Honors and officers (March 19, 2016)

Contractor earns Minn. safety awardNorthern Plains Contracting, Wolverton, Minn., is one of 77 companies that will receive the Governor's Safety Award for Outstanding Achievement at the Minnesota Safety and Health Conference on May 5 in Minneapol...

Contractor earns Minn. safety award

Northern Plains Contracting, Wolverton, Minn., is one of 77 companies that will receive the Governor's Safety Award for Outstanding Achievement at the Minnesota Safety and Health Conference on May 5 in Minneapolis.

The awards recognize companies that have continuing improvement and/or a continuing outstanding record with incident rates that are 51 percent to 90 percent better than the industry average.

Essentia nurse honored with Daisy Award

Tiffany Prickard, a registered nurse at Essentia Health, Fargo, has received the Daisy Award for Extraordinary Nurses. The award is part of the Daisy Foundation's program to recognize the efforts of nurses.


Prickard was nominated by her peers for her understanding, warm personality and exceptional communication with patients. She received an "Extraordinary Nurse" certificate and A Healer's Touch sculpture, which is hand-carved by artists of the Shona tribe in Africa.

AAF-ND Addy Award winners named

The American Advertising Federation of North Dakota has presented its 2015 Addy Awards. Of the 400 entries received by AAF-ND, 43 gold awards and 54 silver awards were presented. Entries were judged by a three-person panel for their creativity, originality and creative strategy.

Top awards included:

• Flint Group earned Best of Show for its "Speak Volumes" integrated media campaign work done for the North Dakota Department of Human Services.

• H2M earned "Judge's Choice" honors for its radio advertisement work done for Zorbaz.

• Nathaniel Navratil took "Judge's Choice" honors for his BMX Industry self-promotional brochure.

• Threefold earned "Judge's Choice" honors for its video work done for Experience Land.


• Erin Fischer of Minnesota State Community Technical College earned "Student Best of Show" honors for her Table No. 3 Brand Campaign.

• Hailey Whitman of Bismarck State College took "Student Judges' Choice" for her BRWSTRY product packaging.

Individual awards included:

• Sales and marketing: IRONCLAD Marketing, one gold medal; North Dakota State University Publications Services, two gold; Flint Group, five gold; Spotlight Media, one gold, one silver medal; Nathaniel Navratil, one gold; Greater Fargo Moorhead Economic Development Corp., one silver; The Promersberger Co., two silver; Minnesota State University Moorhead, one silver; Elenberger Creative, one silver; Bell State Bank & Trust, one silver; and Concordia College, one silver.

• Print advertising: EMG, one gold.

• Out-of-home and ambient media: Flint Group, two gold, one silver; Nathaniel Navratil, one gold; NDSU Publications Services, two gold; Sundog, one silver; and Office Sign Co., one silver.

• Online/Interactive: Absolute Marketing Group, two gold, two silver; H2M, one gold; Flint Group, one gold, two silver; Sundog, one gold, one silver.

• Film, video and sound: H2M, one gold; Threefold, three gold, two silver; Flint Group, one gold, two silver; Yarn Media, one gold, one silver; Absolute Marketing, two silver; The Creative Treatment, three silver; Media Productions, two silver; and Dead Horse Productions, one silver.


• Cross platform: Myriad Mobile, one gold; Flint Group, one gold, two silver; Media Productions, one gold, one silver; NDSU Publications Services, two silver; and Sundog, one silver.

• Elements of advertising: Fargo Moorhead Convention and Visitors Bureau, two gold; Nathaniel Navratil, one gold; SugarBrooke Creative, one gold, one silver; Ad Monkeys, one silver; Jamie Trosen, one silver; MSUM, one silver; Media Productions, one silver; and Sundog, two silver.

• Student winners were: Erin Fischer, MSCTC, five gold, one silver; Jacinta Thieschafer, MSUM, one silver; Jessi Schmit, Concordia, one silver; Hailey Whitman, Bismarck State, one gold; Liz Hayden, MSUM, one gold, one silver; Alexis Eberle, Bismarck State, one silver; Adam Long, Bismarck State, one gold; Alexander Thompson, Bismarck State, one silver; David Hanson, MSUM, one gold; Tom Thompson, MSUM, one silver; Chase Body, Concordia, two silver; Jonathan Calix, MSUM, two silver; and Samantha Laderer, MSUM, one silver.


Reile's Transfer employees earn honors

Reile's Transfer and Delivery, Fargo, has named Tim Bergman as operator of the quarter and Randy Curran as delivery driver of the quarter.

They each received a trophy and a cash prize of $100.


Halvorson qualifies for Court of the Table

Matthew Halvorson, Fargo, has qualified for the Court of the Table of the Million Dollar Round Table.

Court of the Table status is reserved for the top professionals in the global life insurance and financial services industry. It recognizes exceptional professional knowledge, client service and ethical conduct.

Halvorson is a one-year MDRT member and a first-time Court of the Table qualifier.


Essentia Health named a level three ACO

Essentia Health, Fargo, has been named one of two level three Accountable Care Organizations nationwide by the National Committee for Quality Assurance. This is the highest possible level of certification.

The NCQA's review process assesses each organization's ability to coordinate and deliver the care expected of ACOs, including protecting patient rights and privacy, offering easily-accessible health care, having a solid foundation of patient-centered primary care, using care coordination to manage patient populations and monitoring practice patterns and using performance data to improve quality.

