• Meet the Staff Working on Your Behalf

  • Contact the Greater North Dakota Chamber staff email or phone, 701.222.0929. 

  • Arik Spencer

    GNDC CEO and President: Arik Spencer


     

    ​Education:
    University of Mary, Business management

    Group Associations & Affiliations:
    < Council of State Chambers
    < National Association of State Manufacturing Associations
    < ND Transportation Coalition - Chair
    < ND WSI Coordinating Committee
    < Upper Great Plains Transportation Institute Advisory Board

    Previous Positions:
    > North Dakota Motor Carriers Association: Executive Vice President
    > State of North Dakota: Parks & Recreation Dept. 

    Favorite Food at the Capitol Cafeteria:
    Chicken salad sandwich

    First Job:
    Paper Delivery Boy

    Contact

    GNDC CEO and President: Arik Spencer


    arik@ndchamber.com
    701.222.0929


    Contact me for:

    > Business climate concerns 
    > GNDC vision and mission direction
    > GNDC Board of Director inquiries
    > ND Chamber PAC information
    > ND Transportation Coalition inquiries

    Bio

    GNDC CEO and President: Arik Spencer

    Arik Spencer is the President & CEO of the Greater North Dakota Chamber (GNDC), North Dakota’s premier business advocacy association who is solely dedicated to promoting and defending the free enterprise system on behalf of businesses of every size and in every sector.

    Spencer has more than two decades of experience in government relations and public policy advocacy, as well as non-profit management. Other areas of expertise include operational planning, coalition building, organizational strategy, and membership services.

    Before joining GNDC in 2018, Spencer was the Executive Vice President of the North Dakota Motor Carriers Association and had previously worked for the North Dakota Parks and Recreation Department. He serves on the Upper Great Plains Transportation Institute Advisory Board, the North Dakota Workforce Safety and Insurance Coordinating Committee, and is the Chair of the North Dakota Transportation Coalition.

    Spencer has a Bachelor’s in Business Management from the University of Mary. He and his wife, Wendy, are the parents of three children and live in Bismarck.

  • Amanda Remynse

    Vice President, Operations & Outreach: Amanda Remynse


    Education:

    Minot State University: BA, English, BA, Psychology

    Group Associations & Affiliations:
    < Assoc. of State Chamber Professionals (ASCP)
    < ND Small Business Development Center (SBDC) Advisory Board

    Previous Positions:
    > State of North Dakota: ND Dept. of Commerce, Job Service North Dakota, Dickinson State University
    > Advertising Account Executive

    Favorite Food at the Capitol Cafeteria:
    Breakfast Burritos

    First Job:
    Hay Baler

     

    Contact

    Vice President, Operations & Outreach: Amanda Remynse


    amanda@ndchamber.com
    701.354.7512


    Contact me for:

    > Collaboration opportunities
    > Publications and/or communications
    > Media inquiries
    > Event information
    > Websites and social media 
    > GNDC speaking requests

     

    Bio

    Vice President, Operations & Outreach: Amanda Remynse

    Amanda Remynse is the Vice President of Operations & Outreach for the Greater North Dakota Chamber (GNDC), North Dakota’s premier business advocacy association who is solely dedicated to promoting and defending the free enterprise system on behalf of businesses of every size and in every sector.

    Remynse’s background is a blend of creativity, content creation, and public policy. Additionally, she constantly works to promote GNDC through her strengths in collaboration and relationship building. Unafraid to ask questions, she is willing to try various solutions to work toward a goal.  

    Before joining GNDC in 2019, Remynse was employed by the State of North Dakota focusing specifically to address the state’s workforce challenges. Her background also includes a stint at an advertising firm where she promoted various businesses and tourism events in North Dakota.

    Remynse has two Bachelor’s from Minot State University, English and Psychology. A mom of three and wife of one, she has a neglected blog, loves to travel, calls herself a foodie, and hates wet socks. 

     

  • Andrea Pfennig

    Director of Government Affairs: Andrea Pfennig


     

    ​Education: 
    Minnesota State University Moorhead, Communications

    Group Associations & Affiliations:
    < U.S. Chamber Business Leads Fellowship Program, Cohort 9
    < Assoc. of State Chamber Professionals (ASCP)

    Previous Positions:
    > North Dakota Industrial Commission: Deputy Executive Director
    > State of North Dakota: ND Dept. of Commerce, ND Highway Patrol

    Favorite Food at the Capitol Cafeteria:
    Pumpkin Fluff

    First Job:
    Waitress at a donut and bakery café

    Contact

    Director of Government Affairs: Andrea Pfennig


     


    andrea@ndchamber.com
    701.354.7505
     

    Contact me for:

    > Legislative advocacy
    > National and state policy
    > Chamber Champion status and information
    > ND Chamber PAC 
    > ND Manufacturing Council

     

    Bio

    Director of Government Affairs: Andrea Pfennig

    Andrea Pfennig is the Director of Government Affairs at the Greater North Dakota Chamber (GNDC), North Dakota's premier business advocacy association who is solely dedicated to promoting and defending the free enterprise system on behalf of businesses of every size and in every sector.

