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Published June 16 2012

Hires and Promotions (June 16, 2012)

Western State Bank hires two, promotes one

Western State Bank, West Fargo, has hired Keri Hushagen as a mortgage loan processor in the real estate department and Kelly Edgar as a loan administrative assistant. Sheila Foertsch has been promoted to cash management officer.

Hushagen has more than nine years of experience in processing loans. Originally from Rugby, N.D., Hushagen earned a bachelor’s degree in finance from Minnesota State University Moorhead.

Edgar has 10 years of banking experience. Originally from Warren, Minn., she graduated from MSUM with a paralegal degree.

Foertsch has been with Western State Bank since 2008 and was previously business banking assistant supervisor. A native of Mantador, N.D., she earned a bachelor’s degree in finance and economics from Northern State University, Aberdeen, S.D.

Mehl hired as assistant at Design Direction

Design Direction, Fargo, has hired Christina Mehl as a design assistant.

She is a graduate of Westwood College, Denver, with a bachelor’s degree in interior design.

Miller hired in sales at Fargo Tire Service

Fargo Tire Service has hired Jason Miller as a salesman at the Main Avenue location.

Miller has more than 16 years of sales experience.

Five new hires at Discovery Benefits

Discovery Benefits in Fargo has hired Ashley Leines as a participant services specialist, Becki Bauer and Alex Johnson as benefit account managers, Jake Starkey as a marketing coordinator and Lindsey Gibbs as a claims adjudicator.

Four new hires at RDO field support office

RDO Equipment Co., Fargo, has hired Christy Gustafson and Emily Pruss as human resources generalists, Ross Lockhart as internal audit manager and Matt Motzko as financial planning and analysis director.

All will be working in the Fargo field support office.

Gustafson has an associate degree in human resources and has more than 16 years of HR and operations management experience in Fargo and the Minneapolis area, most recently as operations manager at The Bridal Shop, Fargo.

Pruss earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Nebraska, Lincoln. She previously worked as an HR manager and lead client support representative with Pen-Link, Lincoln.

Lockhart has a bachelor’s degree from Minnesota State University Moorhead and a master’s degree from the University of Kent, United Kingdom. He was previously a senior consultant at Sjoberg Evashenk Consulting for more than three years before working for the state of California as a staff services manager in 2009.

Motzko has more than 10 years of experience as a senior financial analyst role. He received bachelor’s and master’s degrees at the Curtis L. Carlson School of Management at the University of Minnesota. He was most recently senior financial analyst for The Mosaic Co.

Northwestern Bank hires Mercil, Kahly

Northwestern Bank has hired Amy Mercil as a customer service representative at the Hendrum Minn., location and Heather Kahly as a customer service representatives at the Dilworth location.

Devier named fiduciary adviser, assistant VP

Wells Fargo Private Bank has named Wendy Devier fiduciary advisory specialist and assistant vice president for Fargo, Bismarck and western North Dakota.

Devier previously worked for seven years at Bank of the West as a senior trust officer and assistant vice president. She also worked for seven years as an operations manager at Heartland Trust Co.

She has a bachelor’s degree in finance from Minnesota State University Moorhead.

VISIONBank promotes Simonson, Surprenant

VISIONBank has promoted Kelli Simonson to senior vice president and Jana Surprenant to an operations systems specialist.

Simonson is a graduate of Minnesota State University Moorhead and has been with VISIONBank for the past seven years.

Surprenant has been with VISIONBank for the past eight years.

Engineering firm hires technician, 4 engineers

Applied Engineering, Fargo, has hired Michael Schubert as a prototype technician, James Fraser as a test engineer and Jacob Fink, Max Blom and Mike Johnson as design engineers.

Fraser, Fink, Blom and Johnson graduated from North Dakota State University, where each earned a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering.

Apex Engineering hires Erickson as surveyor

Apex Engineering Group, Fargo, has hired professional land surveyor Dain Erickson. He has more than 22 years of industry experience providing many classifications of surveys including topographic, cadastral, boundary, land title, platting and construction surveys.

Northern Lights USA hires lighting sales rep

Northern Lights USA, Fargo, a distributor of light bulbs, ballasts and accessories, has hired Jesse Brunsvig as a lighting sales representative.

Brunsvig has previous experience working for Oreck Vacuums and Northern Tool and Equipment.

DFC Consultants adds technical consultant

DFC Consultants, Fargo, has hired Kraig Kumlin as a technical consultant in the Fargo office.

Kumlin received a master’s degree in management with an information technology emphasis from the University of Mary.

He previously worked as an adjunct professor at the North Dakota State College of Science, Wahpeton.

Wasson joins AE2S office in Moorhead

Advanced Engineering and Environmental Services has hired Todd Wasson as an engineer in the firm’s Moorhead office.

