2014 NDYP Best Place Awards Announced

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North Dakota Young Professionals Announces 2014 Best Place to Intern

The future of North Dakota communities, and the state as a whole, is dependent on the attraction, retention and engagement of the up and coming work force. Young professionals are looking to make their mark in an environment where they are valued and they can set a path toward their future careers.

For these reasons, the North Dakota Young Professionals Network (NDYP) recognizes businesses in the state that are going above and beyond to provide exceptional internship opportunities that educate and nurture the professional development of individuals along with providing critical workforce experience.

NDYP is proud to recognize Marco, Inc. of Grand Forks as the 2014 NDYP Best Place to Intern award recipient.

“The NDYP Best Place to Intern award honors businesses that make a serious commitment to investing in young professionals through valuable internship opportunities,” says Laurie Morse-Dell, NDYP Coordinator. “Marco, Inc. is a superb example of the type of quality internship experience that prepares young workers for professional success and we are proud to recognize their dedication to young professionals.”

Senior Marco team members are not only committed to the young professionals in their office, but they pay it forward by speaking to students at UND about how to build essential skills for a successful career. It was during one of these presentations, by CEO Jeff Gau and VP of Sales Jonathan Warrey, that Marco caught the attention of Nick Vitale. “I found their presentation to be very infor­mative and helpful, and their passion and support of their employees put Marco on my radar, because I knew that was something I wanted to be a part of. I researched the company and applied for their Operations Intern position,” explains Vitale. Vitale believes his experience and knowledge gained through interning at Marco will give him an advantage over his peers after graduation. Not only was he privileged to work closely alongside a variety of mentors at the company, but he gained first-hand experience on real and relevant projects. He also notes that “One of the most valuable takeaways from my internship was learning how to build relationships with current and prospective clients and co-workers.” Plus, Vitale says, “Marco employees know how to have fun at work!” It’s that best of both worlds experience – fun and hard work – that is proving to be the most desired company culture for young professionals.

Runners up for the 2014 NDYP Best Place to Intern include Sundog and International Marketing Systems, both of Fargo. These companies stood out among nominations because their interns are fully integrated into the team culture and professional responsibilities of the organizations. Interns are valued for their input and gain relevant experience, two things that make internships a win-win for both the mentor and mentee.


North Dakota Young Professionals Recognize North Dakota Department of Commerce
as 2014 Best Place to Work

Bismarck, N.D. – Through the Best Place to Work awards, North Dakota Young Professionals Network (NDYP) recognizes businesses that provide high quality jobs and a work environment enticing to and in support of young professionals in order to support ongoing economic, workforce and community development initiatives across the state.

NDYP has chosen North Dakota Department of Commerce as the 2014 Best Place to Work.

“We are very proud to present the North Dakota Department of Commerce with the Best Place to Work award for 2014. As a runner up for the award in 2013, it is clear that they have continued to be dedicated to a creative and fulfilling workplace for young professionals,” explains Laurie Morse-Dell, NDYP Coordinator.

One thing that sets Commerce apart from their competition is their concerted effort to make sure their organizational culture is fully embraced by each and every employee on a daily basis. They created the Commerce Culture Book to introduce new employees to the work hard, play hard mentality as well as to emphasize their core values of Focused, Accountable, Innovative, Teamwork, and High Trust.

“We don’t use excuses about “working for the government” that stop us from striving to be the best. We’re innovative in our problem solving, we’re diligent in how we spend our resources, and we’ve found ways to provide a fun working environment for all employees,“ states Brianna Ludwig, Marketing Specialist and Culture Club Chairperson for the North Dakota Department of Commerce

Commerce is unique in their commitment to question the status quo and push limits, but perhaps even more unusual is the opportunity they provide employees to create their own dream job. “They recognize the importance of loving what you do for a living and how that produces a loyal, life-long employee,” explains Ludwig. “Commerce wants employees to love what they do and if they don’t, they’ll attempt to adjust your job duties so you can do what you love.“

From coffee with the Commissioner, costume contests, elaborately themed pot lucks and competitive fitness logs to transparency, teamwork and a unique goals system – Commerce offers the complete package to fit the role of Best Place to Work for young professionals.

Started by NDYP in 2008, the Best Place to Work Awards coincide with the Best Place to Intern Awards. The awards are a reflection of the creativity and innovation that businesses offer young professionals. To be considered for the award applicants submitted a detailed questionnaire about the company benefits, advancement opportunities, and why their business is an outstanding place for young professionals to work. A statewide committee of NDYP members judged the nominees and determined the winner, as well as ten runners up in the Best Place to Work category.

Runners up as Top Places to Work include the following employers: Barr Engineering, Bismarck; Bartlett & West, Bismarck; Bismarck State College, Bismarck; Capital Credit Union, Bismarck; Choice Financial, Fargo; HDR, Inc., Bismarck; KLJ, Bismarck; Marco, Inc., Grand Forks; RealTruck, Inc., Jamestown; and Sundog, Fargo.

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