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Published March 02 2013

Honors and Officers (March 02, 2013)

ND Auctioneers Hall of Fame inducts Haugen

Dale Haugen, Lisbon, has been inducted into the North Dakota Auctioneers Association Hall of Fame.

Haugen, a real estate sales associate with Farmers National Co., is also the companys auctioneer for land sales in the upper Midwest region.

Haugen and his wife, Rita, have operated R&D Auction for 31 years and Dale was named North Dakota Champion Auctioneer in 2003.

NDSU professor earns Blue Key award

The North Dakota State University chapter of Blue Key National Honor Society has honored Canan Bilen-Green, professor of industrial and manufacturing engineering, with the 2012 NDSU Distinguished Educator Award.

Blue Key annually honors an outstanding NDSU educator for his or her extra interest in students and their programs, education and field of expertise. Presented annually since 1969, the honor is one of the highest awards given by NDSU students.

Bilen-Green is interim chairwoman of the Department of Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering, executive director of NDSU Advance Forward and vice provost of faculty advancement.

She joined NDSU in 1998 after earning a doctorate in statistics from the University of Wyoming. She earned a bachelors degree from Middle East Technical University and masters degrees from Bilkent University and the University of Wyoming.

Bilen-Green has been faculty adviser for the NDSU chapter of the Society of Women Engineers since 2001. In partnership with the YWCA, she initiated TechGYRLS at NDSU, a semester-long, after-school program for girls, grades four through seven.

As a coordinator for Expanding Your Horizons, Bilen-Green also has worked with College of Engineering and Architecture faculty, students and alumni to develop and present workshops for students in grades seven through nine.

Recipients of affordable housing awards named

The North Dakota Housing Finance Agency has recognized several lending partners and housing advocates as Champions of Affordable Housing.

The awards are based on participation in the agencys home ownership programs and involvement in locally sponsored affordable housing projects and events.

Those receiving recognition include: American Bank Center and Josh Blikre, Capital Credit Union, and Aaron Wentz and Gate City Bank and Lynn Klein, all of Bismarck; Cornerstone Bank and Peter Johnson, and First Mortgage Service and Pam Maher, both of Fargo.

Kevin and Cherie Collins of Minot and the Grand Lodge of North Dakota, Independent Order of Odd Fellows of Devils Lake, each received Housing Production awards. Keith Olson, Crosby, and Mike and Angela Christianson, Minot, received the Leadership Award.

The Collins purchased and refurbished Grayce Manor, a home in Minot that provides affordable housing for young adults in the Transition into Independence Pilot Program.

The Grand Lodge of North Dakota provides a safe haven for formerly homeless and mentally disabled residents at Prairie Heights Apartments in Devils Lake.

Olson has been active in the development of several affordable housing projects in Crosby, Kenmare, Ray and Williston. The Christiansons partnered with the Transition into Independence Program, offering below-market rate apartments to program participants.

Corporate Technologies receives recognitions

Corporate Technologies has been named to CRNs annual list of the Tech Elite 250 and was also included on the 2013 MSPmentor 501 Global Edition list.

The Tech Elite 250 list recognizes solution providers that have invested in training and technical know-how to help customers understand some of the most sophisticated technology in the market.

The MSPmentor list identifies the worlds top 501 managed-service providers based on data from a global online survey. It recognizes top managed-service providers based on revenue growth, revenue per employee, managed services offered and customer devices managed.

Corporate Technologies, which ranked 37 in the global edition and 28 in North America, has more than 300 employees who support customers in Minnesota, North Dakota, Idaho, California, Michigan and New Jersey.

Re/Max agents honored for sales achievements

Agents from Re/Max Realty 1, Moorhead, have been honored by the RE/MAX North Central regional office for their achievements in 2012.

Those honored are:

Bruce Johnson and Del Boschee, 100 Percent Club; and Curt Winter, Executive Club.

Matts Automotive Center earns Blue Seal

For the third consecutive year, Matts Automotive Service Center, 1234 1st Ave. N., Moorhead, has earned the Blue Seal of Excellence recognition from the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence.

