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Kevin Bouma


Kevin Bouma was raised on a dairy farm in NW Iowa. He attended a private Christian college in Sioux Center, IA on a vocal music scholarship. Unconvinced that vocal music performance was going to feed a young family, he switched majors to Business Administration with emphasis in Marketing and Finance. Kevin worked for six years in the financial services industry focusing on introducing small business to cafeteria plans. After training in Brookings, SD and quickly transferring to Fargo, ND, he built a successful agency and exercised an opportunity to cash out to a large international firm located in Minneapolis, MN in early 1988. An entrepreneur at heart, Kevin joined Dakota Food Equipment in Fargo with grand designs of owning it one day. It took a bit longer than he envisioned…18 years…but in 2006 he became the owner of Dakota Food Equipment. He changed the name to Culinex in 2011.

As the owner and chief executive of the company, Kevin believes his primary responsibility is to be the company’s visionary. He studies creative ways to bring more value to customers and makes sure the culture of Culinex remains focused always on the business success of customers.

In addition to his love for the food service industry, Kevin also does business development consulting and some public speaking on business and leadership. He enjoys fishing, snowmobiling and, going back to his early days, still enjoys plunking away on his guitar. Kevin and his wife Jean (a 29 year Culinex employee now retired) have three adult children and three grandsons…all adorable.


Phone: 701.232.4428


Address: 1802 1st Avenue South, Fargo, ND 58103

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