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Meet Geneva Nodland

Where are you from?

 I am from Dickinson, North Dakota.

Tell us a little bit about you.

 I am a recent graduate from Minnesota State University Moorhead, with a degree in multimedia journalism. I love writing, photography, swimming, and taking care of my plants. 

What is your favorite thing to do in your spare time?

 In my spare time I like to relax and recharge by working on a photography project or doing yoga.

Tell us about your experience.

 While in college, I worked for my school newspaper. I gained a lot of experience there, working my way up from freelance writer to Editor-in-Chief. Throughout this experience, I found that I love learning about new things and meeting new people.

What part of your job do you believe makes the most impact?

 I think the most impactful part of my job is how we share stories. People share parts of themselves and trust us to tell their stories, we should honor that trust and deliver the story the best we can.

Why does our community matter to you?

 A community gives people a sense of belonging and togetherness, and the Fargo-Moorhead community is no exception to that. In order to help create this community, it is important to share the stories of the individuals who make it up.

What are some of your goals at Spotlight?

Some of my goals are to write impactful stories, capture interesting photos, and meet some great people!

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Meet Robert Whiteside

Where are you from?

I grew up in Minnesota and Japan, then somehow made my way to Fargo.

Tell us a little bit about you.

I’m pretty chill, I like getting out hiking, climbing, riding motorcycles, but also love just sitting at home watching a good movie or documentary.

If there was a movie about your life, who would play you and why?

I’m pretty average, I think just about any actor could play a role as me pretty well, except Mark Ruffalo. Can’t stand that guy.

What’s a ridiculous fact about yourself?

Once broke my collar bone checking someone in hockey and continued to play most of the game, until I finally realized I couldn’t move my arm.

Tell us about your experience.

Bought my first camera in high school and only started picking more up.  Freelanced on sets a ton in Fargo and Minneapolis, learning as much as I could from those willing to share their knowledge.

What part of your job do you believe makes the most impact?

I think being able to help tell other people’s stories in a meaningful way is what will make the most impact over time.

What are some of your goals at Spotlight?

I really want to help build all aspects of video production at Spotlight, so we can make some great meaningful, and impactful work.
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Meet Zachary Willis

Meet Our Newest Sales Rep:

Where are you from?

I’m from Fargo, ND

Tell us a little bit about you.

I live with my fiance Julia and my French Bulldog Frankie – I just graduated with a marketing degree from NDSU where I played football as well.

If there was a movie about your life, who would play you and why?

I think Jack Black would play me because we have similar energies and senses of humor and I moderately resemble him!

What is your favorite thing to do in your spare time?

I love to golf and barbecue in my free time. 

What’s a ridiculous fact about yourself?

A ridiculous fact about myself is that I once ate 80 wings in one sitting at Buffalo Wild Wings.

What part of your position provides the most value?

The part of my position that provides the most value is my flexibility – I can help with a little bit of everything!

Tell us about your experience.

I’ve interned previously at Radio FM Media and Northwestern Mutual. I also started my own business last May! I’ve always enjoyed interacting with clients and developing solutions for the problems they encounter.

What part of your job do you believe makes the most impact?

I think the the most impactful part of my job will be being able to fit into any role in the company and add value no matter where that may be.

Why does our community matter to you?

The community matters so much to me because I was born and raised here – what I have and the way I am are all tied directly to the FM area. I love this area and I want to do my part in growing and bettering it.

What are some of your goals at Spotlight?

Some of my goals at Spotlight include finding and expanding my role, getting in front of community members and contributing to make Spotlight and the FM area better!
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Welcome Josiah Kopp

Meet Our Newest Photographer: Josiah Kopp

Where are you from?

I grew up in Beulah, ND. I loved to Fargo-Moorhead for college, and have been here ever since!

Tell us a little bit about you.

Im a 23-year old creative and outdoorsman. An addition to photography and design, I love exploring the outdoors with my camera, chasing night skies, colorful sunsets, and storm chasing. My favorite music to listen to while adventuring is Lord Huron. I grew up playing piano and guitar, and now I write and produce music. I REALLY love waffles. 

If there was a movie about your life, who would play you and why?

Although I grew up enjoying old westerns and other adventure shows like National Treasure, I think the character that best represents me is the Grinch: “6:30…. dinner with me… I can’t cancel that again!”

What is your favorite thing to do in your spare time?

Writing and producing music, going on photo adventures, and thinking about what I’ll eat next. 

What’s a ridiculous fact about yourself?

A car ran over my leg when I was a young kid. Aside from some scrapes and bruises, my bones were all left unscathed. My guardian angel must’ve been working overtime.

What part of your position provides the most value?

Being able to connect and contribute to the Fargo-Moorhead culture. Not just the stories, but the photos too. They say a picture is worth a thousand words, and I want the photos of Fargo-Moorhead to say all the right things.

Tell us about your experience.

I grew up homeschooled, which I believe allowed me the freedom to explore my creative interests. I designed for my first client at age 13. I first picked up the camera at age 16 as an outlet to cope with the stress of having Crohn’s Disease. I didn’t realize how much that (photography) would grow for me. In just a couple of years, I had accomplished some big things, like winning the North Dakota Governor Photo Contest, and runner-up Best of Decade. I went to Concordia College, and graduated with my BA in Graphic Design and a minor in Business. Despite COVID-19 throwing everyone’s lives upside down, I found Spotlight the fall after graduation, and I’ve been loving it here ever since!

What part of your job do you believe makes the most impact?

Yes, the text of the stories are what make our magazines exceptional. But I believe the photos are what grabs people’s attention first. I love being able to utilize and develop my love for photograph and capturing moments to share with the world. 

Why does our community matter to you?

Most businesses are focused on just themself and the client; a simple A to B relationship. However, Spotlight is so much more than that. We connect with so many different individuals with unique stories, and I love being a part of that.

What are some of your goals at Spotlight?

Contribute to the success of our new “Faces” magazine coming in 2021!
I also want to master my skills of working with studio lighting—light is everything in photography!

Lastly, I want to learn to be both a great team member, and an exceptional leader when opportunities are given.

Matt Becker Spotlight 2019

Welcome Matt Becker

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Where are you from?

I was born in Lynchburg, VA but have lived in Fargo for pretty much my whole life.

Tell us a little bit about you.

I love live music so I started a concert promotion company here in Fargo. We do mostly electronic concerts and some hip-hop. When I have free time, I try and go out to as many shows as I can or drive to Minneapolis to catch one there. I love to travel and see new places. 

What is your favorite thing to do in your spare time?

Go to concerts or music festivals.

What’s a ridiculous fact about yourself?

I don’t know if it’s ridiculous but I can play the piano.

What part of your position provides the most value?

Working with a solid team and doing something that leaves me feeling accomplished.

What are some of your goals at Spotlight?

Working with a solid team and doing something that leaves me feeling accomplished.

How do you hope to bring value to the businesses you work with?

I want to help our clients grow their business with the help of our services. When they succeed it helps our community to grow and thrive.  
 
New Hire

Welcome Brady Drake

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We Welcome Brady Drake!

Where are you from?

Fargo, ND

Tell us a little bit about you.

I graduated from Concordia College with a degree in Multimedia Journalism and a minor in business. When I wasn’t in class, I was busy being a tackling dummy for the football team. I have a passion for sharing information and am thrilled to be at Spotlight.

If there was a movie about your life, who would play you and why?

Danny Devito. Similar appearance.

What is your favorite thing to do in your spare time?

My favorite thing to do in my spare time is watching football. I love sports, playing hockey especially. I also love dogs, who doesn’t?