MOORHEAD — Mike Rowe, star of the iconic television series “Dirty Jobs,” will be this year’s “Voices of Vision” keynote speaker, the Fargo Moorhead West Fargo Chamber of Commerce announced on Monday, January 17.
The “down and dirty” event will take place from noon to 1:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 21 at the Sanford Health Athletic Complex, 1300 17th Ave. N., on the campus of North Dakota State University in Fargo, the House said.
“Mike Rowe has been on the ‘list’ (of desired speakers)…for some time. Now that the top priority in our community is manpower, this couldn’t be a more appropriate speaker for our 2022 Voices of Vision,” said Chamber President and CEO Shannon Full.
The industries in the area are diverse, Full said, and Rowe’s passion for the trades “does well” with the initiatives of the Chamber and the Greater Fargo/Moorhead Economic Development Corporation, she said.
Full said the tickets were going “fast and furious. We anticipate a full sale of the event.”
Corporate sponsorships are also seeing “a lot of traction,” she said.
Rowe has a full resume, including stints with Baltimore Opera, the QVC shopping chain, and as an executive producer, host, best-selling author, and recording artist.
He is best known as “TV’s Dirtiest Man,” a title he earned while hosting the Discovery Channel’s blue-collar reality show “Dirty Jobs,” which had three pilot episodes. in 2003, then ran for eight seasons from 2005 to 2012.
He currently hosts the Discovery+ story series ‘Six Degrees With Mike Rowe’ and ‘The Way I Heard It’ podcast, telling ‘short stories you don’t know about people you know’ and sharing conversations with interesting people. life.
Rowe is a skilled workforce advocate and passionate about debunking trades myths and misconceptions.
He is the CEO of the MikeroweWORKS Foundation, a 501(c)(3) charitable organization founded in 2008 that has awarded millions of dollars in work ethic scholarships to more than 1,200 recipients in more than 19 skilled trades. .
Event registration is $65 for stadium seats; $150 for floor seating (including lunch); and $1,250 for a corporate sponsor (Table 8), the Chamber’s website says.
Rowe began performing professionally with the Baltimore Opera in 1984.
In 1990, he was hired by QVC, peddling merchandise there for three years.
With “Dirty Jobs”, Rowe traveled to all 50 states and held over 300 jobs.
He has also narrated numerous documentaries. According to his online biography, “Looking for an easier way to pay the rent, Mike began looking for opportunities that didn’t require multiple showers. He’s narrated hundreds of documentaries about space, nature, war, serial killers, hurricanes, dinosaurs, and how things work. (If there’s a wildebeest getting eaten by a lion, it’s probably Mike telling you about it.)”
You may also recognize the voice of the “chronic freelancer” in Ford advertisements.
Rowe is the author of the books “Profoundly Disconnected” and “The Way I Heard It”, a mix of biography and autobiography based on his podcast.
He starred in the cable television series “Somebody’s Gotta Do It”.