Prairie Business names 2022’s Leaders & Legacies recipients

GRAND FORKS, N.D. • Prairie Business is pleased to announce its 2022’s Leaders & Legacies award recipients.

Leaders & Legacies is the magazine’s top honor, given to exceptional executives in the Dakotas and western Minnesota, past and present. The award recognizes executives "for the great things they have done in business, whether in recent years (Leaders) or over a lifetime (Legacies)," according to Prairie Business Publisher Korrie Wenzel.


Prairie Business received a number of nominations for 2022, but staff also nominated a few individuals. After reviewing the career highlights and accomplishments of a number of people, the magazine selected nine exemplary business leaders in the region for this year’s awards.

They are profiled in the July issue of Prairie Business and will be honored at a ceremony later this year, along with other award winners – those recognized in the magazine’s Top 25 Women in Business and 40 Under 40.


This year’s Leaders & Legacies recipients come from the industries of advertising and marketing, architecture and engineering, construction, financial services and health care.


Prairie Business congratulates each of the award winners. They include the following:


Todd Berning, owner and president

EPIC Companies, Fargo, N.D.


Steve Burian, president and CEO

Burian & Associates, Fargo and Grand Forks, N.D.


Dan Conrad, president and CEO

Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Dakota, Fargo, N.D.


Jodi Duncan, president

Flint Group, Fargo, N.D.


Jeff LeDoux, senior advisor, former president/CEO

Houston Engineering, Fargo, N.D


Ronald Mielke, principal, senior project manager and former CEO

TSP Inc, Sioux Falls, S.D.


Garth Rydland, president/CEO

Valley Senior Living, Grand Forks, N.D.


Todd Schaffer, president and CEO

Sanford Health, Bismarck, N.D.


Trent Sorbe, president and founder

Central Payments, Sioux Falls, S.D.