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PRAIRIE PEOPLE: Week ending June 21

Border States’ CEO Miller to be North Dakota’s next COO

BISMARCK, N.D. – Border States Electric CEO Tammy Miller will join the Burgum administration as chief operating officer, North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum announced June 19.

Miller has served as CEO and board chair since 2006 at Fargo-based Border States, the seventh-largest electrical distributor in North America. She joined the employee-owned company in 1991 as the accounting manager and has served in a variety of roles.

Under Miller’s leadership, the company experienced a fivefold increase in annual sales to nearly $2.5 billion, the number of employee-owners increased from 744 to more than 2,600, and the number of branch locations increased from 24 to more than 100 locations in 22 states.

As chief operating officer, Miller will succeed current COO Jodi Uecker, who is retiring June 30. A native of Brocket, N.D., Miller earned a bachelor’s degree in accounting and a master of business administration degree from Minnesota State University Moorhead. She is a certified public accountant and spent eight years in public accounting early in her career.

Because of her existing commitment to Border States, Miller will officially join the governor’s office as a state employee on April 1, 2020.


DSG’s Kelner wins national “30 Under 35” award

FARGO, N.D. – Jessica Kelner, benefits and compensation specialist at Dakota Supply Group, recently was honored as a “30 Under 35” award winner by the National Association of Electrical Distributors’ tED magazine.

The award acknowledges Kelner as representing one of today’s top emerging leaders in the electrical industry.

Kelner works out of DSG’s corporate office in Fargo.

An employee-owned company, DSG is a leading distributor of products and services for the electrical, plumbing, HVAC/R, utility and other industries.


DCN hires Walz, Strong

BISMARCK, N.D. – Dakota Carrier Network recently hired Craig Walz as commercial account executive and Greg Strong as application administrator at the company’s Bismarck location.

  • Walz brings more than 20 years of business-to-business sales experience to DCN, including 10 years as an ISP/telecommunications consultant. He has a bachelor’s degree in finance from Minot State University.

Walz will serve as the main point of contact for new and existing DCN commercial business customers and will help them with networking, ethernet, dedicated internet, data center/co-location, hosting services, cloud services, cybersecurity and/or disaster recovery and backup.

  • Strong is returning to DCN as a full-time application administrator after serving as the company’s first-ever intern from January-April of this year. He has bachelor’s degrees in Computer Information Systems and Information Technology Management from the University of Mary. He also holds several networking certifications in configuration, administration, and security.

In his new role, Strong will perform installation, implementation, administration, and support of software applications and the server hardware and operating systems on which the applications reside.


Paulsen promotes Strand to digital engineer

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – Paulsen has promoted Michael Strand to the position of digital engineer. Strand previously was a front end developer.

In addition to front end development, Strand has moved into back end development, marketing automation, third party platform integration, Google Analytics and Tag Manager.

Strand joined Paulsen in 2017 after working independently for more than six years.

Paulsen is a marketing agency that focuses on rural and agricultural organizations and concerns.


Zuger named president of North Dakota State Bar Association

FARGO, N.D. – Aubrey Zuger, attorney and shareholder with Fredrikson & Byron, recently was elected to serve as president of the State Bar Association of North Dakota.

Zuger has been a member of the association’s Board of Governors since 2011 and previously served as president-elect and secretary-treasurer.

Zuger is a member of Fredrikson’s Litigation and Employment & Labor groups. Prior to joining Fredrikson, she clerked for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit and the North Dakota Supreme Court.


Flint Group adds three in Fargo

FARGO, N.D. – Communication and marketing agency Flint Group has hired Jenna Fischer as a junior web developer, Jennifer Larson as an account manager and Alex Werk as a junior account manager to serve the company’s network of Midwest offices.

Fischer earned a bachelor’s degree in graphic communications from Minnesota State University Moorhead, Minn.

Larson earned a bachelor’s degree in communications with a minor in leadership from Minnesota State University Moorhead. Prior to joining Flint Group, she was working at Office Sign Company as a customer success manager.

Werk earned a bachelor’s degree in business marketing and organizational leadership along with Google Ad certification from Concordia College in Moorhead.