Jerry Haas is no stranger to the Bismarck-Mandan Young Professionals Network. This St. John, ND native is often referred to as the “Godfather” of the Network, having been one of the network’s founding members. Today, Jerry is a Senior Land Agent for North American Coal Corporation, a role he’s held for two years.
Why do you feel it is important to be part of the YPN?
The YPN provides so many awesome opportunities for its members, whether it is with service projects, professional development opportunities, business networking, planning events, serving in leadership roles and much more! I have been very fortunate to have worked with so many outstanding people and made many lasting friendships in the YPN that I never would have had the chance to if it wasn’t for being active in this great organization!
Role in the YPN:
I am a member of the Ambassador and Entrepreneurship Teams, Past Chairman of Epic Impact and also serve as an advisor where needed. I have also had the privilege of serving as YP President, Service team co-lead, Ambassador team co-lead, Entrepreneurship team co-lead and Chairman of the 2010 & 2013 Great Plains Young Professionals Summit.
Are you involved in other organizations in the community?
I’m very involved in the Bismarck Optimist Club where I serve as a member of the Board of Directors. I also serve as the co-chair of our Optimist Easter Egg Hunt and as co-chair of our annual Optimist bowling tournament. I recently completed my term on the Board of Directors for the United Way and remain active as a member of a couple committees. I’m very passionate about giving back to the community and making a positive difference in the lives of others.
What professional advice do you have for other young professionals?
Set goals, work hard and follow your dreams. Shoot for the stars, but keep your feet on the ground. Seek out leadership opportunities. Be sure to get out and network and get involved in the community as well!
How do you spend your free time?
I enjoy spending time with my family and friends, going to rock concerts, biking, running, fishing and traveling. I also enjoy going back home when I can to work on our farm in the beautiful Turtle Mountains.
What is your favorite quote?
“Some people look at things the way they are and ask, ‘Why?’ I dream of things that never were and say, ‘Why not?’” – Robert Kennedy
I have attended nearly 60 rock concerts, including AC/DC six times!
“Jerry is a priceless asset to the YP Network and the E-Team,” says Amy Brown, Entrepreneur Team Co-Lead. She continues “Over the years he has accumulated a wealth of YP knowledge and history. He gives selflessly of his time, attends many events and is helpful to all the teams. He graciously provides insight and serves as a business partner liaison to Capital Credit Union, BSC, NISC and Eide Bailly. Jerry is my “go-to” person if I have any questions regarding YP. He encourages me as a co-lead and is quick to give praise about successful events.”
“The YP wouldn’t be what it is today without Jerry!” – Amy Brown, Entrepreneur Team Co-Lead
We couldn’t agree more with Amy’s comments. Thank you, Jerry, for your undeniable devotion to the network!