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DECEMBER 2016 | VOL 20 · NO. 4

Anoer great year in e books because of you!

Community Builders Community Builders are a level of Premier Partner businesses committed to improving the area by investing in our programs and events.


6 Facts About Fargo’s Air Service

What we learned at last month’s Eggs & Issues

9 Voices of Vision Recap

Highlights and photos from Robert O’Neill’s talk

25 Member Spotlight

Churches United for the Homeless

27 Member Profile

Eric Newell, Stoneridge Software





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Eggs & Issues Event Calendar Last Month in Photos Women Connect Business Training Young Professionals Network Meet the Volunteers Young Entrepreneurs Academy Leadership FMWF Member News New Members Ribbon Cuttings


25 Find The Chamber Online

@fmwfchamber For past issues of The Bridge:

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Bank of the West Blue Cross Blue Shield ND Boulger Funeral Home Central MN Credit Union Cole Papers, Inc. Consolidated Communications Dabbert Custom Homes First International Bank High Point Networks Indigo Signworks J&M Printing Knight Printing

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Limitless Car Care Services Marco NDSCS Network Center Otter Tail Pro Resources Ramada Plaza & Suites Village Business Institute University of Mary Warner and Company Wells Fargo


BOARD OF DIRECTORS Judd Graham Chair Steve Swiontek Chair Elect Mark Nisbet Treasurer Jon Riewer Immediate Past Chair Peggy Kennedy Member at Large Beverley Adams Bernie Dardis Tom Dawson Kyle Dorow Mike Dragosavich Jodi Duncan Jenni Huotari Michelle Kommer Doug Restemayer Joanna Slominski Jeff Volk Craig Whitney

Brian Ingulsrud American Crystal Sugar Agribusiness

Bremer Bank

Erica Johnsrud Ronald McDonald House Ambassador Member Relations

Gate City Bank

Patty Mastel Fargo-Moorhead Area Foundation Ambassador Public Relations

Xcel Energy

Angie Ryan Network Center Inc. Business Training

Eventide Senior Living Communities Minnesota State Community & Technical College

Megan Stoner Marco Leadership FMWF Brian Shawn American Red Cross - RRV Chapter Military Affairs

Sanford Health Indigo Signworks Dawson Insurance Essentia Health Spotlight Media Inc. Flint Group Eide Bailly Western State Bank D-S Beverages, Inc. Mortenson Construction Moore Engineering, Inc. The Chamber

Marshal Albright Cass County Electric Cooperative Inc. Public Affairs Amanda Carlson State Farm Insurance Young Professionals Network Jodi Heilman Coach My Brand Women Connect



Craig Whitney President/CEO


Samanatha Gust

Professional Development Coordinator


Jim Parsons

VP of Finance/Operations


Amanda Hofland Communications & Marketing Manager


Julie Doggett

Information Systems Administrator


Katie McPherson

Graphics & Publications Coordinator




Tracy Powell

Katie Ralston

Bobbi Rehder

Director of Events & Programs

YEA! Program Coordinator

Events Coordinator


Darren Dunlop

Business Development Manager


Tracy Meckler

Membership & Advertising Sales Manager


Mickayla Thompson Member Relations Coordinator


Tyler Fischbach

Multimedia Coordinator


Elly Peterson

Government Affairs & Advocacy Coordinator


Julie Yourczek

Administrative Support Coordinator

THE BRIDGE (USPS 124-430) is published monthly by the Fargo Moorhead West Fargo Chamber. For each issue received, $3.50 of membership dues are applied toward subscription of the newsletter. Periodicals Postage Paid at Fargo, ND 58102 and at additional mailing offices. Publication No. 124430. POSTMASTER: Send address changes to The Bridge, PO Box 2443, Fargo, ND 58108-2443; 218.233.1100.

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The holidays are here, and it gives me pause to reflect on yet another incredible year at The Chamber. A year that could not have been accomplished without so many important people. First, I would like to thank our Chamber board—a diverse and impressive group made up of highly qualified, engaged and dedicated people committed to the success of the organization and our region. These 16 individuals graciously give their time and talents to better our community. And to the 15 wonderful staff that I have the honor and privilege to work with every day, I say Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you and your families. This team works tirelessly to give all we can to our members throughout the year, sometimes sacrificing time away from their loved ones. I especially want to thank our well over 500+ dedicated volunteers. You are the ones that through your dedicated, time and commitment to The Chamber help us spread the word on the work of our organization and the importance of being a part of the region’s largest business association. Thank you! This year we celebrated many successes! Our events and program grew, and we kicked it off with the largest ever Women Connect, celebrated the first full year of YEA!, enjoyed Shark Tank in March and graduation in May. In March, we launched our newest and ninth committee on Agribusiness, and in June sent the largest group of military families to our Military Appreciation Night at the RedHawks. We ended the year strong with our leadership in the campaign to further efforts to secure permanent flood protection for the region, with both Fargo Measure 1 and Cass County Measure 1 gaining approval from voters. I’d be remiss to not mention Voices of Vision, which we just hosted last month with Robert O’Neill. It’s an honor to hear such inspiring messages on leadership from national figures, and our survey responses indicate that this may have been our best event yet! None of this would be possible without our over 2,100 members representing 109,000 employees. I’m grateful to have such fine folks support The Chamber, and I look forward to another great year in 2017! FMWFCHAMBER.COM · 5

