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Leadership and Bios
Shane Goettle has more than two decades of experience in law, business, energy, agriculture, trade, finance, and public affairs, as well as extensive work in and with local, state and federal governments. Shane began his relationship with Badlands as a North Dakota-based consultant, but later become an investor and now serves as a member of Badland’s Board of Managers.
Shane is originally from Stanley, North Dakota where he was raised on a livestock ranch and small grains farm. Shane has owned livestock on the Goettle Ranch off-and-on since his youth.
After earning a B.S. Degree in Agricultural Economics from NDSU, Shane pursued a law degree from Hamline University in St. Paul, Minnesota, graduating in 1994.
From 1995-2001, Shane was an associate and partner in McGee, Hankla, Backes & Dobrovolny, a law firm in Minot, North Dakota. There he represented small businesses with start-up, business planning, employment, commercial contracts and transactions, securities, and real estate transactions issues. He also worked in debtor/creditor law, bankruptcies and estate planning.
In 2002, Shane moved to Washington, D.C., to join the George W. Bush Administration. For two years he served as counsel to the Chairman of the Federal Housing Finance Board, an entity that then regulated the Federal Home Loan Bank System—a system of whole-sale home mortgage lending to community banks throughout the nation.
In 2004, Shane transferred to the United States Department of Agriculture where he served as Chief of Staff to the Under Secretary for Rural Development. There Shane helped manage the day-to-day operations of a then $87 billion rural capital investment organization with 7,200 employees across the country.
In 2005, then Governor John Hoeven recruited Shane to return as join his cabinet, heading the North Dakota Commerce Department. For five years, Shane executed on the Governor’s priorities in economic development, tourism, community services, infrastructure, workforce development, and energy policy. Shane also helped manage and lead state efforts to develop a robust trade office that lead trade missions and promoted North Dakota exports.
One of Shane’s central roles as North Dakota Commerce Commissioner was to chair Governor Hoeven’s energy policy commission (EmPower ND) where he secured input from the private sector on the legal, regulatory and tax policy for energy development. Shane also lead the development of the state’s first major infrastructure plan for western North Dakota, which resulted in the state’s first $1 billion of coordinated investment in infrastructure in the state’s oil and gas counties and cities to support development of the industry.
After John Hoeven’s election to the United States Senate in 2010, Shane served as Senator Hoeven’s State Director, addressing constituent concerns , flooding issues, and agriculture and energy policy.
In the meantime, in 2010, Shane and his extended family launched a family-owned gravel company in Mountrail County to serve market-needs that had developed for road and other infrastructure. Shane currently is an owner and in-house counsel for this entity.
Since 2012, Shane has also worked with several cities in Northwest North Dakota on flooding and growth infrastructure issues (from oil and gas development). Shane has been retained by the Cities of Minot, Stanley, Parshall and New Town as an assistant city attorney to work on these matters.
In 2012, Shane joined Odney, a full service media, communications, research, public relations and public affairs firm. Shane serves as Director of Public Affairs and in-house counsel at Odney. There, he also offers public affairs, consulting and government relations services to some of Odney’s clients on a contract basis.
Shane lives with his spouse, Brenda, in Mandan, North Dakota. Together, they have six children.
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