Kilbourne Group Team
Founder and Chairman
Doug Burgum is founder and chairman of Kilbourne Group, a company committed to inspiring and supporting the redevelopment and revitalization of downtown Fargo, North Dakota, and is co-founder and chairman of Arthur Ventures, a Fargo-based venture capital group that focuses on early-stage software companies, with a concentration on healthcare. He is also Executive Chairman of Intelligent InSites, a leading provider of enterprise real-time location systems (RTLS) software, and a board member of Preventice, which delivers mobile health-care solutions. All four companies are located in downtown Fargo.
Doug’s first endeavor into downtown preservation occurred when his company, the Kilbourne Design Group, purchased the Northern School Supply building and rescued it from the wrecking ball in 2000. He then donated the historic building to North Dakota State University with the vision of creating a downtown campus for the university. The 100-year old structure, originally built as a farm implement warehouse and dealership, is now a modern, green facility – aptly named Renaissance Hall. It houses North Dakota State University’s visual arts department, major components of the architecture and landscape architecture department, and the Tri-College University office.
Kilbourne Group has helped save, revitalize or build the following exceptional properties: The Lofts on Roberts, 300 Broadway, The Loretta Building, Ball and Loudon (the former FRS building), 102 Broadway, St. Mark's Church, and the Pence Automobile Co. (now the Family HealthCare Center). In honor of Katherine Kilbourne Burgum, who grew up near downtown Fargo and was a lifetime supporter of the arts, the Burgum family also helped facilitate the renovation of the Plains Art Museum’s Katherine Kilbourne Burgum Center for Creativity downtown.
A graduate of NDSU who earned his MBA from the Stanford University Graduate School of Business, Doug worked at the Chicago office of McKinsey & Co. until 1983. He then returned to his native North Dakota and literally “bet the farm” for the seed capital for Great Plains Software, Inc., then a very small startup company in the fledgling PC software industry. He served Great Plains in executive roles including chief executive officer and chairman of the board of directors. Driven by a strong vision and powerful dream, he led Great Plains to a worldwide presence and to its successful initial public offering in 1997. Microsoft Corporation acquired the company in 2001 for $1.1 billion. From 2001 to 2007, Doug served as senior vice president at Microsoft Corporation.
Doug is chairman of the board and an investor of Atlassian, the leading provider of collaboration software for product teams. He serves on the board of Avalara, a leading cloud-based sales tax and compliance automation technology provider. He was a board member and investor of SuccessFactors, a cloud-based leader in business execution software, from October 2007 to February 2012. He served as chairman of SuccessFactor’s board from June 2010 to February 2012 when SAP acquired the company for $3.4 billion. Doug also serves on the board of Arthur Companies Inc., a diversified agribusinesses that is headquartered in his hometown of Arthur, N.D., and which was started by his grandfather 107 years ago.
Doug has received honorary doctorate degrees from NDSU and the University of Mary. In 2012, he joined the advisory board of the Jeffrey S. Raikes School of Computer Science and Management at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. The Raikes School is a specialized honors program that focuses on computer science and management.
In 2009, then-North Dakota Governor John Hoeven presented Doug with the state’s highest honor, the Theodore Roosevelt Rough Rider Award. Doug’s philanthropic efforts focus on youth, education, and the arts.
A native of Wahpeton, N.D., Michael has worked for Doug Burgum and Tallgrass Trail for more than 15 years. After founding his own landscape architecture company, Land Elements, in 2003, Mike became the first team member to join Burgum’s Kilbourne Group in 2006.
Kilbourne Group is committed to inspiring and supporting the redevelopment and revitalization of downtown Fargo, N.D. In his role as general manager, Mike manages and coordinates planning and design, construction, leasing and sales and operations of various Kilbourne Group projects. He also works to support Kilbourne Group’s vision of moving community initiatives forward to create a vibrant downtown core.
Mike is also the founder/owner of Land Elements, which focuses on conceptual design to create a unique sense of place. The Land Elements team offers full landscape-architecture services, including schematic design, construction documents and construction administration.