EGGS & ISSUES Facts About Fargo’s Air Service

As the metro’s only airport, Hector International Airport is a key player in bringing people to our community through air travel, and it plays a vital role in the region’s economy. November’s Eggs & Issues looked at this very topic. Shawn Dobberstein, executive director of Hector International Airport, joined us for an update on recent upgrades and future plans, and Michael Lum, consultant with Sixel Consulting, shared an overview of the air service market. Here are a few things we learned. • The airport’s largest revenue driver is the parking lot, which generates between $2.5 to 3 million a year, followed by car rentals through a revenue agreement, which generates about $1 million. • No tax money goes toward the day-to-day operations of the airport; it is 100% self-sufficient. • $15.3 million was spent on airport construction in 2016. • All airports in ND have an estimated $1.56 billion economic impact. Fargo’s is over $378 million. • TSA and other airport vendors are looking for employees, and female screeners are especially needed. • The Airport Authority has determined that a parking garage isn’t viable right now, but there is a spot for it in future master plans. • An elevated, enclosed walkway is planned to connect the parking lot to the second floor passenger terminal. • Also in the master plans is space for new gates and terminals to the East, more food & beverage options and expanded employee parking. • FedEx’s cargo flights just started operating out of Fargo, bringing in 75 jobs plus another 50 through its feeder partner and post office contractor. • The cost of oil and current economy greatly affect the airlines, and when the price of oil increased, airline capacities dropped— though it recently has slowly started to go up again. • Average domestic fares have also increased. Today, they are 19% higher than they were 10 years ago. • Today’s four major airlines – Delta, United, Southwest and American – operate 82% of U.S. domestic flights. • An average of 1,130 passengers a day use Fargo’s airport. An estimated 539 “leak” to Minneapolis instead. • The airport staff and Sixel Consulting has met with eight other airlines in the past year to explore increased air service. Lum said that they are strongly pursuing Alaska for their Seattle service. • The industry is experiencing a pilot shortage due to many factors. Dobberstein said that even the military is experiencing this, and he thinks it is only going to get worse, though he is advocating for a quality-based training program rather than quantity.



EGGS & ISSUES A Preview into the Legislative Sessions



January is an important month in Minnesota and North Dakota, as it marks the beginning of both legislative sessions. After an interesting election season and with changes being made on the national and statewide level, many things will be examined. We will hear from Andy Peterson, president of the Greater North Dakota Chamber of Commerce, as he shares what the ND State Chamber will be working toward this year and how it could affect your business. Jennifer Byers, vice president of grassroots & Chamber relations at the Minnesota Chamber of Commerce, will outline the Minnesota Chamber’s priorities and discuss how a local Chamber can have a key role in those efforts.

Tuesday, January 3

Registration (includes breakfast)

7:30 to 9 a.m. Courtyard by Marriot Fargo-Moorhead

Chamber Members: $30 in advance | $35 at the door Non-Members: $40 in advance | $45 at the door

Register at or by calling 218.233.1100.


Beverage Wholesalers, Inc. | Bremer Bank | Cornerstone Bank | Home Builders Association of Fargo-Moorhead KLJ | Livewire | Moore Engineering, Inc. | ROERS | Wanzek Construction | Wells Fargo Bank


#FMWFEggs Eggs & Issues events expose the community to expert speakers on timely topics about the issues affecting Fargo Moorhead West Fargo.



State of the Cities Thursday, January 12, 2017 8 to 9:30 a.m. Holiday Inn Fargo Join us again at State of the Cities! Hear from our four metro mayors and weigh in with your opinion on what issues are most relevant to our region. Register online at or call 218.233.1100.


Economic Outlook Forum February 15, 2017 | Noon to 1:30 p.m. Ramada Plaza & Suites Jim Paulsen, chief investment strategist at Wells Capital Management, returns for a keynote address, and Starion Bank’s Dan Staller will present on the results of the economic survey.

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SEAL Team Six Leader Robert O’Neill Shares Inspiring Message


Robert O’Neill no doubt has had his fair share of high-stress situations throughout his more than 400 combat missions as a Navy SEAL. But his outlook is what gets him through, and at November’s Voices of Vision event, he shared the lessons he learned to more than 900 in the audience. O’Neill discussed the rigorous training that Navy Seals go through – training that 50% do not make it through – as well as incredible stories from his missions on the frontlines keeping America safe. There were many takeaways from his talk. Things like stress is a choice. Panic is contagious, but so is calm. Be prepared, but don’t overplan. Be able to laugh at yourself. Don’t react; do respond. Micromanagement wastes time. Failure is a great learning tool. The less you talk, the better you work, because you get rid of noise. No matter what, keep moving forward. And of course, never quit.

“Bravery is not the absence of fear. It’s the ability to recognize it, push it aside and move on.” — Robert O’Neill


Join us for a special Business Training session with a national speaker!

February 8 | Hjemkomst Center with

Stevie Ray 9 to 11 a.m.

Next Stage Networking

Over 90% of new business is gained through face-to-face interaction, but most people are awkward at networking. Learn how to take the fear and stress out of working the room.

1:30 to 3:30 p.m.

Next Stage Communication

In this exciting course, learn simple steps to take your communication skills to the next stage, improving your life and career. Stevie Ray is a successful keynote speaker, corporate trainer, entertainer, talented writer, lucky husband, and worn-out stepdad. He is equal parts entertainer and educator.

CALENDAR OF EVENTS: DECEMBER 2016 Holiday Business After Hours

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Thursday, December 1 | 4:30 to 7 p.m.

Ramada Plaza & Suites and Conference Center


Businesss Training: Leveraging LinkedIn – It’s Not Just for Jobseekers Wednesday, December 14 | 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Cambria Suites, West Fargo

YPN Holiday Party

So You’re Interested in Grad School...

Herd & Horns Bar and Grill

Dakota Medical Foundation

Tuesday, December 6 | 5:15 to 7:30 p.m.

Forget Work-Life Balance: Aim for Blend Instead

Tuesday, December 13 | 3:30 to 5 p.m. Sanctuary Events Center


Thursday, December 15 | 5:30 to 7 p.m.

