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Spotlight Team Volunteers For United Way Day Of Caring Event

Spotlight Team Volunteers For United Way Day Of Caring Event

Photos special to Spotlight Media

Our team was honored to be a part of the 1,700 volunteers with United Way of Cass-Clay assisting more than 450 senior citizens with cleaning, raking leaves, washing windows and more during the 26th annual United Way Day of Caring event, one of the largest volunteer events in our community.

United Way of Cass-Clay community volunteering

“Day of Caring is one of my favorite events,” Spotlight Media Client Relations Manager Jenny Johnson said. “It’s such a joy to connect with seniors in our community.”

United Way of Cass-Clay community volunteering

During this time of the year, it can be challenging for many members of the Fargo-Moorhead community to do yardwork, clean their homes and complete other household tasks alone. With the help of local volunteers, the United Way of Cass-Clay was able to unite the community and provide support to those in need.

United Way of Cass-Clay community volunteering

“It’s so fulfilling to see how grateful they were and to witness the impact just a few hours of volunteering can make,” Johnson said.

Take A Peek At Our October Magazines

Take A Peek At Our October Magazines

The new magazines have it all! Read about the latest in Fargo’s handmade talent, Bison tailgating, the People’s Choice Awards and Fargo-Moorhead veterans in our October 2017 issues. If you haven’t already, check out our list of magazines and see which one sparks your interest.

You can read past issues of our magazines at issuu.com/fmspotlight!

Each magazine is available by stand distribution throughout the Fargo-Moorhead area and select locations around the state. You can read Fargo Monthly, Design and Living Magazine and Fargo INC! online and subscribe to Bison Illustrated to get the magazine delivered right to your door every month. Subscribe to Bison Illustrated here. For more information about Spotlight Media’s publications, visit spotlightmediafargo.com/magazines.

Fargo Monthly October 2017

Fargo Monthly

There’s satisfaction that comes with buying local and supporting the work of Fargo-Moorhead’s artisans, creators, makers and handmade masters of all sorts. From pillows and beer to furniture and soap, Fargo Monthly is here to help you discover this city’s handmade talent this month.

Design and Living October 2017

Design & Living Magazine

Inside these pages, we reveal the winners of the 2017 People’s Choice Awards. Each year, our brilliant readers nominate who they consider to be the best of the best in the local home industry, then vote for their choice of the top three nominees in each category. Thank you to those who participated, and congratulations to all the winners and nominees!

Fargo INC! October 2017

What do these seven veterans have in common? They all run successful businesses in the FM area. A motivational speaker, an outdoors TV show creator, a marketing expert, a promotional company president, a general contractor, an insurance agent, and a runway fashion show founder give their thoughts on entrepreneurship and the role their military experience played in their post-service path.

Bison Illustrated October 2017

Bison Illustrated

Bison Athletics has built a great reputation across the country with success on the field and in the classroom. Its fans have been shaping their own reputation, too. Bison Nation has amplified their brand for having a good time with the enthusiasm they bring in the tailgating lot home and away. Scores of fans travel around the country following the Bison. These supporters also bring opposing fans back with them to Fargo to experience the joys in the West Lot of the Fargodome. October’s Bison Illustrated highlights several of the elements that make NDSU Tailgating a bucket list item for any college football fan.

Meet Our New Business Operations Assistant

Meet Our New Business Operations Assistant

Photos by Hillary Ehlen

Spotlight Media is constantly growing and changing. As we’re sad to see team members leave, we’re always excited to announce our newest hires. Since all our employees come from a wide range of backgrounds, each member offers unique skills that help the Spotlight Media team become even stronger and more well-rounded.

Meet our new business operations assistant, Larissa Kunde, and learn what makes her a perfect fit for our company.

Tell us a little bit about yourself before you started at Spotlight Media. (Hometown, previous places you worked, the college you attended, etc.)
“Originally from Madison, Minnesota, I’m a North Dakota State University alumna with a bachelor’s degree in public relations and advertising and a minor in business administration. I’m currently a part-time graduate student finishing a master’s degree in mass communications with an emphasis in organizational communication. I’ve worked in higher education for over 10 years at both South Dakota State University and NDSU.”

What hobbies and interests do you have outside of work?
“Friends, family and faith are top priorities in my life. I have a passion for giving back and working to end the fight against cancer. I volunteer with the American Cancer Society and Hospice of the Red River Valley and was previously the Faculty Advisor for NDSU Colleges against Cancer.

“I love early morning workouts, checking out local breweries, going to hole-in-the-wall places and sports. My favorite time of the year is March Madness followed closely by football season. I’m also an avid Dan Patrick listener.”

“And if I’m not in the office, I may just be chasing down the next ice cream truck.”

