Committee meeting

Tom Campbell is the founder of Campbell Farms.  Campbell Farms is a 1st generation potato farm which has locations throughout the US that provides potatoes to retail stores and restaurants.

  • Campbell was a ND State Senator Dist. 19 from 2012-17.
  • Chairman of the board of directors of Choice Banks with assets of $2.2 Billion.
  • Past Chairman Florida Potato Growers Association. Partner of Campbell Property Group.
  • Past Board member of the Grand Forks Mission for homeless.
  • National Outstanding Young Farmer award.NDSU alumni board. 
  • Past Director National Potato Board.
  • Unity Medical Center Hospital Board.
  • Board member Pembina Gorge Foundation.

Wife Lori of 33 years, son Thomas who manages the MN farm & daughter Monique who is a Counselor in Bismarck.
Tom has started 11 farms in 6 states, bought banks in smaller cities and moved charters to larger cities, succeeded & closed many business including restaurants, hotels, apartments, & potato chip factory. Tom has been doing prison ministry for over 19 years along with work with homeless missions. Tom ran for the U.S. States Senate & Congress this past year. Tom graduated from NDSU with a bachelor degree in economics.


Bruce Gjovig (retired in 2017 as CEO Emeritus, Founder, and Entrepreneur Coach of the Center for Innovation Foundation at the University of North Dakota, an entrepreneur center focused on innovation, entrepreneurship, private investment and entrepreneur ecosystem.  Launched in 1984, under his leadership the UND Center for Innovation Foundation became one of the nation’s premier venture development organizations. They received 18 national and international awards for excellence, and is one of just six entrepreneur centers nationwide that has been featured for best practices and outstanding performance of venture development organizations.  Since 2006, their two incubators are certified as a “Soft Landings International Incubator” from NBIA, one of just 25 incubators - and among the first six worldwide.  He serves as Vice Chair of the North Dakota District Export Council as an appointee of U.S. Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross, and is a member of the U.S. Air Force Civic Leader Group as an appointee of the Chief of Staff of the U.S. Air Force. He also serves on several non-profit and for-profit boards related to the public policy, drones, angel capital, entrepreneurship, public art, education and exchanges with the country of Norway.


Lyn James is the owner of Flowers and Cappuccino by Lasting Visions in Bowman, ND, and has been in business for 32 years.   She is passionate about her community and is currently serving her fourth term as President of the Bowman City Commission, after serving two terms as a City Commissioner. Lyn also serves on the Bowman County Economic Development Corporation Board of Directors, is the Chair of the Bowman Tax and Tourism Committee, and is a member of the Bowman Area Chamber of Commerce and Bowman Rotary Club.   She represents North Dakota cities as a member of the ND Peace Officers Standards and Training Board, as the Chair of the ND Economic Development Foundation Board of Directors, the ND Moves Stakeholder Advisory Committee, and the ND Workforce Development Council.   Lyn is the past President of the ND League of Cities Executive Board, and served as a member of the Bowman Area Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, along with various other local and regional boards, committees and advisory positions.


Megan Langley is the Executive Director of Strengthen ND and has served in this position since August 2015. Langley is a graduate of Minot State University with a B.A. in Mathematics and has obtained a Certificate in Fundraising through the Lilly Family School of Philanthropy at Indiana University. Langley areas of expertise include board and staff development, fundraising planning, grant writing, strategic planning, organizational action planning, program design and evaluation, succession planning, and meeting facilitation. Before founding Strengthen ND, Langley was employed at the Minot Area Community Foundation as the Finance & Program Director. In addition to the Lilly Family School of Philanthropy, Langley is a 2014 Bush Foundation Fellow and has participated in professional development activities through the Harvard-Kennedy School of Government, Midwest Academy for Social Justice, Independent Sector, and TED. In addition to her position at Strengthen ND, Langley is active in the community and across North Dakota by serving in leadership positions with North Dakota Rural Development Council, Minot Young Professionals, Visit Minot, Minot Family YMCA, Minot Alliance of Nonprofits, Magic Day of Giving, USDA-Rural Development Livability Steering Committee, Sunrise Rotary, and Rotary District 5580. Through her experiences, Langley has been able to refine her approaches to rural community fundraising, organizing, and advocacy.    


