The Bismarck-Mandan Development Association Board of Directors officially appointed Brian Ritter president of the organization Thursday.
Ritter had been serving as interim executive director since June, following the retire- ment of past president Russ Staiger. Staiger served as BMDA’s president for 33 years.
“Brian has proven he has what it takes to lead BMDA to the next level,” said BMDA board chair Craig Lambrecht in a release. “The board tasked him with four immediate goals when he was appointed to the interim position, and we gave him six months to complete them. He did it in three months.”
Those tasks assigned by the board included: improving communication with the organizations 50-member full board of directors, strengthening relations with the city and county commissions, improving relations with the Bismarck-Mandan Chamber of Commerce and completing the organization’s yearly Vision Fund application and business plan.
“Brian is most qualified to take over the reins of BMDA,” Lambrecht said in the release. “Brian’s energy and level of enthusiasm for the organization, its goals, and Bismarck-Mandan as a whole are unmatched.”
Ritter has been with the BMDA since 2004. As director of business development for the past five years, he has been responsible for attracting new businesses, retaining and expanding existing businesses and entrepreneurial development.