Prairie People: New hires and promotions for the week ending Aug. 5, 2022

Individuals profiled this week include those from Flint Group and Minnesota State University Moorhead.

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As they become available, Prairie Business highlights new hires, promotions and employee achievements from companies in the Dakotas and western Minnesota. This week's spotlight includes the following:

Flint Group promotes team member

FARGO, N.D. • Chelsey Stoa has been promoted to social media and public relations strategist for Flint Group.

Chelsey Stoa
Chelsey Stoa
Image: Courtesy of Flint Group

Stoa has more than 10 years of communications experience, which has helped her deliver engaging content for organizations. She prides herself in defining her excellence in brand awareness, message development, media relations and content creation.

Stoa provides both the detailed and big-picture thinking for clients. A problem solver, she never stops looking for new ideas and inspiration for ways brands can tell their story in a differentiating voice. Her contributions have played a vital role in her clients’ growth.


Stoa earned a bachelor's degree in communications from North Dakota State University. Recently, she acted as a social media and public relations specialist at both Sun Country Airlines and the NCAA Final Four men’s basketball tournament in Minneapolis.

MSUM welcomes dean of the College of Business, Analytics & Communication 

MOORHEAD, Minn. • Dr. Peter Sherman has joined Minnesota State University Moorhead as the dean of the College of Business, Analytics & Communication.

Peter Sherman
Peter Sherman
Image: Courtesy of Minnesota State University Moorhead

In this role he will provide collaborative leadership and direction for the College’s academic programs while building strong partnerships with employers and community organizations.

Sherman will oversee a college with nearly 1,300 declared majors in six academic departments. Business administration is one of the college’s largest majors.

Before joining MSUM, Sherman was dean of the Western Colorado University School of Business, where he helped create and served as the founding director of the first-of-its-kind Outdoor Industry MBA. The program has 50-plus students and generates more than $1 million a year.

In addition, he was a key fundraiser at Western, increasing funds at the foundation from $3.6 million to over $8 million. Besides the MBA program, he helped develop minors/emphases in finance, innovation, creativity & entrepreneurship, professional sales, business law, energy management, and business analytics.

Sherman earned his Ph.D. in strategic management from the University of Nebraska, an MBA from Creighton University, and a B.A. in economics from the University of Kansas. He has served twice as the interim dean of the Schroeder Family School of Business at the University of Evansville and for three years as the school’s associate dean. Before joining academia, Sherman worked in the investment field.


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