Keynote Speaker: Leadership Lessons Learned
Vern Dosch served the Rural Electric and Telecommunication Industry for 45 years and as the president and CEO of National Information Solutions Cooperative (NISC) from 2002 through 2019. NISC is an information technology company that develops and supports accounting, billing and engineering software for more than 850 electric cooperatives, telephone companies and municipalities in all 50 states, American Samoa, Palau and Canada.
Under the leadership of Vern, NISC’s employee base has grown from 80 employees to more than 1,300 between its six facilities in Mandan, North Dakota; Lake Saint Louis, Missouri; Shawano, Wisconsin; Cedar Rapids, Iowa; Blacksburg, Virginia and Austin, Texas, and at virtual office sites around the country.
Employee recruitment and retention have long been some of Vern’s passions. Under Vern’s guidance and servant-style leadership, NISC has had the long-standing recognition by Computerworld Magazine as being one of the nation’s top places to work in the IT industry. NISC has also repeatedly been recognized by Prairie Business Magazine, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch and the Bismarck-Mandan Young Professional’s Network as a Best Place to Work.
Vern also works with the University of Mary Leadership Development program, mentoring students and young professionals. He has served as a board member for the Bismarck State College Foundation, the University of Mary Board of Regents and the North Dakota University Roundtable, Starion Bank, CHI St. Alexius Medical Center and the God’s Child Foundation. Vern is active in his local parish and is a member of the Cooperative Business Council.
In 2007, Vern received the North Dakota Chamber of Commerce Community Leadership Award–one of the Chamber’s highest honors in recognition of the economic and community advancement that he brings to the community of Bismarck-Mandan. Vern is also a recipient of theAssociate Member Outstanding Achievement award from NTCA –The Rural Broadband Association, the University of Mary Alumni Recognition Award, Bismarck State College Alumnus of the Year for 2019, awarded the North Dakota Association of Rural Electric Cooperatives Helping-Hand Award and an Honorary Doctorate from the University of Mary.