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

KLJ promotes team member to recruitment manager

BISMARCK, N.D. • KLJ Engineering has promoted Travis Wilson to the position of recruitment manager.

Travis Wilson
Travis WilsonCourtesy of KLJ

Wilson stepped into the interim recruitment manager role in March and now takes on the role officially. As KLJ’s recruitment manager he will lead the company’s recruitment efforts and ensure recruitment practices align with the strategic growth of the organization.

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Wilson, who has worked in the company’s Human Resources department since April 2019, earned his bachelor’s degree in business administration and human resources management from the University of Mary. He is a Society of Human Resources Management Certified Professional (SHRM-CP) and has a wealth of experience in talent recruitment, human resources, and business administration.

Red River Regional Council adds to new faces to its team

GRAFTON, N.D. • The Red River Regional Council staff has recently added two new staff to its team, Jacob Schmuck and Jake Wiensch.

Both staff have been initially tasked with completing more than 100 one-on-one business interviews in the region to learn more about the COVID-19 impacts, challenges, and opportunities as well as ideas for the future as part of a regional recovery/resiliency planning initiative.

Jacob Schmuck
Jacob SchmuckCourtesy of Red River Regional Council

Jacob Schmuck is a Grafton native and is excited to grow the regional community he calls home. He received a Bachelor of Business and Public Administration degree in Marketing from the University of North Dakota. He previously served as a search engine manager for Digi-Key’s European accounts.

Schmuck and his wife, Joelle, have two young boys and he loves spending family time with outdoors. He also enjoys movies, so it would be inadvisable to challenge him to cinematic trivia.

Jake Wiensch earned his Bachelor’s degree in Economics with a minor in Geographic Information Systems (GIS) from the University of Wisconsin – Stout.

Jake Wiensch
Jake WienschCourtesy of Red River Regional Council

He has previous economic/community development experience from working at Chippewa County Economic Development Corporation in Chippewa Falls, Wis. Here he analyzed and worked to improve the standard of living and business conditions in his geographic area.

Originally from Cadott, Wis., where he grew up on a small hobby farm, Wiensch loves the outdoors and adventure, including traveling, hiking, and biking.