Articles by Sam Boeck
Although he originally studied education in college, Aaron Chisholm found his love for geography and ended up getting his degrees in both—in fact, he’s even licensed to teach secondary education in the state of Pennsylvania—quite the departure from the work he did after graduation as a GIS coordinator in the oil fields of North Dakota. Now at ISG, the Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Manager enjoys teaching others about the latest and greatest GIS technologies, and going on “field trips” to ensure team alignment and gather updated data for clients. In today’s class, Mr. Chisholm will tell us more about both his unique work history, his literary and television fame, and the future of GIS.
Steve Watson’s passions are diverse—you’ll often find him motorcycling, curling, or even taking in a European soccer match—but perhaps his greatest passion is growing the Midwest. Formerly the Director of Business Development for the South Dakota Governor’s Office of Economic Development (GOED), Steve brings years of experience and relationships to his role as Development Strategist at ISG. Now Steve puts that experience to work for the entire region by pairing his development mindset with ISG’s solutions, helping public and private partners across the entire Midwest position themselves for growth.
Although he’s a Jimmy Buffet fan, that doesn’t mean ISG Project Manager Kent Hays spends his working hours in Mankatoville looking for his lost shaker and salt—however, you might find him at the courthouse looking through 100-year-old historical records, or looking to pass the puck up the ice while playing with his hockey team. Outside of work and his hockey league, you can find Kent coaching at Mankato West, golfing, or reading. To learn more about Kent’s 14+ year career at ISG, his even longer career in hockey, or the challenges that come with working with surveying information from the mid-1800s, read on!
Whether designing interiors that increase employee retention, selecting furniture and accessories that optimize branding, or just planning her next move in a competitive board game with friends, ISG Senior Interior Designer Andrea Kucera, IIDA, leans on her Strengthsfinder 2.0 strengths of Empathy and Strategic. Let’s learn more about Andrea, her experience at ISG, and how interior design can kill or instill culture, values, and brand.
Although she loves to travel (especially to the Caribbean) ISG Administrative Assistant Meredith Luksetich will always call Des Moines home. In fact, when she’s not supporting teammates at ISG or building connections with the Young Professionals Connection (YPC), (or bartending at Tonic Bar or the Iowa Events Center) she’s strengthening her roots by renovating her house with a little help from her dad and fellow ISG employee owners. Let’s learn more about Meredith and ISG’s 2018 Des Moines Young Professionals Organization of the Year award, and hear some expert travel tips.
Ever since planning her mother’s baby shower for her little brother at the age of 10, Jordan Laursen has been hooked on managing events. Now as the Events Manager at ISG, Jordan is not only tasked with planning internal conferences and celebrations, but also a wide variety of external events, ensuring ISG stays involved in the community, industry, and world-at-large. Let’s learn more about Jordan!
Growing up in a small town in southwest Minnesota, ISG Architect Jeremy Wiesen loved the contrast he saw when traveling to larger areas and the idea of being able to positively shape the environment that people interact with every day. Now, with more than 11 years of work in the Mankato area, Jeremy has had the opportunity to do just that. In recognition of his efforts, Jeremy was recently nominated for the Mankato Free Press’ 2019 Best of Mankato: Architect award. Voting began on April 7, and runs through May 6. Let’s learn more about Jeremy!
Having earned a Bachelor’s in Biological Systems Engineering from Iowa State University, Graduate Engineer Bailey Griffin brings a specialized skillset to the civil department at ISG, helping provide partners and clients with innovative water quality solutions on a wide variety of projects. Bailey carries her passion for the water outside of the office as well, and on summer days can be found boating, kayaking, paddle boarding, or fishing at her family cabin on Lake Jefferson.