West Fargo, ND: Steve Mattern, Midco’s General Operations Manager, has been named one of Prairie Business Magazine’s 40 Under 40. The magazine publishes its list of the region’s top 40 professionals under the age of 40 every December.
Mattern joined Midco in Grand Forks in 2002 as an Install Technician. After taking on increasingly challenging positions and leadership roles, he was promoted to General Operations Manager of the Fargo region in 2014.
“Steve exemplifies the traits you see in the best and brightest young business leaders in our region,” says Todd Jensen, Vice President of Field Operations for Midco in Minot. “He has drive and passion for building the Midco technology infrastructure in the region, while seeking excellence on behalf of Midco customers – and developing and mentoring new leaders to grow.”
Mattern is responsible for the region’s technical operations, field and maintenance technicians, construction and engineering teams, and utility location services. He has played a significant role in Midco’s $75-million project to build a state-of-the-art communications infrastructure in the Fargo-Moorhead area. To support more customers in the region and new jobs to support them, Mattern also helped drive Midco’s expansion of its West Fargo offices.
Mattern is known for fresh ideas, and has been instrumental in developing and mentoring many current managers at Midco.
“Steve is the last person to seek any form of attention or recognition, but he is often the first person employees and managers in his area go to for information, support and guidance,” Jensen says. “He is integral to Midco’s growth in the region, and his dedication to the company, our employees and the people we serve is outstanding.”
A native of Kenmare, ND, Mattern earned a degree in telecommunications from Northwest Community and Technical College in Grand Forks. He is an active volunteer and fundraiser for United Way and participates in the Midco ACTS employee volunteering organization. Mattern also coaches youth flag football, soccer and wrestling in West Fargo.