Get To Know Our 2 New Sales Executives

Get To Know Our 2 New Sales Executives

Get To Know Our 2 New 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 sales executives and learn what makes them a perfect fit for our company.

Daniel Helm | Sales Executive

Sales Executive Daniel Helm

“I lived in Detroit Lakes, Minnesota, until I was eight and then moved to a little lake just outside of Frazee, Minnesota, where I graduated from high school. I went to NDSU after high school and took the long route by quitting and I headed to Portland, Oregon, for a couple of years until I decided to come back and finish school. Since then I’ve sold books, Red Bull, supervised three departments at a hospital, and worked for a while as an environmental consultant. I also managed to get married about 10 years ago to an amazing woman and we have two awesome sons and more pets than I care to list.”

What originally drew you to Spotlight Media?
“I’ve been in Fargo for most of the last two decades and I really wanted to be more involved in all of the positive change and growth that I’ve seen over time in the Fargo-Moorhead area. I think that Spotlight Media has been a big part of that and I wanted an opportunity to be more involved in the community with a fun company that supports it.”

What kinds of hobbies and interests do you have outside of work?
“I like to run, read, write, take pictures, golf, play guitar and quite a few other things. I’m pretty passionate about good food and beer, too. I also try to spend as much time with my family and friends and include them in the things I like to do as much as possible.”

What’s your favorite book and/or movie?
“I have always said that I don’t have favorites, but ‘Under the Volcano’ is up there as far as books go. It doesn’t get much better than that.”

Share something about yourself that would surprise us.
“I’m terrified of public speaking.”

What’s the most useless talent you have?
“Self-deprecation, it’s literally useless to everyone, but I’m really good at it.”

Christopher Cates | Sales Executive

Sales Executive Christopher Cates

“I was born and raised in Hot Springs, South Dakota, where I also graduated high school in 2001. I attended the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology until 2004, where I studied history. I moved to Moorhead that same year and transferred to MSUM where I continued to study history. I have done a little bit of everything for jobs. I have been a radio DJ and a barista. I have sold leather coats, eyeglasses and cell phones. I even owned a liquor store for 2 years. My last job was as an inventory buyer for Cellular Communications.”

What originally drew you to Spotlight Media?
“I was drawn to Spotlight Media because of how well it represents the community and how well respected it is everywhere I go. Owner Mike Dragosavich has done an excellent job of building a publication model that appeals to many types of people. The content of the different magazines is always relevant and interesting, and the photography is always stunning.”

What kinds of hobbies and interests do you have outside of work?
“My hobbies include anything music! I love live music—especially going to rock shows. I listen to everything, from bluegrass to hard rock and country to EDM. I love music.

“I also love to tinker, whether it’s building something with wood or tearing apart and repairing a cell phone or fixing something on my vehicle. I’m in the process of establishing a wood shop in my garage in my backyard. I’d love someday to build furniture and other wood products as gifts for friends and family.

“My girlfriend and I just got a pug named Bosco in June. He takes up a lot of our time now so lately I’ve been learning more about dogs. I would love to start volunteering in my time at a local shelter or vet clinic.”

What’s your favorite book and/or movie?
“My favorite book is one called ‘Villains by Necessity’ by Eve Forward. It’s a non-traditional story where the bad guys are the good guys. It’s a fun story that makes you consider a different point of view. I recommend it to everyone.

“I have two favorite movies. The first one is ‘Fight Club’ and I love it because it makes you think. You never really have the story figured out, even after the credits roll. The second one is ‘A Goofy Movie’ because how does everyone not love that movie?”

Share something about yourself that would surprise us.

  • “I flew on my first airplane at the age of four but didn’t see an ocean until I was 27.”
  • “I have never set foot outside of the US, although I was once on a boat that stopped in Canada. I never left the boat.”
  • “My biggest fear is large things falling on me. I hate driving under trains or having planes fly directly over me.”
  • “I absolutely love black jelly beans.”
  • “Lastly, if I were not in sales, my dream job would be a stand-up comedian.”

What’s the most useless talent you have?
“My most useless talent is also the one that has won me the freest drinks. I’m an absolute trivia nerd. I can remember dates, names, facts and tons of useless knowledge, but I struggle to remember what to buy at the grocery store. I love watching Jeopardy and the looks I get when spewing out the answers to the questions. Maybe someday I’ll make it on to the show.”

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