By Tammy Enright
Over the last 25 years, Spectrum Aeromed’s working culture and philosophy has evolved significantly. I’m proud to say I’ve been a member of this company for 8 years and I’ve seen firsthand the positive effects of investing in our community and in our company culture. When our CEO Dean Atchison purchased Spectrum Aeromed in 2007 he brought a new mindset to the table. He believes that investing in and being good stewards of our community and our industry is important for both our employees and the company.
What We Do in Our Community
Spectrum Aeromed is headquartered in Fargo, North Dakota, USA. While we don’t do a lot of local business, we find it very important give back to the community in which most of us live and work.
We are involved with the United Way of Cass-Clay, a non-profit organization dedicated to serving local communities; we volunteer at the Ronald McDonald House, a place for families to stay while their children are receiving medical care at the local hospitals; we volunteer to repack meals at the Great Plains Food Bank warehouse and for miscellaneous projects at the American Red Cross. Our biggest project to date is our involvement with Lake Agassiz Habitat for Humanity.
While we celebrate our 25th anniversary this year, Lake Agassiz Habitat for Humanity is celebrating the same milestone. We love the group’s mission of building homes for those in need and the fun correlation of anniversary years. Spectrum Aeromed is sponsoring their anniversary build and made a $25,000 contribution to the project. However, our employees aren’t just seeing a check donated – they have had opportunities to volunteer at the build site which brings an even stronger connection to the commitment.
With our customers scattered around the world, we also feel it’s important to give back to our industry. Our employees serve on boards for Helicopter Association International (HAI) and we are also involved in and contribute financially to MedEvac Foundation International and the Association of Critical Care Transport (ACCT).
Spectrum Aeromed is also a member of the local, state, and national Chambers of Commerce. In 2015, we were a main sponsor for the Fargo-Moorhead-West Fargo Chamber of Commerce’s Young Entrepreneurs Academy (YEA) program and our managers were actively involved in sharing important knowledge and experience with the YEA students. We have made significant financial contributions, sponsored events, and utilized over 20 interns from the local colleges and universities since moving to the area in 2008.
We have a comradery that is strengthened by our company culture. Our employees feel good when they give back and we love encouraging and giving them opportunity to do so.
Tammy Enright is the SVP- Business Manager, overseeing marketing, accounting, human resources, IT and general administration. She was recognized in 2012 as one of the “40 Most Influential People Under the Age of 40” in North Dakota by the North Dakota Business Watch Magazine.