitions, Integrations, Organizational Development, Due Diligence, Exit Planning

Sales Trainer – Customer Oriented Selling, Strategic Selling, Team Selling, Technical Selling

Certifications: Export Certified, Certified Exit Planning Advisor(CEPA), Profit Mastery Certified Instructor

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Dave Nelson
President and Owner Knight Printing | Image Printing
Hometown: Bismarck, North Dakota
Bismarck High
University of North Dakota
Member 178 | August 17, 2017


Knight Printing was established in 1888 when Fargo was still young, and North Dakota had not yet become a state. Fred Knight, an east coast printer, hauled a printing press west to the Dakota Territory to start his company. From this humble beginning through today, that very same passion has driven growth and change to meet the challenges of today and provide you with the best printing possible.

Knight occupies a 37,000 square foot production facility and employs over 40 people. Dedication to quality and technology, the sincerest desire to service our clients well, and providing a pleasant and respectful work environment, have led to Knight Printing’s success.

Image Printing in Bismarck, a World Premier Print Award and a World Gold Ink Award Winner, focuses on its niche in design. With a strong graphics department, Image has created and produced award-winning logos, brochures and other print pieces for clients across the country. Image Printing occupies a 31,000 square foot production facility and employs over 40 people, many of whom are working stockholders.

“I can state with confidence that I can help you in your marketing and business promotion efforts. I can also be confident that we can get you the absolute best print project you deserve. But at the heart of what we do, is a undeniable journey of creativity and solution providing.” – Dave

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Robin Nelson
Chief Executive Officer Boys and Girls Club of the Red River Valley
Hometown: Fargo, North Dakota
Williston High
Montana State University-Bozeman
Member 180 | September 5, 2017


Robin has served as the CEO of the Boys & Girls Club / Fargo Youth Commission Partnership since 2012, after holding multiple leadership roles in the for-profit world for the 23 years prior. At the Boys & Girls Club, she leads a high-performing team of 230 employees and 220 volunteers that serve close to 5,000 youth on an annual basis. Robin is heavily involved in the community and currently serves as a board officer for the Great Plains Food Bank Board, on the Fargo Public Schools Foundation Board and on the United Way Education Collaborative. She was elected to three 4-year terms on the Fargo School Board in which she served two terms as president and multiple years as the school district’s legislative chair. During her time on the school board, she partook in hiring two school district superintendents through national CEO search processes. Robin and her husband, Russell Peterson, have three children.

The Boys & Girls Clubs of the Red River Valley is a private, nonprofit organization serving area youth since 1972, and has operated before school, after school, and summer youth development programs since 1986. The organization was originally known as the Fargo Youth Commission. 

In 2008, we became a charter member of the Boys & Girls Clubs of America. Although our name has changed, our mission remains the same: “To provide a safe, caring, and fun environment for youth to learn, grow, and prepare for a great future”. 

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Bill Erickson
President, Total Imaging, LLC Total Imaging, LLC; Rapid Refill Ink
Hometown: PELICAN Rapids, MN
Southern Illinois University
University of Mary
Club Member 181 | September 6, 2017
Executives’ Club GOLD Sponsor


In 1972 Bill joined the US Navy, retiring nearly 25yrs later as a Lieutenant Commander, having served aboard 7 different ships, including the USS Kitty Hawk as an Electronics Material Officer. 

In 2005, Bill founded Total Imaging, LLC, “providing high quality specialty advertising products that brand and market our client’s business.” In 2016, he added Rapid Refill Ink to their business service offerings. Rapid Refill is a total print solutions provider for consumers, businesses, educators and community organizations.

Bill has been a continuous member of the Wednesday Morning Originals Chapter of BNI in Fargo Since February 2005. He currently serves as a Board Member for Bonanzaville and is also active with local veterans organizations, including the American Legion, VFW, and Vietnam Veterans of America.

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Stacie Loegering
Executive Director, Emergency Food Pantry CEO, STORM Training & Consulting, LLC
Hometown: West Fargo, North Dakota
West Fargo High
University of Minnesota Duluth
North Dakota State University
Club Member 185 | October 17, 2017


Stacie has spent her entire career in nonprofits, including Director of Information and Crisis Services at FirstLink for 7yrs, before joining The Emergency Food Pantry in 2015. She said every job she has had has been about connecting people with resources. 

The Emergency Food Pantry’s mission is to support the community by providing food to reduce hunger. For over 45 years, they have helped feed people in difficult situations.

“For me, if we can have the system in place for people to just say, ‘I’m fed today’ or ‘I’m fed for the week,’ then that’s going to give people the ability to work on other things that need to be stabilized in their life. If we’re hungry, we don’t do well. If you’re trying to figure out how you’re going to pay bills and put food on the table, if we can minimize those choices they have to make, we can help them keep their energy up so they’re able to get beyond that survival situation.”

Stacie is also CEO of STORM Training & Consulting, LLC. Areas of focus include Suicide Prevention, Team Dynamics, Organizational Effectiveness, Resilience, and Motivational Change.

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Michael Johnson
Founder and CEO ClearPath Advisors
Hometown: Fargo, North Dakota
North Dakota State University
Club Member 194 | December 27, 2017


Michael Johnson is a business coach helping entrepreneurs navigate the inflection point of transitioning from being their own boss, or owning a job, to creating the success they envision.

Michael has built a one-stop-shop for business solutions including; business consulting, accounting, tax, and investment advice. Since 1986 Michael has helped over 400 businesses and organizations with several disciplines of business including leadership development, financial management, building effective cultures through mentorship, brand building, and marketing, sales, and delivery activities. Michael takes a truly wholistic approach to helping others build their business.

  • Michael has a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from North Dakota State University.

  • He is trained as a Certified EMyth Business Coach. Where he previously spent 3 years coaching small business owners worldwide.

  • He is a graduate of the Dave Ramsey, Entreleadership Master Series. 

  • Michael is a Dave Ramsey Endorsed Local Provider for tax [and accounting].

  • He is an Enrolled Agent, ‘America’s Tax Experts’ and a Fellow of the National Tax Practice Institute.

  • He is also a licensed Investment Advisor Representative, and Michael holds a certificate of completion of the Certified Financial Planner curriculum of the American College. 

  • And, he is a licensed insurance agent.

The firm has a deep bench of experts in business development, marketing, graphic design, legal, employee benefits, insurance, estate planning, and I.T. Along with the expert resources provided by Patrick Lencioni’s Table Group, Cool Spring Insights, Vital Smarts’ Crucial Conversations, and Jim Collins’ Good to Great tools.

Michael has worked the last several years as a business coach and advisor successfully helping small business owner’s transition from a business that owns them, to a business which enables them to create the success they desire.  As one client business owner has stated, “I used to be a guy with an insurance license, now I’m the owner of an employee benefits business”.

The best prospect for the kind of help Michael provides is an entrepreneur that is just coming to grips with the prospective; that to attain their idea of success they need to take control and create a proper business structure. They know change is necessary and they need help clearing the path.

Michael is grateful he gets to do this.  Being a coach is truly his calling and he is happiest when the people he works with can make real progress creating their own version of success. 

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Sylvia Lunski
Founder and Owner Design Direction, Inc.
Hometown: Rothsay, Minnesota
Member 197 | February 1, 2018
Executives’ Club GOLD Sponsor


When Sylvia Lunski started Design Direction in 2005, the vision was to offer clients everything they would need from concept to the finished product. “I started the company so I could work with clients on any aspect of the design service they needed,” says Lunski. “Clients appreciate working with one designer throughout the entire project.”

My passion for working with people, combined with creative design and technical expertise in everything I do assures you a well-designed, creative project. With over 30 years of design industry experience, I have extensive experience with cabinets, flooring, furniture, and draperies.

I bring to my clients an understanding of the construction process as well as trusted relationships with local contractors, trade partners, and architects. This unique combination will provide you with exceptional results.

When designing, I pay close attention to your needs and preferences. We will work together to create beautiful functional spaces that perfectly reflect your personality and compliment your lifestyle.

I believe in giving back to our community and am passionate about helping those less fortunate. I am actively involved at my Church as well with FM Home Builders Association, Rotary International and Rebuilding Together. Serving others has become a cornerstone value that Design Direction’s success has been and will continue to be built on.

A Fargo resident, I enjoy spending time with my family and friends.

  • US Small Business Association Person of the Year 2022
  • Home Builders Association Executive VP Board Member
  • Home Builders Care Foundation Past President
  • FM-AM Rotary Member Past President


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Kia Mikesh
Co-Founder and CEO, Adams Independent Testing VP, NDGI, Inc.
Hometown: Oxbow, North Dakota
Fargo South High School
University of MN – Carlson School of Management
Club Member 198 | February 12, 2018


Kia serves as Vice-President of their 3rd generation, family-owned business, North Dakota Grain Inspection Service, Inc.. NDGI is a federally designated laboratory licensed to officially sample and grade grain under the US Grain Standards Act in their respective areas. While locally there may be other inspection labs operating, the USDA grants only one agency the authority to carry out and issue official inspections for that locale. From just 3 employees in 1968, NDGI currently operates in 8 states, from North Dakota to Ohio, with well over 200 employees. Kia has worked her way through the organization and took the role of Vice-President in 2016, the same year Prairie Business Magazine named her one of our region’s 40 Under 40. Kia was appointed to serve on the US Dept of Agriculture Grain Inspection Advisory Committee and has also served on the Board of Directors of the American Association of Grain Inspection and Weighing Agency, since 2014. In 2019, Kia also Co-Founded one of the first hemp inspection facilities in ND, Adams Independent Testing and currently serves as CEO.

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Dan Cash
Vice-President and Market Manager MWC Advertising Fargo-Moorhead
Hometown: Novi, Michigan
Novi High
Western Michigan University
Member 196 | February 12, 2018
Executives’ Club GOLD Sponsor


A native of Michigan and graduate of Western Michigan University, Dan started with Midwest Communications in 2006 as host of a sports radio show in the Kalamazoo area.

Founded in Wausau, Wisconsin in 1958 by Duke Wright, Midwest Communications has grown from a single station to over 78 radio stations across Middle America. In 2013, Duke realized a dream to finally own and operate a station of such history and integrity as KFGO-AM. Thus, forming Midwest Radio of Fargo-Moorhead, led by 790 KFGO, Y94, Froggy 99.9, 740 The Fan and 101.9 Jack FM.

Dan relocated to Fargo in 2013, as Director of Sales for stations in the Fargo-Moorhead area. In 2017, he accepted the VP position and Market Manager. Midwest Radio of Fargo-Moorhead’s service is grounded in three defining principles – we entertain, we inform the community and we achieve results for our advertisers. 

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Dana Sand
President and CEO OK Tire Store & Service
Hometown: Mayville, North Dakota
May-Port CG High
Mayville State University
Member 199 | February 20, 2018


My roots are in small town North Dakota. This state and its people are important to me; I am proud to do business here, combining my skills in finance and management to lead a growing company that provides something essential to North Dakotans – tires, auto repair, parts, tracks and automotive equipment. O.K. Tire Store, Inc., now 15 locations and 210 employees strong, continues its 60-year legacy providing tires for cars, farm equipment, trucks and OTR (for personal, commercial and fleets). Originally a family-owned company, O.K. Tire is now employee-owned (ESOP), a conversion I helped to facilitate for the company owner before his retirement. I attended Mayville State University where I earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in business and management with an emphasis on accounting.

I am known for the traits of integrity, continuous process improvement, and accountability.

