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

Paulsen hires account coordinator

Sioux Falls, S.D. • Paulsen has added Emily Johnson to its Account Services team to play the role of account coordinator.

The South Dakota State University alumnus earned a bachelor’s degree in advertising and social media last spring and served as the school’s Advertising Club president during her senior year.

She brings client-side experience to her new position with the agency.

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Johnson was born in Texas and grew up outside of Dallas before moving to Mitchell, S.D., when she was nine years old. She said she is eager to revisit those agricultural roots through her work with Paulsen’s clients.

Outside of work, Johnson enjoys spending time outdoors with family and friends. She is excited to build connections and explore things to do as a new resident of Sioux Falls.

ICON Architectural Group hires interior designer

WEST FARGO, N.D. • Sarah Hoekstra has joined the team at ICON Architectural Group as an Interior Designer at the firm’s West Fargo office. Hoekstra brings over two years of experience in the field and is currently working towards her National Council for Interior Design Qualification license.

Originally from Bismarck, N.D., she graduated from North Dakota State University with a Bachelor of Science in interior design with minors in business administration and visual arts. Hoekstra has worked in the Midwest the last two years and completed her internship in Ireland.

Fergus Falls makes changes to management

FERGUS FALLS, Minn. • Engineering consulting firm Interstate Engineering, has promoted Mike Foertsch to the role of manager of its office in Fergus Falls, Minn.

He is a seasoned civil engineer and land surveyor with vast experience in western Minnesota and eastern North Dakota.

Engineer Ross Eberle will focus his talents on transportation engineering throughout western Minnesota. Eberle joined Interstate Engineering in 2018, continuing to build and strengthen the Fergus Falls team while serving as an engineer for various projects in the area.

Apex hires senior transportation engineer

BISMARCK, N.D. • Troy Ripplinger joins Apex Engineering Group as a Senior Transportation Engineer located in the Bismarck, N.D., office. He brings 22 years of experience providing project

management, planning and design on a variety of transportation projects. He is a registered professional engineer in North Dakota and Montana.

BCBSND hires new chief marketing officer

FARGO, N.D. • Kristi Huber, current president and CEO of United Way of Class-Clay, has been hired as senior vice president and chief marketing officer at Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Dakota. Huber will begin in her new role on June 1.

Prior to joining BCBSND, Huber served in various executive level roles, providing expertise in the areas of strategic leadership, relationship development, and many others, serving as a brand and community ambassador and spokesperson.

As CMO, Huber will be responsible for providing executive leadership and direction for the development and implementation of strategic marketing and sales plans for employer groups, brokers/consultants and government markets including brand marketing and communication.

In addition, this position directs the management and administration of the sales and account management function of Azurance Group (voluntary benefits and supplemental insurance).

Huber earned her bachelor’s degree in Business and English at Concordia College in Moorhead, Minn. She also earned her Master of Business Administration degree at the University of Mary in Bismarck, N.D.