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Forum staff reports , Published September 27 2013

Hires and promotions - 09/28/13

Seven agents join Prudential Premier

Joan Kirk, Katie Johnson, Mary Eberhard, Michael Soulis, Rachel Rawley, Sandra Wanzek and Sue Benedict have joined the sales team at Prudential Premier Real Estate, Fargo.

Kirk has a history of community involvement and has a master’s degree in liberal arts from Minnesota State University Moorhead

Johnson has more than three years of property management experience. She has a degree in criminal justice from North Dakota State University.

Eberhard is a Fargo native and a graduate of MSUM with a bachelor’s degree in psychology

Soulis is a native of West Fargo and a graduate of MSUM.

Rawley was an educator for 14 years and has a master’s degree in special education from MSUM.

Wanzek recently returned to the Fargo-Moorhead area.

Benedict has more than two years of real estate experience and has a degree in business management as well as Kaplan Real Estate Education, Minneapolis.

Dawson names manager of commercial lines

Dawson Insurance, Fargo, has hired Cindy Fleming as a commercial lines account manager.

Fleming has more than 20 years of experience in insurance customer service and technology.

Lost and Found Ministry adds Hanson to staff

Sandy Hanson is now working as a counselor at the Lost and Found Ministry, Moorhead.

Hanson has more than 25 years of experience in addiction services with families.

She formerly worked with Clay County Social Services and Red River Recovery Center in Moorhead.

Discovery Benefits hires eight new employees

Eight new employees have recently joined Discovery Benefits in Fargo. They are:

Amy Norstedt, marketing coordinator; Laura Boulger, program manager/system ops COBRA; Alex Suave, benefits implementation manager; Ryan Filipek, benefits renewal specialist; Spencer Carlson, benefits senior account manager; Mbang Dort, benefits implementation manager; Ross Cariveau, operations specialist; and Andrew Schneider, file analyst.

Leah Goetz joins Keller Williams Roers

Leah Goetz has joined the F-M Team at Keller Williams Roers Realty Market Center, Fargo.

Goetz previously worked with Healthsource of F-M, Covis Properties and Fargo Living.

Yang named water resources engineer

Jay Yang has joined Houston Engineering’s Fargo office as an entry-level water re-sources engineer.

A native of China, Yang graduated from Jilin University in China with a bachelor’s degree in environmental resources. He earned a master’s degree in hydrology and water resource engineering.

He is a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Civil Engineering at North Dakota State University.

Hoge joins Dakota Pediatric Dentistry

Dr. Beth Hoge, a pediatric dentist, has joined Dakota Pediatric Dentistry, the office of pediatric dentists Dr. Chad Hoge and Dr. Mikala Hoge.

The practice has offices at 4265 45th St. S., Fargo, and 2812 17th Ave. S., Grand Forks.

Hoge was born and raised in Bismarck. She graduated from the University of Arizona with a bachelor’s degree in nutritional sciences. She earned a doctor of dental surgery degree from Marquette University School of Dentistry and completed a two-year residency in pediatric dentistry at Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin.

Lakeland adds Stielow to outpatient team

Lakeland Mental Health Center, Moorhead, has added Ashley Stielow to its outpatient team. She earned a master’s degree in art therapy from Eastern Virginia Medical School and is a licensed professional clinical counselor and a registered art therapist.

At Lakeland, Stielow will provide therapy services to children, adolescents and adults with a variety of behavioral health symptoms including depression, ADD, bipolar and other personality disorders.

Leach hired as crop production specialist

Gene Leach has joined SK Food International, Fargo, as a crop production specialist. He will work directly with SK Food’s network of growers to secure high-quality non-GMO and certified organic ingredients, as well as represent SK Food at industry trade shows and conferences.

Leach has bachelor‘s degrees in agronomy and plant breeding and genetics from North Dakota State University. He has extensive experience in crop procurement and research and plant genetics.

