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Giveaway Of A Lifetime: $500,000 Home Winner To Be Announced Sunday

Giveaway Of A Lifetime: $500,000 Home Winner To Be Announced Sunday

Photos by J. Alan Paul Photography

The suspense has been building for months. Now, as the weekend draws near, only a few days separate finalists from a $500,000 home.

For the last four months, people toured the GOAL house at 4200 54th Ave. S, Fargo, and registered to win the $500,000 home from Designer Homes of Fargo-Moorhead. Since the registration period ended Sunday, Oct. 16, the 1,000 finalists have been selected and invited to the GOAL event at the Ramada Plaza Suites in Fargo on Oct. 30 at 1 p.m. At the celebration, only 30 of the 1,000 finalists are randomly selected to be invited on stage. Each will proceed to pick one key to unlock a door. Though 30 finalists will attempt, only one key can successfully unlock it.

GOAL house Designer Homes of Fargo-Moorhead

“My favorite part of this experience is seeing the expression on the face of the person who wins the house,” said Designer Homes president Robert Leslie. “Besides that, one of the most enjoyable parts is to hear the story of what the winner does with the house and winnings now that they have the financial freedom.”

After the celebration, the winner has the difficult choice of either keeping or selling the house. The $500,000 house is a five-bedroom, three bath home with 1,832 square feet on the main floor and basement. It features an open kitchen with quartz countertop, finished basement with a large family room, rec. area, wet bar and a spacious three stall garage.

GOAL house Designer Homes of Fargo-Moorhead

Though not every finalist can win the home, they still have a chance to win a pool table valued at $6,000 from Hot Spring Spas & Pool Tables 2 or part of the $4,000 worth of gift cards given away by Shotgun Sally’s, Herd & Horns, Crave Burger Co. and 9 Iron Bar & Grill.

The event is not limited to only finalists, everyone in the FM area is invited to celebrate with the finalist. A cash bar, concession stands, live entertainment and a photo booth will be open to the public during the celebration.

Follow Design and Living Magazine and Designer Homes of Fargo-Moorhead on Facebook to stay up to date on the latest GOAL house news. This giveaway is possible thanks a number of sponsors, which can be viewed at designerhomesfm.com/giveaway-lifetime-2016.

Meet Spotlight Media’s New Team Members

Meet Spotlight Media’s New Team Members

Spotlight Media is constantly growing and changing. As we’re sad to see a few team members leave, we’re also excited to announce this year’s new hires. Since they come from a wide range of backgrounds, each new member offers unique skills that help the Spotlight Media team become even stronger and more well-rounded. From photography to office management, meet our new team members.

Devin Joubert | Design & Living Magazine Assistant Editor

Devin Joubert

Devin Joubert is originally from rural Minnesota (Twin Valley). She attended college at MSUM and graduated with a double degree in English/mass communications and a certificate in publishing. For as long as she can remember, Joubert has loved working with words and strives to create stories that’ll touch her readers. Before working at Spotlight Media, she was a digital content editor at two children magazines in Las Vegas. When her Scandinavian blood couldn’t handle the heat any longer, Joubert became a blog editor at a local startup.

What kinds of hobbies and interests do you have outside of work?
“Outside of work my hobbies include writing fiction, capturing moments with a camera and spending time with my husband. I love adventures.”

Share something about yourself that would surprise us.
“In 2010, I studied abroad on the Sunshine Coast, in Queensland Australia and met my future husband there. We were in a long-distance relationship for 5.5 years and are finally in the same place. Also, my husband and I started an online magazine called Wolfland (wolflandmagazine.com) which is for couples who are in long-distance relationships. We share tips and tricks to help make our audience’s long-distance relationships thrive.”

What drew you to Spotlight Media originally?
“I’ve always loved magazine publishing. When I saw the open position as the Assistant Editor to Design & Living, I couldn’t resist.”

