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Published January 19 2013

Honors and Officers (January 19, 2013)

North Dakota lender recognized by SBA

Dakota Certified Development Corp., Fargo and Bismarck, has earned the U.S. Small Business Administrations Directors Award for their commitment to small business financing using SBA programs.

The corporation approved 42 loans and $34.8 million in small business financing under SBAs 504 Loan Program this past fiscal year ending Sept. 30.

North Dakota State Fair honors Steve Gehrtz

Steve Gehrtz, president of Gehrtz Construction Services, Fargo, is recipient of the 2012 North Dakota State Fair Honorary Member Award.

Gehrtz assisted the State Fair with flood protection and flood recovery efforts during and after the 2011 flood in Minot. Gehrtz completed more than $4 million worth of repairs to the fairgrounds and buildings in four months.

Due to his efforts, the North Dakota State Fair was able to be back in operation and have a success in 2012.

Two NIC employees elected to state boards

Bruce Thompson, vice president and assistant Bismarck-area manager and estimator with Northern Improvement Co., has been elected to the 2013 Dakota Asphalt Pavement Association board of directors.

Brenda Gierke, human resources manager and assistant equal employment opportunity officer at NIC, has been elected director of membership for the North Dakota Senior Professional in Human Resources State Council, an affiliate of the national SHRM.

Thrivent chapter elects new board members

The East Cass County Chapter of Thrivent Financial for Lutherans has elected Denise Peterson as president and Rachel Clarke as vice president.

Josh Glover was named records director, Vanessa Strobel, director of congregational advocates, and Lora Elfstrum returns as communications director.

Community service team director is Ken Nygard and Kerri Spiering is the events director.

ND builders group names officers for 2013

Jason Eid, Fargo, has been elected as the 2013 president of the North Dakota Association of Builders. Eid is president of Eid-Co Buildings, Fargo, and is a past president of the Home Builders Association of Fargo-Moorhead.

Others elected are: Ken Callahan, Montana Dakota Utilities, Williston, first vice president; LeRoy Kurtyka, Northern Plumbing Supply, Grand Forks, second vice president; Arnold Karsky. ProBuild, Dickinson, secretary/treasurer; John Gunkelman, Dakota Construction, Fargo, re-elected state representative; Joel Feist, Real Builders, Minot, alternate BUILD-PAC trustee; and Ken Krajsa, Bell State Bank & Trust, Fargo, re-elected associate national director.

Bergantine recognized for trustee service

Brian Bergantine, a project manager at Advanced Engineering and Environmental Services, Moorhead, has been recognized by the Minnesota American Water Works Association for eight years of service as a trustee.

Bergantine became an AWWA Northwest District Trustee in 2004. Trustees participate in and attend the AWWA annual conference, specialty conferences and symposia sponsored by MN AWWA, work with committees as assigned liaisons, report, comment and respond to concerns from members of their district and participate in projects to further the goals of the organization.

Bergantine is a graduate of the University of North Dakota, Grand Forks.

American Family agents recognized for sales

Five American Family Insurance agents in Fargo have earned Life Rewards awards from American Family Insurance for sales of life insurance products in 2012.

Those recognized are:

Ken Kraft, Distinguished Life Diamond qualifier; DJ Colter and Micah Arnold, Life Diamond; and Toby Lommen and Traver Silbernagel, Life Honors.

El Zagal Shrine Temple elects new officers

The El Zagal Shrine Temple, Fargo, has elected Ed Samuelson as potentate for 2013.

Other officers elected are: Myron Eighmy, chief rabban; Matt Sturlaugson, assistant rabban; Brad Richards, high priest and prophet; Blake Wrigley, Oriental guide; Curt Heiser, treasurer; and William R. Wedberg Jr., recorder.

El Zagal Shriners represent the southern half of North Dakota. They are a member temple of Shriners International and actively support Shriners Childrens Hospitals throughout the world.

Local driver named to Americas Road Team

Bryan Wold, Reiles Acres, N.D., a professional truck driver with Con-way Freight, was named to the American Trucking Associations Americas Road Team.

The premier group of professional truck drivers, all with millions of accident-free miles, will represent the trucking industry and deliver its highway safety message to the motoring public over the next two years.

Road Team members speak with fellow drivers, driver training students and corporate safety officers. They will also present trucking and safety issues before public officials at the national, state and local levels.

First Community named credit union of year

First Community Credit Union in North Dakota has received the Community Credit Union of the Year award from the Credit Union National Association.

The award honors credit unions that consistently excel in the advancement of credit union ideals and are active in their communities. FCCU was awarded first place in the category of credit unions with more than $250 million in total assets.

FCCU operates 14 branches throughout North Dakota.

Swheat Scoop earns award from magazine

Swheat Scoop, a natural clumping cat litter manufactured by Pet Care Systems, Detroit Lakes, Minn., has been awarded a 2012 Industry Recognition Award from Pet Business Magazine.

Made from naturally processed wheat, Swheat Scoop is clay and chemical free and an earth friendly alternative to litters that are mined.

The product was recently improved, expanded and repackaged. Original unscented and multi-cat products were reformulated to better eliminate odors, clump faster and last longer. It is also now available in a new lightly-scented formula.

Three join Access of the Red River Valley board

Brian Shawn, Kim Shuckhart and Nick Bjornstad have joined the board of directors for Access of the Red River Valley, which provides services to adults and children with developmental disabilities, mental illness and other related conditions.

Shawn is the regional chief communications officer for the American Red Cross and is also a play-by-play announcer for North Dakota State University football television broadcasts.

Shuckhart has been employed since 1983 with Gate City Bank, where she is executive vice president and director of human resources and marketing. She is a graduate of Minnesota State University Moorhead and the American Bankers Association Stonier Graduate School of Banking.

Bjornstad is a real estate broker with Kvamme Real Estate, specializing in new construction, foreclosed properties and trust account management. He is a graduate of MSUM with a degree in marketing.