I believe in integrity: both employees and customers need to be treated fairly. Our sales and service people are fairly compensated and have access to in-house training leading to tire industry specialty certifications. Our customers deserve a great / good product at a fair price. We quote our prices in “out the door pricing” terms. Rather than quoting the price of the tires alone and then surprising them with charges for installation, balancing, etc., we disclose the “full” price of the tires, always. We think this is the fair thing to do: to let the customer know, up front, what their actual cost for the tires will be. No bate and switch; no misleading partial price disclosure.

There is always a better way to do something: a way that is more efficient; a way that makes better sense. Our company culture is designed to identify and implement new ideas to help us move forward. We believe that employees hold the key to identifying both potential problem areas and potential solutions. At every meeting, we listen. We solicit ideas. We implement changes and see if it works better; if not, we circle back and try something else.

We believe in doing the right thing – always. And I believe that doing what you say you’re going to do is essential. We actively model this for our employees and our company values stress the importance of being accountable as well. Because O.K. Tire Store, Inc. is an employee owned company, I am accountable for my own actions, the actions of the company and its employees, and the financial performance of the company. When we do well, every employee shares in our success.


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Dave Harmon
Founder and President Harmon Entertainment
Hometown: Bismarck, North Dakota
Bismarck Century High School
North Dakota State University
Club Member 200 | February 26, 2018
Executives’ Club 2024 Leadership Council


WHAT I DO: I help business’s give back to employee’s by collaborating to create amazing events.
WHO I WORK WITH: I partner with CEO’s and HR departments to create fun events that employee’s will want to be part of.
WHY IT WORKS: When you partner with Harmon Entertainment, your events will run smoother than ever before. We know how to create an event people will talk about for a very long time.
WHAT MAKES US DIFFERENT: What makes us different is we are not “just music”. We are event planners, MCs, lighting designers, dance instructors, fun instigators, and DJ’s. We will help plan your event to make it the best ever! We have been planning parties and celebrations since 2008, and have performed at over 1000 events.


  • “Harmon Entertainment is so professional! From the first meeting to the end of your event, they are invested to make your event successful.”
  • “Hiring a great MC/DJ is a gift you give back to your employee’s. You will not be disappointed with your investment with Harmon Entertainment”

HOW IT WORKS: We start with a free consult (Phone, Video, or in Person) to determine your wants and needs and tell you about what could be possible at your event. Then we create a personalized quote based on your event.
READY TO TALK? Reach me on LinkedIn, email me at, visit us online at, or call me direct at 701-730-0054.

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Trent Lee
Founder and CEO Compass Leadership Advisors
Hometown: Bellevue, Nebraska
Bellevue West High
University of Nebraska at Kearney
Member 201 | March 1, 2018


Getting the ball over the goal line…it’s a sports analogy that everyone understands but so many businesses get stuck at the one-yard line.

We help business leaders and their organizations plow through the goal line and into the end zone.

Our secret sauce:
Our approach is unique and different. It starts with your data and analytics….which leads to you making great business decisions.

Our process:
I lead Vistage peer advisory boards in the Tri-state region. Vistage is the world’s largest CEO to CEO peer group. It starts with the peer group and includes 1-2-1 executive coaching that gives business owners, CEOs & executives the unbiased, agenda-free insights you can only get from other owners who know what it means to be lonely at the top.

We dive into your Human Capital:
With the Predictive index, Line-Of-Sight and our Talent Optimization platform we use data analytics tools to fix people problems! Spend less time solving problems by inspiring employees, hiring the best talent, measuring engagement, designing amazing teams and executing on the last yard, all rooted in data & science.

It’s all about that last yard:
When it’s time to transition your business, we get you prepared on how to plan & implement an exit strategy. NO….this is not something you can Google online. It’s a multi-disciplinary process that starts years in advance. It’s set in place to save you on taxes and maximize your value. As a NAVIX certified exit planner, we leverage the very best resources so you can have a happy exit.

It all starts with a conversation. Reach me directly at

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Todd Berning
Founder and President EPIC Companies
Hometown: Minot, North Dakota
Minot High
North Dakota State University
Member 207 | June 6, 2018


Previous Employment: General Manager at Ralph Engelstad Arena
Business Development at ICON Architectural Group
Founder and Owner of Spicy Pie and M&S Concessions

Typical Day: Analyze direction of EPIC Companies and the corresponding projects

Hobbies: Spending time with wife (Carolyn), sons (Keenen and Landen), stepsons (Brandon and Trayton) and his pets (Echo and Izzy)

Favorite Part of EPIC: The coworkers and challenge of each project

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.
Investment vehicles include: 1031 Exchange, Self Directed IRA, Cash

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Matt Chaussee
Co-Founder and CEO Be More Colorful
Hometown: Bismarck, North Dakota
Bismarck High
North Dakota State University
Member 209 | June 15, 2018
Executives’ Club VIP Member


Matt’s background includes years of experience finding creative ways to reduce technical barriers faced by a broad customer base. His professional roles have included website merchandising, internet marketing analysis, programmer/analyst, mathematics instructor and technical services manager. Matt describes himself as a lifelong student who loves to learn and apply existing technology concepts in creative and innovative ways. He is passionate about using 360° photography and real-world virtual reality to create a culture of increased curiosity and appreciation of all the world’s amazing places… and to demonstrate that many of these places are hiding right in our own communities.

Be More Colorful® is a provider of Real-World Virtual Reality Solutions™ for virtually any industry. We focus on providing our clients with as much flexibility as possible with their 360-degree and virtual reality imagery. Be More Colorful is the first platform-agnostic virtual reality agency in the Midwest region.

CareerViewXR is the brainchild of husband-and-wife duo Matt and Katie Chaussee, owners of Be More Colorful, a virtual reality agency located in Fargo, North Dakota. Matt and Katie started CareerViewXR after they recognized a need to help small, rural communities in their home state attract and retain talent.

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Sandra Vigen
Founder and CEO Mama Ducks Cleaning Service, LLC
Hometown: Montevideo, MN
Minnesota State University Moorhead
Member 210 | June 20, 2018
Executives’ Club GOLD Sponsor


As a business owner, I know the importance of productivity & trust. We pride ourselves on allowing our commercial accounts to focus on the details of their business operations day to day & not cleaning. We understand that every one of your customers matter and your business space & its cleanliness reflects that. We know that you get one impression when a potential client walks through your doors & we don’t want you to have to worry about whether the sale is ruined by dust, or dirt. Business owners love that they can leave that to us.

We offer a 100% guarantee or we will clean it again.

To get a easy, quick fast free quote take advantage of user friendly website with a built in quote tool. Instant quotes – no waiting to hear back. You select the service of cleaning you need. There are other convenient options to add if you need your windows, basement cleaned & many more – Customized to fit your needs.

If you’d like a customized quote over the phone give me a call.

Our cleaning services gives you a great cleaning experience and a standardized process EVERY-TIME, but we are more than happy at creating a custom cleaning program to meet your needs. Just let us know and we will be more than glad to help you. We really are dedicated to making your life better & easier. Call me and see why we’re being referred!

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Lisa Bortnem-Wiser
Managing Partner Bortnem Family Limited Partnership
Hometown: Hawley, Minnesota
Hawley High
University of Minnesota-Duluth
Member 212 | July 18, 2018
Executives’ Club VIP Member


With a degree in Electronics and Telecommunications Engineering, Lisa spent nearly 15 years with BNSF Railway, living and travelling throughout the US, successfully working her way up the corporate ladder of a heavily male-dominated industry.

A native of Hawley, MN and graduate of the University of Minnesota-Duluth, Lisa returned home in 2001 to manage, alongside her father, Jim Bortnem, and eventually purchase Mid-States Wireless, Inc., the company formed in 1946 as Elder’s Radio Communications. Moving into 2023, the company is preparing to transition to the next generation and keep the organization’s ownership and operation within the same family for over 75 years.

Officially “retired”, Lisa remains Managing Partner of the Bortnem Family Limited Partnership and founded JBL Properties in 2019, to manage commercial real estate holdings throughout the Fargo area.

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Shelle Hagen
Founder and Owner Elite Therapeutic Massage & Health Partners
Hometown: Elbow Lake, Minnesota
West Central Area Senior High
Concordia College
Member 213 | August 1, 2018
Executives’ Club GOLD Sponsor


Shelle Hagen has been in the Massage Therapy Industry since 2001 and is the Owner/Founder of Elite Therapeutic Massage and Co-Owner of Elite Massage Academy. She is a graduate of  Concordia College, Moorhead MN, with a B.A. in Exercise Science. 

She graduated from The Professional Institute of Massage Therapy, Fargo ND  1,100 hour program in 2002.  Shelle is a business mentor to many and will stop at nothing to see others succeed! Shelle also offers Continuing Education Training for Massage Therapists. 

Her massage services specialize in CoresStone, CoreStone Blading – Gua Sha, Ashiatsu Oriental Bar Therapy, Relaxation Massage, Cupping, Chair Massage, Pregnancy and Medical Massages. 

Shelle is licensed in North Dakota as well as Moorhead, MN.

Elite Therapeutic Massage was born in 2001, when Shelle Hagen planted the first seed (farm girl born and raised hence the farming analogy)  and opened a one room office. Since that day, Elite has been in business for 20+ years providing the best massage care and customer service in the Fargo/Moorhead area.  Shelle’s ultimate goal behind Elite is to assist in the development of others to achieve their dreams! (This is the harvest!)

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Joe Heilman
Financial Advisor Merrill Lynch Wealth Management
Hometown: Rugby, North Dakota
Rugby High
North Dakota State University
Member 215 | September 24, 2018


Joe brings a unique set of experiences to his clients as a Financial Advisor at Merrill with 15+ years of working within and leading startup technology businesses and as a former member of the ND House of Representatives.

Joe grew up on a 4th generation family farm near Rugby, ND. While in college at North Dakota State University, he had the privilege of serving as the Student Body President and earned degrees in Business Administration and Accounting.

Civic participation and community engagement have always been important to Joe. Shortly after his graduation from NDSU, Joe was elected to the North Dakota House of Representatives where he spent one term serving on the Education, Political Subdivisions, Agriculture, and other committees. Joe was the youngest Legislator in State history to have served in a leadership role as the House Majority Caucus Chairman (Whip). He also actively serves on boards and volunteers for local organizations such has the NDSU Foundation, NDSU College of Business, Jeremiah Program, BIO Girls, Sts. Anne and Joachim Church, and others.

Joe spent 15 years with startup technology companies in various roles (sales, support, account management, product development and management, etc.) and is listed on several U.S. Patents. In his most recent role, he served as the General Manager of Intelligent Ag, a Fargo based agriculture technology company. He was also actively involved in supporting the Grand Farm project aiming to raise the profile of the Fargo region’s role in the agriculture technology industry. In 2022, after years of tremendous growth in sales and product innovations, Intelligent Ag was successfully acquired by AGCO Corporation, a leading global manufacturer of agriculture equipment and solutions.

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Miranda Burfeind
Owner and Entrepreneur Phone-n-Fix | Replay Games
Hometown: Lake Benton, Minnesota
Lake Benton Public
Ridgewater College
Member 221 | January 18, 2019
Executives’ Club GOLD Sponsor


I am a Mom of two tiny humans, wife, and multi-business owner. I often joke that I love chaos, but in reality I simply thrive being busy and love a good challenge! “Why not!?”

My husband and I bought Phone-n-Fix in 2017, two months before having our first child LOL. At Phone-n-Fix we buy, sell, and repair cell phones, tablets, and computers. Basically if it’s electronic, we we can fix it!