What’s your favorite part about your new position?
“I really enjoy the variety that this job offers. It’s never boring as there is always something to be done, whether it’s edits, writing or getting up out of the desk to go on interviews/shoots. I enjoy meeting the people we write about.”

If you could switch your job with anyone else within Spotlight Media for a day, whose job would you want? Why?
“Probably one of the photographers. It’s fun to take pictures and organize people for shoots to bring out their personalities.”

Last question, most important, if Hollywood made a movie about your life, who would you like to see cast as you? Why?
“I love this question. Oh man, it’s a difficult question. I’d have to say that if Hollywood made a movie about my life I’d like to see me cast as me. No one can act like me, better than myself. haha… well, if I had to pick an actress to play me I’d probably pick Emma Stone.”

Luke Albers | Sales Associate

Luke Albers was born and raised in a small town in Wisconsin. He traveled to North Dakota after high school to earn a degree in fishery and wildlife management at NDSU and play football as a tight end for the Bison. Though he said goodbye to his Bison teammates after graduation last December, he still holds onto his five national championship rings with pride and is excited to cheer them on when they win their sixth.

Luke Albers

What kinds of hobbies and interests do you have outside of work?
“If I’m not in the office, you can find me on the lake, in the tree stand, in the weight room or on the hardwood (the gym).”

Share something about yourself that would surprise us.
“I’m the youngest of four children, my older siblings all being the female gender of the human species.”

What drew you to Spotlight Media originally?
“The opportunity to begin a successful career with a company whose employees are a mixed bag of fun.”

What’s your favorite part about your new position?
“People person, meet someone new and/or build a new relationship everyday essentially.”

If you could switch your job with anyone else within Spotlight Media for a day, whose job would you want? Why?
“I’m content with my current role.”

Last question, most important, if Hollywood made a movie about your life, who would you like to see cast as you? Why?
“Not specifically Brad Pitt or Leo Decap the actors but more so a character combination of Tyler Durden from Fight Club and Jordan Belfort from Wolf of Wall Street. Why? They get sh*t done.”

Brady Dukart | E-Commerce Associate

Brady Dukart

Brady Dukart grew up in a small, eight house town just north of Fargo, ironically called Prosper. After graduating last August from MSUM with a degree in marketing, Dukart realized he had another passion: website design. He then decided to further his education and attend M State this fall with majors in web design, graphic design, and computer programming. Before he joined the Spotlight Media team, Dukart interned at three other businesses in Downtown Fargo, so he doesn’t plan on leaving the area anytime soon.

What kinds of hobbies and interests do you have outside of work?
“I’m a huge music and movie nerd. I’ve been in many different bands since I was 14. I’ve been able to tour the country many times with them as well. I really enjoy computer programming and building websites as well.”

Share something about yourself that would surprise us.
“I can solve a Rubik’s cube in under a minute!”

What drew you to Spotlight Media originally?
“What drew me to Spotlight, specifically One Herd, was the ability to work in many different aspects of e-commerce.”

What’s your favorite part about your new position?
“My favorite part of my new position is the experience I’m getting and being mentored by a great leadership team.”

If you could switch your job with anyone else within Spotlight Media for a day, whose job would you want? Why?
“If I could switch my job with someone else, I’d switch with Mike. I plan on being in a position like his someday. The experience would be awesome!”

Last question, most important, if Hollywood made a movie about your life, who would you like to see cast as you? Why?
“If someone were to be cast as me, I’d like to think it’d be Joseph Gordon Levitt, but (if I’m being honest with myself) it’d probably be Steve Buscemi.”

Ethan Mickleson | Bison Illustrated Intern

Ethan Mickelson grew up on a farm just outside of Rolla, North Dakota, and is currently a junior at NDSU majoring in strategic communications. The start of his journalism career was writing for his hometown newspaper, the Turtle Mountain Star. When he isn’t working in the office, Michelson is enjoying the leisure life, as he loves the outdoors and camping.

