Meet our Startup Drinks captains for our April 26 event, powered by Heat Transfer Warehouse! These people are the hosts and hostesses with the most and mostesses. Personal favorite part is the “fun fact most people don’t know section” — you’ll be surprised what stories these folks can tell you.

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Startup DrinksSusan Gartin


Do you have any nicknames? Not really. Maybe SueG

Something people should ask me about: My passion for advocating for the deaf

What’s your favorite thing about Women’s Startup Weekend? It is hard to name one.  I love watching and being part of the building of relationships.  I love watching people develop personally and develop their ideas.  I love watching confidence build.  I love the energy.  And, it’s fun.

You’re a transplant to Fargo – how do you make it feel like home? I feel at home when I know people. Therefore, I try to meet as many people as I can.  When one moves to a new community, you have to be open to doing things differently and open trying new things.  The Startup community is welcoming, fun and full of fresh ideas.  I love it!!

If you could launch any business in Fargo, what would it be? Wow!  I am not sure.  Maybe a specialty food store that carried delicious cheap wine.   Actually, I would settle for a Trader Joe’s.

What’s a fun fact about you that most people don’t know?   My age


Startup DrinksChris Hawley

Organization: CHA (Chris Hawley Architects)

Something people should ask me about: Anything design related.

If you could design any kind of building for Fargo, what would it be? Anything that feels handmade or local.

How do you think a changing downtown is changing Fargo?

I think that a changing downtown has become the calling card for the whole community and the attitude of the region. To me, it says we care about how we live here and the kind of experiences that are available to the citizens and the visitors. I think the authenticity of the neighborhood is shared by all.

Thinking about Fargo’s vibrancy, what do you see as key factors in that? For me, it comes down to an attitude of what people want to see for themselves. If creative people, developers, bankers, entrepreneurs have a vested interest, you will see great things happen.

What’s a fun fact about you that most people don’t know? At the heart of me is a nomad that really wants to live in an Airstream with bikes strapped to the back.


12308452_989827541058731_3839028520607933732_nDr. K. Brewer Doran

Organization: Offutt School of Business, Concordia College

Do you have any nicknames? If so, share ’em with us: I go by my middle name, Brewer, which obviates the need for further nicknames!  But my family and close friends call me Brew

Something people should ask me about:  Why Fargo is a better start-up community than Boston!

How do you see higher education affecting the startup culture of Fargo-Moorhead?  The higher ed community needs to understand what a gift the startup culture of Fargo/Moorhead is for a business school.  In higher ed, we need to find ways to support our students’ interests in starting their own businesses – through curriculum, supporting internships and other experiential education, and finding ways to connect our students with the wealth of resources that are here in the community.

What’s your favorite event / tradition you’ve been part of at Concordia since arriving?  TEDxConcordia College

What’s something you value about the Fargo-Moorhead community as a transplant?  How energetic, entrepreneurial, intentional, diverse and FUN the business community is.

What’s a fun fact about you that most people don’t know?  I have a commercial pilot’s license.


12043095_10101431463503100_6177405749228503684_nAJ McAleer

Organization: Heat Transfer Warehouse
Do you have any nicknames? If so, share ’em with us: I live with a nickname, not may people know my real name.
Something people should ask me about: What it is like to see a company go from 3 employees to to 35
What’s your favorite thing about your day job?: Showing up to a great team that is up for the daily challenge of growth.
Tell us about Heat Transfer Warehouse’s culture & why you like it: The culture at HTW is great, we have core values that everyone is on board with that make us who we are and what we stand for. We have small inter office challenges along with out of the office team building events and volunteer events.
If you could make any item with HTW’s materials, what would you make? A one of a kind shirt that everyone would ask “where did you get that shirt?”
What’s a fun fact about you that most people don’t know? I blew out my knee cap and was airlifted out and a float plane from the boundary water wilderness area.
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