Mike is a member of the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) and the Council of Landscape Architectural Registration Boards (CLARB) as well as the NDSU Landscape Architecture Advisory committees. He also is a board member of Fargo’s Downtown Community Partnership and a hockey coach.
Mike is a member of the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) and the Council of Landscape Architectural Registration Boards (CLARB) as well as the NDSU Landscape Architecture Advisory committees.
He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Environmental Design and a Bachelor Landscape Architecture degree, both from North Dakota State University.He is licensed for landscape architecture in North Dakota, Minnesota and South Dakota.
Chief Administrative Officer
JoDee is Chief Administrative Officer at Kilbourne Group.
She has been working with Doug Burgum in a variety of evolving capacities since joining Great Plains Software in 1988.
JoDee spends her time on human resources, strategy, organizational development, corporate sponsorships and project management. She is directly involved in helping Doug set and manage his priorities. JoDee also serves in a leadership role with Doug and his family on their philanthropic initiatives.
"I'm grateful for the opportunity to learn every day in an environment where people are inspired to challenge the status quo," she says.
A native of Harwood, N.D., JoDee and her husband, Ted, live in Bismarck, N.D. with two very busy teenagers, Jake and Hannah.
Chief Financial Officer
Eric is Chief Financial Officer at Kilbourne Group.
Eric spends his time on the company’s growth strategy, competitive and market intelligence, general economic outlook, financing strategies, financial planning and analysis, forecasting and budget management.
A native of Rothschild, Wisconsin, Eric graduated from Concordia College with a degree in Business and Organizational Communications. Eric also holds a MBA from the University of St. Thomas (Opus College of Business).
After graduating from Concordia, Eric worked for 6 years at Coca-Cola. The following decade he held numerous financial planning and analysis roles at Target headquarters in Minneapolis. Eric has broad business experience in corporate finance, retail, sales, marketing, consumer goods and operations with 7+ years’ experience leading high-performing teams.
Eric and his wife, Julie, keep busy with their three children. He enjoys traveling, playing basketball, running and spending time with friends and family. Paying homage to his home state, Eric is a huge fan of Wisconsin sports teams— most notably the Green Bay Packers.
Kristie Skunberg serves as Executive Assistant for Kilbourne Group. She supports the professional and personal objectives of Doug Burgum.
Kristie attended the University of North Dakota and Missouri Valley College.
She graduated from the University of North Dakota with a bachelor’s degree in Recreation and Leisure Services (yes, Leisure) and has 15 years of customer service experience including Director of Promotions for the FM RedHawks, Store Manager at Party City and as an Administrative Assistant III for Bank of the West.
Kristie enjoys house projects, candy and volunteering for 4 Luv of Dog Rescue. She and her husband Todd live in Fargo and have 3 little dogs.
Mark Johnson is Project Manager at Kilbourne Group. This position involves coordinating various aspects of the company’s new-build and capital-improvement projects, such as budgets, schedules, design and construction.
A native of Wahpeton, N.D., Mark graduated from North Dakota State University with a degree in facilities management in 2000. While in college, he interned at Great Plains Software (now Microsoft), where he was assigned to the team responsible for the design, construction and relocation to two new buildings in Fargo.
Mark also was employed by Schultz & Associates, Ltd., where he worked on projects with clients such as Otter Tail County, Lake Region Electric Cooperative, Bobcat and Microsoft. One of his most memorable projects with Schultz involved building, purchasing and curating a 120-piece art collection from scratch for Microsoft. He also worked with Bobcat dealers around the world helping them incorporate branding solutions into their existing facilities.
Mark later was employed by CB Richard Ellis while that real-estate services firm helmed a three-year, $70-million expansion project of Microsoft’s Fargo campus.
Most recently, Mark was the Construction Project Coordinator at Family HealthCare in Fargo. He oversaw the community clinic’s move from its previous facilities while coordinating the renovation of its new location in the historic Pence Automobile Company building.
Mark and his wife, Carrie, keep busy with their three children, and enjoy around the house projects on weekends.
Rammie Olson is Business Manager for Kilbourne Group. She oversees projects and initiatives for the founder and chairman.
