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PRAIRIE PEOPLE: Week ending May 17

Fuhrman joins BCBSND as VP of finance

FARGO, N.D. — Paul Fuhrman has been hired as vice president of finance at Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Dakota.

A certified public accountant, Fuhrman attained a bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of Wisconsin in Eau Claire, Wis.

Prior to joining BCBSND, Fuhrman was the founder and president of Tonka Advisory, his own finance and accounting advisory company. He also previously worked for Jewelers Mutual Insurance Company in Neenah, Wis. as vice president, treasurer and CFO.

Before that, Fuhrman was vice president of financial reporting and controller at SFM Mutual Insurance Company in Bloomington, Minn.


ByteSpeed hires Esports and virtual reality solutions director

MOORHEAD, Minn. – ByteSpeed has hired Josh Knutson as the Esports and virtual reality solutions director.

Before joining ByteSpeed, Knutson was the head Esports coach at the University of Jamestown in Jamestown, N.D., which was one of the first 20 varsity level collegiate programs under the National Association of Collegiate Esports.

In his new position at ByteSpeed, Knutson will be a resource and guide for high schools and colleges that need help getting started or advancing their esports programs. He will also work closely with HTC VIVE and Oculus on strengthening their product footprints in education and other markets.