Wasson has five years of civil engineering experience. He previously worked as a project engineer for Matkin Hoover Engineering and Surveying, San Antonio.

Wasson is originally from Boerne, Texas, and earned a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from Texas A&M University.

Benz joins Salon Three Five in downtown Fargo

Chloe Benz has joined Salon Three Five, 222 Broadway, Fargo.

She is a graduate of Fargo North High School and Josef’s School of Hair Design, Fargo.

Salon Three Five is owned by Chloe’s father, Ryan Benz, who has been in the hairdressing business for more than 38 years.

He opened the salon, formerly known as Hairscape Gallery, in 2011 after working independently as a hair- stylist for 12 years and as a color technician for Redken and Goldwell.

Intelligent InSites hires quality assurance lead

Karin Andersson has been hired as a quality assurance lead at Intelligent In-Sites, Fargo.

She pre-viously worked for NAU County Insurance in Fargo as an analyst and supervisor.

Andersson has a bachelor’s degree from the University of Illinois and completed a management information systems concentration at North Dakota State University.

Bina joins Village Business Institute

The Village Business Institute of The Village Family Service Center, Fargo, has hired Zaundra Bina as a sales and marketing associate.

She has a bachelor’s degree in business administration with specialization in public relations and organizational behavior and a master’s degree in education from North Dakota State University.

Bina has an extensive background in customer relations, training and sales.

Bogenrief hired as personal trainer

Elements Diet and Fitness for Women, Fargo, has named Kayla Bogenrief as a personal trainer.

Bogenrief is a certified personal trainer with the American Fitness Association of America and is also a certified Zumba and Group Power instructor.

She has been with Elements since 2010 and is also the member and customer service manager and a group exercise instructor.

Hoffman, Premo hired at Appareo Systems

Michael Hoffman has joined Appareo Systems in Fargo as an embedded software engineer, and Daniel Premo has joined the company as a manufacturing assembler.

Hoffman is a graduate of North Dakota State University with an electrical engineering degree.

Premo is a graduate of Bismarck State College with a degree in electronics/telecommunications.

Chaffee hired, Frost promoted at State Bank

State Bank and Trust, Fargo, has hired Patrick Chaffee as senior vice president and chief strategy officer. Josh Frost has been promoted to personal banking officer.

Chaffee, originally from Northwood, N.D., is a graduate of the University of North Dakota, Grand Forks. He worked for 10 years in the financial services and insurance industries as a senior manager with Eide Bailly, Fargo, and Ernst & Young, Minneapolis. He also was a senior finance adviser with AE2S.

Frost, a native of West Fargo, graduated from North Dakota State University. He has worked at State Bank and Trust for 11 years.

TMI Hospitality hires Connell-Rick, Cossette

TMI Hospitality, Fargo, has hired Sharon Connell-Rick as vice president of human resources and Ryan Cossette as a help desk technician.

Connell-Rick has more than 15 years of HR experience in the manufacturing, banking and health care industries, most recently as vice president of HR at Essentia Health. She received a bachelor’s degree in business management from the University of Wisconsin-LaCrosse and a master’s degree in business management from North Dakota State University. She has been certified as a senior professional in HR since 2002.

Cossette previously worked as a support engineer at Microsoft. He is pursuing a bachelor’s degree in information technology at the University of Mary, Fargo. He has also served for 14 years in the U.S. Army Reserves, where he works as an information systems technician.

Butler names Leedahl Fargo service manager

Butler Machinery Co. has hired Eric Leedahl as service manager at the Fargo store.

Leedahl worked as a fleet driver for Marten Transportation, Mondovi, Wis., and most recently was a service manager at RSC Equipment Rental, Williston, N.D.

Odedra-Mistry joins IMA Healthcare in Fargo

Dr. Bhanu Odedra-Mistry has joined Internal Medicine Associates Healthcare, Fargo.

Odedra-Mistry earned a medical degree at MR Medical College, Gulbarga, Karnataka, India, and a diploma in internal medicine from Royal Postgraduate Medical School, London.

She completed her residency in internal medicine at the University of North Dakota, Grand Forks, before joining MeritCare (now Sanford Health) as a staff physician in the internal medicine department.

Differding joins Keller Williams Roers in Fargo

Stephanie Differding has joined Keller Williams Roers Realty in Fargo.

She has worked in the banking business for over 15 years.

Ihry Insurance Agency hires Barker as agent

Ihry Insurance Agency, West Fargo, has hired Russ Barker as an insurance agent. He specializes in crop, property and casualty insurance.

Barker is a native of Gardner, N.D., and has over 20 years of experience in insurance sales and working as a crop adjuster. He previously worked for Schmitz Insurance.