Hires and promotions (Sept. 20)

Hess hired as credit manager at The Forum Todd M. Hess has been named credit manager at The Forum. He will be responsible for credit management of The Forum, West Fargo Pioneer, JobsHQ, Inspired Home, Interactive and FCC Digital Obituary Service....

Hess hired as credit manager at The Forum

Todd M. Hess has been named credit manager at The Forum. He will be responsible for credit management of The Forum, West Fargo
Pioneer, JobsHQ, Inspired Home, Interactive and FCC Digital Obituary Service.
Hess previously was the accounts receivable and credit director of Asset Marketing Services, where he managed a staff of seven collection agents. He has more than 25 years of accounting experience, including 15 years specializing in credit and collections.

Fleser hired, Larson promoted at Vanity

Vanity in Fargo has hired Kimberly Fleser as an allocator in the planning and allocation department. The company has also promoted Stefanie Larson to inventory assistant at the e-commerce office.
Fleser has customer service experience from Hollister Co., Follett Corp. and Allure Hair Salon and Spa. She is a graduate of North Dakota State University.
Larson has been employed with since 2013 and most recently was a part-time inventory assistant.

Discovery Benefits hires five, promotes two


Discovery Benefits in Fargo has hired Bridget McGuire as senior operations manager of COBRA and benefit services, Bridget Medbery as COBRA and billing solutions renewal specialists, John Dierling as integration analyst, Peter Nettleton as benefits senior account manager and Amber Andersen as COBRA and billing solutions account manager.
The company has also promoted Jenna Foster to business process improvement manager and Ryan Schmoll to operations manager of strategic partnerships.

Klug named director of people strategy, culture

Dan Klug has joined Noridian Mutual Insurance Co., Fargo, as director of people strategy and culture.
He previously worked as the chief development officer for Northland Community and Technical College in East Grand Forks and Thief River Falls, Minn.
Klug earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration, with a double major in marketing and management, from Minnesota State University-Mankato. He also earned a graduate degree in theology from the Association of Free Lutheran Theological Seminary, Plymouth, Minn.
Grise hired as customer service representative

Payroll Professionals, Fargo, has hired Lindsey Grise as a customer service representative. She was previously employed by ShareHouse for 15 years.

Birkholz promoted to HR manager at BCBSND

Vicki Birkholz has been promoted to human resources manager at Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Dakota, Fargo.
She began her BCBSND career in 1997 as the executive assistant in human resources. She was promoted to compensation analyst, HR generalist, HR business partner and HR team leader.
Birkholz earned a bachelor’s degree in social work from Minnesota State University Moorhead. She also holds the Professional in Human Resources certification.

Jeremiah Program hires executive director

The Jeremiah Program has named Diane Solinger the organization’s first executive director in Fargo-Moorhead.
She previously worked for Minnesota State University Moorhead as assistant and associate vice president for student affairs and vice president of enrollment management. She also held positions at Minnesota State University-Mankato and the University of Denver.

Bell State Bank hires Tennyson, Mastera


Bell State Bank & Trust has hired Shawn Tennyson as a project manager director and Sarah Mastera as vice president and mortgage lending officer at its 13th Avenue South location in Fargo.
Tennyson earned an associate degree in commercial art from Minnesota State University Moorhead. He has 27 years of experience as a graphic designer. He worked for 14 years at Sundog, serving most recently as director of resources and creative.
Mastera earned a bachelor’s degree in public relations and a master’s degree in mass communications from Murray (Ky.) State University. She previously was a mortgage loan officer at Branch Banking & Trust in Murray.

General Equipment  promotes Asleson

General Equipment and Supplies, Fargo, has promoted Dave Asleson to assistant sales manager-rolling stock.
Asleson attended Minnesota State University Moorhead and has more than 20 years in the construction industry as an equipment operator and foreman.
He has been with General Equipment for more than four years, most recently as yard coordinator.

Haut selected as SBA deputy district director

Alan Haut has been selected as the deputy district director for the North Dakota district office of the U.S. Small Business Administration.
With 25 years of service to SBA, Haut has served in several roles in the district office including loan officer and economic development specialist. He has been a lender relations specialist for the SBA’s North Dakota office since 2005.
A native of Jamestown, N.D., he grew up helping in his family’s small business. He is a graduate of Minnesota State University Moorhead, where he received bachelor’s and master’s degrees in business administration.

Stende joins Simply Relax in West Fargo

Amanda Stende has joined Simply Relax Therapeutic Massage in West Fargo.
A graduate of Globe University, Moorhead, Stende will specialize in relaxation, deep tissue, craniosacral and spa techniques.