In May of 2022 we partnered with Replay Games Downtown Fargo. Replay Games is a community-supported modern-day video game and board game arcade. We have over 6,000 video games, over 600 board games, virtual reality featuring the valve index, 10 gaming PCs for 5v5 team-based games, puzzles, and more! Our arcade features a kid friendly atmosphere covering over 45 years of gaming history! Ranging from the OG Atari 2600, to the original Nintendo (and yes, we have Duck Hunt with the gun!) to the modern day with Nintendo Switch and multiple PlayStation 5s!

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Sarah Koustrup
President National Hospitality Services, LLC
Hometown: Sioux Falls, South Dakota
Cornell University
Colorado Technical University
Executives’ Club GOLD Sponsor
Executives’ Club 2024 Leadership Council


Sarah oversees all aspects of daily business operations for NHS, LLC including owner communication and asset management. She is passionate about driving results through company culture, training/development, and outstanding guest service. Sarah serves on the IHG Owners Association and is currently the Chair of the Association ‘People Committee’.

Ms. Koustrup joined NHS in 2012 following leadership roles with outstanding organizations such as Citi, Microsoft and Midco.

Ms. Koustrup holds a Bachelor of Business Administration and Human Resources Management as well as a Master’s Certification in Hospitality Administration and Management. In partnership with Mr. Norman Leslie, Sarah has helped grow the organization to 38 hotels across the United States and is recognized as a Top 200 management company in the United States by size. NHS operates hotels franchised through IHG®, Marriott®, Hilton®, Hyatt®, Radisson®, Choice Hotels® and Wyndham®.

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Human Resources Management
  • Master Certification from Cornell in Hospitality Management with a focus on Financial Management and Hotel Revenue Management
  • 12+ years of Leadership and Human Resources Management Experience

The worst piece of advice she’s ever received…
“Smile pretty and nod.” The manager that told me this was one of the only female managers in that company at the time. She told me that she felt much of her success was because she had the ability to simply listen and get along. I believe in listening, collaboration and a positive work environment, but I think that the very best companies are those where employees feel comfortable sharing feedback, pushing back when appropriate and having leaders with the ability to use that information to make the company better. READ the full Fargo INC! Faces of Fargo Business article

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Susan Hozak
Founder Midwest Nest Magazine
Hometown: Bitburg, Germany
Minnesota State University Moorhead
University of Mary, Bismarck
Member 225 | June 3, 2019
Executives’ Club GOLD Sponsor


Susan founded Midwest Nest magazine in  2017 and operated the magazine until 2023.

Midwest Nest Magazine won several awards on the local and national levels, including the 2020 Niche Award for Best Niche Rising Star, won by publisher Susan Hozak, and the 2020 Best Niche Promotion or Contest, won for the annual Design Challenge. Each year, Midwest Nest  won an ADDY Award from the American Advertising Federation of North Dakota, including three silver awards during its first year of publication. We have also been honored with over 40 awards from the North Dakota Professional Communicators and National Federation of Press Women, including 15 first-place awards which advanced to national competitions. 

Susan grew up in a military family and has lived in places all over the world including Spain and Germany.  She has lived in Fargo since 1999 and loves the culture, people, and growth Fargo has been experiencing. Hozak is also the Marketing Director and Office Manager at Friendly Smiles Cosmetic Dentistry. 

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Brett Colliton
Regional Managing Partner J. Galt
Hometown: West Fargo, North Dakota
West Fargo High
Montana State University
Executives’ Club VIP Member


We Help Small Businesses Optimize Cashflow and Manage Growth

The 7-Step Funding Blueprint to Obtain Business Credit with No Personal Guarantee or Credit Check

HOW WE DO IT: We help you meet lender and credit issuer approval standards BEFORE you apply to absolutely improve your chances of getting approved. We also help you build business credit for your EIN that’s not linked to your SSN without a personal guarantee or credit check. Plus, we also help you access all legitimate business loans and credit lines in one place.

WHY IT WORKS: There’s more capital available for businesses today than ever before. But most business owners don’t know how or where to get it. At J. Galt, we’ve combined technology with certified credit analysts to help you get the most money at the best terms. By helping you qualify, obtaining business credit to make you more lendable, even when you can’t get other financing, and accessing all loans and credit lines in one place. You can get the money you need when you need it.

> Fundability and Credibility Setup to Meet Approval Standards
> Business Credit Building
> Business Credit Monitoring
> Business Financing through Loans and Credit Lines

If our membership can help you or your client, let’s connect.

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Maddie Craig
Founder and Owner Blue Cypher Bookkeeping
Hometown: Fargo, ND
Minnesota State University Moorhead
Member 228 | December 3, 2019
Executives’ Club GOLD Sponsor


As a business owner, how do you feel about tax time? Do you find yourself scrambling to catch up with the books at the end of the year? If your first reaction to thinking about tax time or bookkeeping-related tasks is cringing, a feeling of dread or overwhelm, you’re not alone!

When you’re the boss, you wear a lot of hats. It’s easy to see why keeping up with the books often falls to the bottom of the to-do list. There will always be priorities competing for your attention, but the day-to-day bookkeeping doesn’t have to be one of them.

➤ I am a certified QuickBooks Online ProAdvisor and specialize in helping nonprofit organizations and service-based business owners manage their finances so they can focus on growing their business and take back time for what matters most.

Services Offered:
✔ Ongoing Bookkeeping Services
✔ Accounts Receivable/Accounts Payable Management
✔ Full-Service Payroll
✔ Financial Statements Preparation
✔ Regular 1-on-1 Check in Meetings
✔ Unlimited Email Support
✔ Historical Cleanup/Catch up
✔ QuickBooks Online Setup and Training
✔ All service packages are customized to meet your business needs

About me: I have always been told I am very detail-oriented and good at finding ways to make things more efficient and organized. My experience before becoming an entrepreneur was in various industries including banking, healthcare and in a private foundation as a grants manager overseeing multi-million dollar grants.

I realized what I enjoyed most in my work kept coming back to organizing data, developing processes and efficiency. When I combined those strengths with my passion for finance, it was a natural fit for me to start Blue Cypher Bookkeeping.

I love being able to partner with small business owners in my community and across the country. I call Fargo, North Dakota my home, but because my services are cloud-based, I accept clients throughout the United States.

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Matt Breker
Wealth Advisor Cultivate Financial
Hometown: Rutland, ND
Sargent Central High
North Dakota State University
Member 233 | January 31, 2020


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 and financial planning, investment management, 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 founding Cultivate Financial, Matt learned the intricacies of wealth management at Merrill Lynch and Mass Mutual. Previously he 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.

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Gary Johnson
Owner and Optometrist Dr. Gary Johnson, O.D. PC
Hometown: Warroad, MN
Warroad Senior High
Southern California College of Optometry
Minnesota State University Moorhead
University of North Dakota
Member 235 | February 7, 2020


Dr. Gary Johnson received his Doctor of Optometry degree at the Southern California College of Optometry. In addition to comprehensive and medical eye exams, his office has a special interest in fitting contact lenses and treating dry eyes.

Dr. Johnson was given his first pair of glasses in the 4th grade but was afraid to wear them. “I didn’t see what I was missing until I started wearing them in college. What a difference they made.”

“This is my main job. If you want a fast, friendly, affordable exam, come see me at Visionworks in West Acres, Fargo. We will have your trial contact lenses in stock 99% of the time. I’m available for exams M-Sat 10-6 (later appts given if needed)
701-277-9555 for Fargo”

Outside his practice, Dr. Johnson enjoys biking, walking, swimming, and the occasional round of golf.

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Joe Tjosvold
Founder Advertise Edge | Chezy | Do Tell
Hometown: St. Paul, Minnesota
Tartan Senior High
Moorhead State University Moorhead
Member 238 | March 9, 2020


As a founder of three companies, I have a passion for creating innovative solutions that solve real problems and generate value for customers and stakeholders.

I have a degree in marketing and finance from Minnesota State University Moorhead, which gives me a solid foundation in both fields and enables me to apply my skills in various contexts and industries. I have over 6.5 years of work experience in marketing, sales, and management, leading and growing teams, developing and executing strategies, and delivering results.

Some of my achievements include launching Chezy, a platform that connects chefs and food lovers, in 2021, DoTell, a social app that encourages honest and meaningful conversations, in 2022, and Advertise Edge, a digital marketing agency that helps businesses grow their online presence, in 2017.

I am always looking for new opportunities and challenges to learn, grow, and make an impact. My core competencies are creativity, leadership, communication, and problem-solving. My mission is to create products and services that improve people’s lives and make the world a better place. My field of expertise is marketing, especially in the digital and social media domains. My values and goals are to be ethical, innovative, customer-centric, and collaborative.

Joe attended Minnesota State University Moorhead studying finance & marketing. He was very active on campus as a football player and part of many student organizations. He racked up 6 internships for various positions by his junior year which became boring to him so he started Advertise Edge in 2017. 

“Advertise Edge is a full-service Video Production Company with a strong belief in telling your story through the use of video marketing. We may be based in Fargo, North Dakota but we are ready to travel and always have our passports in hand. Through our creative process, we will work hard to build your brand and elevate your message to the right audience. We don’t want to see you waste your marketing dollars on stock videos and basic ideas. Instead, we want to help you stand out. We want to tell your story in a meaningful way using video production services to create a following. It’s our job to bring the story to life and to keep your audience engaged. We help businesses communicate authentically and effectively through video.”

Joe holds many roles within Advertise Edge but his main responsibility is building a culture where creativity thrives.

Sister company, Chezy was born in 2020 to fill a void for small businesses with high-quality videos but at a fraction of the price. Chezy is a national creative services company providing businesses with high-quality video and photography work at a flat rate. Chezy was created to deliver reliable and affordable creative content to any business.

DoTell was founded in 2022. DoTell is a flexible video marketing solution that works with your marketing agency. “At DoTell, we never work directly with a business needing video marketing. Our mission is to help small agencies provide quality and efficient video marketing content for their clients.”

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Cheryl Bergian
Attorney and Owner Cheryl Bergian Law Office
Hometown: Jamestown, North Dakota
Jamestown High
University of North Dakota
University of North Dakota School of Law
Club Member 239 | April 14, 2020
Executives’ Club 2024 Leadership Council


Cheryl Bergian is an attorney with 35+ years of experience, practicing in North Dakota and Minnesota. She concentrates in personal and small business bankruptcies, but also provides services for estate planning (Wills, Powers of Attorney and Health Care Directives), probate, and guardianships/conservatorships.

Cheryl serves on the North Dakota Supreme Court Guardianship Standards Workgroup, the North Dakota Supreme Court Task Force on Guardianship Monitoring, the Elder Abuse Coordinated Community Response Group (Cass County, North Dakota and Clay County, Minnesota), and the Minnesota Bankruptcy Court Practice Committee.

Cheryl is a life-long resident of North Dakota, is “from” Jamestown, but has lived in Fargo since 1986. She enjoys reading and pets (one rescue dog and three rescue parakeets).

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Jason Orloske
Founder Bridge The Gap Consulting, LLC
Hometown: Hastings, Minnesota
Red Wing High
U of Wisconsin – River Falls
University of Mary
Member 240 | May 13, 2020


BTG was started with the mission to Bridge the Gap between organizational vision and reality.  I’m passionate about helping companies, teams and individuals be successful and deliver value.  My commitment is to help simplify the complex.

At the end of the day, I call myself a “Helper.”

