Position/title: President and CEO, Blueprint IT Solutions; Authorized Xerox Sales Agent, Fargo
Family: Wife, Kara; children, Elise, 5, Emma, 2
How long have you lived in Fargo-Moorhead?
What brought you to the area?
I came to Concordia College as a student and stayed.
If you had to narrow it down to just one thing, what do you like best about Fargo-Moorhead?
The people are wonderful.
What amenities in the community do you, your family and/or employees most appreciate?
Vibrant community, less crime, well-kept parks, and there’s always something family-friendly going on.
Is your business’ culture important? Why or why not?
Yes.We strive to be a culture that focuses on embracing everyone. Everyone has the opportunity to be great, and we give them the tools necessary to excel.
When seeking new employees, what is the selling point for your business?
As a small company, everyone learns to do more than one thing. So, not a single day is the same. They may be working on IT-related issues one time, then switch and do some Xerox, and a call can come in from anywhere in the U.S. and the next minute they will be helping a Wi-Fi customer in Nevada. So there is never a boring day and every problem is unique.
What challenges does your business face in creating culture and livability for its employees?
Since we are still a small company, everybody wears multiple hats. Since the team is young, sometimes shifting hats becomes a little stressful. They do an amazing job, and we couldn’t do what we have done without them.
What’s one thing you think would make Fargo-Moorhead more livable?
Winter sucks, but as I always say, the people make you warm.
How has culture and Fargo-Moorhead’s livability changed in your time in the community?
This is a giving community. Whenever there is a need, people rally and help. I have always been impressed with that. People are eager to help and support and most of the time, they don’t want anything back in return. They just love helping people. It’s awesome.
Are you a dog or a cat person?
Neither. I’m terrified of the tiniest Chihuahua. Growing up in Ghana, very few people had their pets hanging out on couches in the living room.They were mostly used for security, so they weren’t friendly. Still working on getting over that.
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What does an ideal Saturday look like?
Since starting this business four years ago, I work every Saturday. I try to relax on Sunday.
Who’s your business mentor and why?
Tom Dowdell, Sr. is not only a Blueprint Partner but one of the best things that ever happened to us as a company. He keeps us focused on what’s important, he pushes us to think of ways to make the better best and keeps us grounded.