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Two interests of mine come together in this issue. The first is the region’s remarkable economy and the leaders who’ve helped it grow. In this issue, we honor 10 of those leaders. They’re the winners of our inaugural Leaders & Legacies awards, an award created to call attention to the area’s top entrepreneurs and CEOs. Some of our winners started their own business and nurtured it to exponential growth. Others assumed leadership of a firm and ratcheted up its performance.
Editor’s note: Ross Manson is chief innovation officer at Eide Bailly, the regional accounting and business advisory firm that is 102 years old this year. In this Q&A, he explains how companies can and should encourage innovation – and how doing so has been one of Eide Bailly's keys to success. Q. Tell us about Eide Bailly.
Editor’s note: I grew up in Rhode Island, and while I miss some elements of life on the East Coast, one thing that I do not miss at all is the pressure on teens to get into selective colleges.
Christie named COO of Expansion Capital Group SIOUX FALLS, S.D. — Herk Christie has been appointed chief operating officer of Expansion Capital Group. Christie, who had been serving as vice president of operations, will oversee the company's underwriting, IT, analytics and merchant support and services departments. Christie has been with ECG since March 2016.
Arvig promotes Wilkens to cybersecurity engineer PERHAM, MINN. — Eric Wilkens has been promoted by Arvig to the role of cybersecurity engineer. Wilkens is responsible for cybersecurity and incident-response initiatives that help make sure that the company has functional, available and secure computer and corporate data systems.
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.
EERC director Erickson to lead new state energy research center GRAND FORKS, N.D. – Nearly five years after being appointed to head the Energy & Environmental Research Center at the University of North Dakota, CEO Tom Erickson is transitioning to a new opportunity: leader of the new State Energy Research Center of North Dakota.
Alerus hires Albrecht as financial advisor GRAND FORKS, N.D. – Alerus has hired Dexter Albrecht as a financial advisor at Alerus’ Grand Forks office. Albrecht has more than five years of experience in the financial services industry and holds his Series 7 and Series 66 licenses and the FIC (Fraternal Insurance Counselor) designations. He is currently working to obtain his certified financial planner designation.
At Lake Region State College, an increasing number of students are seeking certificates in programs such as Wind Energy Technology. Students are recruited while enrolled at LRSC and join the workforce immediately upon certificate completion, likely finishing a degree or further credential online.