Jon Miskavige is the co-founder and president/CEO of both Northridge Hospitality Management and its sister company, Northridge Construction. Starting his career as a licensed electrician, his introduction into the construction industry began with hands-on field experience and quickly grew to that of project management and execution in all building types, including residential and commercial projects. Today, he serves as the company’s expert in construction management.

Miskavige is also the founder of JM Homes, a residential home building company in Grand Forks, North Dakota. Since the business started in 2008, he has completed more than a dozen multi-family buildings, as well as a student housing facility and two senior living facilities.


Ryan Carlson is the co-founder and executive vice president of both Northridge Hospitality Management and Northridge Construction. He was pivotal in the development of Northridge Hospitality Management, helping to develop, build and manage the company’s very first hotel in 2011. Since then, he has been instrumental in opening more than a dozen additional properties in North Dakota, South Dakota, Minnesota and Nebraska. He is also heavily involved in Northridge Construction, playing an important role in the design review and budgeting process, helping to ensure quality control on each and every project.

Carlson is also a pilot, having earned a degree in commercial aviation, flight instruction certificates and his airline transport pilot’s license from the University of North Dakota, the country’s top flight school. Carlson remains active as a pilot, operating the company’s Cirrus SR22 for business operations.


Jeremy Miskavige is the vice president of both Northridge Hospitality Management and Northridge Construction. With more than a decade of experience in the construction industry, Miskavige boasts a diverse portfolio that provides invaluable expertise on every project. He is primarily responsible for project management, field operations and equipment management, but his past experience allows him to extend his support in the field as well.

Miskavige also serves as the vice president of JM Homes.


Penny Jo Zola is the Controller for both Northridge Hospitality Management and Northridge Construction. She oversees all of the company’s accounting practices, fiscal record maintenance, annual budgets and banking activities. In addition, Zola prepares financial reports for both internal and external sources, and she is responsible for ensuring accurate financial records within both the general ledger systems and internal accounting controls.

Zola has more than 25 years of experience in accounting and is a member of the American Institute of CPAs (AICPA), the Construction Financial Management Associate (CFMA) and the North Dakota Society of CPAs. She also volunteers for the Grand Forks/East Grand Forks United Way as the organization’s treasurer.


Karen Ryba is the Director of Risk Management for both Northridge Construction and Northridge Hospitality. She provides leadership and guidance to the organization’s human resource and safety operations. Ryba is responsible for setting, enforcing and evaluating legally-compliant human resources policies, procedures, and best practices, and identifying and implementing long-term strategic management goals.

Ryba also organizes risk management and corporate compliance programs including workplace safety and training and maintaining knowledge of existing and developing laws and regulations related to the organizations’ industry. She possesses 10 years of experience in the construction industry where she coordinated with the site leadership and legal team to create, monitor and execute subcontracts involving bonds, licensing and insurance requirements.

Karen earned B.A. and M.A. degrees from the University of North Dakota in Public Relations and Communication and spent 22 years developing, implementing and executing proactive strategies for the corporation to build and maintain a positive corporate brand.