FARGO, N.D. - Forum Communications Co. has named its Forum Forward class for 2013, company officials announced Friday. This year’s class is comprised of eight individuals, salespeople, reporters, editors and multimedia producers from all over the company’s geographic footprint.
Forum Forward is an internal company leadership program created in 2009 to broaden the leadership skills of the dedicated employees across Forum Communications Co.and to build the company’s next generation of leaders.
This year’s class includes:
- Applicant: Jon Buller, Director of Finance, Duluth News Tribune
Mentor: Phil Frebault, Advertising Director, RiverTown Multimedia
- Applicant: Leah Kastner, Media Planning Supervisor, Digital
Mentor: Kirsten Stromsodt, Deputy Editor, The Forum
- Applicant: Gregory Locnikar, Customer Service Representative, FCP-Fargo
Mentor: Chris Dorsey, Director Digital & Major Accounts, Forum Communications Company
- Applicant: Lori Weber Menke, Multimedia Manager, Grand Forks Herald
Mentor: Rob Horken, General Manager, WDAZ-TV
- Applicant: Jeff Nelson, News Director, WDAY TV
Mentor: Mary Jo Hotzler, Director, Forum News Service
Applicant: Dave Roepke, News Editor, The Forum
Mentor: Jon Clites, Regional Sales Manager, WDAY
- Applicant: Kevin Smith, Director of Advertising, West Central Tribune
Mentor: Roger Sievers, Multimedia Producer, RiverTown Multimedia
- Applicant: John Svingen, Director of Advertising, The Bemidji Pioneer
Mentor: Carmen Wallander, Customer Service Manager, FCP-Fargo
Each year, FCC employees have the opportunity to apply for Forum Forward and company executives choose the finalists who undergo a year of site visits, leadership studies and mentoring. Each graduate is assigned a mentor from inside the company, someone who has demonstrated leadership and the ability to help build the skills of their employees. The class then spends a year traveling to various FCCsites and learning from respected leaders in all aspects of the company’s ventures.
Forum Communications Co. is a multimedia information company based in Fargo, N.D. Forum Communicationsowns dozens of newspapers, websites and television and radio stations in North Dakota, South Dakota, Minnesota and Wisconsin.