Page 26

25

Business Lessons

From Gary Tharaldson

M

y first interaction with Gary Tharaldson, North Dakota’s richest person, came at 4 p.m. on a Wednesday. It was a quiet day in the office. Most everybody was at the groundbreaking for the Block 9 Tower downtown so it was just one other employee and I in the office at the time. From my office, I hear a bell going off letting me know that there’s somebody who needs help up front. I hear from my office, “Is Andrew here?” I trudge out of my office wondering what this is going to be about. I walk up to a man who looks like he’s not afraid of hard work

but still sees the best in the world. In a polo shirt and khaki pants, he introduces himself as Gary Tharaldson and hands me a signed copy of his book. That’s right. North Dakota’s richest man, valued at $900 million, traveled to Downtown Fargo and braved the construction and traffic just to deliver me, a lowly journalist, a copy of his book. And that’s exactly the type of person that Gary Tharaldson is. After that interaction, Tharaldson quickly agreed to do an interview and, boy, did we learn a lot. Here are 25 lessons we learned from our hour and a half interview.

BY Andrew Jason PHOTOS BY Hillary Ehlen

24

NOVEMBER 2018

Profile for Spotlight Media

Fargo INC! November 2018  

Gary Tharaldson is one of North Dakota's most prominent business men. We talked with Gary and some of his employees to learn the secrets be...

Fargo INC! November 2018  

Gary Tharaldson is one of North Dakota's most prominent business men. We talked with Gary and some of his employees to learn the secrets be...