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PRAIRIE PEOPLE: Week of Jan. 23

NISC president recognized by North Dakota’s electric cooperatives

BISMARCK, N.D. — Vern Dosch, president and CEO of National Information Solutions Cooperative (NISC), was recognized recently by the North Dakota Association of Rural Electric Cooperatives.

Dosch was presented with the Helping Hand Award at its 77tth annual meeting on Jan. 21 in Bismarck. N.D., according to a news release, explaining that the award recognizes strong supporters of North Dakota’s electric cooperatives.

“Vern Dosch is a true friend of North Dakota's electric cooperatives and cooperatives across the country,” NDAREC General Manager and Vice President Josh Kramer said in a prepared statement. “He is a servant leader who exemplifies the values and principles that we as cooperatives hold in high regard. It’s been a great honor and privilege to work alongside and learn from someone like Vern, who is a great example of how to lead with integrity.”

Under Dosch’s leadership, NISC has helped North Dakota's electric cooperatives by providing specifically-tailored software solutions that enable them to improve efficiencies, implement new technologies, improve communication and save money.

Dosch, author of the book “Wired Differently” that has since been developed into a class at the University of Mary, has earned the respect of many of his peers. He is a strong representative of North Dakota’s electric cooperatives and a living example of cooperative values at work. 

A number of new hires join the Flint Group

FARGO, N.D. — Flint Group, a full-service communication and marketing agency, has hired Tyler Lebens as a copywriter.

Lebens earned a bachelor’s degree in creative writing from Lake Forest College in Lake Forest, Ill. Prior to joining Flint, Lebens lived and worked in Cambodia as a copy editor. 

Ariel Hermanson, Connor Engel, and Krista Driscoll has joined the company as project managers.

Hermanson earned two bachelor’s degrees in exercise science and business administration from North Dakota State University. She previously worked as a manager in the weight loss industry. 

Engel earned two bachelor’s degrees in business marketing and communications from Concordia College, Moorhead. His prior experience includes social media and marketing coordination for a local employment staffing agency. 

Driscoll earned a bachelor’s degree in communication studies, with minors in leadership and mass communications from Minnesota State University-Moorhead. She has seven years of marketing experience in the entertainment industry.

The company also has hired Alex Steen as a finance controller, Anna Larson as a social media and content strategist, and Jessica Weber as a senior marketing analyst

Steen earned master’s degrees in business administration and accountancy, and a bachelor’s degree in accounting from North Dakota State University. Prior to joining Flint, he worked as an accountant in the medical industry.

Larson earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism from NDSU. Prior to joining Flint, Larson worked as a social media strategist in the accounting industry. 

Weber earned her bachelor’s degree in English language and literature/letters from Minnesota State University Moorhead. Previously, she worked as a business intelligence analyst in the finance industry. 

Super Studio hires Vought and Harmon

FARGO, N.D. — Super Studio, a design and production company, has hired Elizabeth Vought and Blaze Harmon as production artists.

Vought is a recent graduate from Concordia, where she earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in pre-professional design with a Norwegian minor. Most recently, she's been working as a substitute teacher, where she had the opportunity to teach a variety of art-related topics.

Harmon earned a bachelor’s degree in PR and Advertising through NDSU with emphasis in graphic design through the tri-college program at MSUM. Prior to joining Super Studio, Harmon had a strong background with graphic design in the manufacturing industry.

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Send information about new hires and job promotions to editor Andrew Weeks at aweeks@prairiebusinessmagazine.com