To find all of the upcoming Chamber and community events, visit or call 218.233.1100.

Tuesday, January 24, 2017 3 to 5 p.m. Holiday Inn Fargo

Featuring Jessica N. Turner

All attendees receive a FREE copy of Jessica’s book, “The Fringe Hours”!

Making Time for You: Secrets of The Fringe Hours

Are you always juggling something? Is it difficult to make time for you? If so, you aren’t alone – and it’s time for a change. Discover the secrets for finding fringe hours to do the things that you love. From time management tips to why it is so critical to pursue your passions, national author Jessica N. Turner will empower you to change your life by practicing self-care. Turner is the author of the best-selling book, “The Fringe Hours: Making Time for You” and founder of the popular lifestyle blog The Mom Creative. Additionally, she is an award-winning marketing professional and a writer for HuffPost Parents, and DaySpring’s (in) courage.

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Chamber Members: $40 in advance | $50 at the door Non-members: $60 in advance | $70 at the door



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After dinner dancing Complimentary glass of champagne or wine Monte’s famous balloon cascade at midnight


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Eggs & Issues last month looked at Fargo’s air service, with reports from Shawn Dobberstein of Hector International Airport and Michael Lum of Sixel Consulting. For the full event recap, see page 6.


November’s Business Training helped us all feel a bit more secure. Lisa Jemtrud of the Better Business Bureau, Rick Davis of Insight Technologies, and Jesse Van Nevel of First International Bank & Trust, shared important information about protecting your identity online.


Thanks to all that participated in YPN’s events last month. We had another great time at Off the Clock at Rookies, and volunteering with CHARISM on Halloween! The YPN also toured the Busch Malt Plant.

We also had a great time at Women Connect at Sanctuary Event Center. Check back in January for photos.

Frostival 2017 Let’s embrace winter and show the world that it’s an exhilarating season to experience! Join the CVB for a weekend of games and activities in the middle of winter – January 27-28, 2017. Registration is now open for team competitions including snow golf, volleyball, kickball and FMWFCHAMBER.COM · 13 softball. Learn more at




Forget Work-Life Balance: Aim for Blend Instead “It’s a beautiful thing when work and life come together to form the perfect blend.” – Danielle Paulus and Tamara Anderson. As women, we get really focused on trying to find the perfect work-life balance. We put a lot of self-imposed pressure on ourselves to give equal time to our professional growth, family and friends, our health, how we spend our leisure time, and our spiritual self. What if we told you that you don’t have to find a perfect balance, but rather the right work-life blend for YOU? We ANDERSON PAULUS end up constantly feeling stressed yet we continue to chase that perfect balance. Work and life don’t readily compartmentalize themselves. Technology alone makes it very difficult to completely separate. So let’s look at how we can find perfect for YOU. In this session, Paulus of ROERS, and Anderson of Dale Carnegie Business Group, will discuss five keys to creating your perfect work-life blend that’s as good and as satisfying as your favorite cocktail. We’ll set smarter goals that will help us achieve what we set out to do and relish the success we create. You’ll walk away feeling like you can confidently say, “I’m doing what I need to be doing right now. I’m focusing on what I need to be focusing on right now. I’m present in my life right now.” Please consider bringing new men’s socks to donate to the Dorothy Day House of Hospitality.

Tuesday, December 13 3:30 to 5 p.m. | Social 5 to 6 p.m. Sanctuary Events Center


Chamber Members: $25 in advance | $30 at the door Non-Members: $35 in advance | $40 at the door Register at or by calling 218.233.1100.


American Crystal Sugar Company | Bell Bank | Bremer Bank, N.A. | Choice Financial | Consolidated Communications Dabbert Custom Homes | Discovery Benefits, Inc. | Eventide Senior Living Communities | First International Bank & Trust Gate City Bank | Heritage Homes, LLC/Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Premier Properties | KLJ Minnesota State University Moorhead | Network Center, Inc. | Otter Tail Corporation Ramada Plaza & Suites and Conference Center | Vogel Law Firm | Wanzek Construction Inc. | Western State Bank

A PUSH Group Success Story “I joined a PUSH group in August of this year, we have eight people in our group. We set a date every month regardless if everyone can make it. I have also met individually with a few people within the group. We lift each other personally and professionally every time we are together. It’s hard to describe the instant connection you have with some people that you cross paths with, and I’m so grateful that I’ve met these women. Recently, I went through a difficult experience, and without hesitation three women in my PUSH group were calling, texting and sending me words of encouragement. We don’t meet people by accident; they come when we need them the most, and they stay for the fun, the challenges, the sadness and ultimately for the authentic friendship. I’m grateful for the PUSH group and I realize that it was no accident that we were put in the group together.” — Tiffaney Holm, Sanford Health Foundation To learn more about PUSH, or to join a group, email or visit FMWFCHAMBER.COM · 15

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It’s Not Just for Jobseekers

Culture Talk

Giving a Voice to Your Biggest Brand Advocates Companies often focus their efforts on building brand ambassadors outside their organization. And while remaining dedicated to client and customer satisfaction is vital to any company’s success, it’s important that organizations don’t overlook their biggest, most accessible brand advocates in the process.

