Taking care of business.

The members of the Traill County EDC Board of Directors are appointed by the Traill County Commission and represent various areas throughout the county.

Ben Hershey, Chair, Buxton Representative

Ben Hershey is the Associate VP of Weather Services Operations for Iteris, Inc. located in Grand Forks. He has served on the TCEDC board since 2015. Ben is from the Minneapolis area and moved to Grand Forks in 2000 to pursue a degree in atmospheric sciences from the University of North Dakota. He completed his undergraduate work in 2004 and continued on to receive his Master’s in atmospheric sciences from UND in 2007. Ben currently resides in Buxton with his wife and children and is an active member within the community. He currently is president of Buxton Improvement Group (BIG), assistant fire chief for the Buxton Fire Department and serves as a community member on the CTE Advisory Committee at Central Valley School. You can contact him at ben.hershey81@gmail.com.

Paul Geray, Vice Chair, Director-at-Large

Paul Geray is the owner of Paul’s Hometown Repair in Hillsboro and has been a TCEDC board member since 2016. Paul is a Traill County native, having graduated from Hillsboro High School. In addition to his work with TCEDC, Paul also is an active member of the Hillsboro Business Association and is past president of both the Hillsboro Economic Development Corporation and St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church in Hillsboro. Paul and his wife, Sheila, make their home in Hillsboro. In his spare time, Paul is heavily involved with draft horse pulls in the area, including organizing the draft horse and pony pull at the annual Hillsboro Days celebration.

Scott Hovde, Treasurer, Portland Representative

Scott Hovde is a Loan Officer with The Goose River Bank in Mayville and also farms west of Portland. He was appointed to TCEDC in 2011. A Traill County native, Scott was raised on a rural Portland farm, graduating from MayPort-CG High School. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in ag systems management and a Master’s in agribusiness and applied economics, both from NDSU. He previously was employed as a banker in Grafton, N.D., before returning to live in Portland. Scott enjoys sporting events and outdoor activities and is a member of Ebenezer Lutheran Brethren Church. Scott and his wife, Meghan, live in Portland.

Roxanne Phipps, Director, Hatton Representative

Roxanne Phipps is the representative for the City of Hatton on the TCEDC board, and she joined TCEDC in 2012. Roxanne grew up in New Town, N.D. and earned her Bachelor’s degree in business administration from Minot (N.D.) State University. She is married with two children and lives in Hatton, working as Business Manager at Hatton Eielson Public School. She previously traveled with her husband while he served in the U.S. Air Force and experienced living in Portsmouth, N.H., Azores Island, Portugal, Mountain Home, Idaho and the Grand Forks (N.D.) AFB. During times of relocation, she worked at various entities. Roxanne serves on the St. John. Lutheran Church Mission Endowment committee. Her hobbies include golfing, scrapbooking and spending time with her family.You can contact her at Roxanne.Phipps@k12.nd.us.

Gary Nysveen, Director, Hillsboro Representative

Gary Nysveen represents the City of Hillsboro on the TCEDC Board of Directors. He grew up on his family farm in rural Cummings, N.D., where he and his wife, Judy, currently reside. In 2005, Gary and Judy opened Hillsboro Cooling Heating Refrigeration, which later became Envirotech. Gary received a certificate in heating and cooling Service and HVAC layout and design from North Dakota State College of Science in Wahpeton. He has more than 35 years of experience in HVAC. He is a certificate member and past president of both the Refrigeration Service Engineers Society (Red River Chapter – Fargo) and the Upper Midwest Regional Association of Refrigeration Service Engineers Society. He is a former president of the Hillsboro Business Association and a member of the Hillsboro Economic Development Corporation. He also is a deacon at Norway Lutheran Church and a longtime supporter of the North Dakota Special Olympics. He is a graduate of Hillsboro Public School, where he was involved in sports, FFA and 4-H. He enjoys golfing, fishing and watching high school and North Dakota college sports. He and Judy have three daughters and three grandchildren. They raise assorted animals, including cattle, on their farm. Reach Gary at (701) 430-2112 or hchr@rrv.net.

