Hires and Promotions (September 24, 2011)

Phoenix International hires 3, promotes 2 Fargo's Phoenix International, A John Deere Co., has hired Folly Kouvahes, Genevieve Meneses and Ismail Dini as production specialists. Michelle Edenborg has been promoted to accounting supervisor and Jef...

Phoenix International hires 3, promotes 2

Fargo's Phoenix International, A John Deere Co., has hired Folly Kouvahes, Genevieve Meneses and Ismail Dini as production specialists.

Michelle Edenborg has been promoted to accounting supervisor and Jeff Duppong to senior mechanical design engineer.

Edenborg has been an employee of Phoenix International and John Deere since 2005 and previously worked as a tax analyst.

Duppong has worked for the company since 2005 and was previously a mechanical design engineer.


Essentia Health promotes Jacobson

Essentia Health has promoted Peter Jacobson to president of Essentia Health St. Mary's Detroit Lakes, Minn., and senior vice president of the Essentia Health West Region-Minnesota market.

Jacobson joined Essentia in 2008 as vice president and then as senior vice president of clinic and regional operations for Innovis Health and now Essentia Health-West Region.

He has more than 20 years of senior health care leadership experience gained through his past positions with critical-access hospitals, community hospitals and multi-state integrated health systems.

FMCVB hires Myers as marketing coordinator

Danella J. Myers has joined the Fargo-Moorhead Convention and Visitors Bureau as marketing coordinator.

She is a graduate of North Dakota State University with a bachelor's degree in hospitality and tourism management.

Freese joins Mane Impressions as stylist


Mane Impressions Styling Salon and Boutique in the Moorhead Center Mall has hired stylist Samantha Freese.

Freese has more than seven years of experience as a hair stylist. She graduated in 2004 from Capri College, Cedar Rapids, Iowa, and has worked in salons in Iowa and Minnesota.

She specializes in men's haircuts, naturally curly hair and colors.

Harland hires 3 client service specialists

Harland Financial Solutions has hired Ryan Adam, Kelcie Priebe and Marlene Domres as client service specialists.

Adam is a graduate of Mayville (N.D.) State University with a business administration degree with specializations in banking, finance and real estate. He was previously employed at First Community Credit Union in Portland, N.D.

Priebe was previously employed at Wells Fargo with Banker Connection and has more than three years of banking experience.

Domres has 10 years of experience in the financial industry. She graduated from the North Dakota State College of Science earning in Wahpeton with an associate's degree in business management.


Butler Machinery hires HR coordinator in Fargo

Stacey Bangert has been hired as a human resource coordinator at Butler Machinery's corporate office in Fargo.

Bangert has a degree in sales and management from Minnesota State Community and Technical College. She most recently worked as a human resource coordinator at Clinical Supplies Management. She also has experience as a sales representative and a HR assistant at Pepsi Americas.

Essentia Health hires plastic surgeon

Essentia Health has hired Dr. Farooq Shahzad in its newly established plastic surgery department at the 32nd Avenue campus in Fargo.

Dr. Shahzad received his medical degree from Aga Khan University in Karachi, Pakistan. He completed surgery residencies at West Virginia University School of Medicine. Morgantown, Oregon Health and Science University, Portland, and Washington University, St. Louis.

He specializes in cleft lip and palate, craniofacial surgery, pediatric plastic surgery, facial trauma, cosmetic and general reconstructive surgery.

Toy promoted at First International Insurance


Daniel Toy has been promoted to vice president and insurance manager of First International Insurance, Fargo.

He will oversee operations for 12 offices in North Dakota, Minnesota and Arizona.

Toy joined First International in 2010. He is a licensed agent in North Dakota, Minnesota, Arizona and Ohio and is a graduate of Franklin University in Ohio with a bachelor's degree in business administration. He earned a master's degree in business administration from Touro University.

Prior to his insurance career, he served with the U.S. Army and retired after 20 years of service.

Noridian Mutual hires one, promotes one

Noridian Mutual Insurance Co., Fargo, has hired Tony Tardugno as executive vice president of technology services and Denise Kolpack was named chief of staff. She will also continue in her role as vice president of corporate communications.

Tardugno has 25 years of international information technology experience. He recently served as senior vice president and chief information officer of Excellus Blue Cross Blue Shield, Rochester, N.Y. He has a bachelor's degree in computer science from State University of New York at Oswego.

Kolpack joined Noridian in 2006 as assistant vice president of corporate communications and was promoted to vice president in 2007. Prior to joining Noridian, she was donor recruitment director with United Blood Services, Bismarck. She is a graduate of University of North Dakota, Grand Forks, and has a bachelor's degree in marketing and political science.


Insurance agency hires customer service reps

Johnson & Johnson Insurance Agency, Moorhead, has hired Deana Montgomery and Sara Pic as customer service representatives.

Montgomery earned an associate's degree from Minneapolis Technical College. She has worked in the insurance industry for 12 years, including eight years as an agent and trainer with Farmers Insurance Group.

Pic earned a bachelor's degree in management and economics at North Dakota State University. She was previously an underwriter with Auto-Owners Insurance Co.

Six new hires at Discovery Benefits

Discovery Benefits has hired Amena Chaudhry, Jodi Bogenreif, Dayton Schwieger, Valeria Ahumada and Mike Kvanvig to its participant services team.

Jenna Kragerud has been hired as an implementation manager for the COBRA team.

Biller joins Realty Executives Green Team


Cheryl Biller has joined the Green Team at Realty Executives North Plains, Fargo.

Biller graduated from Concordia College and North Dakota State University and is licensed in North Dakota and Minnesota.

One on One Learning hires coordinator

One on One Learning has hired Tyler Tracy as district coordinator for the Fargo and West Fargo area.

One on One Learning provides free tutoring services to students that qualify through Title 1 schools and free and reduced lunch.

Tracy earned a bachelor's degree in recreation management at North Dakota State University and has more than eight years of coordinating experience.

Kruger Seeds names Menholt as new dealer

Kruger Seeds has announced that Ross Menholt is a new dealer in Glyndon, Minn.

The company, based in Dike, Iowa, offers corn, soybean and alfalfa seed products.

MetLife Bank hires reverse mortgage expert

Brenda Houglum, Moorhead, has joined MetLife Bank as a reverse mortgage consultant for the North Dakota region.

Houglum previously worked as a reverse mortgage specialist at Wells Fargo Home Mortgage for over five years.

She graduated from Minnesota State University Moorhead with a degree in education.

Olson promoted to VP for physician services

Essentia Health has promoted Kristine Olson to vice president for physician services for the entire Essentia Health system.

Olson has spent the past several years serving as regional vice president of quality, marketing and physician services for the western facilities of the Essentia system.

Olson will be based in Fargo, but her responsibilities will span the entire Essentia health system.

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