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

Ackerman-Estvold hires civil engineer

MINOT, N.D. • Austin Becker, PE, has re-joined the Ackerman-Estvold Minot office as a full-time civil engineer.

Becker earned a Bachelor of Science degree from North Dakota State University in Fargo, N.D. He previously worked for a regional consulting firm and recently returned to Minot to re-join the firm where he formerly served as a full-time civil engineer for several years.

Becker will be working in the transportation group providing design expertise on traffic and transportation projects throughout North Dakota.

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Interstate Engineering employee earns North Dakota Professional Engineer license

JAMESTOWN, N.D. • Interstate Engineering says that Teaguean Knudsen, PE, completed the requirements for his North Dakota Professional Engineering license, earning him the PE designation by the North Dakota State Board of Registration for Professional Engineers and Land Surveyors.

Knudsen has experience in structural and municipal engineering, from design through construction. He is also a certified commercial building inspector. He has worked on projects including water system installation, sewer projects, site design, transportation, and public involvement.

He earned his bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from Montana Technological University.

Senior transportation manager joins Stantec

FARGO, N.D. • Wade Frank has joined the global design firm Stantec as senior transportation manager in Fargo, N.D.

Frank, PE, is a project manager and bridge engineer with more than 20 years of experience. He manages projects from the preliminary design and environmental documentation phase through construction.

Throughout his career, Frank has shown a sustained trajectory of innovation, leadership, and technical expertise. He has been involved in the planning and design of more than 150 structures in six states – from small county structures to interchanges and major river crossings.

Frank holds a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from North Dakota State University. He is a registered Professional Engineer in North Dakota, South Dakota, Minnesota, Montana, Wyoming, Colorado, and Florida.

First International Bank & Trust welcomes new commercial Lender

BISMARCK, N.D. • First International Bank & Trust recently has welcomed Chad Johnson to its commercial lending team.

Johnson is a leader in community banking and an active as a Bismarck Mandan-area community member. He comes to FIBT with 20 years of experience.

His local, responsible, and forward-thinking approach to banking aligns with First International Bank & Trust.

Monument Health names new vie president of human resources

RAPID CITY, S.D. • Trina Allen has been promoted to vice president of human resources for Monument Health, western South Dakota’s largest employer.

Allen will lead a division that meets the human resource needs of approximately 5,000 physicians and caregivers at five hospitals and more than 30 clinics and specialty centers across the region.

Allen has worked as a human resource professional in Rapid City for more than 20 years, and started with the Monument Health organization in April 2015. Over the past five years she has successfully grown in her responsibilities becoming a manager, director and now vice president.

She holds a Master of Science in Higher Education from Iowa State University and a Bachelor of Arts in Public Relations and Communications from the University of Northern Iowa. Allen is a Senior Certified Professional by the Society for Human Resource Management and certified as a Senior Professional in Human Resources by the Human Resource Certification Institute.

She currently serves on the Workforce Diversity Network Board, Western Dakota Tech’s Skilled Workforce Advocacy Council and will soon join Elevate Rapid City’s Leadership Task Force.

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