    Analytical by nature, she has a talent for creating order through structured, collaborative approaches to work with a goal in mind. Pfennig’s passion for the success of North Dakota is evident in her professional work and experiences.

    Prior to joining GNDC, Pfennig worked for the State of North Dakota managing programs related to energy, childcare, revitalization, and conservation. Her most recent past position with the Industrial Commission allowed her to further deepen her interest and knowledge in energy, finance, and policy as it applies to business and government regulation.

    Pfennig has a Bachelor’s degree in Communications from Minnesota State University Moorhead. She lives in Bismarck with her husband, Allen, and two daughters - who have convinced her to also house a dog, cat, 4 chickens, and a fish. Recently, her house has also acquired a rabbit.

  • Liz Markham

    Membership Director: Liz Markham

    ​Education:
    - Des Moines Area Community College: AAS Mortuary Science
    - Alexandria Technical & Community College: Business Marketing

    Group Associations & Affiliations:
    Assoc. of State Chamber Professionals (ASCP)

    Previous Positions:
    > Markham Funeral Home, Owner/President
    > Iowa Funeral Directors Assoc., District 1 Governor

    Favorite Food To Grab Close to the Office:
    Blarney Stone's Florentine Veg 

    First Job:
    Drug Store Clerk

    Contact

    Membership Director: Liz Markham


    liz@ndchamber.com
    701.354.7513
     

    Contact me for:

    > Becoming a member
    > Member services
    > Sponsorship information
    > Advertising marketing 
    > Member communications
    > Event registration

    Bio

    Membership Director: Liz Markham

    Liz Markham is the Membership Director at the Greater North Dakota Chamber (GNDC), North Dakota’s premier business advocacy association who is solely dedicated to promoting and defending the free enterprise system on behalf of businesses of every size and in every sector.

    Markham places great significance on relationships. She is dedicated to comprehending the needs of members/businesses; her prior experiences equip her with valuable business acumen and providing meaningful context. 

    Before joining GNDC, Markham owned and operated a funeral home in Iowa for fourteen years. In this capacity, she emerged as an active figure within her trade association, using her insight to champion the initiatives and concerns of her industry before the Iowa legislature. 

    Originally raised on a horse farm in MN, she is on the constant hunt for adventure. Markham likes hiking on any terrain. She holds two associates (Mortuary Science & Business Marketing). She relocated to Bismarck to be with her fiancée - her high school sweetheart. She is the proud mother of 5 children with 2 bonus daughters. When she's not adventuring, she's watching Yellowstone, shopping for totes, or probably listening to vintage country music. 

  • Mallory Jensen

    Project & Event Coordinator: Mallory Jensen

     


    Education
    - North Dakota State University: BS, Human Development & Family Science
    - Valley City State University, BS, Elementary Education, special education endorsement

    Group Affiliations & Extra Curricular Activities:
    > Assoc. of State Chamber Professionals (ASCP)

    Previous Positions:
    > Studio Manager, Corporate Gifting Specialist
    > Substitute Teacher, Nanny

    Favorite Food To Grab Close to the Office:
    The Emerson Sandwich at Bread Poets 

    First Job:
    Dining Assistant at Assisted Living Center

     

     

    Contact

    Project & Event Coordinator: Mallory Jensen

     


    mallory@ndchamber.com
    701.354.7504


    Contact me for:

    > Dakota Digest subscription 
    > Event registrations
    > Event vendor contacts
    > Event speaking/addressing requests
    > Sponsorship
     

     

    Bio

    Project & Event Coordinator: Mallory Jensen

       

    Mallory Jensen serves as the Program and Event Coordinator at the Greater North Dakota Chamber (GNDC), North Dakota’s premier business advocacy association who is solely dedicated to promoting and defending the free enterprise system on behalf of businesses of every size and in every sector.

    With an eye for details and professionalism, Mallory loves to see an event come together from initial idea to closing comments. She thrives off creating relationships and experiences to benefit others. . 

    Prior to this role at GNDC, Mallory held positions where her nurturing nature coupled with her organization skills. Most recently, she served as a business gifting specialist and studio manager.  

    Lake girl for life - Mallory is happiest surrounded by her family, books, and the water. She holds a double bachelor of science in elementary ed and human development & family science. Currently residing in Bismarck, she is planning a summer wedding and will never say no to a coffee date.