Ethan Mickelson

What kinds of hobbies and interests do you have outside of work?
“I love amateur art like coloring books, water paints, that sort of thing. I’m fond of anything that allows me to unplug and relax, like camping or traveling.”

Share something about yourself that would surprise us.
“I was an Eagle in the Boy Scouts.”

What drew you to Spotlight Media originally?
“Every time I’ve picked up Bison Illustrated on campus, I was impressed with how well the spirit of the Bison Herd was captured and I really wanted to be a part of that.”

What’s your favorite part about your new position?
“Seeing the inner-workings of a publishing company and learning how everyone’s work comes together has been awesome.”

If you could switch your job with anyone else within Spotlight Media for a day, whose job would you want? Why?
“Fargo Monthly Editor Erica Rapp, because she gets to eat free food all the time.”

Last question, most important, if Hollywood made a movie about your life, who would you like to see cast as you? Why?
“Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson would play me, because of our comparable musculature, and narrated by Morgan Freeman.”

Spotlight Media To Release Special “Fargo Insider’s Guide”

Spotlight Media To Release Special “Fargo Insider’s Guide”

Key points:

  • Spotlight Media to release a special guide to our community in January 2017 that will be mailed to every household in Fargo, Moorhead and West Fargo.
  • The Fargo Insider’s Guide will be approximately 200 pages long and include content in arts and entertainment, business, fitness, real estate and more.
  • Roughly 100,000 copies of the magazine will be printed, with approximately 93,000 copies being mailed to every household in the FM area.
  • The Fargo Insider’s Guide will also be distributed in hotel rooms across the FM region and will be available for resale.
  • There will be a digital version of the guide as well available through Spotlight Media websites.

 

Spotlight Media to Release “The Fargo Insider’s Guide” in January 2017

The Fargo Insider’s Guide will be mailed directed to every household in Fargo-Moorhead

Spotlight Media is excited to announce that, in January 2017, a special guide dubbed The Fargo Insider’s Guide will be mailed, at no cost, to approximately 93,000 households in Fargo, Moorhead and West Fargo. The mission of this yearlong guide is to ensure that every household in the FM area will receive a copy and be exposed to all of the wonderful things happening in the community.

Spotlight Media to release the Fargo Insider's Guide

“We love this community so much and we wanted literally EVERYONE to see why,” said Mike Dragosavich, publisher of Spotlight Media. “Every year, we produce such great content throughout our various publications that we wanted to make sure that it got into the hands of everybody in our community. This magazine will include content that is relevant, engaging and entertaining to our readers.”

The Fargo Insider’s Guide will be approximately 200 pages and will feature content revolving around arts and entertainment, real estate, business, sports, fitness and more. However, rather than a visitors guide, The Fargo Insider’s Guide will have niche content that is relevant to people in Fargo-Moorhead. The content will focus on the hidden gems and activities in the area and will try and get readers to become more involved in the community.

“We are excited about the opportunity this gives our editorial staff to tell engaging, entertaining and exciting stories that will create as much impact as possible,” said Dragosavich. “The content is meant to be long-lasting and interactive. The whole mission of the guide is to inform the people of Fargo-Moorhead so that they become more involved within the community.”

Thanks to the United States Postal Service, The Fargo Insider’s Guide is guaranteed to make it into every household’s mailbox in the area. There will also be several thousand extra copies printed off for distribution in hotel rooms and at select points around town. The total expected readership between print and digital is expected to be around 250,000.

For more information or a media kit, email Dragosavich at drago@spotlightmediafargo.com.

Publisher Mike Dragosavich Named One Of Chamber’s Board Of Directors

Publisher Mike Dragosavich Named One Of Chamber’s Board Of Directors

Photos courtesy of Fargo Moorhead West Fargo Chamber of Commerce

Spotlight Media is proud to announce that our publisher, Mike Dragosavich, was named as one of Fargo Moorhead West Fargo Chamber of Commerce 2016-2017 Board of Directors.

