Deb is the Executive Director of Center for Technology & Business. She is an entrepreneurial and visionary leader with a special talent for networking. She is driven to employ innovative techniques to explore potential, obliterate boundaries, and push the outer edge of what can be accomplished. As a certified John Maxwell Trainer, Speaker and Coach; Deb can be described as a passionate entrepreneur who uses her skill sets to help other entrepreneurs grow in the marketplace.
“Deb’s proven background in providing leadership and locating the best development resources to empower entrepreneurs, women business owners, and communities to expand their reach makes her a great fit for this position.” States Kari Block, past CTB Chair.
Deidre is motivated and inspired when meeting new people. She enjoys conducting training on a variety of business related topics. Her years of experience in Human Resources, Compliance and Safety bring a unique perspective to CTB's team. A devotion to community development is a priority for her.
She’s an active volunteer with Make-A-Wish foundation, a Board member of the Dakota Zoo in Bismarck and a member of the Bismarck-Mandan Young Professionals. Deidre earned a B.A. in Business Administration and Masters in Business Administration, both from University of Mary, and is a graduate of the Bismarck-Mandan Chamber Leadership program.
In addition to Lindsey providing technical support to the entrepreneurs and staff she’s behind the creation of many quick prototype solutions in the software development space. Lindsey may gather requirements for an app that then can be put to bid or merge data that’s needed to drive a business forward. She understands the different layers of technical solutions and software development.
Joanna is our resident rock star with a strong background in finance, accounting, and customer service. She believes in the principles of hard work, honesty, loyalty, and dedication. Her interest in CTB has led her here to gain a sense of belonging, service, and leadership.
Joanna likes to paint and write in her spare time. She also enjoys participating in community events, such as fundraisers, with her friends and family.
Laurie is passionate about sharing tools for women to build their professional image, become indispensable, and be positively in demand. She provides marketing and business technical services to CTB clients and serves as the main contact for the North Dakota Young Professionals.
She has extensive experience in strategic marketing and graphic design with a knack for creating unique marketing strategies to grow small businesses and non-profits. She has a B.S. in Business Administration, B.A.A. in Graphic Design and a background in professional social media development.
Lexi Preszler is a big picture thinker that gets excited to dig in to the details of small businesses.
While earning her degree in Business Administration from Abilene Christian University, she dreamed of being an entrepreneur. Lexi focused her early career on marketing for entrepreneurial startups. She brings to the team a love of ‘crunching numbers’ from her years as a lender and manager in the banking industry. While working in the finance industry, Lexi developed strong leadership skills and experience budgeting and analyzing financial data. She is driven to help entrepreneurs succeed by providing support and education.