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Business Training Tackles Workplace Violence

October 30th, 2015 by Amanda Hofland

October’s Business Training tackled a topic that is quite important and timely as headlines both across the nation and in our own community report on acts of crime, some often in public settings or in the workplace.

Fargo Police Department Lt. Joel Vettel spoke to session attendees on workplace violence – how it escalates, what the warning signs are, how to handle aggressive behavior and how to prevent tragedy in the first place.

Vettel shared interesting information, such as that in over 80% of violent assaults, alcohol was a factor.

Of all the facilities where police get calls regarding violence, hospitals top the list because emotions and stress are heightened in those places. While that doesn’t mean everyone drinking or everyone in a hospital will become violent, it’s simply a warning sign to factor in. That being said, anyone is capable of violence given the right triggers, so it’s best to be aware in all situations.

More than anything else, Vettel wanted attendees to walk away knowing the verbal warning
signs of aggression. These include:
– Using angry or threatening tone of voice
– Making verbal threats
– Making unreasonable demands
– Talking irrationally or not making sense
– Cursing, shouting or screaming
– Defiantly challenging rules or authority
– Making lewd, sexual or degrading comments

There are often multiple warning signs to violence before it occurs, but it often goes either unnoticed or ignored. It’s so important to be aware of them, speak up if you see something suspicious and address a potential problem before it happens.

In a conflict situation, one of the best things you can do is to find common ground with the aggressor, followed by remaining calm but in control, professional and polite, while giving them choices (such as “If you don’t calm down, I’ll need to call the police,” or “I can’t help you if you don’t calm down.”)

Attendees participated in live polling at Octoberʼs training. Below are the answers that reflect the highest percentages:

-29% of the 56 that responded had felt unsafe in their workplace in the last six months.
-70% of the 56 that responded had felt threatened verbally or physically at work sometime during their career.
-52% of the 66 that responded knows their company has procedures and what they are.
-49% of the 65 that responded have never had self defense training.

Vettel reminded to never be afraid to call the police, even before something happens. If you intend on firing someone and think the individual might not take it well, ask for some police to be in the area at the time of the firing just in case. It’s always better to be safe than sorry when it comes to the safety of yourself and your employees.

If you want to review your own company’s safety procedures, the police can do on-site assessments or group trainings—all you have to do is ask.

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Get Your Vehicle Looking Good and Ready for Winter

October 1st, 2015 by Amanda Hofland

Both the interior and exterior of your car are vulnerable to snow, ice and road salt. Right now is a great time to beat the winter rush and make sure your vehicle is looking good and feeling good! Take a look at the following Chamber members who would provide great automotive repair and services.

A-1 Automotive
a1mhd.com
Serving Fargo Moorhead for over 50 years, A-1 Automotive offers four-wheel alignments, engine oil service, transmission service and repair, transfer case, differential, cooling systems, tires, engine repairs, check engine lights, and parts.

Advanced Auto Body & Glass
advancedautobody.net
Advanced Auto Body & Glass is a premier auto body collision center serving the area. Their collision repair team has dedicated their careers to pristine auto body repairs; committed to your satisfaction. Whether it’s a windshield chip repair or a complete paint job, Advanced Auto Body & Glass is committed to delivering outstanding body work from start to finish. They will work with your insurance company to ensure timely repairs and payment.

The Auto Salon LLC
autosalonfargo.com
The Auto Salon is Fargo’s top-rated auto and boat detailing facility. They are located in the Osgood area of the rapidly growing south Fargo. They set the standard in auto detailing.

Bailey’s PDR Inc.
baileyspdr.com
Bailey’s PDR provides Paintless Dent Repair (PDR) services for door dings, hail damage and minor collisions. They service dealerships, body shops and any vehicle owner. They do not sand, apply bondo or paint. They are locally owned and trusted, with a lifetime warranty backing their work.

Corey’s Customs and Collision, Inc.
coreyscustoms.com
Established in 2009, Corey’s Custom and Collision is a locally owned and operated business with 25 years of auto body experience. They specialize in custom hot rods, muscle cars, motorcycles, overall collision work and recently expanded their operation to include professional down draft paint/bake booth with waterborne paint system. They also specialize in frame work and fabrication.

