Case Studies October 2021

Mike Smith – Shooting Star Casino

Est. reading time: 4 mins

Located in Mahnomen County, White Earth Reservation is a rare and beautiful place. One of the biggest cattle-raising areas in northwestern Minnesota, it’s also famous for its annual harvest of wild rice, and it’s the only county in the state that’s entirely within tribal lands. There are few economic hubs in the region, though, save […]

Tripp Vint – Virginia Credit Union

Est. reading time: 5 mins

It will be a new, maybe unfamiliar, banking experience for many Virginia Credit Union patrons. When they walk into a lobby, they’ll be welcomed at a kiosk by a greeter who can handle all their transactions using a tablet. But that’s the modernized service VACU wants to provide in its latest and largest branch, currently […]

Damion Fennoy – Live! Casino & Hotel

Est. reading time: 4 mins

Swing the doors open at Live! Casino and Hotel, and get ready for some serious sensory overload: multicolored lights flashing, music pumping from every direction, the animated whoops of casino-goers—all bathed in the glow of a 100-foot media wall live-streaming televised sporting events. The 200,000-square-foot casino space practically screams excitement—and that’s exactly the way that […]

Dan Mitchell – Navy Pier Inc.

Est. reading time: 4 mins

They built it and people came. But more importantly to Dan Mitchell, when they reopened Chicago’s Navy Pier in March, people came back. Pre-COVID-19,  Navy Pier drew more than 9 million visitors annually—people coming to shops, restaurants and attractions Mitchell helped develop in a career that’s brought him back to the pier repeatedly over the […]

Roberta Wright – Patrick & Henry Community College

Est. reading time: 4 mins

As a slew of general contractors will attest, there’s a definite shortage of young people entering the trades, but those who do are well-positioned for career growth. At least in some locales, the message seems well taken, including at Patrick & Henry Community College where there’s been a waiting list of students seeking training in […]

Ash Mahmoud – Cairo Development Ltd.

Est. reading time: 5 mins

It’s a western Canadian province subject to booms and busts, Alberta teeming underfoot with fossil fuels whose demand can fluctuate. The demand having decreased through COVID-19 effect on the energy industry, there’s been a lot of Albertans in need of housing and unable to afford a mortgage. “There’s such an undersupply of proper multifamily rental […]

Jeff Dill – Party City Holdings Inc.

Est. reading time: 4 mins

It enables balloons to fly and cools superconducting magnets in MRI units. And though it’s not advisable to inhale it, it also makes your voice sound funny if you do. That may be what your average reader knows about helium, but it wasn’t enough for Jeff Dill, vice president of facilities and energy management for Party City Holdings Inc. Because while it may not be a party without balloons, helium is part of a serious business. “What I […]

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