Building your network before you need it is about so much more than job seeking. When you invest in building your network, it can also help you attract people to your team, find great vendors and contractors for projects and connect with folks who need your services. In this training, Kirsten Jensen, founder and digital strategist of Next Action Digital, will talk about defining who you want to connect with so you can grow your network strategically and decline some requests without guilt. We’ll also explore ways you can use LinkedIn to provide value to your connections, generate sales leads, be an advocate for your organization and share tips for building a profile that tells the story of who you are as a professional. As a bonus, all attendees have the option of getting a new headshot taken to use on their LinkedIn profiles! Jensen has worked at the intersection of technology and communication for more than 18 years. She worked in digital marketing at Sanford Health for 13 years and she spent three years at Onsharp. At Next Action Digital, she works with leaders and organizations to tell their brand story by empowering employees to connect, build relationships and share their experience. This training qualifies for 2 CPE credits for the ND CPA Society

Wednesday, December 14 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Cambria Suites, West Fargo


By investing in company culture and empowering employees to advocate for your brand, you can tap into some of your most influential brand ambassadors. When the people at your company become champions of your brand, your employees, clients and customers benefit. Hear from Stephanie Schroeder, vice president of marketing for Discovery Benefits, as she discusses the importance of building brand advocates both inside and outside the organization. She’ll also explain the role company culture plays in turning employees into brand ambassadors and cover methods for encouraging employees to vocalize their advocacy. Schroeder is a brand evangelist, content strategist and design enthusiast. Her passion is in building relationships as a mechanism for brand engagement, and she personally believes employees are the biggest untapped potential for building brand champions in most organizations. This training qualifies for 2 CPE credits for the ND CPA Society

Wednesday, January 11 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Hilton Garden Inn

Registration (includes lunch)

Chamber Members: $27 in advance | $32 at the door Non-Members: $40 in advance | $45 at the door Register at or by calling 218.233.1100.


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Coming January 18 The Chamber’s Operation Thank You has one mission: to say thank YOU! This special event is right around the corner again, and we are excited to share our new member materials. This is our biggest Ambassador-driven event of the year, and our Chamber volunteers will be stopping by on January 18 to deliver new packets with our 2017 Metro Profile & Directory, new window clings, flyers and more. Our ambassadors love the opportunity to personally thank each member organization while bringing new Chamber info to your doors. See you soon! Join the fun! If you are a Chamber member, please consider volunteering to help us to say “thank you” to all our members. For more information and to become involved, please contact Mickayla at 218.233.1100.

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YPN Holiday Party

Tuesday, December 6 5:15 to 7:30 p.m. Herd & Horns Bar and Grill 1414 12th Avenue North, Fargo $15 Members, $25 Non-Members Registration required

So You’re Interested in Grad School…

MBA, Leadership & Entrepreneurship Programs Near You Thursday, December 15 | 5:30 to 7 p.m. Dakota Medical Foundation, 4141 28th Avenue South, Fargo $5 Members, $10 Non-Members | Registration required

Join us for this festive and fun evening at the annual YPN Holiday Party at Herd & Horns Bar & Grill! Come to enjoy delicious hors d’oeuvres, a cash bar with a signature YPN drink among many others, the famous naughty or nice paddle game with awesome prizes, and you can even let your competitive side show in their newly renovated game room. This is our biggest bash of the year and we would hate to have you miss out. Register today!

Whether you’ve been tossing the idea around for a while, or you’re just now looking into taking your education to the next level, this event is for you. Join the YPN as we host a graduate school event, focused on MBA, leadership and entrepreneurship programs. We hope to arm you with all the information you need as you decide “what’s next.” Representatives from the Carlson School of Business (U of M), Minnesota State University Moorhead, North Dakota State University, University of Jamestown and University of Mary will host a panel focusing on topics including: • When you should start the application process • How can I pay for this? • Online vs. in-person • Full-time vs. part-time • How will this benefit you professionally


Sign Up for Corporate Cup! Registration for the 2017 Corporate Cup teams opens up on Monday, February 6 at 9 a.m.


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MEET THE VOLUNTEERS Learn more about some of our dedicated committee members. These are just two of the many people who help us do all that we do. We thank them for their support and service. What do you do when you’re not working? I like to get involved in the community and check out all the fun events happening in town. You might find me playing music bingo, kickball with Lake Agassiz Athletics, making peanut butter, finding random adventures or enjoying a good craft brew. I also recently started trying my hand at embroidery! What is best about living and working in Fargo Moorhead West Fargo? The people! This community is extremely generous and supportive. It’s a bigger city with the small town vibe. It amazes me every day how much it is growing and adding opportunities to better the lives of those of us living here.

ERICA JOHNSRUD Member Relations Ambassador Committee Chair Development Director, Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Red River Valley

What do you like most about being involved with The Chamber? The Chamber offers wonderful opportunities for professional and personal growth. I feel like the Chamber is a great way to learn more about this community and what I can do to contribute to make it an even better place to live, work and play. I have also been able to meet a lot of people that I would not have met otherwise to work alongside and to call friends. What is one thing you would like other people to know about your committee? Member Relations Ambassadors get to learn a lot about new businesses in town. We have a fun time getting to know each other and get an insider’s look at unique offerings of our community. What is the best professional advice you have ever received? Like what you do. You spend a lot of time at your job so you may as well like it!

What is one thing you would like others to know about your committee? Our goal is to connect businesses to The Chamber and to introduce them to the benefits of being a member. Some of the benefits are honoring businesses with a grand opening or anniversary celebrations, staff training, Women Connect or Business After Hours, to name a few. What do you do when you’re not working? When I am not working I enjoy hanging out with my family, running, reading and traveling. The best thing about living and working in the Midwest is definitely the people of our community!

TAMMY ASKEW Member Relations Ambassador Vice President, Personal Banking Officer, VISIONBank

What do you like most about being involved with The Chamber? The people! Fargo, Moorhead and West Fargo have grown so much over the years, but we still continue to have the “North Dakota nice” going on. It is enjoyable to meet with the new businesses opening but also just as exciting to meet the businesses that have been around for years that specialize in something innovative. There are multiple opportunities for connecting people within our business community. Our Member Relations committee provides as a liaison to The Chamber and its benefits. Our committee members all share the same optimism for every business we meet and personally try to get to know the businesses we represent and work with them to utilize their Chamber benefits to optimize their success! What is the best professional advice you have ever received? Be yourself, be honest and work hard.