What’s your favorite book and/or movie?
Books: “Good to Great,” “How to Win Friends and Influence People” and “The Advantage”
Movies: “Varsity Blues” and “Caddyshack”

Share something about yourself that would surprise us.
“You will never find me on a roller coaster or driving down the interstate with the windows down—but I’ve gone skydiving twice. Go figure.”

What originally drew you to Spotlight Media?
“Having worked in higher education for over 10 years, I’m looking forward to the change and learning the inner workings of a small private company.”

What are you looking forward to the most with your new position?
“My coffee table always has copies of Spotlight Media’s magazines strewn across it, so it’s very exciting to be able to actually work for this company and be a part of highlighting all the great things Fargo-Moorhead has to offer.

“So long to the days of impatiently hovering the stands at Hornbachers waiting for the new magazines each month!”

Last question, most important, if Hollywood made a movie about your life, who would you like to see cast as you? Why?
“Jessica Biel. I love how humble and down-to-earth she is. Plus, who wouldn’t want to be married to Justin Timberlake?”

Behind The Scenes Of Fargo INC!’s Cover Story With CoSchedule

Behind The Scenes Of Fargo INC!’s Cover Story With CoSchedule

Photos special to Spotlight Media

In 2013, on a plane between Atlanta and North Dakota, Garrett Moon and Justin Walsh hatched an idea—create a calendar that organizes company’s content-marketing process. Today, as one of the most popular content-marketing calendars in the world, CoSchedule‘s reach and influence continues to grow—they have more than 8,000 customers in more than 100 countries—and they’ve done it all from right here in North Dakota.

CoSchedule Fargo INC

For this month’s cover story, Fargo INC!’s team toured CoSchedule’s brand-new, 14,000-square-foot office in Downtown Fargo and sat down with Moon and Walsh to talk about the company’s journey from “startup” to “growth.” Get a behind the scenes look at what all went into putting this month’s cover story together.

BEHIND THE SCENES

 
 
Pick Up A Copy Of The September Magazines Today

Pick Up A Copy Of The September Magazines Today

From historic home tours to an inside look at CoSchedule’s new downtown office, the September magazines have it all. If you haven’t already, check out our list of magazines and see which one sparks your interest.

Each magazine is available by stand distribution throughout the Fargo-Moorhead area and select locations around the state. You can read Fargo Monthly, Design and Living Magazine and Fargo INC! online and subscribe to Bison Illustrated to get the magazine delivered right to your door every month. Subscribe to Bison Illustrated here. For more information about Spotlight Media’s publications, visit spotlightmediafargo.com/magazines.

Downtown Fargo

Fargo Monthly

Whether you’re an empty-nester looking to downsize, a family of five, a young professional or a college student, downtown is for anyone and everyone. With the help of a dedicated group of downtown diehards and business owners, we took a look at how it’s possible to live your life in Downtown Fargo without ever really needing to leave.

Historic Houses Fargo

Design & Living Magazine

See how the current owners of five historic homes in Fargo are giving their old houses new life. Also in this issue, you can view two new collections from a local artist and get tips on how to decorate a historic space.

CoSchedule Fargo INC

A few years ago, they were a small, Bismarck, North Dakota-web company frustrated with the content-marketing process. Today, they can call themselves the No. 1 marketing calendar in the world. Through the thought leadership of cofounders Garrett Moon and Justin Walsh, CoSchedule’s reach and influence only continues to grow—they have more than 8,000 customers in more than 100 countries—and they’ve done it all from right here in North Dakota.

Bison Illustrated Bison Football

Bison Illustrated

Football season is back! Code Green, led by seniors Nick DeLuca, Nate Tanguay and Tre Dempsey, will push the Bison forward as they look to emerge from the chaos of last season and march their way back to Frisco.

Our Interns Take Over Fargo Interns Instagram Account

Our Interns Take Over Fargo Interns Instagram Account

Our interns are taking over! An Instagram takeover, that is. All this week, our interns are doing an #InstagramTakeover of @FargoInterns to give followers an insider experience of internships at Spotlight Media.

Each week, the Fargo Interns account gets taken over by Fargo-Moorhead interns from local businesses to give sneak peeks into their work lives and connect local college students in the community. This week, it’s our turn!

Head on over to @FargoInterns, hit that follow button and keep an eye out for behind-the-scenes photos and videos of Spotlight Media!

Meet Our New Office Assistant, Emily Peterson

Meet Our New Office Assistant, Emily Peterson

Photos by Hillary Ehlen

Spotlight Media is constantly growing and changing. As we’re sad to see team members leave, we’re always excited to announce our newest hires. Since all our employees come from a wide range of backgrounds, each member offers unique skills that help the Spotlight Media team become even stronger and more well-rounded.