My Values Include:

  • Create More Value Than I Capture – I help companies deliver their big, audacious goals that allow them to grow.  I’m here to create far greater value than I capture in compensation.
  • Harness the Power of Teams to Color Outside the Lines – sometimes a situation requires we look at alternatives to solve complex problems.  Harness the collective wisdom and power of the team to color outside the lines.
  • Communication is My Customer Service – and it’s market driven!  I communicate frequently, clearly, and honestly with our clients and teams.  I’m not afraid to have tough conversations and will offer options whenever possible.
  • Be Better, Not Bigger – The question I ask is, what can I do to make my business better?  By asking this instead of how I can grow my business larger, I focus on my client’s success and ensure they are meeting their strategic goals and maximize value.  I’m usually the quiet one who’s internally motivated to make a difference without shouting!
  • Keep Agile at All Times – processes are great for consistency and repeatability.  However, they are not unbreakable rules to be followed.  Processes are tailored to each company and team, understanding organizational agility and process flexibility are critical to ever-evolving business landscapes.
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Landon Vogel
President and Founder Prairie Ag Products
Bismarck Century High
MEMBER 244 | AUGUST 3, 2020


Landon Vogel is a Fargo Business Entrepreneur who founded Prairie Ag Products in the summer of 2019. Growing up in and around the Ag Industry, Vogel has always enjoyed working in Ag and been fascinated with everything Farming! Being directly involved in the Ag Industry has been a great experience now working with Grain Testing and Grading Equipment, along with the day to day Industrial Supplies Products. Vogel grew up in Edmunds, ND and moved to Bismarck, ND where he graduated from Century High School. He then moved to Fargo, ND where he went to MSUM for his Business/Industrial Distribution Degree. 

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Beverly Boone
CEO Boone Charitable Foundation
Hometown: Grafton, North Dakota
Grafton High
University of North Dakota
Club Member 245 | August 19, 2020


Experienced Executive Board Member with a demonstrated history of working in the philanthropy and Nonprofit industries. Skilled in Nonprofit Organizations Management, Leadership Development, and Networking; graduate of the University of North Dakota.

In the 1980’s she learned the potato brokerage business from her father and was one of few female potato brokers in the state. After a long career in education, she moved to Fargo to continue her 20yr role as CEO of the Boone Charitable Foundation. The Boone Charitable Foundations gives generous donations to area schools, causes and organizations. In 2019 Beverly also accepted a position in Donor Development at New Life Center in Fargo.

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Thomas Stadum
FOUNDER and CEO Fjell Capital
Hometown: Fargo, North Dakota
Fargo North High
North Dakota State University
Member 247 | October 12, 2020


Working to radically change the trajectory of entrepreneurs, their families, their businesses, and their teams.

“Let’s be real, everyone has money problems, no matter who you are. This is true for many reasons and is a massive grey cloud over most people walking around. I’ve worked with hundreds of families and know firsthand that doing money well is hard, but worth it. Furthermore, our world has never needed entrepreneurs more; to innovate and to create jobs and livelihoods for our communities heading into the years ahead. Yet, the stress and toll of entrepreneurship are heavy, just ask an entrepreneur. We work day in and day out to support the families and companies we work for, giving them the confidence and clarity they need to forge on and continue to create value so that at the end of the day they can go home and be with their families.

What is wealth? Wealth is being present and content with wherever you are with whoever is in front of you, not your net worth. My aim is for every person to be happy with money. Because, at the end of the day, we all just want to be happy.” – Tom

As a third-generation financial advisor, Tom Stadum carries on the tradition of his grandfather and father by delivering comprehensive financial plans, prudent investment strategies, and timely service. 

Prior to founding Fjell Capital in 2020, Tom worked as a wealth advisor at UBS for more than seven years. He holds the Certified Private Wealth Advisor designation, Certified Exit Planning Advisor designation, Chartered Retirement Planning Counselor designation, and FINRA Series 7 and Series 66 licenses.

Tom graduated from NDSU College of Business with a degree in Finance. Outside of work, he enjoys golfing, racing sailboats, traveling, and spending time with his wife, Camila, and their children, Lucy and Boden.

Tom’s 2023 Leadership Unfiltered talk…

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Shaun Engelsrud
Owner Dakota Water Conditioning
Hometown: Detroit Lakes, Minnesota
Detroit Lakes High
Mount Ranier High
Minnesota State University Moorhead
Member 248 | October 27, 2020


I grew up in Detroit Lakes, MN, where I was active in sports, hunting, summer and winter activities. I have been in the FM area for over 20 years and so happy to be apart of this thriving community.

I am a Water Professional with Dakota Water Conditioning in West Fargo, ND. Dakota Water Conditioning is locally owned FULL service water management company and we specialize in all types of water issues, whether it’s Iron, Hardness, Chlorine/Chloramine, “Rotten Egg” smell, Arsenic, Tannins, Bacteria, etc. we can fix it. We carry over 20 products that will provide perfect water for any situation. Our residential softeners and drinking water systems come with a 5 year warranty and we stand behind everything we install.

Whether it’s new construction, a remodel, seasonal, or commercial, our softeners and treatment systems can handle it. We carry and install a line of commercial softeners and filtration systems that can handle any application. Whether it be farm operations, boilers, apartment buildings, hotels, hospitals, restaurants, car washes, salons, etc. our systems can be sized and set to provide perfect water for your needs

I would be more than happy to answer any questions and provide a free water analysis to anyone who is wondering about their water, I can be reached at 701-552-0969 or

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Julie Halverson
Sales Manager iDigital Outdoor & Media
Hometown: Kindred, ND
Kindred High
Member 249 | November 24, 2020


I worked at Newman Outdoor for 14 years as an Account Executive, until moving to iDigital Outdoor as the Sales Manager in September 2020.  I have been an Ambassador with the FMWF Chamber for over 10 years.

iDigital Outdoor works one-on-one with companies and Advertising Agencies to develop innovative advertising campaigns that make a difference. We’re locally-owned, on the grow, and working hard to create the largest independent network of digital, and traditional billboards in the Midwest. Our mission is to install digital billboards in high-visibility, well-travelled corridors and city streets, allowing our clients to make the most impact possible with their money.

We look forward to working with you on developing a strategy to reach motorists with your local, regional, or national advertising campaign, and we can’t wait for you to experience the thrill of digital billboard advertising!
Please let me know if I can provide you locations and pricing for your company. Currently we have billboards from Minnesota to Wyoming. 

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Cassie Temple
Founder and Owner Beyond Marketing | Benefits Plus
Hometown: Fargo, ND
Shanley High School
Valley City State University
Member 251 | December 3, 2020
Executives’ Club Associate Director
Executives’ Club 2024 Leadership Council


I’m going to tell you a little story about how Beyond Marketing came to be. It was, quite literally, an accident. In 2019 I was at Thai Orchid (YUM, right?) in Moorhead with a committee for the Moorhead Businesses Association. I was already managing my friend’s Facebook business page for fun + a little creativity that I had been missing. A friend of mine was at this same meeting (Hi, Cindy) and we got talking about what I was doing for my other friend’s Facebook page. She asked if I would meet with one of her company’s board of directors to take on their social media. I almost said no. Imposter syndrome was alive + well. But, I enjoy torture so I said yes and put myself in a very uncomfortable situation. I’ve been handling their socials for 2+ years and it’s the best decision (in business, my husband and daughter are pretty cool) I’ve made. From there, two clients turned to four. Then Covid hit and four turned to seven. And it hasn’t stopped…I’m so grateful to my clients for trusting me to tell their stories, show off their brand, and display their work. I’m biased – but I have the absolute best clients. I am so glad you’re here and I’m looking forward to meeting you!

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Brad Ness
Co-Founder and CEO S&S Promotional Group, Inc.
Hometown: Fargo, North Dakota
Fargo South High
Concordia College
Club Member 255 | February 3, 2021


Brad Ness, MAS is the President and CEO of S&S Promotional Group, Inc. Located in Fargo, North Dakota. S&S has built its business success on the philosophies of hard work, ethical business practices, and a dedication to serve their customers and employees. S&S also live by our core values of Entrepreneurial Spirit, Integrity, I Care, Respect, Responsibility and Teamwork.

Brad completed his B.A. in business administration at Concordia College in Moorhead, MN. Where he has also served on their National Alumni Board and has been a mentor for students.

Brad served on the Board of Directors for the Upper Midwest Association of Promotional Professionals and on their scholarship committee. Brad has also been an active member of the Fargo/Moorhead/West Fargo Chamber of Commerce since 1981. He has served as an Ambassador, Chair of the Chairman’s Club, Chair of the Board of Directors. Brad is also a member of Promotional Products Association International. Through the PPAI Speakers Bureau, Brad has had the opportunity to speak to local students about the promotional product industry. He also served on PPAI’S Legislative Education & Action Day Committee. Brad is currently a member of Kiwanis, FMWF Chamber of Commerce, North Dakota State Chamber of Commerce and NDSU Team Makers.

Brad and his wife Deanna, who is the co-owner of S&S Promotional Group, live in Fargo, North Dakota and have three Adult Children. When Brad is not working, He enjoys hunting, watching NDSU and Concordia Football, Concordia Hockey and spending time at their Minnesota lake place with family and friends.

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Greg Peterson
President and Owner B&G Beverages, Inc.Member since February 8, 2021

Town Hall Bar has been in this community for 85+ years, Small town feel with great prices.

“Ace, we are the Little Round Liquor Store with a Drive Through!”

Town Hall Bar and Ace Beer and Liquors are both located at 1st Street and Main Ave in West Fargo.

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Josh Hutchins
Franchise Owner TWO MEN AND A TRUCK
Hometown: Prairie du Chien, WI
Prairie du Chien High
Winona State University
Club Member 253 | February 8, 2021

Two Men and a Truck Franchise Owner: Fargo, Grand Forks, Bismarck, and Mankato and franchisee of the coming soon – Two Men and a Junk Truck-Fargo

Josh, a dedicated professional with over a decade of experience in the moving industry, began his career with TWO MEN AND A TRUCK in 2014 in Rochester, MN, after relocating from Wisconsin to be with his now-wife, Stephanie. Starting as a driver, Josh worked various positions within the company before expanding his horizons and relocating his family to the Fargo area, where he opened TWO MEN AND A TRUCK- Fargo. Over time, he further established his presence by opening and operating locations in Bismarck ND, Grand Forks ND, and Mankato MN.

As a proud husband and father of four, Josh deeply understands the importance of family and incorporates this ethos into his business practices. He takes immense pride in fostering a culture of growth and development within his company, prioritizing the advancement of his team members.

When not in the office or building work relationships, Josh can be found in the hunting blind or ice fishing shanty, enjoying quality time with his family. His favorite aspect of TWO MEN AND A TRUCK is the sense of family throughout the system, particularly within his franchises. Josh’s biggest word of advice for customers is to start the planning process early to ensure there are no surprises.

Moreover, all of his locations are actively engaged in the community through sponsorships, charitable contributions, and providing sharply discounted moving services for non-profits. With his extensive experience and dedication, Josh continues to make significant strides in the moving industry while nurturing a supportive environment for his employees and clients alike, embodying the Two Men and a Truck Core Purpose of Moving People Forward.

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Stephanie Larscheid
Executive Director Prairie Family Business Association
Iowa State University – Ivy College of Business
University of South Dakota
Member 254 | February 9, 2021


Stephanie has served as Executive Director of Prairie Family Business Association since 2015. She has a proven record of building relationships with members and developing programs that add value to family businesses. Stephanie earned her undergraduate degree from Iowa State University Ivy College of Business and a MBA from the University of South Dakota Beacom School of Business.

An Iowa native, Stephanie has a background in nonprofit work, and her portfolio includes active participation in the Council for Advancement and Support of Education and work with organizations such as the University of Iowa Foundation, Family Visitation Center and Principal Financial Group. She also has third-generation experience in a family business. Most recently, Larscheid served as director of major and planned giving at Augustana University.

