Meet the Captains: Startup Drinks August 2016

It’s that time again! Join us as we welcome NDSU’s College of Business Dean, Scott Beaulier, to this community. We’ll have all the usual goodies: drinks, apps, music, fun times. Keep reading to get to know our Captains. Sign up here!

Ray Berry

Organization: OmniByte Technology

Do you have any nicknames? If so, share ’em with us: Just Ray. My mom calls me Raymond.

Something people should ask me about: Ask me about my passion. It’s not just business and technology.

If you could launch any business in Fargo, what would it be? Besides OmniByte or another software company, I would build Fargo’s only Super Target in south Fargo along 52nd Ave.

What is your favorite hidden gem in Fargo? Probably Sandy’s Donuts, The Great Wall or Grand Junction.  I like food. 

What’s a fun fact about you that most people don’t know? I group my M&Ms by color before I eat them and systematically eat the colors with the most numbers until they are all even numbers. Then randomly eat each single remaining color M&M. J If I am in a car, I just pop them in my mouth.

Corey Kratcha

Organization: c2renew and c2sensor

Do you have any nicknames? If so, share ’em with us: Messy Marvin

Something people should ask me about: My kids

If you could launch any business in Fargo, what would it be? A biocomposite company and a soil data company.

What is your favorite hidden gem in Fargo? It’s not hidden gem…the west tailgating parking lot at a Bison game.

What’s a fun fact about you that most people don’t know? I have really cool kids!

Erin Nyren-Erickson

Organization: Discovery Express Kids

Do you have any nicknames? If so, share ’em with us: Dr. Erin” and “Dr. E”

Something people should ask me about: What made me start my company?

If you could launch any business in Fargo, what would it be? A business to teach PreK-6 kids about STEM…because that’s what I did!

What is your favorite hidden gem in Fargo? They’re not really hidden…but I LOVE the local breweries, and I’m so excited for Fargo Brewing Company’s new restaurant opening just across the street from me!!!

What’s a fun fact about you that most people don’t know? I did a lot of acting in high school and college, and I acted in 3 Trollwood Performing Arts School Musicals!

Scott Beaulier

Organization: NDSU College of Business

Scott A. Beaulier, Ph.D. joined North Dakota State University (NDSU) as Dean for the College of Business in June 2016.

An economist by training, Dr. Beaulier has spent his career actively engaged in understanding and advocating for policies that foster dynamic, vibrant economies that best allow businesses and entrepreneurs to thrive. But, while policies are integral, Dr. Beaulier believes that people — innovative, creative, and dedicated business leaders — are the life blood of any economy. And, business schools have an enormous responsibility and role in preparing the next generation to change the world through business.

Marisa Jackels