Description: Greg Personal Pictures 009 GREG JOHNSON

Greg Johnson founded North Dakota Port Services, Inc. and Premier Pulses International, Inc. and has majority ownership in each company. He has served as the President and Chief Executive Officer of NDPS since its establishment in 2007.

While attending college from 1974-1978, Mr. Johnson worked for a farming operation in Parshall, North Dakota. In 1979, he began working for Peterson Excavating as a Heavy Equipment Operator and later as Crew Foreman. He took a break to pursue a teaching career with Minot Public Schools as a Physical Education Instructor from 1982-1984. He then returned to Peterson Excavating for a short period as Project Superintendent before leaving to join Coughlin Construction. While Project Superintendent for Coughlin Construction, he conducted multimillion dollar projects for the United States Air Force on the Launch Facilities and Launch Control Facilities from start to finish. He also ran a small farm during this time. His entrepreneurial path started in 1996 when he began Johnson Seed Conditioning, which in 2001 transitioned and expanded into PPI, an international pulse crop processing and exporting company which does business in 52 countries worldwide. 

Recognizing another opportunity for the community of Minot, Mr. Johnson was instrumental in establishing the Port of North Dakota, with efforts to make it a reality beginning in 1999. This involvement developed into his additional ownership of NDPS, which was established in 2007. This privately owned, intermodal facility serves an area 250 miles or more around the Minot area; reaching into Montana, South Dakota, Minnesota and parts of Canada. NDPS provides services which include intermodal terminal operations, drayage service, chassis supply, transloading, warehousing and FGIS/USDA grading.

After graduating from White Shield High School in 1974, Mr. Johnson obtained a Bachelor of Science, non-teaching, in Recreation in 1978, a Bachelor of Science in Physical Education and a concentration in Business Administration in 1979 from Minot State University in Minot, ND. 

Mr. Johnson takes an active role in the organizations in which he participates.  

  • Current Chairman on the American Pulse Association board, which he co-founded, along with two others, in 2011
  • Served on the Board of the RICCB (Regional Intermodal Co-Service Coordinating Board)
  • Minot Area Development Corporation Past Board Member
  • Past Chairman of the USA Dry Pea & Lentil Council
  • Past Board Member of the Minot State University Beaver Boosters
  • Past Chairman of US Pea & Lentil Trade Association
  • Past Chairman and Board Member of North Dakota Dry Pea & Lentil Association
  • Past Instructor of Physical Education for the Minot Public School System, 1982-1984

Mr. Johnson has been deeply involved with the past three farm bills that have passed through Congress, in 2001, 2006 and most recently in 2013, with his focus being on pulse issues. He continues to educate Capitol Hill, Washington, DC on issues such as the Farm Bill, trade barriers, and transportation.


Bill Karpan joined NDPS in 2007. He has forty years of experience in the transportation and logistics industries, including serving in sales and terminal management for national LTL motor carriers and as a hub manager for BNSF in Lincoln, NE. 

Mr. Karpan owned and operated a motor carrier focusing on the intermodal industry for over twenty years, as well as a franchise for a leading international 3PL. He also founded an intermodal service company, bringing in additional partners, that operated intermodal ramps, intermodal repair and maintenance facilities and a container depot.  His experience includes working closely with Class 1 railroads, ocean carriers, non-vessel operating common carriers, freight forwarders, 3 PLs and beneficial cargo operators. 

Mr. Karpan received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Administration from St. Ambrose University.