Moorhead, Minn. (August 1, 2017) – The Fargo Moorhead West Fargo Chamber has named Bernie Dardis the recipient of the 2017 Legacy Leader Award. This prestigious award recognizes and emphasizes the important role and contributions of long-time local leaders in both shaping and serving The Chamber, metropolitan community and region.
Dardis has been integral to the work of The Chamber, advocating on behalf of business interests in Bismarck, working for the entire Fargo Moorhead West Fargo region, and serving a key role in the merger between the West Fargo Chamber and Fargo Moorhead Chamber in 2010. Dardis has served on the Chamber Board of Directors since 2010, and as chair in 2013-14.
Dardis grew up in Killdeer, N.D., and moved to Fargo to attend NDSU, earning a Bachelor of Arts in sociology, with minors in psychology and criminal justice. During his college years, he was involved in football, student government, Blue Key Honor Society and fraternity leadership.
His first jobs were as a grave digger and working on a family ranch and feedlot. But he’s always had an interest in business, politics and people, and went on to become CEO of Indigo Signworks, a company in which he still serves as consultant. In fact, his proudest professional accomplishment is growing the company to six locations and the acquisition of five companies.
Dardis has held numerous positions on area boards, committees and clubs, ranging from the West Fargo Exchange Club to Sanford Health Foundation Board, Governor’s Judicial Nominating Committee, and North Dakota Republican Party. Within The Chamber, he also serves on the Public Affairs and Flood Taskforce committees.
This isn’t Dardis’ first award or recognition. He’s also earned the Book of Golden Deeds Award from the West Fargo Exchange Club, made the Theta Chi Fraternity Hall of Fame, was the first recipient of the Elephants Remembered award for the ND Republican Party, was the recipient of the Liberty Bell Award from the ND Bar Association, and received the Masters of Success Lifetime Achievement Award from NDSU.
“The Legacy Leader award is The Chamber’s highest award throughout the year, and perhaps the highest in the community,” Craig Whitney, president and CEO of the Chamber said. “Being able to work so closely with Bernie throughout the years and seeing the positive impact he’s made in our region, I know of no better person for the honor this year.”
Dardis will be honored at The Chamber’s Seventh Annual Meeting on Tuesday, September 19, from noon to 1:30 p.m. at the Holiday Inn Fargo. Presented by Midco, the Annual Meeting will also serve as a reflection and celebration of The Chamber’s accomplishments of the past fiscal year, offer a look at priorities for the next year and honor our outstanding volunteers.
To register to attend the Annual Meeting, visit fmwfchamber.com or call 218.233.1100. All media is invited to attend.
About The Chamber
The Fargo Moorhead West Fargo Chamber of Commerce is a bi-state, regional federation of more than 2,100 private, public and non-profit member firms representing more than 109,000 people. The largest local chamber in North Dakota and Minnesota, The Chamber advocates for a strong metropolitan community and supports the interests of its members, which are located in Cass and Clay Counties and beyond.