YEA! STUDENTS IN THE SPOTLIGHT This month, we want to brag a little about our YEA! class. The 2016-17 class is a diverse group of well-rounded, high achieving students. We have athletes who play soccer, tennis, football, basketball and softball at recreational, junior varsity and varsity levels. We have students who love the outdoors and enjoy fishing, hunting and archery. We have musicians who play piano, clarinet and violin. We have a student who competed in the National Math Counts competition in Washington, D.C. and another who received a Presidential Award for his academic accomplishments. We even have a student who is an Eagle Scout! One student was recently awarded a grant to aid in the launch of the non-profit she is developing in YEA! Finally, many of our students enjoy volunteering, traveling, online gaming, conducting experiments and studying topics like space and computer science in their free time. We continue to be impressed with the intelligence and creativity these students bring to the table. At this point in the program, the students have finalized their business ideas and are now naming their businesses. Next month, they will start writing their business plans under the mentorship of professionals who are volunteering their time to help these students achieve success.

In Other News… Recently, it was announced that our local YEA! program is one of 10 in the nation that

experienced more than 25% growth in the last year! We want to say thank you for helping us spread the word about this exciting program and its benefits to our students and our community as a whole. Also, a huge thank you to our sponsors for believing in this program enough to help us get it off the ground and continue to offer it to our students! We also want to thank Beans Coffee Bar and Red River Coffee for donating gift cards that were distrubuted to students during our 30+ student recruitment presentations.



SUPPORTING SPONSORS Concordia College | Eide Bailly Microsoft | MSUM | NDSU Network Center, Inc. | Starion Bank FMWFCHAMBER.COM · 21




LEADERSHIP CLASS LOOKS AT NON-PROFITS Focusing on diversity and the non-profit landscape, the Leadership class partnered with the Fargo Moorhead Coalition for Homeless Persons where they spent the morning guiding our participants through an impactful, and some may even say stressful, activity called the CRACKS Simulation. Each participant was given an identity of a homeless or poverty stricken area resident who had to navigate every day expenses such as a mortgage, rent, health care, food, etc., without having the means to pay for the things we so often take for granted. While they were only putting on an act, it really helped the class understand that homelessness and poverty are a real issue in our communities. We then headed over to two of our community’s non-profits, Churches United for the Homeless and the Vocational Training Center, where the class was able to get an insider’s look at the difference they are both making to those they serve and our community as a whole. To finish up the day, a panel that included Brenda Richman, Bobcat/Doosan, John Fisher, CHARISM and Leann Wolff, Great Outcomes Consulting, focused on how to take the class’s newfound knowledge of our local non-profits and move forward. Whether they were interested in starting a volunteer program in their businesses, how to find opportunities to give back on their own or what it takes to join a professional board, they are now armed to go forth and make a difference. To add a little skill development to the day, Brian Shawn, Midco Sports Network, spoke to the class about media relations from an organizational standpoint. Making sure to tell the story the public wants to hear, when the best time is to pitch a story and making sure to thank the often underappreciated journalist are just a few of the tips and tricks he covered. A special thanks to the American Red Cross and Drekker Brewing Company for hosting this session.



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Churches United for the Homeless

provides “shelter and support in a spiritual setting” for people experiencing homelessness and was established in October of 1987. It is the only emergency shelter in the FMWF area that serves men, women and families. Here’s what else Pastor Sue Koesterman, executive director, shared with us. Are there any initiatives you’re focusing on right now? Churches United for the Homeless works to address the root cause of homelessness by improving incomes and connecting residents to community services with a goal of increasing housing stability and preventing a return to the shelter. Supported by a coalition of nearly 60 member congregations, Churches United for the Homeless relies heavily on community partners for prayer, donations and volunteers and to meet its mission of providing shelter and support in a spiritual setting; participation in faith-based activities is completely optional for residents. The organization is scheduled to begin construction on 43-unit permanent supportive housing development in late 2016. We are excited about our organization and the ways we are making a difference in the community. We are looking forward to finishing strong in 2016 and are always grateful for the support we receive!

Shelter and Support in a Spiritual Se g

Fast Facts Total employees: 23 Year founded: 1987 Shelter location: 1901 First Avenue North Leadership: ED – Pastor Sue Koesterman; Director of Development-Babs Coler; Finance Manager-Andrea DeMars and Director of Support Services- Ginny Stoe Company awards: Outstanding Support of Homeless Veterans Program 2008-2016; Rising Star Award from Impact Foundation

What do you like best about doing business in Fargo Moorhead West Fargo? The people. We have the most amazing, generous people in the Red River Valley. What is one thing you most want other Chamber members to know about you? Churches United for the Homeless would like to connect with more businesses. We offer tours, volunteer opportunities and speakers for any business looking to expand their community affairs reach. What do you like most about being a member of The Chamber? The training and the networking we receive from Chamber events. We run Churches United for the Homeless more efficiently because of our Chamber relationship. This improves services to our residents as well as maximizing donor dollars.

Interested in Having Your Business Highlighted Here? The Member Spotlight section of The Bridge profiles various member companies with unique stories to tell. We’re looking for small businesses in current good standing with The Chamber that have a unique offering, interesting history or are just doing something spectacular. Tell us who you think deserves to be featured! Fill out the form at to suggest a business, or email


What Newell Wants You to Know Implementing a new business software solution for your company can really help you grow your business. When it’s done right, it doesn’t have to be painful. The time saved by not using paper or multiple people doing data entry in multiple places can lead to increased ROI, efficiency, responsiveness, better decision making and greater profitability. Putting in a solution that streamlines your business not only helps your company grow; it also improves the experience your team members have at work. 26 THE BRIDGE · DECEMBER 2016

As most any entrepreneur knows, with great risk comes great reward, and that is certainly the case for Eric Newell, founder of Stoneridge Software. A long-time Microsoft employee, Newell left in 2012 to start his own business as a Microsoft Dynamics software partner.