Dave’s West Fargo Tire & Service Center
davestires.net
Dave’s Tire in West Fargo will help you get back on the road quickly in your time of need. Their inventory includes passenger car, light truck and SUV tires and off road tires from industry leading manufacturers like Toyo, Nokian, Delta and National. Dave’s offers auto repair, alignment, brakes and other valuable automotive services at affordable prices. Whether you’re from Moorhead, West Fargo, Fargo or another nearby community, you can trust our experienced staff to get your car, truck, minivan or SUV driving its best.

Fargo’s Finest Auto Body Shop
fargosfinestauto.com
In business since 1970, Fargo’s Finest Auto Body Shop is one place that truly lives up to its name. Bring in any make or model of automobile and they will get it back on the road. From fender bender repair to full auto body work and painting, their expert technicians can get the job done right.

Firestone Complete Auto Care
firestonecompleteautocare.com
They’re more than just experts in tires – they’re the complete package for auto repair. With our 87 years of service experience, they are your source for tune ups, oil changes, brakes, wheel alignment, car batteries – you name it.

Gateway Collision Center
gatewayfargo.com
Auto Body Repair/Painting

I 29 Automotive Service and Towing
i29tire.com
They have been providing automotive repair services and tire and wheel sales to customers surrounding since 1990. As a tire dealer, they strive to carry only the top tire brands in the industry, like tires from Toyo, Nokian and Cooper. Their NAPA Auto Care Center offers customers a wide range of general repair and routine maintenance services.

Jiffy Lube
jiffylubefargo.com
Jiffy Lube performs automotive maintenance services with no appointment needed.

Luther Collision & Glass
luthercollisionandglass.com
Luther Collision offers automotive collision and glass repair services, in addition to paint less dent repair and minor damage paint repair.

Matt’s Automotive Service Center
mattsautoservicecenter.com
Matt’s Automotive Service Center has a mission to give customers a better experience than any other automotive facility. Through continuous education, advanced training, high ethical standards, and a friendly attitude, they strive to be more than just an experience, but the new standard. Located both in Moorhead and Fargo, they offer complete service and repair to all makes and models of cars, light trucks, diesel vehicles and small engines.

Midland Diesel Service & Engine Co.
midlanddiesel.com
An authorized dealer and injection pump repair facility for most foreign and domestic brands of diesel injection pumps, injectors, parts and accessories. They now offer drive-in service on light to medium duty diesel vehicles. They also offer many performance add-ons and kits to bring out the power in your vehicle and industrial applications. They can repair injection pumps and injectors for a wide selection of equipment including agricultural, construction, automotive, etc.

Midwest Collision Center
701.280.0365
Midwest Collision Center provides auto body; fiberglass repair and insurance project.

Mike’s Auto Body, Inc.
mikesautoservicemn.com
Mike’s Auto Service takes quality and customer service seriously. They follow a strict code of ethics so customers will know up front what to expect. Mike’s Auto Service has been providing quality car repair services to the community for over 25 years. They work on both foreign and domestic vehicles. All technicians are ASE certified and continue their automotive training and keep up to date with all the new technological advancements in the automotive industry.

Northwest Auto Body, Inc.
nwabinc.com
They offer paint less dent repair, full mechanical services and glass replacement. Northwest Auto Body, the collision repair facility of the future, today.

Precision Tune Auto Care
precisiontune.com/fargond
Locally owned family run business that offers over 30 years combined full automotive repair experience, with ASE Master Certification and GM world class certified. They are committed to complete customer satisfaction.

Quality Auto Body Shop, Inc.
qualityautobodyshop.com
Offers auto body repair and painting, glass repair and replacement, air conditioning service, brakes and suspension, wheel alignments, computerized measuring for frame and uni-body straightening, loaner cars, towing and a lifetime guarantee on all repairs.

Northwest Auto Body, Inc.
nwabinc.com
They offer paint less dent repair, full mechanical services and glass replacement. Northwest Auto Body, the collision repair facility of the future, today.

Precision Tune Auto Care
precisiontune.com/fargond
Locally owned family run business that offers over 30 years combined full automotive repair experience, with ASE Master Certification and GM world class certified. They are committed to complete customer satisfaction.

Quality Auto Body Shop, Inc.
qualityautobodyshop.com
Offers auto body repair and painting, glass repair and replacement, air conditioning service, brakes and suspension, wheel alignments, computerized measuring for frame and uni-body straightening, loaner cars, towing and a lifetime guarantee on all repairs.

Ray’s Certified Auto Repair
rayscertifiedautorepair.com
Auto and small truck repairs (domestic and most foreign) oil change, tires, suspension, steering, engine repair, brakes, air conditioning, driveline, electrical, computer diagnostics and more.

