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Nelson helps build community in a growing business

Midwestern work ethic and a true entrepreneurial spirit just might explain Meghan Nelson’s career success in a nutshell, but her energy and passion for community says so much more about who she really is. 

At only 24 years old Nelson is thriving in her roles and responsibilities in Human Resources for Power Fuels, an integrated fluid management company that specializes in the transportation of drilling fluids and crude oil throughout Western North Dakota and Eastern Montana. 

In her position Nelson is responsible for the recruitment and hiring of employees for Power Fuels’ offices in Watford City, Tioga, Stanley, Dickinson, Killdeer, Minot, and Beach.  And this is no small task. As the oil industry grows Power Fuels is taking the lead to keep up with demands and Nelson is rising to the occasion. Lately it is not uncommon for Nelson to hire up to 28 drivers in a week. 

“We are knocking at the door of one-thousand employees right now,” said Nelson of the growth in their combined office locations. 

A 2005 graduate of Watford City High School, Nelson attended the University of North Dakota to study Marketing and Entrepreneurship, an interest she acquired while growing up on a farm just outside of Watford City and helping her father run Nelson Contracting, the family’s gravel and scoria business. Watching and working alongside her father piqued Nelson’s interest and steered her career path. 

“I became interested in learning about how to grow a business,” Nelson said of her choice of degree. 

Nelson has taken advantage of opportunities to learn about many different areas of business. In high school Nelson worked for McKenzie County Bank and continued to gain real-work experience while attending college, where, in addition to her full time studies, Nelson worked as a server for Texas Roadhouse, a Student Assistant for the UND Alumni Association, served as an intern for Heels Shoe Boutique and then as a customer service representative for Alerus Financial. 

Nelson graduated from UND in 2009 and was working full time for Alerus Financial when Power Fuels contacted her with the opportunity to move home and work for their growing company.  In March of 2010 Nelson accepted the position and was hired to help with water tickets. 

But within a year Nelson’s role at Power Fuels evolved as the company evolved. Nelson’s experience, motivation and reliability helped her get her hands in customer relations, public relations, and marketing. Soon her main responsibilities fell in human resources, where the company has grown from close to 300 employees in the beginning of 2010 to nearly 900 employees to date. 

On a daily basis Nelson takes nearly a hundred phone calls and emails from across the nation from people looking for employment. She also travels to job fairs to visit with potential employees about career opportunities with Power Fuels.

This sportswoman and former 4-H and FFA member enjoys visiting with potential employees about the outdoor recreation activities and friendly small town atmosphere her home state provides. 

“When I was growing up here my favorite part about the community was knowing everyone,” said Nelson. 

Now it seems everyone knows her. When Nelson walks down the street or visits a restaurant in one of Power Fuels’ locations, people she has hired who now make their home in western North Dakota often go out of their way to say hello. 

“I love seeing people move here and grow their lives. I like meeting their families,” said Nelson.  “When they stop you in the street and say ‘thanks for taking a chance on me,’ that’s the best part of my job.”

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