Rammie (pronounced ‘raymee’) grew up on a farm near Portland, ND and graduated with a Business Administration degree from Mayville State University. Her most recent role was Project Manager at Spectrum Aeromed where she was responsible for customer satisfaction, managing processes, and creating efficiencies.
She is an avid volleyball fan with over 12 years of coaching experience and is also the Assistant Director for a local non-profit volleyball program. She served as the head volleyball coach at Central Valley High School, where she earned region Coach of the Year recognition in 2007.
Presently, Rammie is participating in the United Way 35 Under 35 Women’s Leadership Program in Fargo, ND. Making a difference for others is important to her, so volunteering with local non-profits is one of her passions.
Rammie and husband, Andy, a golf course superintendent, live in Fargo with their daughter and enjoy spending time with family and friends - their specialty is hosting neighborhood campfires!
Holly Hassler is a Business Manager for Kilbourne Group. She oversees projects and initiatives for the General Manager with deliverables across the organization.
Holly grew up in Jamestown, ND and is a graduate of North Dakota State University. Prior to joining the Kilbourne team, Holly spent 19 years in a variety of roles at Great Plains and Microsoft. The focus for her last 9 years with Microsoft included account management for a portfolio of clients across North America.
Holly lives in Fargo and enjoys working on projects around the house, spending time with friends and family, watching football, listening to music, and spoiling her two Schnauzers, Henry and Orville.
Hannah is Administrative Assistant at Kilbourne Group.
A Frazee High School graduate, Hannah spent three years studying at University of North Dakota where she was on the track and field team as a high jumper. Her senior year she transferred to North Dakota State University where she graduated with a Bachelors of University Studies with an emphasis in English and Business Administration.
In her role at Kilbourne Group, Hannah provides support for the office of Doug Burgum. Hannah lives, works and plays downtown. She enjoys the proximity it offers and even challenges herself to use a car as little as possible. Her record thus far? 10 days.
Aside from work, Hannah enjoys an active lifestyle of skiing, wakeboarding, volleyball and chasing after her niece and nephew. She spends a lot of time with her large family with “many crazy traditions,” and is proud to be a part of the “Daggett Girl Crew” who are two time water fight champs at Frazee’s Annual Turkey Days.
Cam Knutson holds a fellowship position at Kilbourne Group. In that capacity, his main role is customer service support for prospective and current Kilbourne Group tenants. He also focuses on day-to-day operations, assists with events and future downtown development planning, and provides support to KG Founder Doug Burgum’s other roles and commitments.
The Bismarck, N.D., native graduated from North Dakota State University, where he was active in numerous student organizations. He served as Student Body President in 2011-’12, was a student senator in NDSU Student Government for two years and was an active member of Sigma Alpha Epsilon Fraternity. “I learned I functioned at my best levels during college when I kept busy and absolutely loved the balance of a rigorous course-load and extracurricular activities,” Cam says.
In the last 10 years, Cam also has spent summers working as a manager for his family’s business, Memory Fireworks, in Bismarck. He began working at Kilbourne Group as an intern in March 2013 before securing a full-time fellowship position.
Cam is proud to say he “lives, works and plays” in downtown Fargo. His hobbies and interests include reading, cooking, traveling and coaching goalies at Goalrobber Hockey Schools in the summer. In the future, he plans to get involved with his family’s property development company in western North Dakota and “to contribute to making our state a better place.”
Tracy Walvatne is Office Manager at Kilbourne Group.
Tracy grew up in north Fargo; in fact, her parents still live in her childhood home! She graduated from North Dakota State University in 1990 with a major in hotel/restaurant management and a minor in food and nutrition. “I loved college life and I loved NDSU,” she says today.
Tracy’s interest in the hospitality field was sparked partly by her early experiences working in the service industry – first as a server at Haugen’s ice-cream parlor in Fargo, later as a banquet waitress and front-desk clerk at different hotels in the area. Those experiences, Tracy says, taught her that “you could always find a job and you could live anywhere.”
Tracy started at the Fargo branch of Food Services of America as an intern and eventually worked her way up to the position of district manager. She also was a sales executive for the Coca-Cola Co., for seven years.