“I’m thrilled to be a part of the decision behind one of the best chambers in the nation,” Dragosavich said. “I hope that my love for the community and its growing entrepreneurial ecosystem can help put the FMWF Chamber in a better position to serve our business community. My businesses have been impacted so well through the support of the FMWF Chamber that it gives me great excitement to give back.”

The FMWF Chamber is a bi-state, regional federation of more than 2,100 private, public and non-profit member firms representing more than 98,000 people. As the largest local chamber in North Dakota and Minnesota, it advocates for a strong metropolitan community and supports the interests of its members.

Fargo Moorhead West Fargo Chamber Of Commerce - Mike Dragosavich

Photo posted on Fargo Moorhead West Fargo Chamber of Commerce’s Facebook page announcing the new Board of Directors members.

Dragosavich will join fellow newly elected board members Tom Dawson of Dawson Insurance, Jenni Huotari of Eide Bailly and Joanna Slominski of Mortenson Construction. Their terms will begin September 1, 2016.

Returning board members include: Beverley Adams, Sanford Health; Bernie Dardis, Indigo Signworks; Kyle Dorow, Essentia Health; Jodi Duncan, Flint Group; Peggy Kennedy, Minnesota State Community and Technical College; Michelle Kommer, Western State Bank; Doug Restemayer, D-S Beverages, Inc.; and Jeffry Volk, Moore Engineering, Inc.

Congratulations, Dragosavich!

Fargo Moorhead West Fargo Chamber of Commerce

202 First Avenue North, Moorhead
218-233-1100
fmwfchamber.com

Take A Peek At This Month’s Magazines

Take A Peek At This Month’s Magazines

From Downtown Fargo to a Business Survival Guide, the August issues have it all. Check out our list of magazines that are out this month 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 or you can subscribe to Bison Illustrated to get the magazine delivered right to your door every month. Subscribe to Bison Illustrated here.  See the list of Spotlight Media websites here.

Fargo Inc - August 2016

Fargo INC!

THE FM BUSINESS SURVIVAL GUIDE

We created what we are affectionately referring to as “The FM Business Survival Guide.” It’s a comprehensive, one-stop-shop for all the resources, events, organizations, contacts and anything else that a new or established business owner could possibly need. Also in this issue: the Small Business Administration’s Emerging Leaders program, a TEDxFargo recap and a piece on how one Fargo company brought Silicon Valley culture to the Silicon Prairie.

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BISON ILLUSTRATED

THE NEW VOICE: MEET JEFF CULHANE

As summer winds to an end, one thing remains on the mind of NDSU fans across the country—Bison football season is here. The August issue takes the first leap into the 2016 Bison football team as they prepare for an unprecedented run at a sixth consecutive FCS national championship. The feature story in the August issue includes an exclusive interview with the new voice of the Bison, Jeff Culhane.

 

Bison Illustrated is not available online but you can subscribe here. 

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FARGO MONTHLY

THE DOWNTOWN ISSUE

Some might say they view Downtown Fargo as the “community’s front porch,” because it’s where people want to be. It’s where people bring out-of-town visitors. It’s where an incredible amount of growth and development is happening. It’s something unique to show off about this great community. Downtown Fargo is going through some exciting changes and a revitalization that makes it a model for the rest of the city, so we did some digging into a few of the many reasons why you should love it.

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DESIGN & LIVING

CURB APPEAL

Enjoy the last full month of summer with our special issue devoted to all things exterior. To help our readers achieve serenity in their own outdoor space, we toured three homes with the ultimate curb appeal. From charming porches to stunning decks, gardens and landscape architecture, this issue will inspire a fresh approach to the great outdoors. For the big finale, we compiled over 40 other local designers that are sure to inspire and maybe even stir up a little neighborhood envy.