Prairie Family Business Association provides a resource network for family business success. We help family businesses thrive through generations.

Prairie Family Business Association’s Core Values

  • Professional: We operate in a highly professional manner. From our written communication to our verbal communication and everything in between.
  • Focused: We are focused on our mission each day by striving to provide high value to our members.
  • Building Connections: We help families navigate the complexities of being in business together. Connections are established among fellow members, sponsors and advisors.
  • Above and Beyond: We deliver on the needs of families and provide them with valuable resources. Customer service is important to us.
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Cal Braun
Independent Agent Integrity First Insurance

I am a proud Shriner and member of the El Zagal Director’s Staff motorcycle corp parade and competition team. Not only do I love to raise money to support Shriner’s Hospitals for Children, I love the camaraderie that it brings. I also love to hunt, fish, ride motorcycle and camp with family and friends.

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Brittney Hogan
Operations and Business Development Livewire
Hometown: Minot, North Dakota
Magic City Campus School
Bismarck State College
Member 261 | May 18, 2021


Brittney is an experienced Director with a demonstrated history of working in the Nonprofit sector. Skilled in Nonprofit Organizations, Fundraising, Management, and Report Writing. I have a passion for grant writing! Strong business development professional with an Associate of Arts and Sciences (AAS) focused in Human Services, General from Bismarck State College. I have a Certificate of Nonprofit Management from Minot State University.

Livewire was founded in 1999 by Kent Kolstad in Alexandria, Minnesota. From the start, Kent aimed to supply our region with world-class audio, video, lighting, scenery and staging for corporate events, conferences, non-profit galas, concerts, and theatrical events, of all shapes and sizes.

In our 23+ years, we’ve had the pleasure of working with thousands of event planners to bring high-quality, impactful, successful events to life. Livewire is now based in Downtown Fargo, North Dakota, with a constant presence throughout the North’s greatest cities including Minneapolis-Saint Paul, Sioux Falls, Bismarck, St. Cloud, and Alexandria.

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Jeffrey Missling
CEO and Executive VP North Dakota Farm Bureau
Hometown: Jeffers, Minnesota
Storden-Jeffers High
South Dakota State University
University of Minnesota – Waseca
University of Maryland
Member 262 | May 28, 2021


CEO of the North Dakota Farm Bureau since 2005, Jeff previously worked for the Minnesota Farm Bureau, the University of Minnesota Extension Office, Cargill and other ag-related businesses.

He grew up on a diversified crop and livestock farm near Jeffers, MN and holds a bachelor’s degree in Ag Business Management from South Dakota State University, as well as a Masters in International Management from the University of Maryland. 

The North Dakota Farm Bureau advocates for farmers and ranchers. The mission of NDFB is to enhance the livelihood of all North Dakota individuals, families and communities by advocating for agriculture, our state’s largest, most important economic sector.

November 19-20, 1942, Farm Bureau officially organized in Valley City, with Charter members from 21 county Farm Bureaus represented the voting body at that first meeting. Today, the organization has more than 27,000 members, and 50 organized county Farm Bureaus. The foundation on which the organization was built – a grassroots, member-driven structure – remains solid. 

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Jason Berg
Owner and General Manager Buffalo River SpeedwayMember since June 3, 2021

I started watching the races when I was about 10-years-old, going to the Red River Valley Speedway by going with my aunt and uncle. 

Back then, the cars were basically either hobby stocks or late models. I had two uncles that raced — Clinton Berg  and Jim Fischer. Jim really got me hooked on racing. He taught me to build cars and do weekly maintenance/repairs.

After Jim retired from racing, I was asked to work on the track doing line-ups on yellow flags. I did that for several years and had a blast.

I worked my way up to Assistant Flagman, and after learning from one of the best in the area (Jim Smith) I became Head Flagman at the Red River Valley Speedway when he retired. Serving in this role was one my favorite racing experiences to date. I have since worked as a Competition Director/Head Flagman at several tracks in the area including Red River Valley Speedway, Buffalo River Speedway, Norman County Raceway, I-94 Speedway and Greenbush Race Park.

I also had the opportunity to work as an official for great events and series around the area including WOO Sprint Cars and WOO Late Model Events at the Red River Valley Speedway, and the Red River Coop Speedway in Winnepeg, Jamestown Speedway, and local series NLRA and NOSA. About the only track I haven’t flagged yet is the River Cities Speedway in Grand Forks, ND. 

About Buffalo River Race Park:
Established in 1955, Buffalo River Race Park was one of the earliest dirt tracks in the upper Midwest to offer weekly racing. The Buffalo River Race Park opened as the Fargo-Moorhead Speedway in 1955 as a quarter-mile dirt track. From 1964 to 1967, the quarter-mile track was paved. Since 1968, the track has maintained a dirt surface. Over the years, the track has also operated under the names F-M Speedway, Fargo Motor Speedway, Glyndon Speedway, and Buffalo River Speedway. In 2007, it was renamed Buffalo River Race Park when general manager Kevin Nathe took the helm. 

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Aaron Stoe
Vice-President Skaff Apartments, Inc.
Hometown: Roseau, Minnesota
North High
University of Minnesota – Twin Cities
Member 268 | September 30, 2021


Aaron holds a B.S. in Agriculture and Food Business Management and spent over a decade in the industry, 7 yrs as an Agronomist with CHS, Kindred and 4 yrs as Asst VP of Farm Management with US Bank, before joining the family business of his wife, Julie Skaff, in 2012.

Skaff Apartments was founded in 1957 by Sam F. Skaff. From the very beginning, Skaff has taken pride in its family approach to its residents.

“We offer a wide variety of rental homes including apartments, townhomes, twin homes, and houses. We are dedicated to providing Value, Variety and Extraordinary Service to our residents. Discover for yourself the sophistication of both our vintage & modern Fargo-Moorhead communities. All of which are closely located to the interstate, shopping, entertainment & restaurants, and the convenience & excitement this city has to offer. Skaff Apartments is sure to astound you with a personal experience only found through this family owned company.  From basic, to retro-chic, to luxurious, Skaff Apartments has a home waiting for you. Call our office today to schedule an appointment. We will take care of you!”

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Tim Meyer
Senior Director Sanford AirMed and F-M Ambulance
Hometown: Hillsboro, North Dakota
Hillsboro High
United States Navy
University of Mary
Member 270 | November 8, 2021


Tim is a Hillsboro, ND native, graduate of University of Mary and veteran of the United States Navy, serving from 1985 through 1989, including 2 years aboard the USS Florida Trident Class nuclear submarine.

“I was a Navy Corpsman and did ambulance work at Camp Pendleton. When I returned to Fargo, I wanted to continue to work in a field where I could make a difference. I am very fortunate to be involved with two of the finest EMS organizations in the country. As Sanford Health’s Senior Director of EMS Operations, I am responsible for F-M Ambulance Service and for the medical staff of Sanford AirMed.”

Sanford AirMed is a Commission on Accreditation of Medical Transport Systems (CAMTS) Accredited hospital based air-ambulance service where I manage the clinical and operational performance of a rotor-wing and fixed-wing air-ambulance system. Sanford AirMed has five bases in North Dakota, South Dakota, and Minnesota. F-M Ambulance Service (FMA), a wholly owned subsidiary of Sanford Health, is an advanced life support (ALS) ambulance service operating in Fargo, ND, Moorhead, MN, West Fargo, ND, and many other communities in Cass County (ND) and Clay County (MN). FMA also operates Thief River Falls Area Ambulance Service in Thief River Falls, MN and Hillsboro Ambulance Service in my home town of Hillsboro, ND. 

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Shari Isaak
Owner Advanced Hospitality, Inc.
Hometown: Washburn, North Dakota
Minot State University
Member 273 | January 2, 2022


Shari graduated Minot State University with a B.S. in Health and Physical Education, leading her to found Isaak Studios in 2007 and become the only full Level 2 Stott Pilates Certified Instructor in ND. Shari recently became Owner of Advanced Hospitality, Inc., which owns and operates Expressway Suites in Fargo.

Personal training certified since 1998
Group fitness certified since 1986
Stott Pilates certified since 2003 
World conference participant since 1990
Added High Speed Training to Isaak Studios in 2016
Attended Workshops for Neurological Conditions and training with Pilates (40 hours)
Classes and Personal Training available
Coached basketball , volleyball and track

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Crystal Nelson
Founder and Owner Fargo Ergonomics and Alter Ergo
Hometown: Bismarck, North Dakota
Bismarck High
University of Mary
Member 274 | January 15, 2022


Crystal is an Occupational Therapist, Certified Ergonomics Assessment Specialist – Level II, Remote Ergonomics Assessment Specialist and the owner of Fargo Ergonomics. She graduated with a Master of Science in Occupational Therapy degree from the University of Mary and has certifications in functional capacity evaluations, functional job assessments, and pre-work screens/post-offer employment testing. Crystal is an expert in work-related injury prevention for every workplace, including industrial, manufacturing, healthcare and office environments. Her experience as an occupational therapist and and her expertise in the treatment of upper extremity injuries fuels her passion to help people prevent the onset of musculoskeletal disorders. Teaching and educating others is what Crystal loves to do. She is also an adjunct professor at the University of Mary – Fargo Campus for doctoral level occupational therapy program. Crystal Founded Fargo Ergonomics in 2016 and its’ sister company Alter Ergo in 2021.

Our Mission: Provide high quality ergonomic assessments to reduce the number of work-related injuries which will help workers feel happier and healthier and help companies prosper and grow.

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Skyler Dutton
Co-Founder and General Manager Thunder Coffee
University of Jamestown
Member 275 | March 1, 2022


Nothing is more satisfying to me than to know the work I am doing is purposeful and that I am having a positive influence on another person. It is this internal drive that led me to making a difference in communities as a police officer, volunteer firefighter, football coach, direct care provider and safety professional.

I thrive in roles that allow me to make decisions and problem solve in a dynamic environment, be empathetic to others, and otherwise use my strengths to build relationships with customers and team members.

My leadership style focuses on clear communication, tact and teamwork towards a clearly defined vision and goal. I strive to improve processes and procedures to make work easier and more efficient rather than settling for “that’s the way we’ve always done it.” My teams know that I care due to the investments I make towards their professional and personal development.

I am family oriented and work to not only provide for my children but also to enjoy the experience of raising a family and supporting them in their endeavors.

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Jon McTaggart
Executive Consultant Platinum Group
Hometown: Frazee, Minnesota
Kutztown University of Pennsylvania
Bemidji State University
Executives’ Club VIP Member


For more than 35 years, I’ve founded, built and grown successful companies and non-profit organizations, across the U.S., in several sectors including healthcare, education, hunger relief and media. In 2021, I retired from American Public Media Group after 10 years as CEO.  Now my passion is helping founders, owners and CEOs who are seeking new paths to grow their business, confronting real disruption and navigating high-risk, high-value transitions.

As a founder, small business owner and former CEO, myself, I now work as an independent and confidential advisor directly assisting entrepreneurs and enterprise leaders to start, grow, turnaround, and sell their businesses.  I also teach the capstone course for seniors in the Entrepreneurship Program of the Offutt School of Business at Concordia College.

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JT Froning
VP Business Development Legacy Plumbing
Hometown: Fargo, North Dakota
South High
Minnesota State Community & Technical College
Member 278 | June 2, 2022


Experienced Sales & Business Development Professional with skills in customer service, team building, culture & leadership. I’m an ideas machine that pairs well with executors. I’m a sales professional who believes in the true power of positive & impactful relationships. I believe feedback is the breakfast of champions & culture eats strategy for lunch, daily.