Schumacher Downtown Goodyear
goodyear.com
Independent Goodyear dealership that sells tires and service for auto’s and light trucks.

Schumacher S. E. Ltd.
schumacherse.com
They provide automobile repair; everything besides glass and bodywork and tire sales.

Southpointe Service Center
southpointeservicecenter.com
Since 1995, Southpointe Service Center has been serving the entire Fargo area. They’re locally owned and operated and devoted to producing quality service for their customers. Open six days a week, they make sure that the job is done right the first time.

SportsCar Engineering
sportscarengineering.com
SportsCar provides electronic, electrical and mechanical service and repair of import automobiles since 1959.

Steen & Berg
steenandberg.com
Steen & Berg is an auto body repair facility with Laser Frame Straightening and Oven Baked finishes and is on various insurance company preferred shop lists. The paint department also paints entryway doors, garage doors and miscellaneous items.

A Transmission City
atransmissioncity.com
A Transmission City offers transmission repair on all makes and models along with full line general repair. They also have a good inventory of used autos for sale.

United Automotive Tech Centers
unitedautotech.com
United Automotive offers import and domestic automotive repair by ASE certified technicians, including tune ups shocks and struts, alignments, starting, charging, carburetion, fuel injection service, brakes, air conditioning and computer diagnostics.

Valley Alignment & Repair
valleyrepairfm.com
Get the most out of your car, truck, or SUV with the help of our expert staff. With more than 150 years of combined experience, you can count on Valley Alignment and Repair for complete auto service. From regular maintenance to emergency repairs and complete computer diagnostics, they’ll make sure your car runs as good as new for years.

West Fargo Auto Body & Glass
701.281.1772
West Fargo Auto Body & Glass offers auto body repair and painting. 30+ years of experience! All makes and models, windshield replacement, rock chip and crack repair. They provide commitment to excellence and quality.

West Fargo Car Clinic
wfcarclinic.com
West Fargo Car Clinic provides professional auto repair and towing service.

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Choice Financial: Putting People First

October 1st, 2015 by Amanda Hofland

Voted Young Professionals Best Place to Work

Choice Financial believes in putting its people first, from its customers to employees. This attention to people is likely what influenced their winning the Young Professionals Best Place to Work Award at our ChamberChoice Awards earlier this year.

A relatively young organization itself, Choice Financial was formed in 2001 from a merger with four local banks across North Dakota, each with a strong history of community banking. From there, they opened locations first in Grand Forks and then in south Fargo, and today they currently boast 19 locations—all in North Dakota – and one in Minnesota—and 245 employees.

Mike Boub, chief strategy officer, said that this award really exemplified what those at Choice already knew, which is that Choice has a great culture. In fact, a strong culture is at the forefront of everything they do, from strategy to new initiatives.

Boub says that a few things making up this great culture includes a camaraderie where everybody is on the same page and has a strong desire to do the right thing. It includes offering great employee benefits, encouraging a work-life balance and offering fun events to engage employees. They also have a program called Choice University, in which over a day and a half, new employees meet with the company’s C-level executives to learn more about the organization and its values, and it ends with a motivational speech from Erv Inniger.

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Twelve core values are the foundation of everything Choice Financial does. One particular favorite among many team members is to “Work hard. Do the right thing. Have a little fun!” And with that value leading the way, they’re sure to continue to build a great place to work.

Choice Financial also places importance on staying on top of current technology for both its staff and customers. For employees, they have video conferencing in most locations so that different branches can hold meetings together even if they’re not physically in the same location. Even their desk phones have video screens so that they can see the faces of their colleagues as they call each other.

On the customer side, Boub said they try to bring the online portal to the forefront. “We consider ourselves to be on the border of leading-edge of technology. There are continuous changes in our system and the technology we provide.”

With their strong background in community banking, it’s a priority for Choice Financial to be a partner of each community they’re in. In fact, one of their core values is to better the places they live. One example of how they do that in Fargo is their partnership with the annual Go Hawaiian for Hospice event, in which they host a Hawaiian-themed luau lunch in their bank parking lot. All proceeds benefit Hospice of the Red River Valley—and more than $100,000 has been raised so far!

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In the future, Choice Financial plans to expand with new locations. “Geographically, North Dakota will always be our home and our roots, but we see ourselves expanding into the three to five state area,” Boub said.

