FARGO, N.D. – The Forum of Fargo-Moorhead and other company employees today were encouraged to get out of their seats, go on a little travel adventure and meet their upstairs neighbors. Lured from their desks from throughout The Forum and WDAY buildings, employees were treated to designer cupcakes, popcorn and punch as they toured the newly remodeled Fifth Floor of Forum Communications Co. headquarters.
Forum Communications President Bill Marcil Sr. and Executive Vice President, Chief Operating Officer and Forum Publisher Bill Marcil Jr. kicked off the celebration by using an over-sized scissors to cut through a symbolic banner that stretched across the main hallway of the Fifth Floor.
The floor’s open house was planned by a small committee of department heads Chris Welle, Bonnie Cook, Eric Harris and Jim Manney; developer Mike Berreth; and Forum General Manager Aaron Becher. The celebration recognized the months of work that were put in to remodeling and updating the floor so that it could
become home to several departments, including the digital development group, IT, Creative Services and the Video Unit.
But the planners of the party didn’t want this to be just any ol’ routine open house. They created for those attending an interactive game in which you received a “passport” and for each time you swung by one of the departments and learned what they did, you received a “stamp” on your passport. After filling up your “passport” with four stickers to show that you had completed your mission, you could then hand them in for the opportunity to win prizes.
The Forum’s renovated Fifth Floor is now home to the digital developers group supervised by Welle, FCC IT personnel supervised by Mark Hayes, the Creative team headed up by Cook and The Forum’s new video unit overseen by Manney.
Other renovations in The Forum’s downtown headquarters continue, and soon all of the advertising personnel will be located together in fresh digs on the Fourth Floor, in addition to there being a new boardroom located on the First Floor.
Forum Communications is a multimedia information company based in Fargo, and owns dozens of newspapers, websites and television and radio stations, and commercial printing plants in North Dakota, South Dakota, Minnesota and Wisconsin.