What is the greatest lesson your parents ever taught you?

Ashley Alderson • Executive Director, Bowman County Economic Development Corporation“Being ranchers, my parents always stressed the importance of working hard and doing business with integrity.  It think the farmer/rancher mindset of being fair and doing business on a handshake is what our state was founded on and is the way we still operate today.  I’ll never forget them saying ‘Opportunity is often missed because it’s dressed in overalls and disguised as work,’ – Thomas Edison.”
Ashley Alderson • Executive Director, Bowman County Economic Development Corporation

Cory Fong • Tax Commissioner, North Dakota Office of State Tax Commissioner“The greatest lesson my parents passed on to me was shown in the way they treated others.  They were always patient, kind and understanding, never heavy-handed, in the way they interacted with others.  Wealth and social status meant little to my parents and, as a result, they treated everyone with the same respect and regard.”
Cory Fong • Tax Commissioner, North Dakota Office of State Tax Commissioner

Denise Magness • COO, Warner and Company Insurance“Other than your home, anything worth having is worth saving for. It’s amazing how often you realize that something you ‘just had to have’ you don’t really want any more when you have the cash and know how good it feels to own what you have.”
Denise Magness • COO, Warner and Company Insurance

Jennifer Feist • Director of Development, Valley City, Barnes County Development Corporation“My parents taught me to work hard, admit your mistakes and correct them.  [To] protect your credibility and integrity, it’s who you are. You can work a lifetime to build these qualities and tear them down in five minutes.”
Jennifer Feist • Director of Development, Valley City, Barnes County Development Corporation

Roger Reierson • Chairman and CEO, Flint Communications“ ‘Be nice!’  Sounds simple, but then most of the top attributes to live by are. I have witnessed it in my father for all of his life, in business and with friends and family. And, our corporate values reflect this.”
Roger Reierson • Chairman and CEO, Flint Communications

Melanie Stillwell • President/CEO, Western Cooperative Credit Union“Work hard – at anything you do.  Be honest.  Save for a rainy day.  Family and friends are so important.  Take responsibility for your actions.  Treat people with respect.  You can do anything you set your mind to.  Life is not always fair – keep going anyway.  Be thankful.  Have strong faith.”
Melanie Stillwell • President/CEO, Western Cooperative Credit Union

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