Lexstar hires Peschel in commercial real estate

Lexstar Real Estate Services, Fargo, has added Mike Peschel to its commercial real estate team.

Peschel previously worked as a mortgage broker and was the sales manager at Courts Plus Community Fitness, Fargo, for more than five years.

Benefits specialist joins Halvorson Co. in Fargo

Harry Hawken has joined the Halvorson Co. in Fargo as an employee benefits specialist. He will work with employers analyzing and developing employee benefits programs. He is licensed in North Dakota as a life, annuity, and accident and health producer.

Hawken was president of Krider Equipment Co. for many years and most recently worked in human resources at Titan Machinery.

He is a graduate of the University of Missouri and has earned the Senior Professional in Human Resources distinction.

Shilling, Groft promoted at General Equipment

Jon Shilling has been promoted to vice president of sales and marketing and Tanya Groft has been promoted to vice president of finance at General Equipment & Supplies, Fargo.

Shilling previously worked as the sales manager for three years and has held other positions within the company. Shilling graduated from the University of North Dakota, Grand Forks.

Groft was previously a corporate financial controller for four years. She graduated from Northern State University, Aberdeen, S.D.

Berntson joins Fiebiger firm as staff accountant

Angela Berntson has joined the staff of Fiebiger, Swanson, West & Co. She will work in the firm’s Fargo office.

She is a staff account-ant, focusing on individual and business taxation. She graduated from North Dakota State University with a bachelor’s degree in accounting.

NetWork Center hires three help desk techs

NetWork Center Inc., Fargo, has added William Galvin, Dan Nachtigall and Aaron Sundquist as help desk technicians.

Galvin graduated from the University of North Dakota, Grand Forks, with a degree in molecular biology. He previously worked for Volt with Microsoft on SharePoint Online as a support engineer.

Nachtigall graduated with an associate degree from Southeast Technical Institute. He worked for Midcontinent for four years before moving to Fargo to work for VMC with Microsoft as a SharePoint and Exchange engineer.

Sundquist attended North Dakota State University before working for VMC with Microsoft on SharePoint Online and Exchange Admin Premier support.

Eventide Senior Living promotes two workers

Eventide Senior Living Communities, Moorhead, has promoted Peg Baumgart to quality assurance and risk management at Eventide on Eighth, Moorhead, and Ryan Wheeler to training and development for Eventide on Eighth and Eventide at Sheyenne Crossings, West Fargo.

Baumgart graduated from North Dakota State University and is a registered nurse. She has been a resident care manager at Eventide on Eighth since 2008. She was previously the director of nursing at Villa Maria and at Rosewood on Broadway, both in Fargo.

Wheeler graduated from Minnesota State Community and Technical College, Moorhead. He is a registered nurse and was previously employed at MSCTC and at Elim Care Center, Fargo. He has been with Eventide on Eighth since 2012 as a resident care manager.

Gasper’s hires Bello as head ballet instructor

Gasper’s School of Dance & Performing Arts, Fargo, has hired Ken Bello, principal artist and former director of Chicago’s USA Ballet, as head ballet instructor.

He will also be ballet master for the F-M Ballet, a nonprofit performing arts organization.

Bello’s performance career spans 30 years and stages in the United States, Europe and Asia. He has performed all the main roles in the classical repertoire, and served two years on the dance panel for the Illinois Arts Council.

He has an extensive teaching background in a variety of styles, and has spent numerous years teaching master classes and dance history courses and giving lecture demonstrations throughout the United States and Canada.

Doug Solem joins TMI as maintenance tech

TMI Hospitality, Fargo, has hired Doug Solem as a building maintenance technician.

Solem graduated from high school in Rugby, N.D., and after 21 years, retired as a maintenance and food service driver for Fargo Public Schools.

Harter named a senior planner at Stantec

Peggy Harter has joined Stantec as a senior planner and project manager in the firm’s Fargo office.

She most recently served as the senior transportation planner with the Fargo-Moorhead Council of Governments.

