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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Josh Christy
Chairman Argyle Ventures
Hometown: Fargo, ND
Fargo North High School
University of North Dakota
FOUNDING MEMBER 3 | August 17, 2015 
EXECUTIVES’ CLUB VIP MEMBER

I am passionate about developing a better way to create and grow companies that matter. I partner with startups and agencies to help them succeed with product-focused development, marketing, and testing.

As a state representative and a technologist for over 20 years, I also leverage my strategic thinking and consulting skills to support the innovation ecosystem in North Dakota. I am driven by the impact that I can create for the resources given, and I value honesty, accountability, and passion in my work.

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Cindy Cole – Softing
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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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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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.

Congratulations!

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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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, mycreativeshop.com, 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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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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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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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.

SERVICES WE PROVIDE:
> 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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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.

WILL CROMARTY, 2023 LEADERSHIP UNFILTERED…

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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.