Published February 23 2013
Honors and Officers (February 23, 2013)US Bank names quarterly award winners
Mike Sylskar and Kylie Mitchell have been named winners of the U.S. Bank Star of Excellence award in the southeast North Dakota market for the fourth quarter of 2012. The Star of Excellence award is presented to personal bankers and universal bankers based on sales performance.
Jackie Ness and Linda Hopkins have earned the banks Pinnacle Award for outstanding achievement and superior performance.
Sylskar is a personal banker and Mitchell is a universal banker. They both work at the U.S. Bank branch office at 3225 25th St. S., Fargo.
Ness is a relationship manager in the business banking department at the office in downtown Fargo and Hopkins is the branch manager in Wahpeton, N.D.
Moorhead agency earns Presidents Club honor
Moorhead Insurance Agency has been named to the Presidents Club of Midwest Family Mutual Insurance Co.
The award recognizes outstanding continued service to customers and the community. Moorhead Insurance has been named to the Presidents Club for 14 consecutive years.
Principles at the agency are Sharon Meyer, Steve Ness, Gary Feir and Tom Tvedt.
NDSU foundation leader receives CASE award
James C. Miller, president and chief executive officer of the North Dakota State University Development Foundation, is one of two people selected to receive the Commonfund Institutionally Related Foundation Award from the Council for Advancement and Support of Education.
Miller, along with Mike Goodwin, president and chief executive officer of the Oregon State University Foundation, will be recognized during the annual CASE Conference for Institutionally Related Foundations April 18 in Atlanta.
The award recognizes professionals who have made extraordinary contributions to the advancement, quality and effectiveness of their foundations and the sector.
Miller has 42 years of experience in institutional advancement. During his 31 years at NDSU, Miller transformed a fledging foundation into a model fundraising and alumni relations program. He presided over many major accomplishments, including an increase in the foundations total assets from $3 million to more than $161 million, growth in its endowment portfolio from $1 million to more than $100 million and increasing giving from $500,000 to more than $15 million annually.
Lura earns partner status at Nodak Mutual
Duey Lura, an agent for Nodak Mutual Insurance Co., Fargo, has been recognized for achieving partner status with Nodak Mutual.
Lura earned the recognition for outstanding sales performance in property/casualty, life insurance production and client retention in 2012.
In lieu of a traditional plaque award, a donation to the Roger Maris Cancer Center had been made in Luras name.
Steve Asche honored for mutual fund sales
Steve Asche, Fargo, a wealth adviser for the northwestern Minnesota and eastern North Dakota regional financial office of Thrivent Financial for Lutherans, has been honored for outstanding mutual fund sales and service to Thrivent Financial members for 2012.
Asche finished the year ranked 11th in mutual fund sales among more than 2,300 Thrivent representatives across the nation.
DakTech a finalist for Intel Vision Award
Santa Clara, Calif.-based Intel Corp. has named DakTech Computers, a Fargo-based information technology hardware company, a finalist for the Intel Vision Award.
The award is given to an Intel technology partner that best embodies the Intel vision of using technology to connect and enrich lives.
The winner will be selected at the Intel Solutions Summit in March in Los Angeles.
Swanson earns top rated merchant award
Swanson Health Products, Fargo, a direct-to-consumer retailer of natural health products, has earned the Top Rated Catalog/Internet Merchant award from ConsumerLab.com.
The top rating is based on customer satisfaction and on results of the ConsumerLab.com vitamin and supplement users survey, which analyzed more than 10,000 responses from the ConsumerLab.com e-newsletter regarding subscribers satisfaction with supplement merchants, brands and products.
Swanson Health Products has earned the award three times.
Young farm families elected to committee
Three young farm families have been elected to the North Dakota Farm Bureau Young Farmers and Ranchers Committee.
Those elected are: Travis and Dana Dagman, Enderlin, District 3; Levi and Brianna Taylor, Jamestown, District 5; and Nathan and Katie Fegley, Berthold, District 6.
The Dagmans farm corn, soybeans and wheat and will represent LaMoure, Ransom, Richland, Dickey and Sargent counties.
The Taylors grow corn and soybeans and will represent Wells, Foster, Kidder Stutsman, Logan and McIntosh counties.
The Fegleys grown small grains and operate a cow-calf operation. Nathan also owns and operates Fegley Grain Cleaning and Katie is a crop insurance specialist with Farm Credit Services. The couple will represent Renville, Bottineau, Ward, McHenry, McLean and Sheridan counties.
American Federal bankers earn awards
American Federal bankers Don Abarr, Jason Jaeger, Ryan Bohnsack, Roger Erbes and Patty Roers, who work in the Fargo-Moorhead market, have earned Sales Star awards, American Federals highest honor of recognition for sales and sales referral performance in 2012.
In recognition of their achievement, the employees were among 18 American Federal Sales Star employees and their families invited to attend a weekend retreat, training seminar and awards banquet in their honor at the Arrowwood Conference Center in Alexandria, Minn.
Jaeger, Fargo downtown business and ag banker, was the top performer in the ag and business banking division and earned an engraved marble trophy and an American Federal-logo leather jacket.
Legacy Steel Buildings named exporter of year
Legacy Steel Buildings, a manufacturer of pre-engineered steel buildings based in Fargo, has been named North Dakotas 2012 Exporter of the Year.
The award was announced during the recent Global Business Connections conference in Bismarck.
Legacy has engineered steel buildings for more than 40 years, supplying rigid-frame steel buildings for industrial, commercial, residential, agricultural, government and military building construction.
The company ships to customers across the world and in 2012 increased exports by 70 percent and expanded into markets including Colombia, Bolivia and Australia.
R.L. Engebretson firm earns Summit award
R.L. Engebretson Architects, Fargo, has received the Summit 2012 Community Development Architect of the Year award in Sandy, Utah.
The Sandy Summit Awards are given each year to companies that have reached a level of excellence in their expertise in the city of Sandy.
The firm was recognized for its work on the new Scheels store in Sandy, which features an aquarium, Ferris wheel, shooting galleries and other activities.
Rick Engebretson is president of the firm and Rich Wiemken is principal.
Kleingartner qualifies for top sales award
Doug Kleingartner, Fargo, an agent with Farmers Union Insurance, has qualified for the 2012-2013 MonDak Summit, the companys top sales honor. Kleingartner is one of 14 agents to qualify for this years top producer honor.
He has worked in the insurance industry since 1992. This is the 10th time he has qualified for the award.