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Published April 05 2014

Honors and officers (April 5)

High Point Networks earns Rookie of Year

High Point Networks, Fargo, has earned the 2013 VXSuite Rookie of the Year Award, a prestigious technology award recognizing outstanding accomplishments.

The winners were announced at the annual VXSuite VXMadness Managed Services Partner Conference at the Aston MonteLago Resort, Lake Las Vegas, Nev.

Presented in numerous categories, the Rookie of the Year Award recognizes the VXSuite partner that generates the most revenue in its first year of partnership with VXSuite.


Collins, Taves win AAA management awards

Kim Collins, territory manager for North Dakota and Nebraska, and Robbin Taves, North Dakota field manager, Fargo and Bismarck, have been recognized as two of the top managers in The Auto Club Group, the second largest AAA club in North America.

Collins received the President’s Elite Award, the highest level of recognition for managers in the AAA club and Taves received the Premier Performer Award.

The awards were attained by meeting or exceeding annual production goals for life, property and casualty insurance and membership and travel sales.

Star of Life awarded to F-M Ambulance’s Klein

Bob Klein, the lead educator at F-M Ambulance Service, Fargo, has received the 2014 Star of Life Award from the American Ambulance Association. He received the award during a recent ceremony in Washington, D.C.

Klein was selected for the award because of his dedication to emergency medical service training in the Fargo-Moorhead area and in rural communities in Cass and Clay counties.

He started his EMS career in 1987 with the Langdon (N.D.) Ambulance Service. He has worked for F-M Ambulance since 2006.


NDSU chemist receives prestigious fellowship

North Dakota State University’s Svetlana Kilina, assistant professor of chemistry and biochemistry, has received a 2014 Sloan Research Fellowship from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation.

The fellowship is for young scientists whose achievements identify them as the next generation of scientific leaders.

Kilina is the first researcher at NDSU and at a North Dakota college or university to receive the honor, which includes $50,000 to advance her research.

Kilina’s research blends renewable energy, high-performance computing, nanotechnology and quantum chemistry and has the potential to help solve the world’s energy challenges.

She earned a doctorate in chemistry at the University of Washington, Seattle, and completed a two-year director’s postdoctoral fellowship at Los Alamos National Lab before joining NDSU in 2010. She continues to collaborate with the lab and serves as a visiting scientist there every summer.


Starion Financial receives five-star rating

Starion Financial has received a five-star rating from BauerFinancial, a leading national independent bank and credit union rating firm.

Star ratings are assigned on a scale of zero to five and are based on the overall financial picture of the financial institution.


Coldwell Banker First Realty receives awards

Coldwell Banker First Realty, Fargo, was named the No. 1 office in closed adjusted gross commission income in North Dakota for independently owned and operated affiliated companies in the Coldwell Banker system in 2013.

It was also named the No. 1 company in closed adjusted gross commission income. This award goes to top producing, independently owned and operated affiliate companies.

Coldwell Banker also received the President’s Award of Honor, which is given to companies that had between $4.75 million and $8.5 million in closed adjusted gross commission income during 2013, and the Premier Office designation, which signifies average per sales associate of either $100,000 in closed adjusted gross commission income or 20 total units for the calendar year.


Slotten earns lifetime status on AGC board

Nancy Slotten, executive vice president of Border States Paving, Fargo, was named Lifetime Governor on the Associated General Contractors of America board of governors at its recent annual convention in Las Vegas.

She earned the position by representing the AGC of North Dakota as an elected governor for 12 years. She has been active in the AGC for more than 20 years.


Johnson receives sales award from Sir Speedy

Neil Johnson, a salesman at Sir Speedy in Fargo, has been recognized as a 2014 Gold Level Top Performer.

The award is presented annually to recognize top achievers in the Sir Speedy franchise network. This year, Johnson was one of 26 salespeople who received Gold Level status from more than 300 worldwide.

Engkjer named to ND District Export Council

Bruce Engkjer of Legacy Steel Buildings has been named by the U.S. secretary of commerce to become part of the North Dakota District Export Council.

Legacy Steel Buildings has offices in Fargo, Ray, Dunn Center and Belfield, all in North Dakota.