Jon Godfread, Class of '11, Honored as Top 40 Under 40 Business Professionals
40 Under 40: Rising to the Top
The northern Plains is known for its skilled, hard-working people, and this year's selection of the top 40 business professionals under the age of 40 exemplifies the high level of talent that exists in our region.
Honorees this year include small business owners, investors, scientists, economic developers, technology experts and other professionals who have risen to the top of their respective fields at young ages, whether in careers they have worked in for years or new ventures.
We noticed a common theme throughout the nomination review process this year and that is the large extent to which nominators value the strong leadership qualities and positive attitudes reflected by those who have achieved success. Many of the honorees serve in mentorship roles for others in their profession and/or community and continue to inspire others to work toward their professional and personal goals. We are humbled by their dedication and proud to present this year's honorees.
Jon Godfread is the Vice President for Government Affairs with the Greater North Dakota Chamber in Bismarck, ND. In the two years since joining the chamber, Jon has taken on weighty topics including leading a successful grassroots effort to defeat a ballet measure to move property tax decisions from local to state control, and helping to form the North Dakota Outdoor Heritage Fund. During the 2013 legislative session, his efforts helped lead to the largest tax cuts in the state's history.
A native North Dakotan, Jon attended the University of Northern Iowa and served as team captain for the NCAA Tournament team. He played professional basketball in Germany before returning to the U.S. to earn a law degree and master's degree from the University of North Dakota. He was a manager at Alerus Financial and served in several state legislative roles before joining the GNDC in 2011.