Business People

April recipients of the Minot Area Chamber of Commerce Eagle Award program are: Dr. Jessica Wells, Professional Hearing Services; Tara Hanneman, The Computer Store; Jessica Ibay, RadioShack; Betty Hill, Jo-Ann Fabric & Craft Store; Diane Ligbandt, CVS Pharmacy; Stetson Sannes, Delta Airlines; Doug Nuckolls, Home Depot; and Kent Reisenauer, Home Depot.

The Eagle program is sponsored by the Chamber to recognize workers in Minot who exhibit superior customer service.

Jackie Best, former operations manager for Western Agency, an independent farm and commercial insurance agency headquartered in Minot, has been promoted to vice president of farm operations. Coiya Tompkins has joined the team as the agency’s vice president of operations and marketing.

Best joined Western Agency in 2009 as a customer service representative. In her new position, she will direct account management and customer service for farm operations as well as assist in the development of new farm accounts. Best began her career in health care as a radiologic technologist at Trinity Medical Center in Minot. A native of Towner, she earned her degree from Minot State University in 1997.

Tompkins, a Minot native, returns to the Magic City after spending the past 16 years developing marketing, public relations and business development plans for a variety of industries including banking, health care and a Fortune 500 mining and metals company. In her last appointment, she served as Sun Health’s vice president of corporate communications and public relations in Surprise, Ariz. She earned her bachelor of science degree from North Dakota State University in Fargo in 1996 and her master’s of business administration from the University of Phoenix in 2003.

Caleb Bulow has become a managing partner at Prairie Engineering P.C. He has been employed as a mechanical engineer at the firm since 2006 and is currently the department head for the Minot office mechanical division.

Gabriel Mejia, newly appointed director of sales for HYATT house Minot, has won the Governor’s Award for Front Line Tourism.

The Governor’s Awards for Travel and Tourism were given at the annual Travel Industry Conference in Fargo. The Front Line Tourism award recognizes excellence in customer service.

Paul Beck of Lowe’s Garden Center in Minot received an Award of Merit for his entry in the Residential Back Yard Division at the North Dakota Nursery and Greenhouse Association Landscape Awards Program. The contest is open to landscapers all across the state.