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Published February 02 2013

Honors and Officers (February 02, 2013)

NDSU Alumni names new officers, members

The Alumni Association at North Dakota State University has named new officers and board members.

Officers elected were: Mike Krueger, 1971, Fargo, president of The Money Farm, past chairman; Wayne Schluchter, 1982, St. Cloud, Minn., chief executive officer of Schluchter Investment Advisers, chairman; Scott Handy, 1980, Fargo, president and chief executive officer of Cass County Electric Cooperative, vice chairman; and Brian Houkom, 1980, West Fargo, chief executive officer of Western State Bank, secretary/treasurer.

New board members are: Gerald Brossart, 1982, Fargo, president of the Fargo market of Choice Financial; Jim Hauge, 1970, Bismarck, agribusiness consultant for Eide Bailly; Mark Johnsrud, 1990, Watford City, N.D., vice chairman and chief executive officer of Heckmann Corp.; and Barry Schuchard, 1983, Fargo, chief production officer of Kadrmas, Lee & Jackson.

EDC adds members, elects new officers

The Greater Fargo Moorhead Economic Development Corp. board of directors has added new directors and board members. The at-large directors include Judd Graham, Wells Fargo Bank; Bryce Johnson, FM Home Builders Association; Denise Magness, Warner & Co.; Bill Marcil Jr., The Forum and Forum Communications Co.; Marshal Albright, Cass County Electric Cooperative; and Randy Gerhold, Microsoft, Fargo.

The new agency directors are: Chad Peterson, Cass County Commission; Kevin Campbell, Clay County Commission; and Rich Mattern, West Fargo mayor.

Officers for 2013 are: Brad Schlossman, West Acres Development, board chairman; Dennis Millirons, Sanford Health, chairman-elect; Tammy Miller, Border States Electric, treasurer; and Tom Dawson, Dawson Insurance, secretary.

NDSU Foundation hires president, CEO

The North Dakota State University Foundation and Alumni Association has named Doug Mayo as president and chief executive officer.

Mayo has been vice president for university advancement at Minnesota State University Mankato since 2008. He also previously was director of development for the College of Agricultural Sciences at Colorado State University and interim director of advancement and corporate relations for the College of Agriculture at Purdue University.

Prior to working in higher education, he owned and operated a beef cattle operation, was a vice president at a plating company and an attorney in North Carolina.

He earned a juris doctor degree at Wake Forest University School of Law and an undergraduate degree in history and political science at Purdue University.

Wasche earns Gold Eagle Award for sales

Roy Wasche, Fargo, has earned the Gold Eagle Award from Farmers National Co. for his outstanding efforts in real estate sales in 2012.

Mathias earns regional leader award for sales

Michael A. Mathias, Fargo, has earned the Central Region Group Disability Insurance Leader Award for an outstanding year of performance with Northwestern Mutual.

Coldwell Banker honors agents for success

Ben Saucke, Scott Hildre and Tom Kiewel, commercial real estate agents with Coldwell Banker Commercial First Realty, Fargo, have been recognized for outstanding achievements in 2012.

Saucke was named top producer, awarded to the individual with the highest production level based on gross commission income earned during the year. He was also recognized as listing leader, listings sold leader and sales leader.

Hildre was named top producer runner-up and listing and listings sold runner-up. Kiewel received recognition as sales leader runner-up.

Saucke joined Coldwell Banker Commercial First Realty in 2004. Hildre joined the company in 1998, and Kiewel joined in 1991.

Bachmann named Minn. champion auctioneer

Andrew Bachmann, Frazee, Minn., was named the 2013 Minnesota State Auctioneers Association Champion Auctioneer at the recent championship in St. Cloud.

The competition consisted of various rounds of selling and interviews. Each contestant was judged on their chant, presentation, clarity and overall salesmanship.

Bachmann, his brother, Austin, and their father, Vince, have each won the Minnesota championship. The family owns Bachmann Auctioneers of Frazee and Andrew also works as a police officer in Frazee and Detroit Lakes, Minn.

Thrivent Financial earns AA rating from Fitch

Fitch Ratings has affirmed Thrivent Financial for Lutherans AA rating, the third-highest of Fitchs categories.

Fitch cited Thrivents strong capitalization, high-quality investment portfolio, consistent profitability and favorable market position.

Rural leaders to be recognized at banquet

Paul and Laura Anderson, Sabin, Minn., will be recognized at the Agassiz Leaders awards banquet on March 23 at the University of Minnesota, Crookston.

The Andersons are Clay Countys representatives in the Red River Valley Emerging Leadership Program, which is sponsored by the U of M Extension and the Northwest Minnesota Foundation.

They have been participating in education sessions along with other rural leaders from counties in northwestern and west-central Minnesota. The sessions focused on various topics including personal leadership styles, communication, community leadership and legislative issues.

They operate Pauls fourth-generation family farm near Comstock, Minn., farming 2,000 acres of wheat, soybeans and sugar beets. Laura also teaches fourth-grade in Barnesville, Minn.