They also hope to build on their non-traditional banking products such as insurance and investments while continuing to fulfill customer needs and providing a great place to work.

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Premier Partners – Making a Difference in Our Metro

October 1st, 2015 by Amanda Hofland

The Chamber draws on the diverse strengths and expertise of more than 2,100 public, private and non-profit member firms to advocate for a pro-business environment, educate the professional community and engage members in the pursuit of a prosperous region.

Premier Partners are an elite group of businesses that recognize the importance of economic development efforts and make a significant commitment to the health of the region. Premier Partners give above and beyond their initial Chamber dues investment through sponsorship and marketing dollars to support the work we do.

Premier Partners fall into two levels: Community Builders and Business Builders.

In return for this increased support, Premier Partners receive a unique set of privileges and benefits that enhance their business. From increased exposure to heightened networking, Premier Partners gain access to an extensive network of businesses and professionals.

Through partnership with The Chamber and their fellow members, Premier Partners make a positive difference for our metro.

We are proud to call the following businesses our Business Builders:
American Crystal Sugar Company
Avis Rent A Car
Beverage Wholesalers, Inc.
Choice Financial
Consolidated Communications
Dawson Insurance
Discovery Benefits
GOLDMARK Property Management
JLG Architects
KFGO – The Mighty 790
North Dakota State College of Science
NDSU Research and Technology Park
Network Center, Inc.
New York Life Insurance/NY Life
ROERS
Vogel Law Firm
West Acres Development, LLP
Western State Bank

Welcome to Our Newest Community Builders!

The Chamber is proud to introduce two new Community Builders in our Premier Partner program. These companies have made a commitment to improving the area by investing in our programs and events. Their inclusion in the Premier Partner program also entitles them to specific benefits. All of our Community Builders are represented on the back page of each issue of The Bridge.

ds beverages logoD-S Beverages, Inc. is a locally owned and operated family business that was founded in 1968 by Don Setter Sr. Their primary business is distributing Anheuser-Busch beer to 700 retailers in an approximate 100-mile radius of Fargo-Moorhead. D-S Beverages also distributes a variety of craft beers from 40 different suppliers, Monster energy, Sparkling Ice and a variety of other beverages.
218.233.1343

Moore Engineering logoMoore Engineering is a 55-year-old, employee-owned civil engineering and land surveying company building strong communities through innovative project planning, technical excellence and remarkable ingenuity.
mooreengineeringinc.com

For More Information
If you have any questions on becoming a Premier Partner, contact Darren Dunlop at 218.359.0514 or email ddunlop@fmwfchamber.com.

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October 2015 Message to Members

October 1st, 2015 by Amanda Hofland

Craig Whitney

As The Chamber is fresh into a new fiscal year, we’ve had the opportunity to reflect on our beginnings, re-evaluate priorities and plan for the future. Over the past year, we’ve been proud to debut three brand-new programs, all of which have been welcomed with open arms by the community.

Eggs & Issues is a monthly event series to bring timely topics to the forefront of discussion in the region; Women Connect meets monthly to hear inspiring words from other women in business and provides valuable networking opportunities; and the Young Entrepreneurs Academy aims to connect area youth with successful businesses and learn how to launch and run a real businesses.

But one event series is now into its sixth year and I couldn’t be more proud of its impact in the region. When I first came to The Chamber over five years ago, I saw how vibrant this thriving community was, but it lacked opportunities for residents to be exposed to well-known, national speakers. And so, Voices of Vision was born.

Voices of Vision is an annual event with a purpose to bring nationally recognized, world-renowned visionaries to the Fargo Moorhead West Fargo area. Our goal is that bringing in these well-known speakers gives the community the opportunity to hear and see a variety of public figures, but also gives visibility to our region and showcases our metro area.

This year’s speaker, Rudy Giuliani, is a perfect example of the type of leader we want to bring in. Not only is he well known around the country, but his message is timely and relevant for all to hear. This year’s event falls a couple months after 9/11, and his talk on leadership and crisis management, can be applied in many ways. His talk is aimed to highlight the business and life lessons he’s learned through his experiences.

Voices of Vision has been a huge success and only grows year after year. Initial response was fantastic to this speaker announcement, and we fully expect another packed room and many takeaways for all. We look forward to seeing you there!

