The northern Plains is known for its skilled, hard-working people, and this year’s selection of the top 40 business professionals under the age of 40 exemplifies the high level of talent that exists in our region.
The honorees selected for Prairie Business magazine’s annual top 40 business professionals under the age of 40 represent a cross-section of the immense talent that exists in varied sectors throughout our area, providing inspiration for the entire business community through their determination to exceed expectations and willingness to work hard for success.
Dr. Blake Feil (30)
Blake offers new techniques and appliances not found elsewhere in Bismarck, such as Incognito braces that are placed behind the teeth for a more cosmetic appeal. He is also in the process of being published for his study and innovative use of temporary anchoring devices, or mini-screws, which have eliminated costly surgeries and long recovery times.
Carrie Brimhall (34)
Fergus Falls, MN
Brimhall is currently the Interim Provost of M State Fergus Falls, which has locations in Detroit Lakes, Moorhead, and Wadena (MN.) She received her bachelor’s degree in communications and advertising at Concordia College, and her master’s degree in organizational leadership at Capella University.
Justin Stansbury (34)
Corporate Technologies, LLC.
Justin has worked in the IT industry for 12 years and has been with Corporate Technologies since 2005. While at Corporate Technologies, he has served as a service sales executive in Fargo, sales manager in Boise, ID, vice president/general manager in Boise, and most recently vice president/general manager in Fargo.
Brian Meckler (36)
Absolute Marketing Group
Brian graduated from NDSU with a business administration degree in 1998. After graduating he worked as a product marketing manager for a software company and as an advertising rep at The Forum. In 2006 he co-founded Absolute Marketing Group where he works as a marketing advisor. Absolute Marketing Group is a full service marketing firm.
Benjamin Victor (32)
Benjamin Victor Studios,
Benjamin describes his natural ability to create monumental works of art as “a gift from God.” He received his first large commission at 23. His passion and drive show in each of his unique and profound creations.
Chris Schilken (29)
Forward Devils Lake,
Devils Lake, ND
Chris is responsible for formulation and implementation of strategies leading to development of primary sector industries to the Lake Region, and retention/expansion of existing businesses. Chris began employment with Forward Devils Lake in 2008 after spending a brief time working in the banking industry.
Jordan Woodbury (38)
Director of Quality
Assurance and Food Safety,
Dakota Provisions is a state-of-the-art turkey processing plant that manufactures and produces poultry and protein products that are specially designed for retail and food service partners. Jordan is responsible for all quality assurance, food safety, research, and development and sustainability functions of the organization that employs more than 750 people.
Eric Trueblood (28)
Eric is an owner of Aircorps Aviation, a WWII aircraft restoration facility. Aircorps, which specializes in fighter aircraft, uses its rebuilding and fabrication expertise to serve a worldwide customer base. Aircorps Aviation’s most recent restoration work on a WWII combat veteran P-51 Mustang won Grand Champion of EAA Airventure.
Nathan Conway (34)
Chief Operating Officer,
Nathan began his career at 16 and worked his way through college in the oil fields. Upon completion of his college education, he took a job as an assistant to the President of Ward Williston Oil Company and quickly moved through the ranks to become the Chief Operation Officer. He earned his M.B.A. from the University of Michigan in 2010.
LaTresse Snead (36)
With more than 10 years of nonprofit and corporate experience, LaTresse is an energizing leader, a strong advocate and thoughtful advisor, and an expert professional with the unique ability to create philanthropic programs that maximize business and community success. She also has her own consulting firm, LaTresse Snead Consulting, in which she helps companies create their own corporate philanthropy programs.
Mary Urlacher (36)
Local Office Manager,
Job Service North Dakota
Over the past five years, the office has seen many changes under her leadership, including the downsizing of the office to the current number of six. Under her direction, the office is fully capable of managing all of the workforce needs of the Dickinson and southwest North Dakota area.
Kevin Boyum (38)
Dakota State University,
Kevin Boyum is the Operations Manager for HealthPOINT, South Dakota’s Regional Extension Center. As a federally-designated REC based at DSU, HealthPOINT is dedicated to helping health care providers in clinics, small hospitals, and other settings in South Dakota select, implement, and effectively use electronic health records through education, outreach, and direct technical assistance.
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