Legacy is on a mission to deliver the best Plumbing & Heating Experience in Town. We deliver on our promise by honoring our professional obligation, aligning with our Legacy Values, and by constantly keeping the customer journey in mind. We offer 24/7 Service and take pride in resolving your issues at any hour of the day.


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Ian Carlstrom
Regional Director West Central MN SBDC
Hometown: Wadena, MN
Deer Creek Senior High 
North Dakota State University
Member 280 | May 17, 2022


“Being raised by entrepreneurs I learned to creatively think outside the box, break the script, and do things a little differently. I learned the value of hard work and how to work smarter – not harder. ” – Ian

Small Business Development Centers (SBDC) were created in 1980 with a simple goal in mind: to help small businesses start, grow, and succeed. 

The West Central Minnesota Small Business Development Center (WC MN SBDC) provides over 3,500 hours of no-cost business consulting to over 250 clients on a yearly basis. The WC MN SBDC assists in securing over $14 million in investment capital to small businesses annually. We serve businesses in  Becker, Clay, Douglas, Grant, Otter Tail, Pope, Stevens, Traverse, and Wilkin Counties. 

The WC MN SBDC is a public and private partnership supported by the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED),  and local partners. 

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Will Cromarty
Founder and CEO Kirkwall
Hometown: Alexandria, VA
New York University
George Mason University
Johns Hopkins Carey Business School
University of Mary
Member 281 | June 21, 2022


Will Cromarty is the CEO and Founder of Kirkwall, a Fargo-based cybersecurity software firm founded to 

Will is a former CIA officer and national security subject-matter expert in aerospace and satellite systems, space/counterspace weapons system counterproliferation, and aerospace-sector geopolitics; he serves as Executive Director of The Museum Incubator, a STEM-education focused 501(c)(3) nonprofit. Will is a Fellow at The Explorers Club and the Royal Astronomical Society, a National Eagle Scout Association World Explorer, and a past invited lecturer at NASA, USCG NAVCEN, USFS, The UAS Summit, the American Geographical Society, the Naval Postgraduate School, and the Fargo Air Museum where his private collection of Cold War Space Race artifacts is on display. Will is a competitive ultramarathon runner and pistol instructor; he is currently training as a Muay Thai fighter while pursuing his solo skydiver license, FAA Part 107 drone pilot license, PADI Divemaster certification, and PADI Master Scuba Diver certification.


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Brian Bestge
Founder and CEO Mobile Pro
Hometown: Valley City, North Dakota
Valley City High
Brown College
Member 283 | September 6, 2022


Brian loves his job and loves the fact that every client becomes more than a client; they become part of our Mobile Pro family.  Every company needs a 30,000 foot view guy and Brian is ours.  With over 20 years of production experience, he has worked with so many types of production projects and seen how the industry has evolved from live in-person to an emphasis on virtual presentations.  Something no one knows about him is that Brian wants to own a cheese store someday.  Cheese curds, anyone?

Mobile Pro, formerly known as Studio 7 Productions Inc., was founded in 2003 and has been serving our area for over 15 years.

“We have served hundreds of clients in all types of projects. Our professional staff have over 30 years of broadcast and production experience. Our services include video production, pre/post production, as well as script writing, event production, and now LED video screen rental. We serve customers in Fargo, Bismarck, Grand Forks, Minot, Alexandria, Detroit Lakes, Rapid City, and Sioux Falls as well as the surrounding areas.”

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Andy Nelson
President and Employee Owner Fargo Glass & Paint Co.
Hometown: Moorhead, MN
Moorhead Senior High
Moorhead State University
Member 285 | October 22, 2022


Andy joined Fargo Glass & Paint in 2016, after spending 18yrs in management with the family-owned Lavelle Company, including 18 months after the purchase by Parksite. Andy stepped into the role of President of Fargo Glass & Paint in 2020, just one year after the company become 100% employee-owned.

Fargo Glass & Paint Company Founder, E.J. Schonberg was fond of calling his company “The Friendly House”, the son of Swedish immigrants, Schonberg founded the Fargo Plate Glass Company in 1917 with $10,000 of borrowed money and absolutely no experience in the glass business.

The brand-new company announced itself to Fargo in an advertisement placed in the Fargo Forum newspaper on February 5, 1917.  The ad claimed, “We know we’ll never get any more than we earn or deserve, and we expect to hustle for all we get!”.

We have a long-standing belief that the success of Fargo Glass and Paint Company is due to employees buying into the attributes the Company was founded on.  It is also believed that the success of the Company should then be shared with employees who are key components in creating Company success. This Company belief of sharing with the employees came full circle in 2019 when Fargo Glass and Paint Company became 100% Employee Owned.

Fargo Glass and Paint Company currently has five locations to serve its customer base throughout the upper Midwest.  Headquartered in Fargo, North Dakota, Fargo Glass and Paint Company has branches in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, Minot & Bismarck, North Dakota along with a retail store located in Fargo, ND.

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Ryan Fritz
Founder and CEO Office Sign Company
Hometown: Fargo, ND
Fargo South High
Northwest Technical College
Member 287 | November 16, 2022


Ryan founded Office Sign Company – designers and fabricators of custom office door signs, wayfinding signs, room signs and unique interior signs for demanding professionals – from his basement, in 2008.

Today, Ryan and his team of 30+ are also focused on giving back to the Fargo-Moorhead region through our service to the individuals and organizations that make our community so special. One of the values of Office Sign Company is service which includes serving our customers, service our employees, and serving our community. We have been blessed with the opportunity to produce thousands of beautiful office signs for businesses in Fargo, but beyond the signs we produce for these customers, we also feel a sense of pride in knowing that we have contributed to the betterment of the city we reside in through the donations, sponsorships, and volunteer opportunities that are company has given back.
A sister company called sells apparel, artwork, gifts, and more that are designed with Fargo, ND in mind. Ryan also founded, promoting and archiving children’s artwork by creating museum-quality childrens art reproductions, posters and canvas prints.

Ryan has also been a freelance artist for the past 30yrs. Check out his art and paintings at

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Katherine Kiernan
Founder and Owner Aspire Realty | Sterling Grace, Inc.
Hometown: Wanamingo, Minnesota
Kenyon-Wanamingo senior high
University of Wisconsin – Stout
Metro State University
Member 288 | December 31, 2022


My passion in anything that I’ve done professionally has always grown from the relationships I have formed with my clients. Professionally my career has always been in a Finance focused role. From my first professional experiences at Merrill Lynch as a Client Associate, to an expansive career within banking in roles ranging from Personal Banking to Human Resources to Branch Management the one thing that has always propelled me is forming long-lasting, trust based relationships with all of my clients regardless of their financial standing or personal situations.

This love and passion for the client and the long term picture that recognizes “what we do today will have a long-term, lasting effect” was the catalyst that sent me into the real estate realm. It is my true belief that Real Estate is one of the best wealth harvesting and supporting arenas that one can invest their money in. However, it is one of the most dangerous as well. One bad investment decision can be financially crippling. I have seen this in the past with clients and I have seen that when this situation arrives my banking clients have felt lost.

With this client driven perspective, I dove head first into Realty to assist our clients and loved ones in avoiding these situations head on but also for people to have and advocate to call should they find themselves in this position. This is our passion and all that we strive to for; and when your passion meets your purpose the path is clear and unwavering.

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Jaymes O’Pheron
Owner and Founder Catalytic Conversations
Hometown: Aberdeen, Washington
Certified John Maxwell Team Coach, since 2020
mEMBER 289 | MARCH 3, 2023


Greetings friend, my name is Jaymes O’Pheron.

Yep, Jaymes with a wye– or as I like to say – Jaymes with a why. “Why” is one of my favorite questions, and Iʼm an expert in asking questions.

I started out as a freelance web developer, though. I was good at it; I enjoyed the intellectual challenge. But I found myself burning out. In the process of exploring why and resolving the underlying issues, I discovered a passion for helping other nerds not kill themselves. As I gained experience, I found myself gravitating towards coaching other developers and helping them develop their skills more effectively. I particularly found satisfaction in leveraging my experience working 100% remotely and my communication expertise to help others make authentic connections online, even outside my industry.

Similarly, in my obsession (my wife might say addiction) with Toastmasters I’ve found myself gaining more fulfillment and satisfaction from coaching other speakers than from doing speeches myself — despite the fact that I love giving speeches. I also volunteer a great deal with and help lead addiction and recovery ministries, and then draw from that and my own experience with recovery to constantly help those around me.

When I realized all these things, it clicked for me, and I discovered that while web development was what I did, coaching is who I am. Now, I’m pivoting my focus from being a web developer to serving web developers, other remote professionals, and hybrid communities. There is a huge need right now with digital burnout on the rise and soft skills becoming not only a necessary edge in competitive markets but also becoming increasingly critical for survival. Depression is not just lost productivity.

So let me ask you a question.

How are you doing? Really doing? (‘Fine’ doesnʼt count. In all my experience, I have never encountered someone who was purely, truly, just ‘fine.’)

Do you want to do better? Let’s talk about hope, solutions, and your future.

I’m looking forward to hearing from you. 🙂


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Shannon Full
President and CEO Fargo Moorhead West Fargo Chamber
Hometown: Grantsburg, Wisconsin
grantsburg high
Education: University of Wisconsin – Eau Claire
Member 290 | March 7, 2023


A proven, passionate thought leader in developing and implementing strategy, building complex collaborations, executing innovative approaches, developing and leveraging relationships and partnerships, and developing impactful teams.

I have had the pleasure of leading Chambers/Economic Development organizations for the last 20 years. I have spent my professional career facilitating complex situations, leveraging relationships and resources toward a common goal, influencing decision makers, effectively creating and delivering communications to diverse stakeholders, assessing current landscape, developing strategies for success and effectively implementing change.

I am a life-longer learner that strives for continual improvement, transformation and excellence. I lead with insatiable energy, an open mind, and captivating courage. Areas of strength for me are external and community affairs, stakeholder engagement, strategic partnerships and collaborations, fund development and stakeholder engagement, inclusive strategy development and leadership development.

My strongest skills are leading and empowering a team, establishing collaborations and relationships, interpersonal communications, community affairs and public relations, public speaking and presentations, organizational management, relationship building, developing solution-based strategies, and creating and implementing dynamic vision.


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James Hendricks
Financial Advisor PRISM Financial
Hometown: Bemidji, Minnesota
Bemidji High
North Dakota State University
Member 293 | June 5, 2023


As the owner of PRISM Financial, James Hendricks implements unique, innovative, and straightforward solutions to help clients’ financial goals become a reality. With both a local team based in Fargo as well as partnerships around the country, he helps business owners, farmers, and corporations address their unique challenges. James understands that his clients bring value to the growing community of Fargo-Moorhead-West Fargo as well as local farms in Minnesota and North Dakota. Through advanced planning solutions, industry expertise, and strategic national partnerships, he offers guidance and sound solutions to help navigate stressful situations.

“We have found in recent years through working with our clients that business owners and farm operations are often underserved and misunderstood,” James said. “We believe in putting each client’s specific situation and unique priorities at the front of our planning and we want to meet them where they are at. We like to be the people that can offer guidance and sound solutions to help align with what their vision is.”

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Yvette Reyes
Owner FM Aerial & Movement Arts
Hometown: Crookston, Minnesota
Fisher Secondary
Armand Hammer United World College of the American West
Northland Community & Technical College
Member 294 | September 10, 2023


Since April 2019, FM Aerial & Movement Arts has offered aerial classes for the community to take part in. As the studio and variety of classes have evolved over the years, Owner Yvette Reyes has pushed through various challenges to continue her goal of offering a space for people to come and have support, community and fun.

