Each year, the Fargo/Moorhead community presents the Senior of the Year (SOTY) award to recognize those 65 and older who have enriched the social, cultural or civic life of communities in Cass, Richland or Clay counties, in 5 categories: Business, Community Involvement, Education/Arts, Faith and Healthcare/ Wellness.
Criteria for the Business person is as follows:
This senior may a a background at any level of business. He or she may be a current or retired owner, manager or employee of a profit or non-profit business. The nominee will have a unique contribution to the local business community and/or economic environment. He or she will have been a role model to others in business.
John Postovit, a member of the Prairie and Lakes SCORE Chapter in Fargo, is the 2022 Business Person of The Year.
John Postovit grew up in Max, ND, a child of Ukrainian immigrants who ran the general store in Max. After taking a break to serve in Korea, John returned to the area and began working for Northwestern Bell Telephone Company in 1957. He started as a technician, moved eight times around North Dakota with Bell and ultimately became the Operations Manager for North Dakota, South Dakota, and Northwestern Minnesota. John retired in 1995. SInce then, he has been active in SCORE for more than 23 years and has worked directly with 187 clients who have named John as one who helped start their business. He also recruits new members, teaching them to help mentor start-up businesses. John is a 55-year member of Lions International and one of the founders of the North Dakota Lions All-Star Basketball project. John has served as a director and chair of the Board if Centre, Inc., a treatment program for former prisoners. John has been a regular blood donor, providing over 14 gallons of blood through 110 donations over 27 years. He is a member of the Prayer Cross Ministry at Hope Lutheran Church. This group has created more than 42,000 prayer crosses for individuals in crisis or to help celebrate a special event. John served two terms on the board of the Fargo Downtown Business Association and has been a volunteer with the Fargo Telephone Pioneers at Bonanzaville for 45 years. John notes that (with his wife) they have raised three successful children.
Submitted by: Del Carver
Co-Chair Prairie and Lakes SCORE
District Director, North Dakota and West Central Minnesota