Essentia Health first became an ACO in 2013.


Contractors group names board members

Donn Diederich, Industrial Builders, Fargo, and Russ Hanson, Associated General Contractors of North Dakota, Bismarck, were named to the AGC of America board of directors at its recent national convention in San Antonio. They will both serve two-year terms on the 26-person board.

Randy Johnson, executive vice president chairman of the board of Meinecke-Johnson, Fargo, was awarded lifetime governor on the AGC of America board of governors.

Diederich will serve his role as the 2016 vice chairman and 2017 chairman of the AGCA Highway Division. Hanson will serve in his role as 2016 vice chairman and 2017 chairman of the AGCA executive leadership council.

Johnson earned his position as lifetime governor by representing the AGCND as an elected governor for 12 years. He has been active in the AGCND and the AGCA for more than 35 years. In 1988, he served as the president of the AGCND.


Gores to celebrate 20th anniversary

Patrick K. Gores, Fargo, is celebrating his 20th anniversary as managing partner for Northwestern Mutual.

Gores holds the CLU, ChFC, CASL and RICP designations. He earned a bachelor's degree in business administration from Minot (N.D.) State University.


Two named to top women in business list

Michelle Kommer, Fargo, and Judy Stulken, Aberdeen, S.D., were selected as two of Prairie Business Magazine's 2016 Top 25 Women in Business.

Each year, Prairie Business selects a group of women who show exemplary leadership, motivation, ambition and talent at work, at home and in their communities.

Kommer is the chief administrative officer/general counsel at Western State Bank. Previously, she served in executive leadership positions at Noridian/Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Dakota and Otter Tail Corp. She earned a bachelor's degree in business administration from Mayville (N.D.) State University and a law degree from the University of North Dakota, Grand Forks.

Stulken is the Wheat Growers senior vice president of human resources and organizational development and is a member of the leadership team at Wheat Growers with more than 600 employees in North Dakota and South Dakota. She graduated from Minnesota State University Moorhead with a bachelor's degree in business management and earned a master's degree in business management from Black Hills State University, Spearfish, S.D.


Botner qualifies for MDRT and Court of Table

Ryan Botner of Red River Financial Group, Fargo, has qualified for the Million Dollar Round Table for demonstrating exceptional professional knowledge, strict ethical conduct and outstanding client service. He has been a qualifying member with seven years of membership.

He also qualified for the Court of the Table for MDRT by producing at a level three times that of MDRT membership requirements.


Young farmers, students honored by Farm Credit

North Dakota State University students and young farmers Justin Zahradka, Lawton, N.D., and Jacob Chisholm, Gary, Minn., have been recognized nationally through Farm Credit 100 Fresh Perspectives, a search to identify and honor 100 leaders who are changing rural communities and agriculture for the better.

Zahradka was chosen based on his research in the use of cover crops. He collaborated with the Northeast North Dakota Cover Crops Project and helped demonstrate that through use of the right processes, North Dakota land can sustain more crops than previously expected. He was one of the first in his area to use cover crops behind a cash crop. He's also proven the efficacy of raising a cash crop and then livestock on the same land planted with cover crops, and of raising two crops in a single year. His success has encouraged many other producers to use cover crops in their operations, and earned him a national FFA award for his work. Zahradka has run his own crop and livestock operation since 2012.

Chisholm was chosen based on his academic success and ambition to seek out opportunities for growth and development in the ag industry. He served as an intern for the American Sugarbeet Growers Association in Washington and as an ambassador for the Minnesota Soybean Research and Promotion Council. He has held officer positions in NDSU's Alpha Gamma Rho Agricultural Fraternity and the Agribusiness Club, served as ambassador for the College of Agriculture, Food Systems and Natural Resources, and is a member of the Farm Credit Fellows program administered by NDSU and AgCountry Farm Credit Services. Chisholm has farmed since 2009, running a diversified grain and row-crop operation that produces spring wheat, soybeans, dark red kidney beans and sugar beets on 720 acres.

Streed earns Caregiver of Year award

Stephen Streed, a chaplain with Eventide Senior Communities, Moorhead, has been honored by LeadingAge Minnesota with the District C Caregiver of the Year Award.

The award honors individuals in older adult services who demonstrate exceptional commitment to older adults and enhance and enrich the quality of life of those in their care.

Simmers is ND Small Business Person of Year

Jon Simmers, CEO of Bismarck Aero Center, has been named the North Dakota Small Business Person of the Year. A winner from each state was named and all of the winners have been invited to attend ceremonies in Washington on May 1-2 where they will receive their individual awards and a National Small Business Person of the Year will be named.

Bismarck Aero Center was founded by Jon's father, Bob Simmers, a North Dakota Hall of Fame pilot. The company is a full-service fixed-base operator that services private and commercial aviation in Bismarck.

Park Co. earns Cartus Five Star Award

Park Co. Realtors, Fargo, was honored for its outstanding performance during the past year with a Five Star Award from the Cartus Broker Network. Cartus is a worldwide leader in employee relocation solutions.

The Five Star Award recognizes brokers who have met or exceeded their individual objectives for outgoing broker-to-broker referral closings during the calendar year. The award was presented at the recent 2016 Cartus Broker Network International Conference in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.

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