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Published March 24 2012

Honors and Officers (March 24, 2012)

NDSU professor earns national science award

Hyunsook Do, assistant professor of computer science at North Dakota State University, has received a Faculty Early Career Development award from the National Science Foundation.

She will receive a five-year, $500,000 award from the NSF to conduct research outlined in her proposal titled “Context-aware Regression Testing Techniques and Empirical Evaluations of Their Economic Impact.”

She is the first member of the computer science department at NDSU to receive this award.

Ian Beaton named State Auto PaceSetter

Ian Beaton of Ihry Insurance Agency, Hillsboro, N.D., has been named a State Auto PaceSetter agent.

Dale F. Roehrich earns Top of the Table status

Dale F. Roehrich, a financial professional in Fargo, has qualified for the Top of the Table of the Million Dollar Round Table, the premier association of financial professionals.

Roehrich is a 17-year MDRT member and six-time Top of the Table qualifier.

Dakota Monument earns national award

Dakota Monument Co., Fargo, was named a winner in Monument Builders of North America’s 2011 Aspire to Success Contest.

The award recognizes monument builder companies that have drawn favorable attention to their companies through coverage by newspapers, magazines, television, new acquisitions, celebrated anniversaries or testimonial letters.

Dakota Monument and company owner David Anderson were recognized for a project that announced the company’s centennial anniversary.

Eidsvold named new associate of the year

Foster Klima & Co., Fargo, has named Laura Eidsvold as the 2011 New Associate of the Year.

The award recognizes the highest level of success among her peer group of newly appointed financial representatives.

Eidsvold has worked in the financial services industry for 25 years and joined Foster Klima as a financial adviser in 2010.

Thorson receives national sales award

Tom Thorson, Fargo, territory sales director for Cooper Power Systems, was recognized as the 2011 national sales leader for the Cooper Power Systems Energy Automation Solutions division.

He specializes in Smart Meter system deployments and Demand Response strategy. He has worked in the electric utility industry for 32 years.

Employers nominated for Freedom Award

Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve, a Department of Defense agency, has announced 14 North Dakota employers that have been nominated for the 2012 Secretary of Defense Employer Support Freedom Award.

The agency received more than 3,000 nominations nationwide. Up to 15 recipients of the award, which honors employers that support members of the Guard and Reserve, will be announced this summer and they will be honored in a ceremony in September in Washington.

North Dakota employers nominated for the Freedom Award include:

Basin Electric Power Cooperative, Police Department and Jobbers Moving and Storage, all Bismarck; Kadrmas, Lee & Jackson, Dickinson; Archer Daniels Midland Co., Enderlin; AgCountry Farm Credit Services, Fargo Glass and Paint, Northland Towing, Simplex Grinnell, all Fargo; Schroeder Middle School, Grand Forks; John Deere Seeding Group and Polymar Products, both Valley City; Cargill, Wahpeton; and Schlumberger Well Services, Williston.

Ameriprise recognizes Janson with award

William Janson, Fargo, a financial adviser with Ameriprise Financial Services, has received the Protect Grow Give award from RiverSource Life Insurance Co.

The award recognizes Ameriprise advisers who have reached benchmarks for helping clients grow their assets.

Janson has been with Ameriprise Financial Services for 24 years.

Swanson earns national small business award

Darrin Swanson has been named the Minnesota Small Business Person of the Year by the U.S. Small Business Administration.

Swanson, along with his father, Keith Swanson, founded Kit Masters and Swan Machine, both based in Perham, Minn. Darrin has 20 years of experience in the heavy-duty fan clutch industry.

Kit Masters manufactures heavy-duty aftermarket components, specializing in remanufactured fan clutches, rebuild kits and accessories.

He was nominated for the award by members of the West Central Minnesota Small Business Development Center at the Offutt School of Business at Concordia College.

Larson wins speech, evaluation contest

The Great Plains Toastmasters Club No. 2807 has named Kim Larson the winner of the international speech and evaluation contest.

Kevin J. Bakko honored for sales achievements

Kevin J. Bakko, Moorhead, a representative of Modern Woodmen of America, has been named to Modern Woodmen’s President’s Club, which recognizes Bakko’s high achievement in life insurance sales.

ABC Seamless receives top franchise honors

Fargo-based ABC Seamless has been ranked as America’s No. 1 franchise opportunity in the siding systems industry by Entrepreneur magazine for 2012.

ABC Seamless created the seamless steel siding industry 36 years ago in Fargo and began expanding across the nation in 1978.

It was also named one of the top 500 franchises in the United States by Entrepreneur magazine in its annual Franchise 500.