As they become available, Prairie Business highlights the region's new hires and promotions. This week's new-hire spotlight includes the following:

Houston Engineering welcomes several new team members

GRAND FORKS, N.D. • Pat Porter has joined Houston Engineering Inc.‘s corporate team as an accounting specialist and will serve all locations from Fargo, N.D.

Porter will support HEI’s accounting team by preparing invoices and reports, processing payroll, and monitoring project costs and payments as well as completing special projects to support staff, clients and vendors.

Originally from Breckenridge, Minn., Porter earned an associate degree in accounting from North Dakota State College of Science and will be earning a bachelor’s degree in accounting in December from the American Military University in Charles Town, W.V. He has managed million-dollar military budgets and coordinated more than 50 major construction projects, making him a great addition to HEI’s team.

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Houston Engineering also has welcomed David Johnson as a client development manager.

Johnson brings more than 29 years of experience in the architecture and engineering industry, developing strategies for market share growth in dynamic business environments for national and global firms. As a former public employee with both the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources and the Board of Water and Soil Resources, he will help both HEI’s clients and staff coordinate with regulatory agencies more efficiently than ever before.

A Minnesota native, Johnson earned his master’s degree in environmental biology from the University of Minnesota and his bachelor’s degree in biology and chemistry from Gustavus Adolphus College. His passion for customer service will be valuable to both HEI’s clients and their employees as he leads processes and strategies across HEI’s firm.

Phillip Miller also joins Houston Engineering’s Fargo team as a CAD Technician I. He will assist project managers with preparing raw drawings and construction plans for project design plans and surveys.

A Fargo native, Miller earned his bachelor’s degree in industrial design from Iowa State University. He previously worked as a drafter, detailer, and estimator at Wrigley Mechanical.

Essentia Health welcomes new health care provider

FARGO, N.D. • Dr. Natalie Kollman has joined the Essentia Health team and is now seeing patients in dermatology at the South University Clinic in Fargo.

Dr. Kollman earned her medical degree from the University of North Dakota School of Medicine and Health Sciences in Grand Forks, N.D. Her residency in dermatology was completed at MetroHealth System in Cleveland, Ohio.

Raised in Fargo, Kollman is looking forward to helping improve access for excellent dermatologic care in her hometown.

Visit to learn more about dermatology and click on “Doctors & Providers” to see Dr. Kollman’s full profile.

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