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Who is Dana:
Dana Sande was born and raised in Grand Forks, ND, graduating from Grand Forks Central High School in 1991 and subsequently from UND with a degree in mathematics. After a brief stint as a manager for JC Penney, Sande returned to UND and earned an MBA with an emphasis in economics and finance.
During the early 2000’s, Dana was a Registered Representative for Pruco Securities/Prudential Financial, selling insurance and investments. He was later the Vice President of Business Development for Atlas Business Solutions (ABS) in Fargo, ND. At ABS he developed and implemented sales and marketing strategies, was responsible for the training and development of the sales force, and planned and directed sales activities.
Sande joined the UND Aerospace Foundation in 2005. He was hired to identify sales opportunities and acquire software projects and clients. He developed a strong software business, acquiring development contracts from partners such as Cessna, Cirrus, and the Dakota Medical Foundation. Sande was promoted to Vice President in 2008 and has continued selling custom software systems. He lead UND into the Unmanned Aircraft System curriculum development arena by partnering with Crew Training International to develop the MQ-1 Predator and MQ-9 Reaper software training systems used today by the United States Air Force.
Dana is also responsible for sales and the management of the business side of all Chinese Flight Training provided by UND Aerospace, working directly with airline management. Sande also evaluates and is involved with new business opportunities, including air traffic control training, unmanned aircraft training, flight training, and software development opportunities in Grand Forks and around the world.
In 2010 Dana was elected to the Grand Forks City Council, representing Ward 6. He has been heavily involved setting Grand Forks policy, serving as Chair of the Finance and Development Committee, Secretary of the Planning and Zoning Commission, Chair of the Growth Fund Committee, President of the Jobs Development Authority, and as Director on the Grand Forks Board of Health. In 2014 Sande was elected as the President of the Grand Forks City Council and expanded his board membership to include the Greater Grand Forks Economic Development Corporation (EDC), the Base Realignment Impact Committee (BRIC) and the Grand Forks Regional Airport Authority Board.
Dana also volunteers for the United Way and spent several years working as a board member for the Greater Grand Forks Convention and Visitors Bureau. When not working, Sande enjoys spending time with his wife of 17 years, Meggen, and 14 year old twins, Clarkson and Stella.