_DSC2554-2Tiffany Fettig, LaunchPad Coordinator

Random Fact About Me – I was Miss Bemidji 1988 and performed a lyrical jazz dance for my talent.

Favorite Quote – ‘Dance like no one is watching, Sing like no one is listening, and Live each day like it is your last …’

Favorite Places in Bemidji – Tutto Bene Restaurant and my dock overlooking quiet Swenson Lake

Three Words to Describe Me – Dependable, quiet, and grounded (ok, and at times demanding).

If I could have one Superpower it would be – Cloning (what mom wouldn’t want this power?)

When I am not at the LaunchPad you will find me– Running between kids’ activities, working out, or, if I am lucky, catching some precious downtime at the home front.

Experience – Graduate of Bemidji High School and Arizona State University with a BS is Finance. Worked as a Bank Examiner for the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis and 10 years with Norwest/Wells Fargo primarily in commercial and personal lending. The past 10 years I have contracted with Headwaters Regional Development Commission providing management of 14 local revolving loan funds assisting businesses with their financing needs. Married to Mr. Chris Fettig, infamous Choral Director at BHS and we have 3 children, who are growing up way too fast.


_DSC2558-1Dave Hengel, Greater Bemidji Executive Director

Random Fact About Me – My childhood nickname was Julio. I grew up in Lake Wobegon (well Stearns County—same thing). I was on the Apollo 13 mission to the moon. (Hint—one of these is a lie).

Favorite Quote – “I want to put a ding in the universe”—Steve Jobs

Favorite Places in Bemidji – Bemidji Brewing, Tutto Bene and anywhere around a bon fire.

Three Words to Describe Me – Impatient, Frenzied, Focused

If I could have one Superpower it would be – The ability to change the future (oh wait, I already have that!)

When I am not at the LaunchPad you will find me – Chasing kids around (seven in all), opening my wallet (see previous comment about seven kids) and traveling (I love Europe).

Experience – Graduated from Cathedral High School and St. Cloud State University in St. Cloud. Degrees in Economics and Public Administration. Graduate work in leadership (Notre Dame) and Management (BSU).

During college, my buddies and I stayed a week at a Bemidji area resort.  I said to them, “I am going to live in this place some day”. The day after I graduated, I accepted a job offer with the Headwaters Regional Development Commission right here in Bemidji.  After 25 years with the HRDC, I became the Executive Director of Greater Bemidji, where I am today.

I am married to a wonderful wife (Kelley) and have seven kids ranging from 18-31 in age. Whew.