The title is operations director. It just as easily could be train conductor. It is a position that requires organization, mastery of detail, and management of many moving parts.
Admittedly, the position is not for everyone. So when the job opens up you look hard to find the right person. Fortunately for LCD Group Executive Director Brent Ekstrom, all he had to do was look down the hallway.
Erika Anderson has been promoted to LCD Group Operations Director, succeeding Nancy Guy, who retired at the start of this year.
Anderson, a Bismarck native, came to LCD Group in 2016 with extensive experience in the banking industry and prior work for another certified development company.
For both Anderson and Ekstrom, the position is a natural fit.
“I knew once Nancy announced her decision to retire, that I wanted the job,” says Anderson. “It plays to my strongest skills. I love organization, planning, and am a stickler for detail.”
Ekstrom agrees. “Erika was the only candidate we considered for the job because she’s a natural. She has the skill set to expand upon the strong foundation Nancy left us. She thrives at working behind the scenes and has a knack for making sure everything runs smoothly. When you have someone in your organization who can pick up where their successor left off and make the position their own, you promote them.”
Anderson says the best part of working for LCD Group is the staff, calling them “some of the best people I’ve ever met.”
“It’s really more like a family than a workplace. What we do everyday makes a difference. We are helping people realize dreams of starting a business or owning a home. We are partnering with other organizations to fill gaps in affordable housing and helping address our community’s homelessness challenge. It’s pretty important and fulfilling work,” says Anderson.
“I’m very fortunate to have a job I love.”