Team Spotlight: Meet A Few Of Spotlight Media’s Team Members

Team Spotlight: Meet A Few Of Spotlight Media’s Team Members

Here are a few fun facts about some of Spotlight Media’s team members. You may find out something new about the people that make up this company.

ANDREW JASON

1. What is your favorite candy?
Andrew: Swedish Fish

2. Would you rather cook a meal or go out to eat?
Andrew: The older I get, the more I like to cook. However, I’ll never turn down going out for a good meal at one of Fargo’s great restaurants. My personal favorite is Rhombus Guys. I always go with the Louisiana Saturday Night.

3. What is a pet peeve of yours?
Andrew: When people say, ‘Did you know you have two first names?’ Yes people. I know that I have two first names. I have been living with them for 27 years. You’re not the first person to tell me that.

Andrew Jason

4. If you could choose to do anything for a day, what would it be?
Andrew: I love to travel so I think my ideal day would be spent going to a new place that’s warm where I can spend the full day on the water and in nature. Being out in nature is my way to relax. I would then end my perfect day by spending the night at a cool brewery with an exotic pizza that Brent would hate because ‘it’s not American’ enough.

5. What is your favorite part about being Spotlight Media’s editorial director?
Andrew: I love that each day is different. While most of the time these days are spent at a desk, I don’t think of my job as a desk job. There are so many tasks that I need to get done that it is very satisfying when I complete those tasks. I also love working with all my coworkers. They are the absolute best and I love being surrounded by creative, funny and talented people everyday.

TANK McNAMERA

Tank McNamera

1. What is your favorite part about being a Sales Representative?
Tank: Making Money! No…the friendly and fun staff that I get to work with!

2. What makes you happy?
Tank: Is this newsletter NC-17 or PG rated? I would say a night at home when my kids behave…and my wife!

3. Tell us about your family.
Tank: I have two kids, both girls that are 3 and 6. My wife Kristy works at Corelink and we have 2 dogs.

4. Favorite dessert?
Tank: A good cheesecake always hits the spot.

5. Dream car?
Tank: Anything that is reliable.

JOE KERLIN

1. What is your favorite part about being the editor of Bison Illustrated?
Joe: Honestly, seeing the magazine around town. You’d think I’d be immune to seeing it out of the office by now, but finding the magazine displayed in a grocery store or bar reminds me of the hard work and dedication put into the magazine every month. And not just Bison Illustrated, I get that feeling with all the magazines. It’s even better when I see people reading it. That just reinforces all the reasons why we do what we do as an editorial staff. (Yeah, I know that sounds cheesy, but it’s the truth.)

Joe Kerlin

2. What is your favorite thing about Fargo?
Joe: It’s ambition. People here seem to believe they can do anything they want to as long as they set their mind to it. The startup community is fun to follow. The Kilbourne’s Group relentless pursuit to creating a ‘vibrant’ downtown is neat. This company. The Inspiration to work hard and be the best is all over this city when you start looking for it.

3. What is your favorite sport to play vs watch?
Joe: I’m old school in that I love to watch baseball. But soccer has been a fun, new infatuation for me this year. Favorite sport to play is either hammerschlagen, corn hole (bags), or any other sport that requires me to hold a cold one.

4. What is something on your bucket list?
Joe: Go to Europe before they ban Americans. Norway, Germany, and Italy, specifically. That’s where most of my ancestors are from so it’d be cool to visit the motherland.

5. What is a goal you have set for yourself in the next three years?
Joe: Shoot a round of golf with Tim Polasek and Tyler Roehl, gorge myself at an all-you-can-eat buffet with the offensive line, have some casual beers with Chris Klieman and beat Matt Larsen in a push-up contest all in one day. We will document this, of course.

PAUL BOUGIE

Paul Bougie

1. What is your favorite part about being a Sales Representative?
Paul: Getting to know people, marketing with them and helping them out with my experience and knowledge in our products.

