CEO, Dean Anagnost, Recognized with Leaders and Legacies Award

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CEO, Dean Anagnost, Recognized with Leaders and Legacies Award

This week Prairie Business Magazine recognized CEO, Dean Anagnost, among the region’s most successful executives. The recognition spans North Dakota, South Dakota, and western Minnesota. Those recognized, are known for influential leadership throughout their career. 

Dean joined KLJ in 1991 as an electrical engineer focusing on developing our telecommunications department. Over the years he has served as a project manager, senior engineer, and various leadership roles. In 2006 Dean joined our senior leadership team as KLJ’s chief financial officer. He served in this role until become the Company’s interim chief executive officer (CEO) in 2016 and officially accepting the role as CEO in 2017.

Focusing on our mission to improve the lives of people and communities across the nation, Dean works to drive strategy that emphasizes the company’s values – integrity, community, and trust. Through KLJ, he is a supporter of many local non-profits within the community including the Sanford Health Foundation Great American Bike Race (GABR), a fundraiser to help support children with cerebral palsy and other childhood-onset conditions that affect development. He is also an advocate for the local Make-a-Wish foundation and dedicates time to the Missouri Slope Areawide United Way backpack program.

Dean is a Fellow of the Senior Executive Institute of the American Council of Engineering Companies/Advanced Management Institute; a member of the North Dakota Workforce Safety and Insurance (WSI) Assist Board Chair for the Board of Directors, serving as chair of Audit subcommittees; a member of the CHI St. Alexius Foundation Resource Cabinet; a member of the North Dakota State University College of Engineering Advisory and Advancement Board; a member of the National Association of Corporate Directors, a non-profit that elevates board performance providing board members with practical insights through world-class education, leading-edge research, and an ever-growing network of directors. and serves on the Executive Board for the University of North Dakota’s College of Engineering and Mines, helping improve the quality of academic, research, and outreach programs.