Early Start Put Moreno on Fast Track to CEO Job

When Dallas Moreno told a teacher at her high school that she planned to graduate college with an accounting degree in three years’ time, that teacher told her it was impossible.

Yet Moreno did exactly that. In fact, she graduated from Bemidji State University in 2016 with a double major. She has a degree in accounting with a fraud examination minor and another degree in business administration with a finance emphasis.

Moreno is now a CEO   ̶  chief executive officer of the Northwest Minnesota Association of Realtors, based in Bemidji.

“I wasn’t the typical college student by any means,” she said. “I mean, I took 19 credits every summer.”

Moreno started work on her degree while still in high school, taking courses through a concurrent enrollment program at Bemidji High School. By the time she graduated from high school in 2013, she’d earned 20 college credits.

“Taking the extra classes and putting in the extra effort, and getting it done, now as I sit here, all those times I’m stressing over late-night deadlines and papers, it was so worth it,” Moreno said.

Her job includes a range of responsibilities, including financing, accounting, government affairs and advocacy. She ensures that Realtors are meeting core standards and state and national rules.

“I love it. It’s a blast. It’s something different every day,” Moreno said. “I can go into the office with the mindset of, ‘This is what I’m going to get done,’ and at the end of the day, if I had that done I would be completely shocked, just because so much comes up and so much happens.

“The real estate industry, how much and how fast it changes, is crazy. It’s not the same thing day-in and day-out.”

Having graduated college without any debt, she appreciates the partnership between BSU and Bemidji High School and donors who have supported scholarships at Bemidji State.

“I’m just very grateful for the connection between BSU and BHS and the small-town feel like you get from both. They actually care,” Moreno said. “… “They give you resources, and I am very thankful for that.”