Meet our new office assistant and learn what makes them a perfect fit for our company.

Emily Peterson | Office Assistant

Emily Peterson

“I grew up in a small Minnesotan town called Le Sueur. Fun fact: It’s the home of the Jolly Green Giant and where Dr. William Mayo began his practice before founding the Mayo Clinic in Rochester. I moved to Moorhead in the summer of 2009 to attend MSUM, fell in love with the area and have been a Fargo-Moorhead resident ever since.”

What kinds of hobbies and interests do you have outside of work?
“I love to go horseback riding and used to compete in barrel racing events. I enjoy biking, reading, spending time on the lake and mostly just being with family and friends!”

What’s your favorite book and/or movie?
“Favorite books would be ‘The Lovely Bones,’ ‘The Kite Runner,’ the Harry Potter series and anything by Jodi Picoult.”

Share something about yourself that would surprise us.
“I’m legally blind in both eyes and literally cannot function without my glasses or contacts.”

What originally drew you to Spotlight Media?
“I was looking for a new job and stumbled upon Spotlight Media. I did some research and it seemed like such a cool place to work and a place where I could learn so many new and interesting things about the industry.”

What are you looking forward to the most with your new position?
“I can’t wait to see firsthand exactly what goes into each step of the editorial process and what it all takes to publish a magazine.”

If you could switch your job with anyone else within Spotlight Media for a day, whose job would you want? Why?
“I would say photographer Hillary because photography has always fascinated me.”

Last question, most important, if Hollywood made a movie about your life, who would you like to see cast as you? Why?
“Emma Stone! She seems like the most fun loving and laid back actress out there.”

Meet Our Two New Senior Sales Executives

Meet Our Two New Senior Sales Executives

Photos by Hillary Ehlen

Spotlight Media is constantly growing and changing. As we’re sad to see team members leave, we’re always excited to announce our newest hires. Since all our employees come from a wide range of backgrounds, each member offers unique skills that help the Spotlight Media team become even stronger and more well-rounded.

Meet our two new senior sales executives and learn what makes them a perfect fit for our company.

Wendy Baukol | Senior Sales Executive

Wendy Baukol

“I am from Grand Forks, North Dakota, and went to school there from kindergarten through college at UND and graduated with a major in marketing and minor in management. I then worked in pharmaceutical sales for 15 years.”

What kinds of hobbies and interests do you have outside of work?
“My kid’s sports and Bison athletics, as I married a former Bison football player and coach. I love to watch BRAVO and all the reality shows it airs. Also, I work out at OrangeTheory Fitness — actually worked there before here for 3 months.”

What’s your favorite book and/or movie?
“Favorite movie is “Pretty Woman” — I could it watch a million times. Books: I could read anything by David Grisham.

Share something about yourself that would surprise us.
“I was Miss ND USA long ago and was on TV with Dick Clark and Daisy Fuentes.”

What originally drew you to Spotlight Media?
“Sales position that I know I will love as I read every magazine we print and have for many years. Also NO TRAVEL! In my previous pharma jobs, I was all over three states. I love the culture and people who work here as well.”

What are you looking forward to the most with your new position?
“Adding AWESOME ads to the magazines and getting revenue up. Also, making new friends and team members.”

If you could switch your job with anyone else within Spotlight Media for a day, whose job would you want? Why?
“Mike, so I could understand all the stress he goes through each day running a company he started at a young age and is now thriving.”

Last question, most important, if Hollywood made a movie about your life, who would you like to see cast as you? Why?
“Jenna Dewan. I love her acting and she is a dancer as I was for about 20 years. And her body is rockin’ — way better than mine!”

Steve French | Senior Sales Executive

“Oh gosh, well, originally from Salt Lake City, Utah. Born and raised. Then went to Weber State University as a communications major. Life took a major change when I took a job at a record label. The label decided to move and we all caravanned from SLC to Brooklyn, New York City. 13 of us moved. From there, things got a little wild. I tour managed for several bands, traveled all over the country. Then got into events and marketing for an advertising agency, so more traveling the country. Along the way, I found Fargo, immediately saw and felt the magic. So here I am.”

Steve French Spotlight Media Fargo

What kinds of hobbies and interests do you have outside of work?
“I have become a huge fan of gardening and growing things. I’ve also been skateboarding a good 20 years now. Been working on paddle boarding. I really enjoy learning about ancient civilizations and general weirdness. Oh, and jokes. I like jokes.”

What’s your favorite book and/or movie?
Book: “Right now, the book ‘Ready Player One.’ It’s great.”
Movie: “The Big Lebowski”

Share something about yourself that would surprise us.
“I did several online commercials for Axe hair products.”