Since 2004, Harter has worked as a transportation engineer/planner in North Dakota and Minnesota and has been involved in a variety of transportation and environmental planning and preliminary design projects. She has a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from North Dakota State University and is a registered professional engineer.

Widmer Roel hires audit associate in Fargo

Spencer Nordman has joined the audit department of Widmer Roel, Fargo, as an audit associate. He will provide audit and accounting services.

He has a bachelor’s degree from North Dakota State University.

Pedigree Technologies adds four employees

Pedigree Technologies, Fargo, has expanded its sales team by hiring Janell DeBoer, Branden Larson, Jennifer Reger and Dennis Britton.

DeBoer is an account manager and will develop, promote and manage ongoing relationships with customers. She graduated from Colorado Technical University and previously worked as a government account executive for Verizon Wireless.

Larson has six years of sales experience and formerly worked as a district sales representative for Monster Energy. At Pedigree he will develop, promote and manage new sales prospects in the southeastern quarter of the United States. He is a native of Gackle, N.D., and a graduate of Bismarck State College.

Reger is a graduate of Minnesota State University Moorhead and will work as a lead generation representative. Britton has six years of sales experience and previously worked for Brown & Saenger. He is attending the University of Mary.

Three added to Flint marketing department

Flint Group, Fargo, has added three team members to Flint Interactive, the organization’s digital marketing department. Amy Dubois is the lead project manager, Cole Hooey is a Web developer and Jessie Johnson is a marketing automation specialist.

Dubois previously worked as a marketing adviser and marketing services project manager at Sanford Health. She earned a bachelor’s degree in marketing from Minnesota State University Moorhead.

Hooey graduated from Minnesota State Community and Technical College with a degree in Web development.

Johnson has more than 10 years of experience in marketing and communications within the higher education, nonprofit and technology industries. Her previous roles included director of marketing and public relations for an organization that services early-stage technology companies, and worldwide content strategy manager for an established global software company. She earned a bachelor’s degree in English and a master of fine arts degree from MSUM.

Five new employees hired at Sundog

Sundog of Fargo has hired Trina Jago, Erin Burd and Amanda Nygaard as project managers, Robert Lindstrom as a software engineer and Heather Heggemeier as an associate project manager.

Jago previously worked for eight years at North Memorial Health Care in the Twin Cities. She graduated from the University of St. Thomas, St. Paul, with a bachelor’s degree in business leadership and management and business communications.

Burd held a variety of positions throughout her nine years at Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Dakota, most recently as a portfolio analyst. She graduated from North Dakota State University with a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice and a minor in psychology.

Lindstrom previously worked as a software developer at Red River Software. He earned a bachelor’s degree in computer science from NDSU.

Nygaard has seven years of experience within the communications, higher education and health care industries. Most recently she was a program coordinator and business consultant at Concordia College. She graduated from Concordia with bachelor’s degrees in organizational communications and business. She is pursuing a master’s degree in business administration at the University of North Dakota, Grand Forks.

Heggemeier was a communications specialist at Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center. She graduated from the University of Wisconsin, Madison, with bachelor’s degrees in journalism and strategic communication.

ByteSpeed in Moorhead hires 6 new employees

ByteSpeed, Moorhead, has hired Nathan Tower as a sales manager, Nate Sundby and Denise Sornsin as account managers, and Brady Thorson, Trent Bucholz, and Chad Coreson have joined the production team.

Tower managed the Starbucks in Moorhead for four years and his background experience includes equipment and inventory maintenance for LaFarge, Aspen, Colo., and being on the production crew for KSFY Television, Sioux Falls, S.D.

Sundby has five years of customer service experience, and Sornsin has 22 years of retail sales management experience.

Thorson started working part time at ByteSpeed in 2011, and Bucholz previously worked for Volt as a Microsoft SharePoint consultant.

Coreson attends Rasmussen College, where he is studying network security and administration.