• GNDC Announces Board of Directors for 2024, Names Executive Team

    [BISMARCK] The Greater North Dakota Chamber (GNDC) announces the appointment of five new board members to its Board of Directors, as well as the full slate of officers for 2024.
    Joining the Board is Alissa Adams – West Acres Development, Josh Blackaby – SandPro, LLC, Amber Larson – Bartlett & West, Victor Meyers – Red River Valley & Western Railroad Company, and Thomas Stromme – First Western Bank and Trust.
    “We are excited to introduce our new board members, whose diverse expertise and dedication will further enrich our organization's mission. Each member brings their perspective and experience to undoubtedly strengthen our organization’s strategic vision,” stated Arik Spencer, GNDC President and CEO. “We look forward to their valuable contributions in guiding GNDC and our state towards continued success.”
    In addition, John Oncken – True North Equipment has been named chair to lead the executive team of Chair Elect, Molly Barnes – Northern Improvement Company; Finance Chair, Vaune Johnson – Cornerstone Bank; Policy Chair, Jeremy Rham – Otter Tail Power; Strategic VISION Planning Chair Danette Welsh – ONEOK, Inc; and Member-At-Large, Dan Pearson – Northwest Tire. Nick Hacker – The Title Team is the immediate past chair.
    Returning board members are:

    • Ryan Ackerman – Ackerman-Estvold
    • Paula Anderson – Sterling Carpet One
    • Kent Blickensderfer – KPB Consulting, LLC
    • Don Campbell – Blue Cross Blue Shield North Dakota
    • Josh DeMorrett – ConocoPhillips
    • Matt Dunlevy – Tau Drones
    • Cory Fong – MDU Resources Group, Inc.
    • Justin Forde – Midco
    • Mike Heger – BNI Energy
    • Tonya Holmstrom – Schmitz-Holmstrom LLP
    • Kevin Magstadt – Kraus-Anderson Construction Co
    • Peter Matthaei – Dakota Specialty Milling
    • Todd Schaffer – Sanford Health
    • Scott Staudinger – Cloverdale Foods

    “The business climate of the state has been carefully constructed over time. With GNDC at the forefront for the past century, North Dakota has remained business-friendly, fostering job growth, economic diversification, and innovation. The Board understands the magnitude of the momentum to enhance the overall quality of life and affirm that our business community is actively shaping a brighter future,” stated John Oncken, GNDC Board Chair. “We can’t gain ground without GNDC’s strong advocacy.”
    GNDC would also like to extend a thank you to board members who have completed their terms:
    • Jeff Klemetsrud – Klemetsrud Plumbing, Heating, and Air Conditioning, Inc.
    • Brent Lohnes – Hess
    • Roger Reierson – Flint Group
    • Jeff Zarling – DAWA Solutions Group