What originally drew you to Spotlight Media?
“The good folks over at Preferred pointed me here. I met with them, shared my story and they felt it was a good fit and here I am.”

What are you looking forward to the most with your new position?
“I’m looking forward to learning how a business operates from an internal perspective and how to account for it. Oh, and making new relationships.”

If you could switch your job with anyone else within Spotlight Media for a day, whose job would you want? Why?
“Probably Andrew Jason, so I could get a feel for all the parts of the organization for a day.”

Last question, most important, if Hollywood made a movie about your life, who would you like to see cast as you? Why?
“Probably Neil Patrick Harris. Everyone tells me I look him anyway, so it would make for an easy cast.”

Spotlight Media To Host Business After Hours

Spotlight Media To Host Business After Hours

Photos courtesy of FMWF Chamber of Commerce

Spotlight Media is hosting the Fargo Moorhead West Fargo Chamber of Commerce’s Business After Hours at the Holiday Inn in Fargo on Thursday, August 17, from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Widely recognized as the region’s most effective networking opportunity, Business After Hours is a local event that gives businesses an outlet to promote and create opportunities in the area. With roughly 60 different local companies attending, this unique networking event allows participants to converse with industry leaders, vendors and representatives from a variety of organizations.

August 2015 - Business After Hours with Spotlight Media

“The Chamber, and specifically Business After Hours, has been such an integral part of Spotlight Media’s success,” said Andrew Jason, Spotlight Media’s editorial director. “We’re so excited to be able to host the event and hopefully make many lasting business connections.”

August 2015 - Business After Hours with Spotlight Media

Participants must be 21 years of age or older to attend. Admission is $25 prior to midnight the Wednesday before the event, and tickets bought at the door will be $35 (rates include appetizers and two drink tickets). The event features food, drinks and a fun laid-back atmosphere that anyone can grow their list of contacts in. Each attendee will leave with a free Spotlight Media tote bag stuffed with this month’s magazines and Spotlight Media will also do a variety of drawings for prizes throughout the night.

We’re happy to be a part of this widely recognized event, and we’ll see you there!

EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW

WHAT: Business After Hours

WHO: Hosted by Spotlight Media (Brought to you by the FMWF Chamber)

WHERE: Holiday Inn (3803 13th Ave. S., Fargo)

WHEN: Thursday, August 17 from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m.

ADMISSION: $25 if paid prior to midnight the Wednesday before the event, $35 at the gate
* Price of admission includes appetizers and two drink ticket.

MORE INFO.: For additional information, visit fmwfchamber.com or contact Bobbi Jo at 218.359.0525 or brehder@fmwfchamber.com.

Meet Our New Content Strategist, Sam Herder

Meet Our New Content Strategist, Sam Herder

Photo by Hillary Ehlen

Spotlight Media is constantly growing and changing. As we’re sad to see team members leave, we’re always excited to announce our newest hires. Since all our employees come from a wide range of backgrounds, each member offers unique skills that help the Spotlight Media team become even stronger and more well-rounded.

Meet our new content strategist, Sam Herder, and learn what makes him a perfect fit for our company.

Sam Herder | Content Strategist

Sam Herder

“I grew up in Breckenridge, Minnesota, which is about 45 minutes south of Fargo. I attended NDSU from 2011-2015, where I worked at the campus newspaper, ‘The Spectrum,’ as the sports editor and eventual editor-in-chief. Pursuing my journalism degree, I got great experience covering the Bison’s first four national titles. After graduation, I worked in the newspaper industry as a sports reporter for a couple years before joining Spotlight Media.”

What kinds of hobbies and interests do you have outside of work?
“Nothing too specific, as long as I’m with friends, laughing and having a good time. Whether that’s on a pontoon, around a bonfire or just watching games on TV.”

What’s your favorite book and/or movie?
“I loved the ‘Shiloh’ book series growing up. I’m more of a TV series guy than movies, and ‘Friday Night Lights’ is my favorite series.”

Share something about yourself that would surprise us.
“I was born January 1 in a town of 8,000 people but was not the first baby born that year at that hospital.”

What originally drew you to Spotlight Media?
“I’ve always wanted to get back to Fargo eventually in some sort of writing position. Along with being able to cover the Bison again as one part of the job, this was a perfect fit.”

What are you looking forward to the most with your new position?
“Getting to know the F-M metro better overall as a community.”

If you could switch your job with anyone else within Spotlight Media for a day, whose job would you want? Why?
“Joe Kerlin’s so I could get his parking pass.”

Last question, most important, if Hollywood made a movie about your life, who would you like to see cast as you? Why?
“Will Ferrell because he would be able to make my life seem more entertaining than it really is.”