• 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.

  • Matt Gardner

    Director of Government Affairs: Matt Gardner


     

    ​Education:
    Rasmussen College: BS, Business Administration 

    Group Associations & Affiliations:
    > NDDOT Freight Advisory Board
    > NDDOT 125,000 Pound Network
    > BSC Manufacturing/Automation Business and Industry Leadership Team (BILT)
    > ND Lobbyist Association
    > National Association of Manufacturers
    > US Chamber of Commerce

    Previous Positions:
    > State of ND: Parks & Recreation Dept. 
    > Small business owner

    Favorite Food at the Capitol Cafeteria:
    Turkey sandwich with cheese, tomato, and jalapenos

    First Job:
    Idaho Ranchhand

    Contact

    Director of Government Affairs: Matt Gardner


     


    matt@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

     

  • Christopher Kalash

    Director of Membership Services: Christopher Kalash

    ​Education:
    University of North Dakota: BA, Communications
    University of Mary: MBA

    Group Associations & Affiliations:
    Mid-American Chamber Executives

    Previous Positions:
    > State of ND: Department of Commerce, Job Service North Dakota, Dept. of Public Instruction
    > Advertising Account Executive 
    > Director of Public Relations and Physician Recruitment

    Favorite Food at the Capitol Cafeteria:
    Popcorn Balls

    First Job:
    Lee's Dairy Bar: cook & counter help

    Contact

    Director of Membership Services: Christopher Kalash


    chris@ndchamber.com
    701.354.7513
     

    Contact me for:

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

    Bio

    Director of Membership Services: Christopher Kalash

    Christopher Kalash is the Director of Membership Services 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.

    Given the gift of gab, Kalash has a natural ability to build relationships and see connections. His strengths go beyond serving GNDC but work toward understanding members’/business’s needs and potential opportunities.

    Before joining GNDC, Kalash worked in state government for seventeen years administering state and federal programs that supported economic development, workforce, and education. Additionally, Kalash worked in account management for local media companies in the Bismarck-Mandan area building the foundation for understanding business branding and needs.

    Kalash can sing the UND school song upon command as he proudly holds a Bachelor of Arts in Communication from the University of North Dakota. Kalash also holds an MBA from the University of Mary. He resides in Bismarck with his wife, Nicole. Together, they have three children. He is originally from Thompson, ND. 

  • Amanda Remynse

    Director of Communications: Amanda Remynse


    Education:

    Minot State University: BA, English, BA, Psychology

    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

    Director of Communications: Amanda Remynse


    amanda@ndchamber.com
    701.354.7512


    Contact me for:

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

     

    Bio

    Director of Communications: Amanda Remynse

    Amanda Remynse is the Director of Communications 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.

    Remynse’s background is a blend of creativity, content creation, and public policy. Additionally, she benefits GNDC through her previous event management experience and organizational skills. 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 worked to promote 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 boring blog, loves to travel, calls herself a foodie, and hates wet socks. 

     

  • Rachael Preusse

    Office Administrator: Rachael Preusse


    ​Education:
    North Dakota State University: BS, Animal Science
    Florida College of Natural Health: AS, Advanced Therapeutic Massage

    Previous Positions:
    > North Dakota Stockmen's Association: Brand Recorder
    > Licensed Massage Therapist/Neuromuscular Therapist

    Favorite Food at the Capitol Cafeteria:
    TBD

    First Job:
    Working at Italian deli/market

    Contact

    Office Administrator: Rachael Preusse


    rachael@ndchamber.com
    701.354.7511


    Contact me for:

    > General Chamber information
    > Member services
    > Billing or additional payment specifics
    > Invoicing or documentation requests
    > Event registration
     

     

    Bio

    Office Administrator: Rachael Preusse

    ​Rachael Preusse is the Office Administrator 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.

    Preusse, a strongly oriented process person, excels at GNDC as she understands the importance of cultivating teamwork to ensure goals are met. An aptitude for efficiency combined with a curious quality results in a knack for improving workflow. Additionally, the GNDC team appreciates her extensive vocabulary and wit.

    Previously, Preusse worked for the ND Stockmen’s Association where she administered the state’s livestock brand recording program. Her experience goes beyond organization and thorough record-keeping to include management of special projects and event logistics.

    Preusse earned a BS in Animal Science from NDSU and an AS in Natural Health with an emphasis in Advanced Therapeutic Massage from the Florida College of Natural Health. Her free time is filled with music, the arts, horticulture, and anything nautically-inspired.