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Title: CEO, Border States Electric

Home: Fargo, N.D.

Family: Spouse, Craig Palmer

Age: 52

Education: Bachelor's degree in accounting (1982) and MBA (1996) from Minnesota State University, Moorhead

Career: Certified public accountant with regional accounting firm 1982-1990; joined Border States January 1991 as accounting manager, held other positions, including controller, vice president of finance, general manager of the southwest region in Phoenix, executive vice president and president. CEO since January 2006.

Hobbies: Running, reading, travel, volunteer work