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Meet Spotlight Media’s New Distribution Manager

Meet Spotlight Media’s New Distribution Manager

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 distribution manager Darren Gibbins, and learn what makes him a perfect fit for our company.

Darren Gibbins | Distribution Manager

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“Two words describe my background, a Creative.

What originally drew you to Spotlight Media?
“The quality of the magazines.”

What kinds of hobbies and interests do you have outside of work?
“I’m passionate about audio and visual. Whether it’s Nico or Nikon, Dorothea Lange or Jonny Lang I’m generally up for tunes and tones.”

What’s your favorite book and/or movie?
“Favorite book, The Bible. Movie, The Princess Bride.”

What’s one ridiculous fact you know?
“If you stretched out the DNA of just one of your cells it would be about 2 meters long which means all your DNA would stretch out to the diameter of the Solar System.”

Get To Know Spotlight Media’s New Chief Operations Officer

Get To Know Spotlight Media’s New Chief Operations Officer

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 Chief Operations Officer Steve Kruse, and learn what makes him a perfect fit for our company.

Steve Kruse | Chief Operations Officer

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“I grew up in a small town in Minnesota and moved to the big city (Fargo) to attend NDSU and have never left nor have I cared to leave. My wife Patty and I have been married for 25 yrs and have 3 daughters that have also kept their roots in the FM area.”

What originally drew you to Spotlight Media?
“I retired last October after spending my entire life working in retail management. Not just any opportunity was going to lure me out of retirement, but Spotlight Media fit the bill! It is giving me the opportunity to work with some of the brightest and talented young minds in Fargo and give back to them as much as they give me.”

What kinds of hobbies and interests do you have outside of work?
“I’m a total homebody that loves to spend time with family and supplement that with cooking, putzing in the yard, and finding as much time for golf as I can.”

What’s your favorite book and/or movie?
“My favorite movie is Pee Wee’s Big Adventure. Don’t ask…..”

Share something about yourself that would surprise us.
“I had the privilege of running the quarter mile leg of the Mile Sprint Medley Relay against Mark Lutz in the Minnesota state high school track and field championships. For those of you old enough to remember, Mark Lutz was a former US Olympian.”

Photo Gallery: Spotlight Media Employee Retreat

Photo Gallery: Spotlight Media Employee Retreat

Spotlight Media celebrated another successful month by throwing a party in the parking lot. The event was for employees of Spotlight Media and featured burgers, drinks, snacks and bean bag tournaments. Check out the photos below.

Photo Gallery: NDSU Leadership Mag Closing Ceremonies

Photo Gallery: NDSU Leadership Mag Closing Ceremonies

Spotlight Media was honored to work with the NDSU Masters of Success leadership program this year in order to create Leadable, a magazine that celebrates the area’s leaders interpreted by NDSU students. Below is a photo gallery of the closing ceremonies event.

Happy 5th Birthday To Us!

Happy 5th Birthday To Us!

Spotlight Media turns five years old this month! It’s been a crazy five years of fun, learning, change and meeting awesome people – so we decided to take a look back on what we’ve accomplished so far.

1st Issue of Stride Magazine

DECEMBER 2010

Stride December 2010

Our first issue of our wellness magazine, focusing on health, fitness, nutrition and beauty.

1 Year Anniversary

MARCH 2011

FM Spotlight March 2011

We took a look back at our first year of publications.

Stride's Fargo Marathon Issue

MAY 2011

Stride May 2011

Stride Magazine took a dive into the Fargo Marathon.

2 Year Anniversary

MARCH 2012

FM Spotlight March 2012

Our second year in review with a fun, 1920’s spin.

1st Issue of Bison Illustrated

AUGUST 2012

Bison Illustrated August 2012

The first issue of our magazine dedicated to everything Bison.

1st Issue of Fargo Monthly

NOVEMBER 2012

Fargo Monthly November 2012

FM Spotlight upgrades to Fargo Monthly magazine.

Bison Illustrated's 1st Championship Issue

FEBRUARY 2013

Bison Illustrated Championship 2013

Honoring Bison Football on two consecutive national championships.

Lakegirl Catalog

SPRING/SUMMER 2013

Lakegirl Catalog Summer 2013

A catalog our company published for Lakegirl’s clothing line.

Fargo Monthly's 1st Wedding Guide

JULY 2013

Fargo Monthly July 2013

Our first ultimate guide to wedding planning in the Fargo-Moorhead area.

Fargo Monthly's 1st Year in Review

DECEMBER 2013

Fargo Monthly December 2013

We took a look back at our year in photography with our wonderful photographer, J. Alan Paul Photography. We had a fun time putting together the photo on the cover with local band Tripwire.

Fargo Monthly Grows Up

JANUARY 2014

Fargo Monthly January 2014

Fargo Monthly grows to a full-sized issue! Former North Dakota Governor John Hoeven graced our cover, and we also talked to 8 other influential figures in our area about the future of Fargo.

Fargo Marathon Commemorative Book

JUNE 2014

Fargo Marathon Book 2014

This exclusive issue was mailed to each runner, and contains race day photos and each participant’s name and race time.

Bison Illustrated's 2nd Gameday Edition + One Herd Clothing

OCTOBER 2014

Bison Illustrated Oct 2014 Bison Fashion Oct 2014

We highlighted ESPN’s second return to Fargo for College Gameday and flaunted our new NDSU clothing line, One Herd.

Fargo Monthly's 2014 Year in Review

DECEMBER 2014

Fargo Monthly December 2014

We took a look back at 2014 and all of the happenings that made it a great year for Fargo. The cover was hand painted by local artist McCal Joy.

Bison Illustrated's 215-Page Championship Issue

FEBRUARY 2015

Bison Illustrated Championship Feb 2015

215 pages. Can you say wow? This was our largest issue ever and our 3rd time honoring Bison football, this time for making Bison history with a 4th consecutive national championship.

New Spotlight Media Kiosk In West Acres

New Spotlight Media Kiosk In West Acres

Next time you are shopping at West Acres Mall make sure to stop by and check out the new Spotlight Media kiosk. It features a rack displaying all of our magazines, Fargo Monthly, Design and Living, Bison Illustrated and Stride. Photos below.

Bison Illustrated at West Acres
Kiosk at West Acres Mall Spotlight Media