Vicki Monsen is the Market President of Cornerstone Bank in Watford City, ND. She currently serves on the Watford City Economic Development Corporation Board, the Watford City Housing Authority Board and the Watford City High School Cooperative Work Experience Advisory Board. She has served on the Watford City of Chamber of Commerce and Rural Leadership North Dakota Council, Vicki and her husband, Clayton, live on a farm near Arnegard, ND, where they raise small grains. Vicki has been recognized by North Western Financial Review as an Outstanding Woman in Banking. She was also honored by Prairie Business Magazine as a "Top 25 Women in Business."


Mike Seminary (former Commissioner and Mayor of Bismarck is the Business Development Manager for Houston Engineering, Inc. and brings 30 years of Business Development & Client Relations Management experience to the foundation board. His public policy experiences included serving as Commission Vice-Chair and Chairman of MEDAG. Mike’s portfolio assignments included Economic Development, Administration, Community Development, Planning and Zoning Commission, County Planning Commission, Intergovernmental Relations/MBBM. He has served as President of Missouri Valley YMCA, and board member for the United Way, Bismarck-Mandan Chamber of Commerce and Marketplace for Kids. Mike continues to serve the community with involvement in his church, trustee of the Sauer Dynasty Trust, and as Chair of Civic Arena Productions.


Paul Steffes P.E. is the CEO and chief innovation advisor for Steffes LLC, an American manufacturer of oilfield products, off-peak electric thermal storage (ETS) heating systems and contract manufacturing.
Steffes has grown from 2 to 450 employees and sales from zero to over $120 million since 1973. Paul is known for his innovation and entrepreneurial spirit which has won him many local and national awards to include North Dakota’s Small Business Person of the Year awarded by the federal Small Business Administration. Through his participation and support of various local organizations and economic development efforts, Paul has become a respected leader of his community and inspiration to his family, peers, and employees. His name is on many patents. Paul is focused on successful succession in using the owner board management (OBM) system to help ensure its success.


John Nagel is the Chief Security Officer for BEK Communications and President of CyberNet Security by BEK. Nagel was the founder of CyberNet Security, LLC, which was acquired by BEK in 2021. CyberNet Security by BEK provides professional, project and managed security offerings to infuse information security standards and practices into everyday business. His extensive experience in strategic-minded technology and business development has led him to serve in several senior positions in Fortune 500 companies. With over 25 years of experience, his credentials also encompass venture capital, funding and developing internet start-ups, software product development, ecommerce, and global business experience.

Nagel is on the Board of Directors for the Technology Council of North Dakota, Computers and Office Technology for Bismarck State College and President of InfraGard North Dakota. He was appointed by Governor Burgum to North Dakota’s Economic Development Foundation in 2021 and is a founding member of CyberConND, North Dakota’s only critical infrastructure cyber security conference.  Nagel is a Six Sigma Black Belt, Certified Project Management Professional and a graduate of General Electric’s Accelerated Leadership Program and Bismarck State College.


Kevin Miller, PE, MBA, is the founder of ITCB Consulting and author of Finding Ways to Win: Mastering the Success Potential Formula. With nearly 30 years of management experience, Kevin’s expertise is widely diverse, from construction foreman to engineering management, regional and national sales manager, and GM. Taking his success in athletics to the business world, he has brought about growth factors of 60%, 200%, 300%, and 500%, in different industries and each in less than 5 years. As manager of the overseas liaison team for Bobcat, he wrote Bobcat’s initial acquisition and due diligence guidelines. Kevin specializes in strategic planning and management consulting with leadership and boards as well as management and leadership and sales training.  Kevin believes that an organization’s corporate culture is the biggest competitive advantage, and that culture starts with good leaders.


Ron Day has recently retired from a 30 plus year career in the refining industry, with the past 20 years at the Mandan Refinery. Ron’s career was focused mainly in the area for Environmental, Health and Safety and most recently in the area of Public and Government Affairs.  He spent time at several different refineries across the mid-west and he also spent time in Wyoming in the upstream side of the oil and gas business as well.  Ron has bachelor’s degrees in chemistry and physic from Chadron State College, Chadron, NE.  Ron and his family enjoy the outdoor riches of North Dakota and they plan to make North Dakota home in his retirement.

Lindsey Narum started her position as an Implementation Project Manager for National Information Solutions Cooperative (NISC) in 2020.  NISC is an industry-leading consumer billing, accounting, and engineering & operations technology solutions cooperative. She earned her marketing degree from North Dakota State University, which has given her the opportunity to take up small marketing and photography projects in her free time.  