FM Aerial & Movement Arts has and continues to grow in the community under Yvette’s leadership, but she accounts a lot of that to different mentors and friends along the way. The first time she visited the studio (that she now owns), she was a 20-year-old, fresh graduate from welding school, attending a pole class in 2016.

I create opportunities for people in the area to explore different styles of movement such as pole dance and aerial arts. The focus is to increase body awareness and appreciation facilitated through small group interactions. We believe movement is an art, and to dance is to enhance quality of life.


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Rod Marchand
President and CEO Marchand Retail Group, Inc.
Hometown: Harvey, North Dakota
Harvey High
Member 295 | September 11, 2023


Rod F. Marchand is the president and CEO of Marchand Retail Group, Inc. operating multiple businesses including retail, wholesale, and manufacturing. 

As a second generation, family-owned business operation, he is excited to welcome his sons into the transition of a third-generation ownership group. 

Rod is a proud husband and father of seven children and currently three grandchildren, dedicated to inspiring other entrepreneurs to seek out achieving their dreams and goals!  

Established in 1980, we are a family owned company which operates several businesses, including Retail, Wholesale, Ecommerce, and Real Estate Development and Management. Our mission statement “In every encounter and every interaction, we must leave the world a better place than we found it” sums up our management philosophy. 

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Donald Ahlschlager
Branch Manager MMC, Metropolitan Mechanical Contractors, Inc.
Hometown: Maine, Minnesota
Underwood Secondary
St. John’s University
Member 296 | September 12, 2023


Metropolitan Mechanical Contractors, Inc. is a commercial mechanical services contractor that is dedicated to designing, building, and installing the best mechanical solutions for your facility. Since 1963, we have been providing complete mechanical systems including HVAC, chiller and boiler systems, plumbing, sheet metal fabrication, and ongoing service and maintenance. MMC has an impressive portfolio of completed projects including the Mall of America, Target Center, Target Field, and the Xcel Energy Center. We have the knowledge and experience to design even the most complex mechanical systems for commercial facilities across the entire Midwest including Minnesota, North Dakota, Iowa, South Dakota and Wisconsin.

Don has been with the company since 2014 and in the management position in Fargo since 2021.

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MacDalton Berns
Chief Executive Officer Absolute Studios
Hometown: Bismarck, North Dakota
Century High
MN State University Moorhead
University of Mary
Member 297 | September 20, 2023


Absolute Studios is a full-service agency dedicated to helping businesses build their brands. Our team of strategic thinkers has all the tools to help tell your story across all platforms through consistent, cohesive campaigns. No matter your audience, we understand how they think and how to reach them. From our largest campaigns to our smallest projects, we strive to inject our work with creative that clicks, not just for the sake of being creative, but to communicate your message in a way your audience won’t soon forget.

Absolute Studios is an award-winning creative production team dedicated to helping results-driven professionals build brands with personality. We have the tools in-house to help tell your story across all platforms through consistent, cohesive campaigns.

It’s not just what you say, it’s how you say it, where you say it, and to whom you say it to. With an unmatched commitment to building collaborative relationships with our client partners, we create content that clicks with your audiences and keeps them coming back for more.

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Hannah Bettenhausen
Founder 654 Business Strategies
Hometown: Minneapolis, Minnesota
South Sr High
Minnesota State University Moorhead
Member 298 | September 22, 2023


“Empowering businesses to scale, streamline, and succeed.”

With 14+ years of pioneering operational growth, strategic insights, and operational expertise, I stand at the helm of diverse industries to architect transformative solutions for startups and businesses, guiding them towards success.

I’ve discovered that every organization, big or small, has a unique pulse. I’ve aimed to understand that pulse, helping to refine operational procedures, and mentoring teams, always with an underlying goal: to achieve cohesive, sustainable growth.

At 654 Business Strategies, we offer not just services but transformative solutions tailored to unique organizational needs. As an Integrator, I’ve transformed visions into actionable plans, bridged communication chasms within diverse teams, and mentored tomorrow’s leaders.

Our mission? To catalyze growth, refine processes, and pave the roadmap, setting businesses firmly on the path to success.

Having laid the groundwork for multiple flourishing ventures, my forte lies in amplifying profitability, mentoring executives, and bridging communication divides.

But, it’s not just about numbers and strategies; it’s about a passion to elevate and inspire. As the host of ‘The Flourish Mindset’ podcast, I empower fellow entrepreneurs and business mavens to bring their dreams to fruition.

As a passionate public speaker and a leadership course creator, I’m keen to share insights on leadership, championing women at the corporate forefront, and the essence of productivity. It’s my humble attempt to share insights, inspire, and learn alongside others.

In a world awash with noise, I believe in making a difference – not just an impression. Every business has its symphony; I help you find and fine-tune yours.✨

If you’re driven by passion, innovation, and excellence, let’s navigate the maze of business growth together.

For inquiries, collaborations, and opportunities, drop me an email at:

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Alisha Ankers
Attorney at Law Alisha Ankers Law Office
Hamline University
University of North Dakota School of Law
Member 299 | September 29, 2023


Alisha Ankers is licensed in Minnesota and North Dakota, with a focus on family law issues.  At Alisha Ankers Law Office we strive to create a comfortable environment for all, in which Alisha can use her more than 25 years of experience to effectively help you achieve a favorable outcome in your divorce, child custody, visitation and other family law issues.   We can also help with your estate planning needs including the preparation of wills, living wills and power of attorney documents.

 We offer a $180 consultation.  During your initial consultation you can ask questions and discuss options.  With more than 25 years experience, Alisha is well qualified to let you know realistically what your options are and what you can expect.  If you feel we are the right firm for you, Alisha can let you know at that time what her initial retainer would be.  We realize our clients are making some of the hardest decisions of their lives, and we want them to be confident in choosing this firm.

  • North Dakota Supreme Court Appeals
  • Child Custody Investigator
  • Alternate Dispute Resolution (ADR) Roster
  • Guardian Ad Litem
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Laetitia Mizero Hellerud
Executive Director Jeremiah Program Fargo-Moorhead
Hometown: Shatanya, Gitega
University of Mary
Harvard Kennedy School Executive Education
Université du Burundi
Lycée Sainte Thérèse de Mushasha


Laetitia Mizero Hellerud is the Executive Director of Jeremiah Program’s Fargo-Moorhead campus. She is a seasoned leader with over 27 years of professional experience working with minoritized and underrepresented populations.

A 24-year resident of the Fargo-Moorhead community, Mizero Hellerud has spent her career and much of her life supporting women and children through forward-thinking leadership, program management, community engagement, advocacy, and equity-driven principles. After a decade of advocating for Head Start families and coordinating the statewide settlement of new refugees, she has most recently led policy and systems change and advanced gender, racial, and socio-economic inclusion as a published author, Bush Foundation Fellow, board member, and leader in North Dakota, South Dakota, and northwestern Minnesota. This work has also been critical to Mizero Hellerud’s intercultural consulting practice in the areas of diversity, equity, access, belonging, immigrant issues, and qualitative and quantitative research methods. A well-traveled leader, she brings her holistic worldview to any space and project she is engaged in.

Mizero Hellerud holds an M.S. in management from the University of Mary, Fargo, and an executive certificate from Harvard University’s program Leadership, Organizing and Action: Leading for Change.

She and her husband, Mark, live in North Dakota and Minnesota. Their blended family includes two adult children (Yann and Nicole) and a springer spaniel named Laurel.

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Glen Stevens, Jr
Founder The Mental Fitness Guy
Hometown: Burlington, North Dakota
Des Lacs Burlington Senior High
Minnesota State University Moorhead
Trinity International University
Member 301 | October 5, 2023


Too many small business leaders become successful but end up feeling trapped by their own success. As a certified Mental Fitness Coach and certified Business Made Simple Coach I help leaders install the Business and Mental Fitness Operating Systems they need to 2x their revenue and cut their stress in half. With over 25 years of leadership experience I’ve seen how easy it is to get in your own way. How painful burnout is. The enormous difference a system that works makes for success and scale. That’s why I love coaching others to install the two operating systems they need so they can flourish like never before. I believe that if I can help a small business leader I not only help them, I help their team. I help their organization. I help their community. I help them create a legacy for their family. So together we can make our world a better place to live for everyone!

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Mesud Heco
President Select Pro Cleaning
Hometown: Zepa, Bosnia and herzegovina
West Fargo High School
Minnesota State Community and Technical College
Club Member 302 | October 6, 2023


With over 10 years of experience, Select PRO Cleaning consistently delivers high-quality and efficient cleaning for our domestic clients and over 1 million square feet of commercial space per week. Locally owned and operated, Select Pro Cleaning has 8 employees and operates 24/7. Whether you need your cleaning done in the morning or night. We got you covered. Our technicians have the skills and experience to handle any task that comes their way.

Our mission is to deliver quality results to our customers while helping our community.

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Marc Bushee
Real Estate Sales Professional Marc Bushee, Inc.
Hometown: Moorhead, Minnesota
Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton High
Member 303 | October 15, 2023


Marc Bushee epitomizes integrity, hard work, energy, and creative problem-solving in every detail of his Real Estate transactions. Marc was born and raised in the Fargo/Moorhead area. Starting his real estate career in 2009, he has built a successful business working with buyers, sellers, land developers, new construction, and investors.

In Marc’s free time, he loves spending time with his family as well as his hobbies: fitness training, fishing, board games, and self-improvement. He is continually educating himself on Real Estate matters, keeping up to date on new trends, legal issues, marketing strategies, negotiating techniques, and market data so that he may serve his clients best. Marc also enjoys mentoring new Real Estate investors and sharing his knowledge of Real Estate investment to help entrepreneurs build wealth. Whether you are looking to buy, sell, or invest, Marc is an experienced professional you can trust.

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Richard Anderson
Hometown: Anthony Township
Ada-Borup High
Rasmussen College
Member 304 | October 23, 2023


Currently working at Prairie Naturopathic Doctors and helping people Build Health. As Chief Integration Officer, I am the glue guy on the management team, helping connect everyone to align the direction. 

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Kelsey Kopp
Owner Great Kids Therapy, Ltd.
Hometown: Dickinson, ND
Dickinson High 
University of North Dakota
Club Member 305 | October 24, 2023


Kelsey bought Great Kids Therapy in 2022 from Sarah Meinhardt. She wishes to continue Sarah’s dream and legacy of creating a welcoming environment with knowledgeable staff. It is Sarah and Kelsey’s hope that each child and family that walk in to our doors is able to feel important get the care they deserve.

At Great Kids Therapy, our mission is to provide exceptional pediatric outpatient therapy services for children with special needs, fostering an environment where every child can thrive and reach their full potential. We are committed to creating successful kids by helping them achieve meaningful goals through relationship development, education, and a strengths-based collaborative approach.

Kelsey graduated in 2013 with a degree in Occupational Therapy from the University of North Dakota. She has worked in a variety of pediatric outpatient clinics. She enjoys incorporating many senses and skills into every activity.  Kelsey enjoys using play-based approach to improve daily functioning skills.  Kelsey became a Certified Autism Spectrum Disorder Clinical Specialist in January 2022. 

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Rachel Nelson
Owner and Doctor of Chiropractic Revive Chiropractic
Hometown: East Grand Forks, Minnesota
East Grand Forks Sr High
University of North Dakota
Northwestern Health Sciences University
Member 306 | November 9, 2023


Growing up in the small Minnesotan town of East Grand Forks, Dr. Rachel Nelson had a lifelong dream of becoming a doctor. After receiving chiropractic care for a sports injury she sustained while participating in high school hockey, she later fell in love with how the human body heals itself. Her primary goal is to assist patients in recovering and returning to their jobs, hobbies, and daily lives.