Herrick named VP of business development

ADVERTISEMENT has promoted Shawn Herrick to vice president of business development.
Herrick joined the company in 2010 as a blogger and was later promoted to director of web content. He works out of the company’s office in Jamestown, N.D.

Reitz named real estate program manager

Advanced Engineering and Environmental Services has hired Tanaya Reitz as a real estate program manager in the firm’s Fargo office.
Reitz was previously a land administrator at Cliffs Natural Resources where she was involved in acquiring land rights, mineral rights, negotiating easements and managing wetland mitigation projects for iron ore mines in northeastern Minnesota.
Originally from Moorhead, she has a bachelor’s degree in real estate studies from the University of St. Thomas, St. Paul.

Alumni foundation names Crouch director

The Minnesota State University Moorhead Alumni Foundation has named Joy Crouch as director of development.
She previously worked for 12 years at Hospice of the Red River Valley as a development officer specializing in planned giving.

Credit Collections Bureau promotes three

The Credit Collections Bureau has promoted Max Monroe, Kristen Clark and Josh Stone to collection associates. All work in the company’s Fargo office.

Lewis joins morning team at Life 97.9

Radio station Life 97.9, Fargo, has named Teresa Lewis as its morning co-host, along with station manager Tim Unsinn.
Lewis, owner of Get Inspired, is also an inspirational speaker and mindset coach. She speaks to businesses, associations and faith-based groups and has been self-employed since 2007. Life 97.9 is a non-commercial, listener-supported station owned and operated by the University of Northwestern, St. Paul.

American Crystal Sugar promotes one, hires one

Jonathan Hickel has been promoted to official trial supervisor in the beet seed division at American Crystal Sugar Co. He has worked for American Crystal for 24 years and has a bachelor’s degree from North Dakota State University.
Deborah Moomjian has joined the beet seed division as the data coordinator. Moomjian has a bachelor’s degree in business management from Kaplan University. She was most recently employed as the office manager at Diversified Welding.

Nurse practitioner joins Essentia in West Fargo

Jenna Stout, a nurse practitioner, has joined the Family Medicine Department at the Essentia Health Clinic in West Fargo.
Stout earned a doctorate degree in nursing from North Dakota State University.

ShareHouse Inc. hires counselor, social worker

ShareHouse Inc. has hired Jessica Karjalainen as a licensed addiction counselor and Amanda Hayenga as a licensed social worker/case manager.
Karjalainen earned a master’s degree in addiction studies from Hazelden Graduate School of Addiction Studies, Center City, Minn., and a degree in criminal justice from University of North Dakota, Grand Forks. She most recently worked at Avail Psychological and Addiction Services and Prairie St. John’s, Fargo.
Hayenga earned a bachelor’s degree in social work from Minnesota State University Moorhead. She previously worked at Youthworks as Runaway Program and Parenting Pathways coordinator.

Kostman joins RHRA Architects in Fargo

Ski Kostman has joined RHRA Architects, Fargo. Kostman is a graduate of North Dakota State University with a bachelor’s degree in architecture.
She was previously employed as project coordinator at Stahl Architects.

Western State Bank promotes one, hires one

Western State Bank, West Fargo, has promoted Brad Jacobson to president/chief operating officer, and Matt Kouba recently joined the bank as a customer care banker.
Jacobson has served on the company’s board of directors since 2004. He joined the bank in 2002 and has since served as a business banking officer, vice president/business banking manager and market president since 2004, and started overseeing the seven bank locations in 2011. He has 18 years of banking experience and is a graduate of North Dakota State University.
Kouba has more than eight years of customer service experience in the banking industry. Originally from Williston, N.D., he earned a bachelor’s degree in secondary education from Minnesota State University Moorhead.

Haga and Associates hires 3 staff members

Haga and Associates, a full-service certified public accounting firm in Fargo, has hired Christine Jones as tax manager, and Kathy Sherva and Mat Hermanson as accountants.
Jones has more than 20 years of public accounting experience including owning and managing her own tax and accounting business. She is licensed as an enrolled agent by the Internal Revenue Service and specializes in corporate, individual and farm tax planning and preparation. She graduated from Jamestown (N.D.) College and Minot (N.D.) State University with a degree in business management and business education.
Sherva was previously a financial analyst for DMS Health Technologies and has more than 19 years of accounting experience. She has an accounting degree from Minnesota State University Moorhead.
Hermanson has a master’s degree in accountancy from North Dakota State University. He previously worked for Archway in Fargo as an accounting business support analyst.

Bonanzaville, CCHS name executive director

WEST FARGO – Brenda Warren has been appointed executive director of the Cass County History Society and Bonanzaville.
Warren previously was the director of procurement and the communications manager for National Hospitality Services, Fargo.

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