Rachel Richter Lordemann is the president of the Williston Area Chamber of Commerce, a position she has held since April of this year. Lordemann had previously been serving as the chamber’s Member Relations and Communications Manager since May 2017.
Lordemann is a Williston native, graduate of the University of North Dakota and has been involved with the community in a number of ways, including work with the Parks and Recreation District and the Miss North Dakota Scholarship Organization.
The Williston Herald spoke to Lordemann about her new position.
What are you most proud of accomplishing in your position?
The Chamber’s Leadership Williston Program recently won the Community Partnership Award from Williston Economic Development. Throughout my time working for the Chamber I have always been so proud to be a part of Leadership Williston – first as a participant, then as a Program Director, and now as the Chamber President! Leadership Williston has helped shape so many of our community’s leaders and kick-started so many community enhancement projects that still add value to Williston today. We were so honored to be presented with that award, and to share it with the hundreds of alumni and volunteers who have been a part of Leadership Williston over it’s 23-year history!
What is your biggest goal moving forward?
My job as Chamber President is to ensure that we are providing the best advocacy, programs and services to help our Member Business & Organizations succeed! We know that when our business community is strong, our entire community is strong! A big goal is to engage all of our area’s industries by making sure we have programs and benefits that provide a return on investment to businesses from Ag to Oil to Retail to Finance to Real Estate to Professional Services and everything in between!
What is one thing you wish people understood about the City of Williston?
Williston is an incredibly exciting place for Young Professionals! There is opportunity here for Millennials that is unmatched anywhere in the country. The creativity, innovation, and forward thinking that exists in this community where our median age is 31 and many of our community leaders are Millennials is palpable. It gives me so much confidence that our community will remain strong long into the future. I would encourage any young person, especially those just graduating college and looking for a place to start their career, to come to Williston! Not only are there are great number of job opportunities, but the professional and personal development that comes from working in Williston’s fast paced, high energy workforce will prepare you to succeed in any career path you choose.
What does your typical day look like?
In the Chamber world there is no typical day! But most days include planning for whatever upcoming event we have next, interacting with members to assist them in utilizing their benefits, and meeting with our outstanding groups of volunteers who serve on our Board of Directors and Committees and being active in the Williston Community by attending community events and engaging with community partners. I also get to spend each day with a fantastic staff who help to make sure that each event is perfect, and each member is happy!
Tell us three things about you personally.
I was born and raised in Williston and grew up participating in Youth Education on Stage and Entertainment Inc!
I attended the University of North Dakota and have an intense amount of school spirit and UND Pride! In fact, my husband and I actually got engaged at the Ralph Engelstad Arena!
In my spare time, I love to read, play the piano, go on walks, and listen to podcasts!