David Johnson, Director, Mayville Representative

David Johnson is an insurance agent and business owner in Mayville. He graduated from Mayville State University, where his wife Lindsey is head volleyball coach, and is an avid spectator at Mayville State Comets sporting events. David and Lindsey have two sons, Bricker (8) and Bentley (6). In his free time, David also enjoys golfing and coaching his kids’ sports teams.

Rick Halvorson, Director, Galesburg Representative

Rick Halvorson is a farmer and rural mail carrier for the areas of Clifford and Galesburg. He serves as mayor of Galesburg and is in his first term on the TCEDC board. Having lived in Galesburg since he was a boy, Rick has a great understanding of Traill County and its residents and businesses. He is a graduate of Clifford-Galesburg High School and has a degree in social studies from Valley City (N.D.) State University. Rick and his wife, Mary, have been married for more than 35 years. They have three children – Justin, Ashley and Jenna. Contact Rick at 701.488.2748 or halvorsn@polarcomm.com.

Greg Krieger, Director, Townships Representative

Greg Krieger was appointed as a director to TCEDC by the Traill County Commission in the spring of 2016. As a 29-year resident of Traill County, Greg represents the Traill County townships looks forward to seeing more emphasis placed on promoting tourism in Traill County. He is an Independent crop consultant with an agronomy and horticulture degree and minors in botany and chemistry from North Dakota State University. Following his time at NDSU, Greg served as a Peace Corps volunteer in the Philippines for two years. He currently serves as clerk for Galesburg Township and president of Traill County Township Officers Association, and is a Galesburg Area Foundation board member. He formerly served as a member and president of Traill County Crop Improvement Association, parish council member for Our Lady of Peace Church, member of the group that started the Mayville water park and member and past president of the Union Hospital Foundation board. Greg is a native of Stanley, N.D. and has made his home in rural Galesburg with his wife, Allison, and their three daughters. Contact Greg at Krieger@polarcomm.com.

Les Amb, Director, Traill County Commission Representative

Les Amb of Portland is a Traill County Commission representative on the TCEDC board. He has been on the TCEDC board since 2018 and currently is chair of the Traill County Commission, where he represents District 5.

Tom Eblen, Director, Traill County Commission Representative

Tom Eblen, a Hillsboro resident, currently is vice chair of the Traill County Commission and represents the commission on the TCEDC board. He represents District 1 on the county commission and just started his recent term with TCEDC this year. You can contact him at tom.eblen@co.traill.nd.us.

Jami Hovet, Director, Mayville State University Representative

Jami Hovet was appointed to represent Mayville State University on the TCEDC Board of Directors in October 2017. She was born and raised in Traill County, and is a graduate of both Central Valley High School and Mayville State University, where she earned her degree in business administration with a specialization in accounting and a concentration in management. After working as an accounting manager for Amazon.com in Grand Forks N.D. for five years and serving as Buxton City Auditor from 2000 to 2005, Jami moved to Arizona with her husband. She worked for Arizona State University for 9½ years, including positions as Accounting Manager for Financial Services and Assistant Director of Business Services for the College of Nursing & Health Innovation and the College of Health Solutions. She then worked for Mesa (Ariz.) Public Schools as both Director of Financial Services and Chief Financial Officer, directing a host of financial and business activities including budget development, facilities maintenance, construction, payroll, accounts receivable and payable, purchasing and food services. While in Arizona she also received her MBA from Benedictine University in Mesa. In June 2017, Jami returned to North Dakota and started work at Mayville State University as the Vice President for Business Affairs. She oversees the bookstore, business office, dining services, human resources, facilities and physical plant. She lives with her husband, two dogs and three cats on a farmstead near Cummings. You can contact her at Jami.Hovet@MayvilleState.edu.