The Bismarck-Mandan Young Professionals Network (YPN) honored eight of its members and three distinguished business partners with awards Monday, May 5, at the Annual Cinco de Mayo Anniversary Celebration & Annual Meeting.
Five of our outstanding members were recognized for their commitment, passion and immense dedication to the YPN. Molly Sullivan was awarded the 2014 Crystal Reid Excellence Award for serving the network and community. TJ Jerke received the 2014 Great Plains Award for leadership and innovation in the network, and Karali Oradei was honored with the 2014 Pioneer Award for going above and beyond the call of duty. Mallory Westby is the 2014 Sakakawea Award-winner for giving selflessly of her time, and Chelsea Gleich received the 2014 Theodore Roosevelt Award for persistence and dedication in the network.
The YPN held a Recruit & Activate campaign from October through May in an effort to boost and reward membership and involvement in the network. Three members were awarded prizes for participation in the campaign. Karali Oradei received the Top Recruiter award for recruiting the most new members in that time period. Amanda Brossart and Amy Nelson won prizes for attending team meetings and events during that time period.
“I am proud to be a part of this organization with so many outstanding young professionals,” president Joe Fink said, “and I look forward to the exciting things that lie ahead for the YPN.”
Although our members are a huge part of the network, our business partners also play an immeasurable role. The YPN is supported through membership dues and partnerships with the business community. A few of these valued business partners were also honored at the celebration. Basin Electric Power Cooperative, KLJ and Sanford Health were named the 2014 Distinguished Business Partners of the Year.