Chairman of the Board


Mr. Furness has served as Chairman of the Board since 2011.  Mr. Furness currently serves as the Chairman of the Executive Committee and as a member of the Nomination and Governance Committee.

Mr. Furness’s expertise and experience in governance, management, the computer industry, municipalities, banking, business and real estate benefits the Trust and Board of Trustees.

Current Experience

  • Member – City of Fargo Renaissance Zone Authority
  • Trustee – Ann Carlson Center
  • Trustee – Theodore Roosevelt Medora Foundation


  • Bachelor of Science in Mathematics from Jamestown College
  • Master of Science in Mathematics from Montana State University

Previous Experience

  • Trustee – Fargo-Moorhead Area Foundation (2009-2015)
  • Vice President for Business Relations and Development – Bell Bank (2009-2012)
  • Vice Chairman – Sterling Multifamily Trust Board of Trustees (2008-2011)
  • Interim CEO – North Dakota Workforce Safety & Insurance Agency (2008-2009)
  • Director and Audit Committee Member – Bell Bank (1988-2011)
  • Mayor – City of Fargo, North Dakota (1994-2006)
  • Staff of the Greater North Dakota Association (1992-1994)
  • Fargo City Commissioner (1992-1994)
  • Several Management positions with International Business Machines (IBM) (1963-1993)