2. What song would you sing at Karaoke night?
Paul: None, I have a band named Front Fenders.

3. Do you collect anything?
Paul: I am a pen junkie and I collect all things Batman at home.

4. Would you rather swim in a pool or in an ocean?
Paul: A pool, there’s a swim up bar.

5. What is the most valuable life lesson you have learned so far?
Paul: Always be yourself, unless you can be Batman. Then always be Batman!

Giveaway Of A Lifetime: Designer Homes Of Fargo-Moorhead Opens Doors To $500,000 Home

Giveaway Of A Lifetime: Designer Homes Of Fargo-Moorhead Opens Doors To $500,000 Home

Photos by J. Alan Paul Photography and Laura Cramer

The countdown is on! The doors have officially been opened for over two weeks and there are only 11 more weeks until they close.

Designer Homes of Fargo-Moorhead’s $500,000 home giveaway is underway and ready for tours. If you think you don’t stand a chance, think again. For the final qualifiers, the Giveaway of a Lifetime offers an impressive one in 1,00 chance of winning, so your odds of turning that key and hearing the winning doorbell are in your favor.

The home is open to tour Mondays–Thursdays from 3–7 p.m. and on Saturday and Sunday from 1–5 p.m. It’s located at 4200 54th Ave. S. in The Pines at the District development in South Fargo. The $500,000 house is a five bedroom, three baths with 1,832 square feet on the main floor and basement. The home features an open kitchen with quartz countertop, finished basement with a large family room, rec. area, wet bar and a spacious three stall garage.

When you come to tour, you’ll find a registration station downstairs where Design & Living employees can help you sign up to win. Each week, roughly 60 certificates are selected from on-site registrations via email, making it 800 total certificates randomly chosen from people who visited the house.

Those looking to register are allowed one entry per day until October 16. The more times you register, the better your chances are to receive a certificate.

Over the next couple of months, there will be 100 certificates given away via social media campaigns and events that will be announced through Designer Homes and Design & Living websites and social media pages for additional certificates until all 1,000 have been randomly chosen—so follow those pages of Facebook.

After all 1,000 certificates have been given, those qualifiers will be asked to show up with their certificate the day of the final drawing on October 30 at the Ramada Plaza Suites in Fargo. Of those with certificates, the drawing will then be narrowed down to 30 finalists who will be given a key to take their turn at the winning door. So much suspense!

If you’re a certificate holder, you will also be eligible to win dozens of other prizes at the event: pool table valued at $6,000, $4,000 worth of gift cards and more. The winners will be randomly picked from the house certificates awarded. Additional prizes will most likely be announced at a later date.

Good luck! And may the odds be ever in your favor.

Find an exclusive tour with President of Designer Homes Robert Leslie of the home in our up-and-coming August issue of Design & Living.

KEY POINTS:

• Designer Homes of Fargo-Moorhead will be giving away a $500,000 home.

• The public can tour the home from July 9 to October 16.

• The house is located at 4200 54th Ave. S. in the all-new district at The Pines development in South Fargo.

• 1,000 certificates will be given away for a chance to win the house. 800 certificates will be given to people visiting the house, 100 via social media channels and 100 more at live events across the community. Follow Designer Homes of Fargo-Moorhead on Facebook for more opportunities to win.

• The winner will be announced at a special giveaway event on October 30.

• Learn more at designerhomesfm.com/goal-full-details.


For more information:

Designer Homes
4342 15th Ave. S., Suite 105, Fargo
701-492-5057
info@designerhomesfm.com
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Meet The New Spotlight Media Team Members

Meet The New Spotlight Media Team Members

Spotlight Media is constantly growing and changing. As we’re sad to see a few team members leave, we’re also excited to announce this year’s new hires. Since they come from a wide range of backgrounds, each new member offers unique skills that help the Spotlight Media team become even stronger and more well-rounded. From photography to office management, meet our new team members.

