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The Minot Area Chamber of Commerce Board of directors Chair, Jessica Merchant (Olson & Burns, P.C.), appointed three new board members to one-year terms as allowed by Chamber bylaws.  They are Mary (Gaddie) Prough (Ryan Family Dealerships), Jeff McElwain
(Ackerman Estvold), and Ben Slind (Thompson Larson Funeral Home).  Prough is a lifelong native of Minot. A 1996 graduate of Bishop Ryan High School, she received her bachelor’s degree from Minot State University in 2008.  Throughout school, she continued to devote herself to learning the ins and outs of the car business, something she’s done since she was 15 years old. That on-thejob training at ryan family dealerships included graduating from the NADA Academy in 2006, which put her in position to take on a greater leadership role in the organization. Prough currently serves as general manager at both Ryan Chevrolet and Ryan Nissan.  She and her husband, Shane are proud parents of five young boys: Michael, Jack, Thomas, Charlie and Daniel.

McElwain is the construction division manager for Ackerman Estvold. He has been with the company since its beginning in 2003, where he is also one of a group of owners. Additionally, he farms with his brother in the Max area.  McElwain is a member of the Colin Brown Y’s Mens, chairman of the YMCA building committee, a member of the YMCA board of directors, and serves as current chair of the Chamber’s Infrastructure Committee.  Hhe and his wife Holly have one son, James, who is a freshman at Central Campus and is involved in numerous
sports activities.

Slind, a life-long Minot resident, has been a licensed funeral director since 2001, and a member of the Thompson-Larson Funeral Home professional staff of licensed funeral directors since June of 2004.  Slind graduated with a bachelor’s degree in business management from Minot State University, then completed his applied associates degree in funeral Service education from Mt. Hood Community College in Gresham, Or, in 2001. He also specializes in helping make pre-arrangements for funerals or for those of loved ones. In 2008, Ben attained his North
Dakota Insurance Producers License and has assisted numerous people in setting up a life insurance policy or funeral trust account.
Slind and his wife, Jennifer, have two daughters: eve, age 9, and Avery, almost 3.
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