Craig Whitney
President/CEO
The Chamber

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Recapping the Year & Honoring Morrie Lanning at Fifth Annual Meeting

September 25th, 2015 by Amanda Hofland

Yesterday at the Holiday Inn Fargo, we hosted our Fifth Annual Meeting. The event served as a reflection and celebration of our accomplishments over the past fiscal year, offered a look at priorities for the next year and honored volunteers.

Outgoing Board Chair Doug Restemayer shared that in the past year, we have continued to collaborate and take a variety of stances on important issues in our community, educated on a variety of business issues in the community, lobbied at multiple levels of government and had another record-breaking year in regard to membership and events.

jon and doug on stage annual meetingOutgoing chair Doug Restemayer and incoming chair Jon Riewer discuss the year

Of note was the launch of three brand-new events and programs that have all been incredibly successful. The first, Eggs & Issues is an extension of The Chamber’s advocacy efforts to bring timely and relevant issues to the forefront of the community. Second, Women Connect also celebrated its first year with an overwhelming response from women in business in this region. Last, the Young Entrepreneurs Academy launched as the first regional program in the state, aimed at middle and high school-age students to help them connect with and learn from area businesspeople.

Restemayer also took a moment to share the great things about our community based on recent headlines from across the country proclaiming that this is a great place to live and do business. “We have a hip happening community that is the envy of the nation,” he said.

After recognizing the outgoing Board and committee chairs, volunteers and staff, the new chair of the Board, Jon Riewer from Eventide Senior Living Communities, shared priorities for the coming year. “I fully believe in The Chamber and the work we’ll do this year,” he said. “As we have said before together, we can do far more than a single city can do by itself. We’re building a better community that is united and collaborative. I hope you’ll join us on this journey.”

Another big part of this event is the 2015 Legacy Leader Award. With an introduction by former Concordia College President Paul Dovre, Morrie Lanning was honored with this prestigious award, which recognizes the important role and contributions of long-time local leaders in both shaping and serving The Chamber, metropolitan community and region. As Lanning took the stage to accept the award, he was cheered on with a well-deserved standing ovation.

legacy leader award morrie lanning(L to R) Chamber President & CEO Craig Whitney and former Concordia College President Paul Dovre award Morrie Lanning as Legacy Leader

justin forde midcontinentAs a bonus, Justin Forde of Midcontinent Communications, the event’s presenting sponsor, also shared a special announcement at the meeting. He told the 500-plus attendees that West Fargo will be a new hub for Midcontinent, and more importantly, that the Fargo Moorhead West Fargo area will soon be home to a brand-new competitive broadband system with a capacity five times greater than our current systems and that we’ll be the first set of Midco customers who can choose gigabit Internet speeds.

Throughout the event, we also shared several fun videos and slide shows showcasing our people hard at work from the past year and a video tribute to Lanning. Restemayer received a custom pair of golf shoes in the signature Bud colors in thanks to his service on the Board as chair. We also surprised our president with a video sharing his fun side in honor of his fifth anniversary leading us at The Chamber. People’s spirits were high and the event was upbeat and so much fun.

We want to thank every single person who has been involved in The Chamber in the past year, from our Board to our event sponsors, attendees, committee volunteers, YPN and Leadership members, and all supporters of the business community in this area. It’s been a great year and we can’t wait for another one to come!

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If you missed our Year in Review video or want to catch it again, we’ve got it below for your viewing!

And check out all our videos on our YouTube channel or view photos from the event on our Facebook album!

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Guest Blog: Fargo Area – Home to Midco’s Most Advanced Internet Technology – and Gig is Coming Soon

September 24th, 2015 by Member Contributor

By Tom Simmons, SVP of Public Policy, Midcontinent Communications

Nearly two years ago, following Senator Hoeven’s Technology Summit promoted by the Fargo Moorhead West Fargo Chamber of Commerce, Midcontinent answered the challenge to bring competitive broadband to Fargo by building a new cable telecommunications system. It was a huge commitment that would take at least three years to build.

Thanks to cooperation from the city, support from the business community and the enthusiastic support from residential customers, the project is well underway and on target to complete on schedule. Soon, all of Fargo will have access to the best system in our network, and will be the first set of Midco customers who can choose gigabit Internet speeds.

The Fargo system will have a capacity five times greater than our current systems, and our current systems are already pretty fast. The “need for speed” is an important factor, but so is reliability, price and expandability. We expect to combine all of those attributes with caring customer service to serve our customers in Fargo, Moorhead and West Fargo — and throughout our service area.

