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Richard Kasper to receive MSU Moorheads L.B. Hartz Professional Achievement Award

Richard Kasper to receive MSU Moorheads L.B. Hartz Professional Achievement Award

Richard Kasper, former Vice President and Chief Financial Officer at Minn-Dak Farmers Cooperative, has been selected to receive Minnesota State University Moorheads 36th annual L.B. Hartz Professional Achievement Award. An awards reception will be held Tuesday, Oct. 16 at the MSUM Center for Business.

The award is named in honor of the late L.B. Hartz, the founder of Hartz Wholesale Company headquartered in Thief River Falls. Its presented annually by MSUMs College of Business and Innovation to an individual who has created economic opportunities for others through innovation, entrepreneurship and community service.

Kasper joined Minn-Dak Farmers Cooperative as its Vice President and Chief Financial Officer in 2011, which included responsibilities as the Chief Operating Officer of Minn-Dak Yeast Company until the Yeast Company was sold in 2017.

Prior to joining Minn-Dak Farmers Cooperative, Kasper was the President and Chief Operating Officer, Global Electric Motorcars by Polaris. He also spent 11 years with the Jack Kent Cooke organization.

He is currently president of the MSUM Foundation Board and for many years served on the Board of MSUMs Paseka School of Business, including as chairman in 2014. He is also an active participant in MSUMs mentoring program. He served as an executive board member of the Chamber of Commerce of Fargo Moorhead, and as a coach for the NDSU Research and Technology Park Incubator.

Kasper received a bachelors degree in accounting from MSUM and was the universitys Business and Industry Distinguished Alumnus of the Year in 2002.

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