Prior to finishing her Doctorate of Chiropractic with a Sports Emphasis at Northwestern Health Sciences in Bloomington, Minnesota, where she received her degree in 2020, Dr. Nelson earned her undergraduate degree from the University of North Dakota. Dr. Nelson was a practicing associate doctor, and, after spending two and a half years earning invaluable experience, she is now eager to further service the Fargo-Moorhead community with her own practice. Dr. Nelson has assisted patients ranging in age from newborns to those who are 100 years old with a variety of problems, including colic in newborns, athletes getting back in the game, teenagers dealing with anxiety, people working desk jobs with neck discomfort, and many others. Every patient who enters Dr. Nelson’s office receives the greatest care possible because she is enthusiastic about it. She wants to identify the source of your issue and support you in leading the best possible life.

When she is not at the office, she enjoys spending time with her family, which includes her wife Nicole, daughter Atlas, and two dogs named Brew and Denali. Hockey, hunting, being outside, and spending as much time at the lake as possible are other activities that Dr. Nelson enjoys.

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Jason Boutwell
Partner and HR Consultant Pro Resources
Hometown: Appleton, WI
Appleton West High
North Dakota State University
Member 307 | November 29, 2023


As a Partner and HR Consultant at PRO Resources, I help small businesses in SD, ND, and MN to boost their revenues and profits by outsourcing their human resource functions. I have over eight years of experience in delivering HR technology, capacity, expertise, and buying power to clients across various industries and sectors.

I enjoy partnering with business owners, HR managers, brokers, business coaches, fractional CFOs, and CPAs to introduce solutions that solve business challenges through the creative application of technology. I also leverage my background in IT sales and sales engineering at Marco, a $400M value-added reseller, to offer innovative and customized HR software and services. My mission is to help small businesses focus on tasks that are strategic to their growth and success.

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Stephen Schmitz
Executive Director Wheatcrest Hills Healthcare Center
Hometown: Wheaton, Minnesota
Wheaton High
Valley City State University
Collegiate Management Institute
University of Mary 
Member 308 | December 8, 2023


“I excel at finding and fixing problems. I love challenges and believe that progress should never be standing still. There is always something to improve, grow and learn. Under my leadership, you won’t find many things standing still unless they work very well. I feel strongly that my job is to grow and improve the people and programs under my care. Turning around staffing and other departmental or program challenges has been an extremely gratifying part of my experience. I have learned much and continue to learn on a daily basis.

When I left law enforcement, I wasn’t sure what I wanted to do next. I wanted to try something new and found that the only way to do that was to accept employment. As a result, my resume looks like I changed jobs frequently when, in fact, it reflects experimentation and learning opportunities.

During my journey, I found that I thoroughly enjoy program administration, coordination, learning from others and embracing new challenges. I have numerous goals and I track and work towards improvement daily.

I am a very motivated, ethical person who is open to feedback and learning opportunities. I love challenges and excel at reading people and finding opportunities for self-improvement and I am passionate about assisting others and helping them grow as individuals and when appropriate as a team.”

Schmitz is a Wheaton, MN native. His dad was a sheriff and his mother a kindergarten teacher, so it’s no wonder that Schmitz would eventually be in the business of helping others. He spent 17 years in law enforcement, mostly in North Dakota.

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Matthew Christenson
D.C., Owner Dakota Clinic of Chiropractic, PLLC
Hometown: Fargo, North Dakota
North Dakota State University
Member 309 | December 10, 2023


Dr. Matthew Christenson grew up with humble beginnings in Fargo, North Dakota and went to undergraduate school at North Dakota State University.

At seventeen he suffered an autoimmune reaction to a flu vaccine (RA) that left him incapacitated and on many prescription medications. Chiropractic and functional medicine saved his life so he decided to pursue it as a career.

He graduated Magna Cum Laude with his DC degree in 2010 and was selected by his colleagues as class commencement speaker. He has been in private practice for 13+ years (half of these were in Texas/the remaining half back home here in West Fargo). As a chronic entrepreneur, he has also owns a nutrition and supplement company, a Chiropractic consulting company and dabbles in real estate.

Dr. Matthew has spoken across the country to thousands and is a published author. He sees his businesses as his ministry and is a firm believer that Happiness is only found in serving God and serving God’s people. He also enjoys helping others to discover, develop and deploy their talents to the world. In his free time he loves being a father, reading, classic cars and the outdoors.

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Jason Fischer
Parts Midwest, Inc.
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Derek Nolte
Founder and Owner TruHome Property Solutions
Hometown: Fertile, Minnesota
Fertile-Beltrami High
University of North Dakota
Lake Region State College
Member 312 | January 29, 2024


In the community of Grand Forks, a groundbreaking idea took shape in 2016. Derek Nolte, with a decade of property management experience, embarked on a new adventure – launching TruHome Property Solutions. Derek’s vision was bold and straightforward: to transform the property management landscape by integrating advanced technology with a deep emphasis on personal connections.

TruHome’s philosophy extends beyond mere property upkeep. Our mission is to make each property a delightful place for its residents. We utilize the latest tech solutions to streamline processes, but our core focus remains on nurturing strong, personal relationships with our clients and tenants. Every property we manage is treated as a unique community, deserving of special attention and care.

What truly sets TruHome apart is our dynamic leadership team, collectively holding over 50 years of industry expertise. Guided by Derek’s leadership, we’re a group united by a shared passion: to redefine the standards of property management. For us, TruHome is more than a business – it’s a family committed to excellence and innovation.

Today, TruHome stands as a pillar of innovation in Grand Forks, ND. We have grown to a formidable team of 20, managing 700 residential rentals. But our impact goes beyond numbers. We’re deeply invested in the community, consistently seeking ways to contribute positively and foster a spirit of togetherness.

Updated 3 months ago.
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Liz Markham
Membership Director Greater North Dakota Chamber
Hometown: Parkers Prairie, Minnesota


I am the new Membership Director at the Greater North Dakota Chamber (GNDC), North Dakota’s premier business advocacy association who is solely dedicated to promoting and defending the free enterprise system on behalf of businesses of every size and in every sector.

I’ve always placed great significance on relationships and am dedicated to comprehending the needs of members/businesses. My prior experiences have equipped me with valuable business acumen and providing meaningful context.

Before joining GNDC, I was the proud owner and operator of a funeral home in Iowa for the past fourteen years. In this capacity, I emerged as an active figure within the Iowa Funeral Directors Association, using my insight to champion the initiatives and concerns of the funeral industry before the Iowa legislature.

I am always on the constant hunt for adventure! I can easily get lost on a hiking excursion regardless of the location. I hold two associates (Mortuary Science & Business Marketing) and recently relocated to Bismarck to be with my fiancée – who also happens to be my high school sweetheart. I am the proud mother of 5 children with 2 bonus daughters. When I’m not seeking adventure, I can be found binging Yellowstone, shopping for a new tote, or probably listening to vintage country music.

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Tyler Francis
Vice President Dakota Monument Company

coming soon!

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Jason Hearn
Owner Overloaded Laundry
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Taylor Badger
Owner Badger Logistics, Inc.
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Shawn Riley
Co-Founder Bisblox
Hometown: Lanesboro, Minnesota
American InterContinental University 
Western Governors University
Member 316 | March 24, 2024

Over my career I have served as a CEO, COO, CIO, CTO, and all the fun EIEIOs of an executive team in organizations from small startups to multi-billion dollar enterprises. Today I give back by helping others grow and learn to become whatever they dream to be.

Founded in 2022, Bisblox Vision is a question: How might we help others succeed?

Bisblox guides you through the “Business Blocks” necessary to help your company reach your goals. 

Whether you are a startup or a fully mature organization, our Venture Studio model will help you to improve your run-operations, grow your revenue, or transform your business.

We can help you improve and deliver real results. 

Shawn Riley assumed the role of Chief Information Officer (CIO) for the State of North Dakota Information Technology Department in April 2017 after being appointed by Gov. Doug Burgum. Shawn had served in IT leadership positions for the previous 22 years, where he’s demonstrated the ability to transform organizations through the use of technology.

Earlier in his career, he consulted at IBM and other Fortune 500 companies nationally and internationally on network, system security and compliance, training, e-health, and e-business projects. From 2004 to 2017, he worked for Mayo Clinic in numerous roles, including regional roles as Chief Information Officer, Chief Technology Officer and Information Management Officer.  

Shawn and his wife, Michelle, have three children. In his off hours, Shawn enjoys being a history interpreter and competitive marksman. You may find him out in full costume as a colonial soldier telling the stories of the American Revolution.

Updated 3 months ago.
Keith Stensgarg
Partner Sidestreet Grille & PubEdgewood Tavern
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Kimberly Flamm
Owner/Operator Chick-fil-A West Acres
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Conner Riley, AIA
Founder Riley Properties, LLC
Hometown: Morris, MN
BOLD Senior High
North Dakota State University
Club Member 318 | May 8, 2024

“Actively pursuing my first business through acquisition | Sharing my entrepreneurial journey”

Architect, Aspiring Acquisition Entrepreneur & “Small Business” Owner, REI Investor & Developer, Tiny House Builder, & Carpenter, Mentally Fit

I’m relentlessly pursuing my VISION for the future and it’s going to change more than just my life, it’s going to change the world. Building a LEGACY for my family and enjoying the journey that is life.

God, Family, & Friends.

God gives me strength to endure all things. Jesus was born and died for our sins. I’m here to live out the life I was designed for and I will not fail Him.

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Gareth Jones
Chief Executive Officer Immersive Reality USA
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Kurt McSparron
Founder The100, Inc. , dba The Executives’ Club Fargo-Moorhead
Founder | August 14, 2015
Hometown: Grandin, ND
Hillsboro, Moorhead, Norman County West High Schools
School of Communication Arts Minneapolis; Radio/Television Broadcasting


Regardless of the topic of conversation at the clubhouse, Kurt can usually chime in with, “I used to do that!”, to which someone will typically reply…”Where haven’t you worked?”.

Farmhand; Pizza Guy; Bobcat Operator; Camera Operator; Taxi Driver; Bartender; Floor Director; Head Slicer; Playtown Leader; Store Manager; Dept. Manager; Sales Manager; Visual Display Coordinator; Member Representative; VP-Marketing; Business Development; Consultant; Owner; Founder; Owner; Founder; Partner; Partner; etc., etc., etc.,…but always willing to fill the position of General Laborer.

In 2010, Kurt accepted a “dream job”, that combined several of his passions; small business, entrepreneurship, growth, change and US politics. A few years of enthusiasm and success were lost to the bureaucracy and eye-opening realizations. On August 14, 2015, he left the position he’d once loved and put the idea of a local business, growth and leadership initiative on the table at a downtown Fargo coffee meeting. That morning, The 100, Inc. was formed, now doing business as The Executives’ Club of Fargo-Moorhead. 

Kurt’s title, today, he says is, simply…”student, helper, idea guy and connector”.

What is your favorite thing about your professional life? “Each day, I get to have impactful and powerful conversations with some of the area’s best business leaders, plus I get to lend a hand in their innovation, their creativity and, hopefully, their fulfillment.” 

Kurt has also held a seat on the Editorial Board of Fargo INC! Business Magazine since 2020. Today, the Executives’ Club, NELCO First Aid, Inc. and ProTek, Inc. operate from a non-descript bunker in West Fargo known as The Grindstone, because, (from a favorite quote)…Life is a grindstone. Whether it grinds us down or polishes us up, depends on what we’re made of.”

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