Besides adrenaline, you can find Eric running on 4-5 cans of TaB per day

With a passion for business excellence and the drive to better serve the market, he set out to create a company with a great environment and great people. “It had been a dream of mine to start my own business since I was a kid, and the timing worked out well,” Newell said. “When I began Stoneridge Software, it was the right time in my own career development and the right time for my family.” In the first year, Newell was joined by several Microsoft veterans to form a dream team that helped establish the company in the market quickly. The team defined its core values as integrity, technical excellence, tenacity, a client centric approach and enjoying our work, which laid a great foundation for the company’s growth. And things grew quickly. Each year saw more customers, more employees, new divisions and new product releases. Now, just four years later, Stoneridge Software employs 67 team members and has three times as many customers in the area as any other Microsoft Dynamics AX or NAV partner. And like any great leader, he credits the success of the company to his whole team. “I haven’t seen, as capable of a team anywhere that are all moving in the same positive direction,” he said. “We truly do have the best folks in the industry.” All this growth keeps Newell busy. He travels one or two days a week to their Minneapolis office to meet with clients and the Twin Cities team. When he’s not there, he can be found in meetings, on the phone and conducting job interviews. But he makes sure to balance it all with family time every evening, avoiding work between 5 p.m. and when his daughters go to bed.

Community Involvement

A resident of Barnesville, Minnesota, Newell also chaired the Economic Development Authority for years. Realizing that larger businesses will never move to a small town, he made the conscious decision to change that and inspire economic growth from within. He has now set the example that a successful national business can be based in Barnesville. It’s also important to Newell to give back to his community. “I like being involved in my daughters’ activities, so I started the K-2 basketball program for Barnesville Community Education and have been coaching basketball ever since,” he said. “My wife, Becky, and I run the Whist tournament every year at the annual Potato Days Festival and my friend Leah and I play music at Barnesville’s Purple Goose restaurant once a month or so as well.” And in 2015, a pay-it-forward initiative at Stoneridge Software allowed his employees to choose charities to donate to, in which 40 different organizations received funds as part of their corporate giving campaign.

Moving forward...

What’s next for Newell and crew? “For the company, we want to be viewed as the best Microsoft Dynamics partner out there,” he said. “We want to be seen as the go-to choice if people are looking at a business solution software in the region. We also want to develop some industry specialization so we can serve some specific industries that haven’t gotten a lot of attention from modern software.” Throughout all his experience, Newell says he’s learned that communication and culture are key to the success of an organization. “It’s important to provide role clarity to your team and provide them the training and knowledge mentoring to make sure that they prosper,” he said. “I’ve also learned that there is always more to learn.” FMWFCHAMBER.COM · 27

MEMBER NEWS: COMPANIES Industry professionals have ranked the Edward Jones website as the best in financial services in terms of ease of navigation, straightforward design and available options for users, according to 25 financial advisors in Dilworth, Moorhead, Fargo and West Fargo. The award recently was presented as part of the Web Marketing Association’s 17th Annual Web Awards. Judges included chief executive officers, creative directors and web developers across 96 industries including technology, health care and financial services. Judges scored each website across seven categories including design, innovation and technology. The Edward Jones website scored 67.5 out of a possible 70 points and surpassed the financial services industry average of 50 points, scoring perfect scores for both content and ease of use. Edward Jones also won the Technology category for large broker/dealers at the 2016 WealthManagement. com Industry Awards. The award recognized Edward Jones for being the first large financial services firm to introduce two-way texting with clients that meets industry regulations, a challenge some in the industry assumed insurmountable. Edward Jones introduced two-way texting with clients in late 2015. On October 12, Houston Engineering, Inc. (HEI) accepted the Project of the Year award at the North Dakota Water and Pollution Control Conference for their work on the 4th Street South Flood Protection Project in Fargo. The award was bestowed by the North Dakota Chapter of the American Public Works Association (APWA) for communities with populations greater than 5,000. Projects were selected based on several criteria, including good construction techniques, safety, community relations, protecting the environment, unusual accomplishments and additional conditions deemed important to the public works agency. As a result of the project, properties were kept out of the floodplain, preventing them from being subjected to paying flood insurance, continuing to save residents hundreds of dollars per year. Marco has been included in an elite and exclusive group of companies after receiving a CRN, a brand of the Channel Company, Triple Crown Award, October 26. Only 48 companies in North America earned this annual award this year, which is based on revenue, growth and technical expertise. Throughout 2016, Marco has earned CRN’s Tech Elite 250, Solutions Provider 500 and Fast Growth 150 awards, and simultaneously met each award’s criteria, which led to winning the Triple Crown Award. This award recognizes solution providers leading the IT industry. Marco was ranked No. 145 in the Fast Growth 150 Award, No. 103 in the Solutions Provider 500 Award and has won CRN’s Tech Elite 250 Award 14 times since 2001. This is the first time Marco has been honored with this award, which is in its third year. 28 THE BRIDGE · DECEMBER 2016

Rookie Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz has signed an endorsement contract with Sanford Health. The former North Dakota State University signal caller and Sanford have a long-running relationship, dating back to his formative years in Bismarck. Wentz joins several other elite professional athletes with local ties who have chosen Sanford POWER as their exclusive sports medicine partner United Capital Financial Advisors won the DisruptorsIndustry category of the 2016 Wealth Management Industry Awards with its FinLife Partners Platform. Advisor demand for United Capital’s investment tools and client resources prompted the company to launch FinLife Partners in April 2016. The platform incorporates United Capital’s “financial life management” approach to advising clients. Among the platform’s features is a personalized FinLife Initiation Plan, which provides staffing assessments, workflow modification recommendations and revenue projections, all of which can be measured and tracked through Salesforce. United Capital has received positive feedback on the platform, which is being beta tested by two user groups. It was previously tested by United Capital’s 120 advisors, and $16.9 billion in client assets.

