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Published January 26 2013

Honors and Officers (January 26, 2013)

Alumni Association leader receives honor

Jim Miller, president and chief executive officer of the Development Foundation and Alumni Association at North Dakota State University, has received the Virginia Carter Smith Recognition Award from the Council for Advancement and Support of Education.

The award is presented to senior advancement professionals with exceptional service to CASE and who are ending or will be ending their careers after at least 15 years of institutional advancement.

Miller has announced plans to retire on June 30.

Miller has been involved with CASE since 1971. During his time at NDSU, the university endowment increased from $1.4 million to more than $100 million, and planned gift expectancies rose from less than $1 million to more than $75 million.

Before joining NDSU, Miller was director of planned giving at Kansas State University Foundation and executive vice president at Kearney State College Foundation and Alumni Association.

He earned a masters degree in university administration from Eastern Michigan University, Ypsilanti, and a bachelors degree in community recreation administration from Washburn University, Topeka, Kan.

Perham hotel earns top honors at conference

Crossings by GrandStay, Perham, Minn., has received the 2012 Every Guest/Every Time Customer Service Award and the Property of the Year Award from GrandStay Hospitality, LLC.

The customer service award recognizes consistent high scores in guest surveys and the property of the year award recognizes efforts of the hotel owners, managers and staff for delivering the best service, cleanliness and accommodations.

Amy Kouda is general manager of the Perham hotel and accepted the awards during the recent GrandStay Hospitality annual conference in Minneapolis.

Colter receives award for sales and service

DJ Colter, Fargo, an agent with American Family Insurance, has received American Familys Gold Key award, which recognizes Colter for achieving specific sales and customer satisfaction goals for commercial business.

Colter has been an agent for American Family since 2004.

HoDo named AAA Four Diamond restaurant

The HoDo Restaurant in Fargo has earned a Four Diamond rating from AAA. It is the first North Dakota restaurant to make the annual list.

AAA Four and Five Diamond ratings are the travel authoritys highest designations for hotels and restaurants. No North Dakota hotels made the current list.

Restaurants at the Four Diamond level offer a distinctive fine-dining experience and feature highly creative chefs, complex menus, fresh, top-quality ingredients and a knowledgeable staff.

Qualey earns top award for real estate sales

Brent Qualey, Fargo, has earned the Presidents Circle Award from Farmers National Co.

Qualey, a real estate sales agent with Farmers National, received the companys top award for real estate sales in 2012.

Financial adviser earns award for client service

The National Association of Insurance and Financial Advisers has recognized Daryl Braun with the NAIFA Quality Award, which recognizes insurance and financial advisers who demonstrate commitment to excellence in service to their clients and industry.

Braun is a financial specialist with Securian Financial Advisers of North Dakota and has been an active member of NAIFA since 1974.

Dakotas CRS Chapter elects Matson president

Vicky Matson, broker associate with Park Co. Realtors, Fargo, has been elected 2013 president of the Dakotas CRS Chapter of the Council of Residential Specialists, a not-for-profit affiliate of the National Association of Realtors.

As president, Matson manages the chapters activities and acts as a liaison between the regional vice president, the councils leadership team and staff.

Coldwell Banker sales associates earn honors

Coldwell Banker First Realty, Fargo, has honored its residential sales associates for outstanding production levels in residential real estate sales for 2012.

The recipients are: Peggy Isakson, top producer, listing leader, listings sold leader and sales leader runner-up; LuAnn White, sales leader, top producer runner-up, listing and listings sold leader runner-up; Pat Karley, team top producer, team listing leader, team listings sold leader and team sales leader; and Bill Richter, team top producer runner-up.

Isakson has been a Realtor with Coldwell Banker for 15 years, White has more than 14 years of experience selling real estate with Coldwell Banker, Karley is a broker associate and has been with Coldwell Banker since 1995, and Richter, who is a broker associate, has more than 19 years of real estate sales.

Hugh Colvin, a Realtor with Coldwell Banker, received the companys Merit Award.

Enderlin native among worlds best CEOs

Marshall O. Larsen, retired chairman, president and chief executive officer of Goodrich Corp., has been named among the 100 best CEOs in the world by the Harvard Business Review.

The global study focused on CEO performance throughout their tenure and the long-term value they created for their companies.

Larsen, a native of Enderlin, N.D., received a bachelors degree in engineering from the U.S. Military Academy, West Point, New York, and a masters degree from the Krannert Graduate School of Industrial Management at Purdue University, West Lafayette, Ind.

He joined Goodrich in 1977 as an operations analyst and financial manager. Throughout his tenure, he served as director of planning and analysis, director of product marketing, assistant to the president and general manager of several divisions of the companys aerospace business. In 1994, he was elected a vice president of the company and was named a group vice president of Goodrich Aerospace. In 2002, he was named president and CEO of Goodrich Corp.

Bank earns award for small-business loans

VISIONBank, Fargo, has earned the Directors Award from the U.S. Small Business Administration for its commitment to small-business financing. It is among six North Dakota lenders being recognized by the SBA.

VISIONBank approved 17 loans worth $1.9 million in small-business financing under SBAs General Business Loan Program.