Nicole Houseal | Office Manager

Nicole Houseal

Nicole Houseal graduated from UND with a bachelor’s degree in business and human resources. Before joining the Spotlight Media team, she worked as a coffee shop coordinator at Edgewood Village & Vista. In their free time, Nicole and her boyfriend spoil their adopted, eight-year-old ‘puppy’ Ty, sip locally-brewed beers and watch “Modern Family.”

Why did you want to be a part of Spotlight Media?
“Spotlight Media looked like a fun, upbeat company with an open position in which I wanted to see myself career-wise.”

What were you most excited about when you found out you were going to be joining the Spotlight Media team?
“Being a small company, I knew there was going to be a lot that I was going to learn and I was very excited for that.”

What’s your favorite part about your new position?
“Every day is different. I love learning new things every day, it makes work challenging but fun at the same time.”

What do you hope to learn from working at Spotlight Media?
“I hope to continue to learn new processes within the company and help out in any way I can to better the company.”

Laura Cramer | Photographer/Event Coordinator

Laura Cramer is a recent MSUM graduate with a degree in Public Relations. Throughout her time at MSUM, she was an active member of Gamma Phi Beta Sorority, a resident assistant and even participated in the Disney College Program at Walt Disney World for a semester. The busy, multi-talented student even found time to photograph weddings and senior portraits. Now that she’s started at Spotlight Media, Laura loves photographing the F-M area, seeing her photos printed in the magazines and organizing Spotlight Media events.

Laura Cramer

Why did you want to be a part of Spotlight Media?
“I wanted to be a part of Spotlight Media because I have followed the magazines for the past couple years and always thought it would be super cool to work here.”

What were you most excited about when you found out you were going to be joining the Spotlight Media team?
“I was most excited that I got to help plan the Burgers, Bourbon and Beer Festival.”

What’s your favorite part about your new position?
“My favorite part of this position is the event planning I get to do. It’s not the easiest job in the world, but I have so much fun doing it that it doesn’t even seem like work.”

What do you hope to learn from working at Spotlight Media?
“I hope to learn a lot about photography. I am just beginning, but I already feel like I have learned so much.”

Brittney Richter | Designer

Brittney Richter

Brittney Richter graduated from NDSU last August with a degree in public relations and advertising. Instead of finding a job in the United States, she hopped on a plane to Brazil and spent six months as a communications intern at Instituto Unidos pela Vida (United for Life Institute). But it wasn’t all work. Brittney loved traveling to the waterfalls in Foz do Iguaçu and hiking through the green Brazilian mountains. Now that she’s back in the States, Brittney was proudly welcomed into the Spotlight Media team as a new designer.

Why did you want to be a part of Spotlight Media?
“I wanted to be able to contribute something to my community through my work.”

What were you most excited about when you found out you were going to be joining the Spotlight Media team?
“A new adventure, meeting new friends and working for a company that I look up to.”

What’s your favorite part about your new position?
“Working as part of a team on our projects and seeing things I’ve created in print.”

What do you hope to learn/get from working at Spotlight Media?
“I want to become a better designer and learn about the ad industry, that’s always my goal. But I also hope I can feel more involved and connected with the Fargo community.”

Lauren Wilson | Editorial Intern

Lauren Wilson grew up in Fosston, Minn., and is currently a senior at Concordia majoring in English with a double focus on journalism and creative nonfiction. When she isn’t working in the office, Lauren is outside, as she loves to camp, hike and especially rock climb. Her new-found interest is traveling, which she discovered while studying abroad last school year in India and Ireland, exploring several other countries in between. Now that she’s back in the United States, she is incredibly excited to be a part of the Spotlight Media team.

Lauren Wilson

Why did you want to be a part of Spotlight Media?
“Since I’m an English writing major with a focus on journalism, I really wanted to experience what it would be like to be a part of an organization that works in print media. I’ve already had experience working with a newspaper, so a magazine publishing company was really appealing to me as a way to broaden my horizons.”