While employed by Coca-Cola, Tracy and her husband, Randy, bought the downtown Fargo bakery/café, previously known as Cynthia’s Custom Cakes, and re-opened it as Josie’s Corner Café and Bake Shop in 2003. Tracy continued at Coca-Cola for several years before quitting to work full-time at Josie’s from 2008 through 2013. While she still moonlights at Josie’s on weekends, Randy and the staff enjoy holding down the corner of 6th Avenue and Broadway during the week.
Tracy became Kilbourne Group’s office manager in May of 2013. “It’s exciting to be part of a vibrant, healthy downtown,” she says.
In her spare time, Tracy volunteers for her favorite organizations, teaches yoga and loves to read. She and Randy have two children, and a Golden Retriever named Rickie Lee.
Jenn Lambert is Staff Accountant at Kilbourne Group. This position involves assuming accounts payable/receivable responsibilities, with a special emphasis on forecasting and financial analysis.
The former Woodbury, Minn., resident graduated from the University of Minnesota's Carlson School of Business in spring 2012. She started at Kilbourne Group as an accounting and finance intern in May before joining the team in a full-time position in December, 2012.
Jenn lives in downtown Fargo. In her spare time, she likes reading (mainly books on business or feminist theory), sewing, quilting and gleaning creative ideas from the online pinboard Pinterest. She is also a born traveler; Jenn grew up in a military family, so was used to frequently pulling up roots and relocating somewhere else. Someday, Jenn says, she would like to visit India and Tibet.
Cassandra Maland is Marketing Coordinator at Kilbourne Group. She specializes in presentation design, social media marketing, special events management and the creation of marketing materials.
The Grand Forks, N.D., native graduated from Minnesota State University Moorhead with a mass communications degree (public relations emphasis). Cassandra studied abroad at Oxford University through MSUM's Eurospring program. While studying, she travelled most of western Europe and has made multiple trips to visit friends.
While in college, she worked as a barista at Atomic Coffee, and a server at the Silver Moon Supper Club and Hotel Donaldson. Cass also worked as a collections intern at the Plains Art Museum in downtown Fargo and at Hotel Donaldson as a quality-assurance coordinator, interim event coordinator and art curator.
Cassandra started at Kilbourne Group as a marketing intern in May 2013. After her internship ended, she stayed on as Marketing Associate until she was promoted to Marketing Coordinator in March of 2014.
Aside from Kilbourne Group, Cass serves on the Board of Directors for the American Advertising Federation of North Dakota. Cass and husband, Shane, a graphic designer, live in Fargo, where they keep busy with DIY home-improvement projects (Cass likes to joke that she owned more tools than her husband did when they first got married).
Market Research Analyst
Courtland Miller is Market Research Analyst at Kilbourne Group. His position entails researching and examining properties, laws, trends, background, news and data to back up Kilbourne Group’s values and decisions. He also has helped generate content and graphics for various presentations, done photography and – in his own words – “interjected a fair share of humor into the office.”
A native of Wahpeton, N.D., Courtland holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from North Dakota State University. At NDSU, he was involved in many campus activities, including Student Government, Interfraternity Council, Sigma Alpha Epsilon Fraternity, THON ND, Homecoming Court, and various honor societies.
Courtland joined the Kilbourne Group team in June 2013 as a research intern, was hired on as Research Associate, and was promoted to Market Research Analyst in March of 2014.
He lives in a historic home just south of downtown Fargo in the Hawthorne neighborhood. In his spare time, Courtland enjoys hanging out with family and friends, “especially if it’s at the lake, on the tennis court or traveling.” He likes to point out that he is the office’s sartorial expert, who happens to own a “small library of colored pants.”
Kilbourne Group was founded in 2006 by Doug Burgum with the mission of providing thought leadership on the revitalization, smart growth and redevelopment of Fargo, North Dakota’s downtown core. The Kilbourne Group team shares the vision of retaining and carrying forward the history of Fargo through the restoration of historic buildings and the creation of new buildings that honor the past and inspire the future.