John Hertsgaard

DEC Member since January 1, 2016
President/CEO of SpaceAge Synthetics, Ltd.

John Hertsgaard is the President &CEO of SpaceAge Synthetics, Ltd. and a partner in Hertsgaard Farms in Kindred, ND.  SpaceAge Synthetics is the leading manufacturer of reinforced composite products used in transportation, marine, and building applications.  Close to 40% of revenues are outside of the USA.  Hertsgaard Farms has been successfully operated since 1871.

Prior to returning to the area John was Regional Director for Amphenol Corporation in Hong Kong.  Duties included managing the Far East region for manufacturing and sales.  Sales offices were located throughout the region with the manufacturing of electronic connectors and flat ribbon cable in Hong Kong.

A native of Kindred, John graduated from Concordia College in Moorhead, MN and spent a session at the University of Oslo in Oslo, Norway.   He also obtained a Masters of International Management degree from the American Graduate School of International Management in Glendale, AZ.

John lives in Kindred with his wife Jean.  They have three married children and five grandchildren.  Volunteer activities include Chair of the Board of Trustees at Bethany Retirement Living, Kindred Lutheran, North Dakota Farm Bureau and other community activities.