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Maria Beatriz Leal, Biomanufacturing Operator Lori Bjornson, Quality Assurance Specialist Stephanie Cossette, GMP Document Coordinator Vicki Clark, Shipping and Receiving Specialist McKenzie Ensrud, Shipping and Receiving Specialist Kari Graber, Client Relations Manager Larry Hartze, Materials Manager Anthony Martins, Laboratory Technician Jennifer Murphy, Biomanufacturing Operator Kim Mutschelknaus, Biomanufacturing Operator Tony Sims, Laboratory Technician Darrel Veldhouse, Marketing Manager

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Apex Engineering Group





Marcy Blotsky, Support Staff Sam Anderson, Engineering Technician Brad Fettig, Right of Way Specialist Nolan Johnson, Graduate Engineer Jason Coley, Civil Engineering Technician Madison Hausauer, Communication Specialist Robert Bain, Survey Crew Chief

Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Premier Properties









Julie Breidenbach, Realtor® Rhonda Kreutz, Realtor®



Bethany Housing and Assisted Living Diane Gravely, LPN, Director of Nursing

Braun Intertec

John McCormick, Chief Operating Officer

COUNTRY Financial

Jeff Crist, Financial Representative Jody Rurup, Financial Representative

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Jim Hambrick, Board of Directors

Eide Bailly LLP

Brittany Wendler, Technology Business Advisor

Essentia Health





Jack Baden, Nurse Practitioner-52nd Ave Clinic Jo Ellison, Clinical Psychologist-S. University Clinic Michelle Kilber, Nurse Practitioner-32nd Ave Clinic Mike McGregor, Physician Assistant-32nd Ave Clinic Anna Thomas, Nurse Practitioner-S. University Clinic FMWFCHAMBER.COM · 29


GoodBulb Adam Fugleberg, Warehouse Manager Sam Ohman, Shipping and Receiving Emily Vogel, Amazon/Customer Service Marlin Wells, Lighting Specialist























High Point Networks Brandon Conkins, Network Operations Center Manager Christina Gladue, Receptionist Tara Herbst, Renewals Assistant Paul Lenzmeier, Network Operations Center Technician John Deere Electronic Solutions Amer Wafaa, Engineering department Jacob Block, Engineering department John Guertin, Engineering department Jordan Krill, Engineering department Keller Williams Roers Realty - Flom Property Group Lisa Brown, Buyer’s Specialist Kiwanis Club of Fargo Nedzad Halilovic, President KLJ John Mazzitello, Director of Municipal Services New York Life Vi Mai, Agent North Dakota Association of Realtors Shane Cullen, Park Co. Realtors, New Board of Director Park Co. Realtors Kim Hanson Haman, REALTOR® The RLE Group Crystal Pavek, CAD/Revit Drafter Sanford Health Carla Grossoli, M.D., Pediatrician Mahendra Gupta, M.D., Hematologist & Medical Oncologist Rajesh Gupta, M.D., Neurologist Alison Hornyak, D.O., Pediatric Infectious Disease Specialist Tom Kennedy, M.D., Radiologist 30 THE BRIDGE · DECEMBER 2016



MEMBER NEWS: PEOPLE Carlos Miranda, M.D., Pediatric Cardiologist Joanne Montgomery, M.D., Dermatologist Andrew Terrell, M.D., Otolaryngologist





Spotlight Media Luke Albers, Sales Assistant Brady Dukart, E-Commerce Associate Devin Joubert, Design & Living Assistant Editor TCI Insurance Boe Sheeley, Sales Advisor TMI Hospitality Olya Brase, Revenue Performance Manager Jordan Sauvageau, National Account Manager





Travel Incorporated Becky Trandem, Travel Consultant Western State Bank Jonathan Granlund, Credit OfďŹ cer Molly Nyberg, Customer Service Representative Jason Vadnie, Credit Analyst Michele Walter, Business Banking Assistant






Wanzek Construction, Inc. Jeremy Kaiser, Construction Account Executive Brian Keranen, Project Scheduler Trevor Keller, Estimator Jacob Brown, Construction Manager Rick Kimball, Western Business Manager Sarah Smyer, Onboarding/Recruiting Coordinator


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NEW MEMBERS The Chamber encourages all members to conduct business with each other. Those listed below recently have made an important investment in their businesses and their professional careers by joining The Chamber. Please consider them for your personal and professional needs. When you do, let them know you learned of their business through The Chamber!

All American Title Company Real Estate - Titles/Abstracts/Closings All American Title and All American Commercial Title provide title services and closing services for both residential and commercial transactions. The company was founded in 1999 and opened an office in Fargo in 2016.

Bin There Dump That Waste Management \ Dumpster Rental Bin There Dump That provides a well maintained, clean dumpster service. Their dumpsters include walk-in access for easy loading, offer a variety of sizes for any project, flexible schedule for customer convenience, and they will put boards down to protect your driveway or surface. Perfect for any home or job site.

Community Health Services Inc. Health Care Services Community Health Service Inc. (CHSI) (fka Migrant Health Service, Inc.) is a private, non-profit organization established in 1973 that serves the health needs of migrant and seasonal farm workers and their family members. CHSI operates seven nurse-managed clinics and two advocacy program centers in Minnesota and North Dakota. Nurse practitioners and/or physician assistants are on staff at your year-round locations.