Owner Matt Lachowitzer opened his business in 2009 and now employs four technicians. Lachowitzer is an ASE-certified master auto technician and he also holds several other certifications through ASE.

Sanford earns Blue Distinction designations

Sanford medical centers in Bismarck, Fargo and Sioux Falls, S.D., have received the Blue Distinction in knee and hip replacement and spine surgery from the Blue Cross Blue Shield Association.

Blue Distinction is a national quality designation that recognizes facilities that demonstrate expertise in delivering quality specialty care.

Eide Bailly re-elects 2 to board of directors

Eide Bailly, a regional certified public accounting and business advisory firm, re-elected Fargo partner Mark Martens for a second one-year term as chairman of the board. Mankato, Minn., partner Linda Koerselman was also elected to a second one-year term as vice chairman.

Martens and Koerselman are both certified public accountants and each has more than 20 years of public accounting experience.

Westgard earns MDRT, Premier Club honors

Jessica Westgard, Fargo, has earned membership in the Principal Financial Group Million Dollar Round Table and has also qualified for the Premier Club.

She is a four-year qualifier of the MDRT, which represents the top life insurance and financial service professionals worldwide. The Premier Club distinction recognizes producers for sales of products and solutions.

Marvin Windows earns 2013 community award

Marvin Windows and Doors has received the 2013 Community Impact Award from Minnesota Business magazine.

The company was recognized in the employment category, which honors companies that have brought or kept major employment in a Minnesota community.

For four generations spanning more than 100 years, the Marvin family has worked to create jobs and thriving communities in Minnesota.

The companys efforts to preserve and grow Minnesota jobs during the economic downturn have been covered widely by the national media when Marvin didnt lay off any of its workers and instead workers and managers gave up pay and perks to keep everyone on the job.

Real estate agent celebrates milestone

Jim Brouse is celebrating his 10th anniversary with Jack Chivers Realty, Detroit Lakes, Minn.

Brouse has many years of business and sales experience and has served on the Lakes Country Association of Realtors Board as director and president.

Bergstrom earns award for courthouse project

Bergstrom Electric has received the top award in the electrical commercial projects over $1 million category from the Minnesota Associated Builders and Contractors for its work on the Cass County Courthouse West Addition project in Fargo.

The winning projects were judged on complexity, attractiveness, challenges, completion time, workmanship, innovation, safety and budget.

Curtis Kalash was the project foreman for the courthouse project and accepted the award on behalf of Bergstrom Electric, which has offices in Grand Forks, Fargo, Bismarck, Devils Lake, N.D., Crookston and Thief River Falls, Minn.

Fargo Econo Lodge earns Gold Award

The Econo Lodge hotel of Fargo is recipient of a 2013 Gold Hospitality Award from Choice Hotels International, the franchisor of the Econo Lodge.

As a top performing property among the companys more than 5,000 U.S.-franchised hotels, the Econo Lodge hotel is among the top percentile of the more than 900 properties within the Econo Lodge brand earning the hotel Gold Award status.

To earn the award, the hotel focused on guest satisfaction and dedication to providing superior service.

Sonewald named volunteer of the year

Krissy Sonewald, a volunteer at Bethany on University, Fargo, has been selected as the 2013 Adult Volunteer of the Year by the North Dakota Long Term Care Association.

Sonewald has been volunteering at Bethany for more than 12 years, assisting residents in a variety of activities including sorting and delivering mail, printing and delivering emails, teaching residents how to use the computer, creating posters and invitations and providing companionship.

She volunteers more than 30 hours a week and has accumulated nearly 18,000 hours of volunteer service at Bethany.

Aging Services of Minn. elects Riewer chairman

Jon Riewer, chief executive officer of Eventide Senior Living Communities, Moorhead, has been named chairman of the board for Aging Services of Minnesota.

He has served on the board of directors since 2000 as secretary-treasurer and as chairman-elect.