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Jim Borthwick

Jim BorthwickJim is a graduate of the University of Minnesota, and has been in the Manufacturer's Rep business since 1987.  He is a founding partner of the Northern Group.  Jim's primary responsibilities are Target, Menards and United Hardware. 

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“I have found no greater satisfaction than achieving success through honest dealing and strict adherence to the view that, for you to gain, those you deal with should gain as well”.
Alan Greenspan

Mark Fagerstrom

Mark FagerstromAfter completing his education at the University of Minnesota, Mark spent
16 years in various positions with Target. Mark spent one year as a national sales
manager with Yes! Entertainment. He co-founded James Eckmann Associates in
1984, joined Edelston Associates in 1995, and Northern Group as a founding partner in 2000.

Currently Mark manages Target, Best Buy, Meijer and Fingerhut.

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“In the middle of difficulty lies opportunity” -- Albert Einstein

Jessica Droogsma

Jessica GroogsmaJessica joined Northern Group February of 2010 after graduating Honors with Distinction from the University of Northern Iowa. She studied English Literature and the Portuguese Language and has spent extensive time overseas. Jessica provides sales support and service to customers in our Minnesota territory.

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“What you do speaks so loudly that I cannot hear what you say”. - Ralph Waldo Emerson




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