We remain grateful to all those who continue to assist us with this project. Thanks to the city, the business community, residents and other service providers. We appreciate all the collaborative efforts of those truly interested in growing the city and improving the quality of life for all residents. We consider it a privilege to join the more than 2,000 members of the Fargo Moorhead West Fargo Chamber of Commerce to build a strong, dynamic business community.

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Military Appreciation Night: One for the record books!

September 1st, 2015 by Amanda Hofland

Our Fifth Annual Military Appreciation Night at the RedHawks was the best one yet! A huge thank you to all our sponsors, volunteers and members that made the night possible. It was a night of patriotism and honor.

redhawks stadium

Hightlights from the night include

• The Chamber gave tickets to over 800 military members and their families, who enjoyed a pre-game picnic and games

• Decorated WWII veteran, James Rosendahl, threw out the game’s first pitch and got a standing ovation

• Country music icon, Lee Greenwood, sang one of his top hits “God Bless the USA” as skydivers flew in with our nation’s flag

• The RedHawks won against the Grand Prairie Air Hogs with a sellout crowd of over 5,000 fans in attendance

redhawks first pitch

redhawks lee greenwood

redhawks recruits

We received the following letter after the event and were so honored we had to share it:

Mr. Craig Whitney

Thank you to you and your members for the night at the Redhawks and all of the special moments you incorporated into it for our military. From Lee Greenwood to the parachutes to the planes and the honor guards, it was a moving experience that made me not only proud to be an American but a member of this community.

Right now our military is told to “lay low” and keep things off of social media and not even wear their uniforms in public less they draw attention and become a target for ISIS. That’s why this event was so special. It allowed us a chance to celebrate our son’s service and sacrifice as a family with others that share the same experience and appreciate the sacrifice they have made.

Also the families whose sons and daughters took the oath of office before the start of the game could see they were part of a bigger community that truly supported them and their choice to serve their country. This is very important as the months of training and being away from home can be hard but after seeing all of the support at the game, I think it will be a little easier for them.

Thank you again for the night and the respect you showed to all of our military.

Sincerely,

A proud member of this community

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Introducing Our New 2015-16 Chairs and Committees!

September 1st, 2015 by Amanda Hofland

Thank you to our new committee chairs. We are looking forward to the amazing work we know you all will do in the coming year!

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Member Relations Ambassadors

Members of the Membership Relations committee (L to R starting in front row): Emmett Worth, Gate City Bank; Rob Gramer, Moorhead Youth Hockey Association; Cora Turner, Northridge Hospitality; Jeanna Yaggie, Cable One Business; Lorelle Olson, Bremer Bank, N.A.; Jodi Urlacher, Realty Executives North Plains; Jolynn Kaldor, Interoffice; Dena Bennett, Thrivent Financial-Red River Financial; Jan Monda, Warner and Company Insurance; Jeannie Camarillo, Anne Carlsen Center; Jessica Ueland, CHARISM Neighborhood Centers; Karl Warner, New York Life Insurance Company/NYLife; Kriss Burns, VOLT Workforce Solutions; Austen Schauer, Park Christian Schools; Jenne Quarve, Granites Unlimited; Christopher Thompson, BioLife Plasma Services; Karen Harrington, Northridge Hospitality; Tammy Askew, VISIONBank; Derek Drege, Thrivent Financial-Red River Financial. Not pictured: Eric Johnsrud, Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Red River Valley; Shane Brewer, Gate City Bank.

Public Relations Ambassadors

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It has been a very busy year with the Public Relations Ambassadors! The Chamber cannot thank our Public Relations Ambassadors enough! They are always up for a challenge and never fail to impress our members with how many of them show up along with their support. In all, this past year we have had 156 ribbon cuttings!

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The Chamber took Wayne Saar by surprise when we told him we were naming the Ambassador of the Year award after him because of his dedication to the Ambassador program for 34-plus years, his leadership to his community and teammates, and his support of downtown Fargo before it was even a “thing” – characteristics that we look for in all our ambassadors. The first of many to receive this inaugural award of “Wayne Saar Ambassador of the Year” award went to Donn Groth from Midwest Radio Fargo Moorhead. Coincidentally, Saar was Groth’s first captain when he came onto the ambassador team 25 years ago and Groth still remembers the phone call he got from Saar to let him know he has to step it up a bit if he wants to remain an ambassador! The advice worked, because Groth has an average of 87% attendance at all the ribbon cuttings from this year, which is huge considering we had 156 celebrations, being the lead at multiple ribbon cuttings, willingness to lend a hand wherever he can at Chamber events and his commitment to the community. Thank you again for all that you do!

