Position/title: Construction executive, Mortenson Construction
Family: Husband, Chris; son, Grant
Explain what you do:
I manage the Sanford Fargo Medical Center project by providing leadership, planning, organization, staffing and oversight of the construction of the project.
How long have you lived in Fargo-Moorhead?
I lived in the F-M area from 1997 to 2004, after which I relocated to the Twin Cities. I returned to the area in the spring of 2013.
What brought you to the area?
I originally relocated to Fargo for the Sanford Fargo project, but I am staying to build our business in the area.
If you had to narrow it down to just one thing, what do you like best about Fargo-Moorhead?
I love the people and the energy they bring to the F-M area.
What amenities in the community do you, your family and/or employees most appreciate?
There are so many things to do with families and team members. From a RedHawks game to the Red River Zoo, there is something for everyone.
Is your business’ culture important? Why or why not?
Our culture is extremely important to our team members and the entire organization. The culture of a company sets the tone for engagement and employee satisfaction.
What challenges does your business face in creating culture and livability for its employees?
By nature of the construction business, we change our environment and teams on a very regular basis depending on the project, so maintaining the continuity of the culture is a challenge and something we focus on.
How has culture and Fargo-Moorhead’s livability changed in your time in the community?
The culture of the F-M area has changed significantly since I left in 2004. It has grown and prospered into a bustling community that supports businesses and encourages engagement in the community.
Are you a dog or a cat person?
I’m a horse person, but I have to go with dog since I can’t keep a horse in my backyard.
Who would play you in a movie?
Sandra Bullock. She can be bossy and opinionated, but sensitive when she needs to, and a little goofy once in a while.
What’s one word that best describes you?
What’s your favorite part of your job?
There are a few things I love about what I do. I enjoy that I get to participate in building the future for our customers, and there is something tangible that will be there for many years to come. But most of all, I enjoy the people, from our trade partners to our customers to our internal team. It is always exciting and challenging.
Who’s your business mentor and why?
My mentor is our Senior Vice President Paul Cossette. His perspective is always refreshing and different and he shares his experiences to ensure others make good decisions.