What were you most excited about when you found out you were going to be joining the Spotlight Media team?
“I was really excited to learn about the magazine industry, as well as for the opportunity to work with a media group that I was pretty familiar with because of its strong presence in the Fargo-Moorhead community.”

What’s your favorite part about your new position?
“I love the diversity of the experiences I’m getting. I’m not doing just one thing for one magazine, I get to do different things for the different publications and I think it’s a really valuable learning opportunity while also being interesting and fun.”

What do you hope to learn from working at Spotlight Media? ​
“I hope to learn as much as I can about the magazine business so I can get a better feel for what I want to do after graduating from college. I’m coming up to my senior year, so I need to start making some decisions about my future plans and I want to be able to decide if working with a magazine is something I would be interested in continuing post-graduation.”

Rylee Wznick | Sales Intern

Rylee Wznick is currently a senior at NDSU majoring in public relations and advertising. While in college, she’s the vice president of Circle K International, a volunteer organization that promotes service, leadership, and fellowship. Since she’s joined Spotlight Media, she still makes volunteering a top priority. She regularly volunteers with other Spotlight Media employees when she can. Just recently, Rylee helped serve meals at the Ronald McDonald House with other team members.

Rylee Wznik

Why did you want to be a part of Spotlight Media?
“I wanted to be a part of Spotlight Media because I love the magazines, and this whole business encapsulates the degree that I’m working towards. I thought it would be a great learning experience and so far it has been.”

What were you most excited about when you found out you were going to be joining the Spotlight Media team?
“I was excited to get to know everyone, first and foremost, but I was mostly excited to see what kind of projects I’d be tasked with and learning from the sales team.”

What’s your favorite part about your new position?
“My favorite part about this position is getting the opportunity to tag along on sales calls to meet potential clients. It’s also a perk to have such fun people to work with!”

What do you hope to learn from working at Spotlight Media? ​
“I hope to challenge myself a little and get out of my comfort zone. I’m hoping to learn more about the design and editorial aspect of Spotlight, along with ways to build on our brand and customer relations, as well.”

Spotlight Media Volunteers At The Ronald McDonald House

Spotlight Media Volunteers At The Ronald McDonald House

Trying to find time to volunteer can be hard, but the team at Spotlight Media makes it one of their top priorities. This month, a few team members got to represent Spotlight Media by volunteering to cook and serve dinner at the Ronald McDonald House Charities in Fargo. Sales Intern Rylee Wznick, Office Manager Nicole Housel, Account Representative Jenny Johnson and bonus team member Piper Hemingway (daughter of Business Operations Manager Heather Hemingway) took an evening off to serve dinner to families whose children are receiving medical care in the Fargo-Moorhead area.

“I thought it would be a fun one to get our team involved,” Johnson said. “(It’s) such an important organization that helps families when they are the most vulnerable.”

The RMHC of the Red River Valley provides home-like comfort, support and care for families in need. Johnson said that volunteers who serve dinner at the RMHC take the burden of figuring out meals off the families who may not have the means to go home and enjoy a home cooked meal.

“The funnest part was working together,”  she said. “I think everyone enjoyed meeting … the families and hearing how appreciative they were.”

The volunteers enjoyed meeting the families, serving dinner to those in need and giving back to the community. They can’t wait to come back soon!

Spotlight Media Relaxes At Team Retreat

Spotlight Media Relaxes At Team Retreat

Photos by Paul Flessland Photography

The team at Spotlight Media works hard, which means we have to play hard. That’s what we did last Thursday and Friday when we did our annual team retreat to the Coteau Des Prairie in Havana, N.D. If you haven’t been there, you need to go. The gorgeous lodge is extremely open and sleeps up to 40 people. While there, we worked as a team to finalize some new policies we’ve been working on, celebrate our successes, look to the future and did some good ol’ fashioned team bonding. While Spotlight has achieved much in the last five years, we’re just getting started.

Check out some of the photos from the retreat below.