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Members proposed for Chamber board
Nominees have been proposed for three-year terms on the Minot Area Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors beginning Oct. 1, 2019. They are Ryon Boen (Western Agency), Jessica Merchant (Olson & Burns, P.C.), Tom Rafferty (Verendrye Electric Coop), Debbie Harris (Fiancée), and Cassidy Hjelmstad (SRT Com­mun­i­ca­tions).

Boen, a Minot native, is owner and CEO/president of Western Agency. He has served in that position since 2011 and has been with the company since 2007. Prior to that, he spent 13 years as a software developer, then moved into sales and marketing.

Since joining Western Agency, the company has expanded to 11 locations. He earned his bachelor’s degree from North Dakota State University, and his MBA from Moorhead State. He and his wife Kristen have three children ages 18, 16, and 14.
This will be his second three-year term.

Minot native Merchant is a proud Minot native and is deeply involved with the business community and civic groups. She is an experienced litigator and advisor to families and companies doing business throughout North Dakota. She is currently a vice-president of Olson & Burns, PC, and serves as chair of its Condemnation & Eminent Domain Group. She is also a member of the Energy, Estate Planning & Litigation Groups.
Merchant is a graduate of the University of North Dakota & Thomas M. Cooley School of Law. She has served in different capacities with the Minot Area Chamber of Commerce, Minot Sunrise Rotary, Ward County Bar Association, and State Bar Association of North Dakota.
She is past chair of the Chamber and this will be her second three-year term.

Harris,  the sole owner and operator of Fiancée opened her doors in 1985. Fiancée is located in Downtown Minot featuring bridal, prom, and men’s wear.  Harris has been honored to be on the Minot Chamber Board since November 2015. She is also serving on the Minot Area Community Foundation Board. She has served on the DBPA Board and has a great love for the downtown and Minot Community.
Harris and her significant other, Kevin Overland love traveling and try to get everyone they meet to move to Minot. This will be her second three-year term.

Rafferty is the member services and communications manager for Verendrye Electric Co-op. Rafferty chairs the Chamber’s Governmental Affairs Committee and is a member of the Military Affairs and Infrastructure committees. He serves on the Souris Basin Planning Council Board. He is a member of the Minot Noon Rotary Club and plays trombone in the Minot Community Band. He has a bachelor’s degree in economics from Minot State University and a master’s degree in public administration from the University of North Dakota. He and his wife, Jessa, live in Minot and they have two children.  This will be his second three-year term.

Cassidy Hjelmstad has been on the Chamber board of directors for over two years but has also been involved with a few different Chamber committees for almost nine years, ever since she began working at SRT Communications. She has been involved with the Chamber committees of Governmental Affairs, Military Affairs, and Junior Achievement. Additionally, she is the current vice chair of Prairie Grit Adaptive Sports Board of Directors, a member and former club president of Sunrise Rotary, Marketing Committee vice chair of NTCA - The Rural Broadband Association, member of NISC Marketing & Sales Committee, board member of the Minot Area Community Foundation and chair of its public relations committee, and a member of the Rural Leadership North Dakota Class V. She and her husband Travis have three kids. She enjoys family time at Lake Metigoshe, as well as attending or coaching her childrens’ sporting activities.  She was appointed to serve the two years remaining on an unexpired term.  This will be her first three-year term.

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                       Ryon Boen                                     Cassidy Hjelmstad                                Debbie Harris
TomR.jpg  Jessica Merchant
               Tom Rafferty                                     Jessica Merchant
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