She currently lives in Mandan, ND, her roots lie in Bowman, ND on her family’s farm. While living in Bowman, she worked for the Bowman County Development Corporation for several years. Her background and passions have led her to develop a strong sense of pride for North Dakota and rural America.  Her ultimate goal is to continue to practice servant leadership in her personal and professional life.  


Thomas Stromme is an Assistant Vice President Business Banker at First International Bank and Trust in Fargo. Thomas holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from the University of Mary, with a Certification from the Harold Schafer Leadership School. He is a graduate of the Dakota School of Banking, hosted by the North Dakota Banker’s Association, and is a 2015 graduate of the Iacocca Institute‘s Global Village for Future Leaders in Business and Industry on the campus of Lehigh University. 

He currently serves on the Board of Directors for ND Dollars for Scholars, is a graduate of the FMWF Chamber of Commerce Leadership Program,and has previously served on the Fargo Forum Reader’s Board and the Independent Community Banks of North Dakota. Thomas and his wife Jadin live in north Fargo.


Frank Matus, Director of the Air Traffic Control (ATC) Sector, Americas, for the Thales USA Inc., Airspace Mobility Solutions has over 20 years of leadership experience establishing strategy and development initiatives for emerging air traffic management concepts and solutions in the United States and the global aviation market. 

Matus moved to Fargo, ND, to proactively engage with the State of North Dakota to implement the Vantis Beyond Visual Line of Sight (BVLOS) program and overseeing the delivery of the Grand Sky ground-based sense and avoid capability that supports larger UAS platform integration into the NAS, eliminating the need for chase aircraft for these types of missions. 


Anna Nelson, Director for the Williston Chamber of Commerce, has given Nelson the opportunity to serve the community and the surrounding area by connecting with its members and beyond, engaging with its businesses and citizens, and helping it grow by tapping into its infinite potential and leading it into the future. 

Nelson returned to North Dakota in 2018, she worked as a news producer and anchor at KFYR-TV in Bismarck; then assumed those roles for the station, in Williston, ND, KUMV-TV, in 2021. 

She is so proud of the work that she and her team are doing for the business community in the Williston area. None of it would be possible without the support of the Chamber’s board of directors, staff, and members; the community as a whole; her family; and her loving husband, Eric.


Cassidy Hjelmstad, is the Chief Executive Officer/General Manager of SRT Communications in Minot. She champions economic development for the region, digital inclusion and education for customers, advocacy for telecommunications at state and national levels, and financial stability for the health of the broadband cooperative and its employees and members. Cassidy previously served SRT as Chief Marketing Officer, and was Director of Community Relations for the Phoenix Suns prior to joining SRT in 2010. She earned a bachelor’s degree in Mass Communications-Journalism and Communications Studies from the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities. Originally from Newburg, North Dakota, Cassidy and her husband, Travis, live in Minot with their three children: TJ, Thomas, and Claire.


Spencer Marchand, as the Economic Development Director for the City of Harvey, and Director of the Marchand Retail Group, Marchand is a fifth generation North Dakotan, working hard to preserve the rural way of life. 

 Marchand serves on the Harvey City Council, the Harvey Public School District Board of Education, and is vice-chairman of the South-Central Dakota Regional Council.

Marchand also keeps active in his community serving as Grand Knight of his local Knights of Columbus council, a member of the Wells County Job Development Authority, and vice chairman of the Harvey Wildlife Club.


Doug Bolken, originally from Watford City and moved away for approximately 25 years, then returned to Watford City in 2009.  While away, Bolken worked for AAA for 15 years in Phoenix and with Holland America Cruise Lines for 10 years in Seattle.  He returned to Watford City to help care for ailing parents.  While in Watford City, he managed the family's RV Park during the beginning of the oil  boom in 2009.  Shortly after returning home, he was appointed to the City Planning & Zoning Committee and was elected to City Council. 

As a City Councilman, Bolken was appointed to the newly developed McKenzie County Planning & Zoning, prior to this, the county did not have Planning & Zoning in place.  He then joined the County Road & Bridge Department in 2012 and moved into the role of the Tourism Director for the County in 2014.  McKenzie County Tourism falls under the Job Development Authority and works closely with the County and the City Economic Development departments. 

Bolken has been the acting Secretary/Treasurer for Watford City EDC since 2014.  He also serve as a Board Member on the McKenzie County Ambulance Service and on the Theodore Roosevelt Nature & History Association.