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Jon Kram-President

Jon is the President of the Fargo Force hockey organization and Scheels Arena.  Prior to the Force, Jon was a District Team Leader for Target Corporation, in Waukesha, WI. He was a part of the Target Corporation for 14 years. Jon has been with the Fargo Force since September 2010. His main responsibilities are to oversee the day to day operations of the team and the arena. 

Jon holds a Bachelor’s degree of Business Administration from Moorhead State University, Moorhead, MN, and an Associate of Arts degree from North Dakota State College of Science, Wahpeton, ND. He is originally from Langdon, ND. He and his wife, Peggy, and their two children live just outside of Fargo.  Jon and his family enjoy the outdoors and spending time at the lake.

Jon Kram

President - jonk@fargoforce.com

Whitney Baumgartner-Vice President of Business Operations

Whitney Baumgartner began with the Fargo Force prior to the inaugural season in August 2008 as an intern for two seasons and was hired on full time in 2010. Whitney was promoted from Marketing/PR Manager to Vice President of Business Operations in January of 2014. Her role is to assist the team president in running the day to day business operations for the organization. On game nights, she oversees the game day operations and staff. She also manages all media and community relations and handles the marketing and advertising for the team.

Whitney graduated from Concordia College in Moorhead, MN in May of 2009 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Marketing and Communications with an emphasis in Public Relations. She is originally from Moorhead, MN and has lived in the Fargo-Moorhead area all her life. In college, she traveled over to Europe for a Communications seminar and visited Italy, Greece, England, Ireland and Spain. Whitney grew up in a hockey family and quickly became a fan of the game. Besides the Fargo Force, her favorite hockey teams are the Vancouver Canucks and the University of North Dakota. In the off-season, she likes to spend time with family and friends and spoil her two nieces.

Whitney Baumgartner

Vice President of Business Operations - whitneyb@fargoforce.com

Phone: 701.356.7645

Brian Knudson-Graphic Communications Manager

Brian Knudson has been the Graphic Communications Manager since May of 2009. Brian takes care of all graphic design needs for the team, including but not limited to print, on-line media, digital billboards, social media, and also the in-game presentation. He works all home games as the graphics operator and producer. Brian manages the team's social media accounts which include Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat, and YouTube. He is also the manager of the team's official website fargoforce.com. 

Brian was born and raised in Grand Forks, ND. He moved to the Fargo-Moorhead area in the fall of 2006. Brian graduated from Minnesota State University Moorhead with a Bachelor of Science degree in Graphic Communications with emphasis in Multimedia in May of 2009. He has been involved with hockey since he was a kid and is an avid sports fan. When free time is available he spends time with family and friends. He loves to play golf, hockey, softball, and volleyball. Brian’s favorite sports teams are the Minnesota Vikings, Minnesota Twins, New Jersey Devils, University of North Dakota Fighting Sioux hockey, and of course the Fargo Force.

Brian Knudson

Graphic Communications Manager - briank@fargoforce.com

Phone: 701.356.7654

Braden Goldade-Director of Ticketing

Braden Goldade began with the Fargo Force in May 2017 as the Director of Ticketing. Braden handles season and group ticket packages as well as any other ticketing options that are offered. He also oversees the part-time ticketing employees and interns. On game nights, Braden can be found at the season ticket holder table mostly. Prior to the Force, Braden worked with the Aberdeen Wings of the NAHL as the Game Day Coordinator on a volunteer basis.

Braden graduated from Northern State University in Aberdeen, SD in May of 2017 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Sport Marketing & Administration as well as a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Management with an emphasis in Leadership. Braden went to Northern on a baseball scholarship and played 4 years for Varsity baseball. He is originally from Medicine Hat, Alberta, Canada. Braden has been around hockey his entire life and played competitive hockey up until beginning University. Braden’s favorite sports teams besides the Fargo Force are the Vancouver Canucks and the Boston Red Sox. In his spare time he enjoys golfing, spending time with his fiancé, Amanda as well as family and friends. 

Braden Goldade

Director of Ticketing - bradeng@fargoforce.com

Phone: 701-356-4350

Dorian Nelson-Billet Coordinator

Dorian has been with the Force since the beginning as the administrative assistant to the coaching staff. During the team’s second season she added billet coordinator to her title. Dorian works closely with the coaches, players, billets and parents to make sure everyone stays informed on what the team is doing. Being a hockey mom for over 20 years, she has a true passion for the players to achieve success both on and off the ice. Dorian and her late husband Randy have 3 children, Nicole, Brandon, and Gabby. 

Dorian’s favorite things include sharing time with family and friends and of course, nothing beats family game night!

Dorian Nelson

Billet Coordinator - dorian@brandtholdings.com

Phone: 701.237.6000

Mitch Highman - Mjoy Photography

Team Photographer