Crayon Software Experts Information Systems Crayon is expert at optimizing client ROI from complex technology. They are the global leader in software asset management (SAM), cloud and volume licensing and associated consulting services and are trusted advisors to many of the globe’s leading organizations.

Homewood Suites Hotels / Motels Homewood Suites of West Fargo is opening in 2017! It is a 107 all-suite hotel with 1,300 square feet of meeting space!

Infinite Skin Aesthetic Medical Spa Skin Care Infinite Skin is committed to providing their clients with an atmosphere of professionalism, personal attention and excellence in care. They strive on continuing to educate their clients on maintaining healthy skin.

Midwest Value Pros Consultants - Management The goal of MVP is to work toward a state of peace, balance and consistency inside your organization. This type of culture is important because it bodes well for long-term health and growth of your business.

Posterboard Computer/Mobile App Software & Services Posterboard is a web-based application that searches Twitter and Instagram for unique hashtags, user mentions and user’s posts. With this tool you can elevate the experience at events by integrating your guest’s posts and allowing them to be more interactive with speakers, venues and each other.

Prairie Supply, Inc. Concrete & Asphalt Products Prairie Supply Inc. is a supplier of construction equipment and materials. They specialize in, but are not limited to, concrete construction. For more than 20 years, Prairie Supply has served the Dakotas and beyond as a reliable customer service oriented supplier.

Shirts From Fargo Clothing - Alterations/Accessories Quality City. Comfortable Shirts. That’s their motto & mission. Take a look at their collection and you will see our fun take on this unique city. They’re all about providing an awesome-fitting, soft and light-weight shirt for you to represent your roots! They would love to outfit your event with their soft shirts.

Signs 4 Work Signs They create affordable professional signage of the industry’s highest quality in custom office, nameplates, name badges, awards, vinyl decals, banners and more with fully customizable options available for your business!

Strengths Advantage Education - Training They assist in equipping companies, teams and individuals to reach their potential, Strength Advantage uses a strengths-based approach to develop people and management assets to maximize results.

T. F. Powers Construction Co. Business Services Inspire Networking was founded in 2016 by ambitious professional networkers who wanted to grow their business while giving back to the community. Each chapter provides members with relationship building skills, networking education and community outreach. Contractors – General T.F. Powers Construction Co. is a construction firm specializing in commercial general contracting and construction management. As one of the oldest firms in the Upper Midwest, they are proud to have built over 1,100 projects throughout the Fargo Moorhead area and its surrounding communities.

KC Distributing

Your Home Improvement Company

Inspire Networking LLC

701.741.7566 Retail - Stores/Ecommerce Katy Collins is an independent business owner and distributor of Internet order products.

32 THE BRIDGE · DECEMBER 2016 Contractors - Remodeling They provide top-quality products and outstanding service! They are your personal expert in home remodeling and improvements. They are experienced in windows, siding, roofing, doors and more assist you in your next home improvement.

CELEBRATIONS: October Ribbon Cuttings & Groundbreakings Ribbon cuttings and groundbreakings are led by the Public Relations Ambassadors, a group of dedicated volunteers who help Chamber members celebrate their business accomplishments. If you would like more information on ribbon cuttings, visit or call Mickayla at 218.233.1100.

Bethany Retirement Living

Bin There Dump That Grand opening celebration 202 First Avenue North, Moorhead

Grand opening celebration 4255 30th Avenue South, Fargo

Blake Ristvedt Dental Grand opening 520 Main Avenue, Suite 705, Fargo 701.237.4341

Choice Financial Insurance Grand opening celebration 3050 Sienna Drive South, Suite 100, Fargo

Churches United for the Homeless

Shelter and Support in a Spiritual Se g

Groundbreaking ceremony 34th Street and Third Avenue, behind Cash Wise Foods, Moorhead

Choice Financial Mortgage Grand opening celebration 3050 Sienna Drive South, Suite 100, Fargo

Cognosante, LLC

Cricket Wireless

Relocation celebration 300 South 45th Street, Suite 318, Fargo

Grand opening celebration 1401 33rd Street South, Fargo 701.781.5860 FMWFCHAMBER.COM · 33

CELEBRATIONS: October Ribbon Cuttings & Groundbreakings

Essentia Health Grand opening celebration 4110 51st Avenue South, Fargo

First Community Credit Union Groundbreaking ceremony 5201 42nd Street South, Fargo

Good Samaritan Society Groundbreaking ceremony 4502 37th Avenue South, Fargo

Moorhead Public Service Capture The Sun Community Solar Garden

Expansion celebration 2200 28th Street North, Moorhead


Fargo Brewing Ale House Grand opening celebration 4445 17th Avenue South, Fargo

Glacial Peak Cryotherapy Grand opening celebration 3139 Bluestem Drive, Suite 116, West Fargo

ICON Architectural Group Relocation celebration 3187 Bluestem Drive, Suite 2, West Fargo

Moorhead Public Service - High Service Pumping Station

Grand opening celebration 307 Highway 75 North, Moorhead

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Park Christian School Remodel celebration 300 17th Street North, Moorhead

Helping build businesses across Fargo, Moorhead, and West Fargo No matter what stage your business is in, Wells Fargo may be able to help you with the financing you need. We have lending options, including: • Commercial real estate loans • Vehicle financing • Construction loans • Lines of credit • Equipment financing • And more Plus you’ll also have a dedicated business banker to help you along the way. By getting to know you and your business, our experienced business bankers can tailor options to help meet your specific financial needs. Come see a Wells Fargo business banker about financing the growth of your business today.

Skaff Apartments Grand opening celebration 4955 17th Avenue South, Fargo

TNT Kid’s Fitness Remodel/expansion celebration 2800 Main Avenue, Fargo

City of West Fargo Remodel celebration Intersection of Main Avenue and Francis Street

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