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Save Money on Your Utility Bill with Heating & Cooling

September 1st, 2015 by Amanda Hofland

Heating and cooling your home uses more energy and costs more money than any other system in your home, contributing to your utility bill. No matter what kind of heating and cooling system you have in your house, you can save money and increase your comfort by properly maintaining and upgrading your equipment. Using proper equipment maintenance and upgrades with recommended insulation, air sealing and thermostat settings, you can save on your energy bill while reducing environmental emissions. Check out the Chamber members below that can help.

Air Mechanical Inc.
air-mech.com
Air Mechanical, Inc. is a 26-year-old company based in West Fargo. They specialize in the installation of heating, ventilating, plumbing and air conditioning systems and related controls from residential projects to the most complex systems ranging from a few thousand dollars to the million plus dollar value range. They also maintain and service heating systems and standby generators. Air Mechanical is an authorized Generac sales and service dealer.

Chiller Systems, Inc.
701.280.1812

Energy Tech Systems, Inc.
energytechsystems.com
Energy Tech specializes in design, installation, integration and maintenance of facility subsystems such as heating, ventilation, and air conditioning, card access, closed-circuit television security cameras and surveillance systems, smoke control and lighting.

G & R Controls
grcontrolsinc.com
G & R Controls provides engineering, installation and service for automatic temperature control, energy management and security systems. They also provides sales and service for all makes and models of boilers/burners, have a full line of quality hydronic heating and cooling equipment and are an independent field office for Siemens Building Technologies.

Grantʼs Mechanical, Inc.
grantsmechanical.com
Grant’s Mechanical is a design/build mechanical contractor with focus on commercial, industrial, educational, health care and institutional mechanical systems. A staff of professional engineers and
project managers including LEED accreditation.

Johnson Controls, Inc.
johnsoncontrols.com
Johnson Controls delivers products, services and solutions that increase energy efficiency and lower operating costs in buildings. They are a leading provider of equipment, controls and services for heating, ventilating, air conditioning, refrigeration and security systems.

Johnstone Suppy
johnstonesupply.com
At Johnstone, they pride themselves on their products and the knowledge they bring with the services they provide. They are an authorized wholesale Coleman dealer.

Laneyʼs Inc.
laneysinc.com
Laney’s provides quality plumbing, heating, cooling and electrical products and services. These include residential and commercial new construction, remodeling, equipment installation and replacements as well as on-demand service.

Lunseth Plumbing & Heating
lunseth.com
Lunseth is proud to be one of the most recognized and respected mechanical designers and contractors in the upper Midwest region for over 75 years. Lunseth’s Fargo branch will continue to serve the F-M area now and into the future. Their motto is, “Let us go to work for you!”

Manning Mechanical, Inc.
manningmechanical.com
Manning Mechanical is a full service mechanical contractor located in Fargo. They work with commercial, residential and industrial clients in North Dakota, South Dakota and Minnesota.

Misson Mechanical Inc.
701.478.3820
Mission Mechanical specializes in commercial HVAC contracting, plumbing contracting, refrigeration and service. Their business is based on integrity, honesty and just doing what is right for their clients.

ONE HOUR Heating & Air Conditioning
onehourheatingandair.com
ONE HOUR Heating & Air Conditioning specializes in residential repair and replacement of HVAC equipment. Timeliness, cleanliness, thoroughness and professionalism are their standards. “Always on time or you don’t pay a dime.” If they are late, the service call is FREE!

Peterson Mechanical, Inc.
petersonmechanical.com
Whether your project calls for design/build, design/assist, or plan and spec, Peterson Mechanical is a commercial HVAC contractor with the in-house expertise to design and install any type of HVAC system.

Robert Gibb & Sons, Inc.
robertgibb.com
Offers plumbing, heating, ventilation, air conditioning, boiler specialists, HVAC maintenance, sewer replacement, electrical and temperature control.

Therm Air Sales Corp.
thermairsales.com
Representing top quality manufacturers, ThermAir Sales distributes industrial and commercial HVAC equipment.

Trane
trane.com/fargo
Trane offers complete commercial/industrial heating, air conditioning and ventilation (HVAC) sales, service, parts, building automation systems, contracting, emergency cooling solutions and energy recovery systems.

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