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Tim O'Keefe

Director of investor relations

  • Played varsity hockey for the University of North Dakota and has a current NHL head coach in the family

  • Led largest and most successful fundraising campaign in his alma mater’s history

Tim is a successful entrepreneur with more than 35 years of experience leading retail, financial and non-profit organizations. He began his business career as a McDonald’s franchisee in Bemidji, MN, where he doubled sales in his first three years as the proprietor. Tim later went on to own and operate several other McDonald’s franchises in the region.

Having a passion to give back to his alma mater, Tim spent 12 years serving as the Chief Executive Officer of the University of North Dakota Alumni Association & Foundation. Under his direction, annual fundraising increased by 500% and the successful North Dakota Spirit Campaign was launched, resulting in the largest contributions in the university’s history. With six consecutive record years in giving, the campaign went on to raise nearly $325 million.

Tim currently serves on the Corporate Governance Committee of the board of directors of Otter Tail Corporation (NASD: OTTR), a diversified electric utility and manufacturing company. The board is responsible for providing strategic, fiduciary and governance oversight for the $1.2 billion organization.

Tim graduated from the University of North Dakota and was also a member of the varsity hockey team. He currently lives in Grand Forks, ND with his wife, Becky, and enjoys going to University of North Dakota hockey games, playing golf, traveling and spending time with his four grandchildren.