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A luncheon for business owners, executives and managers interested in networking, team building, learning and inspiration

Past Speakers

Luke RiordanLuke Riordan is the CEO and Founder of DAYTA Marketing, a social media marketing company that provides comprehensive solutions in brand awareness, brand reputation, customer engagement, and talent engagement. A 2011 graduate of St. John's University, Luke received the 2015 Business Central Mark of Excellence – Emerging Entrepreneur award from St. Cloud Chamber of Commerce and was named to Minnesota Business Magazine's Young Entrepreneurs list.


Jeff GauJeff Gau is CEO of Marco, a technology services company founded in 1973. He served in the U.S. Air Force and is a University of North Dakota graduate. He joined Marco as a sales representative and held various management positions prior to being named president in 2004 and CEO in 2006. He believes in high performance, sustaining a fun workplace, and keeping score. Jeff was named a Most Admired CEO by Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal in 2016 and EY Entrepreneur of the Year for the Upper Midwest in 2015.


Steve WindfeldtSteve Windfeldt is Executive Vice President of Preferred Credit, Inc., where he works with his brother Greg to lead their family’s indirect consumer finance company. Since joining the company in 2008, Steve has focused on risk management, analytics, marketing, and strategy as well as many other growth initiatives. Prior to joining PCI, he earned his MBA from Northwestern University and worked as a strategy consultant at 3M.


Mynul Khan founded Field Nation in 2008 in Minneapolis, MN. He has a programming and data analyst background, as well as a honed “growth hacking” business focus that drives Field Nation strategy and motivates him to grow the Field Nation team. Mynul possesses a BS in Computer Science and is actively involved in technology decisions as well as strategy direction. Today, Mynul is focused on aggressive company growth and opportunistically expanding around the world through regional partnerships and local incubators.


Susan Marvin Susan Marvin serves as Vice Chair of The Marvin Companies and is a member of the company’s Executive Steering Committee. She has been part of the third generation management team and is one of 14 third and fourth generation Marvin family members operating the company today. Prior to her current role, Susan was President of Marvin Windows and Doors and oversaw the fenestration business. She joined the firm in 1981 as Marketing Manager, in 1985 was V.P. of Sales and Marking, and was appointed President in 1995 and served in that position until 2015.


Mary HintonDr. Mary Dana Hinton is the president of the College of Saint Benedict. She has extensive experience in Catholic higher education, national experience with non-profit K-12 education management and school development, and a philanthropic background in the corporate sector. She earned a Ph.D. in religion and religious education with high honors from Fordham University, a Master of Arts degree in clinical child psychology from the University of Kansas, Lawrence, and a Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology from Williams College. See her Speaker Forum presentation on Mission Driven Leadership.


Dan MosheDaniel Moshe is the founder of Tech Guru, the premier source for cloud and technology services in the Twin Cities and Minnesota. Dan and Tech Guru service B2B businesses and non-profit organizations with 10-100 users. It's a one-stop source for any IT request. Tech Guru was built on Dan's core values: caring, persistence, accountability, and collaboration. Though the company has grown, the innovative people at Tech Guru exceed their clients' expectations.


Joel SwansonJoel Swanson President, Risdall Public Relations, is a recognized mentor and leader in the local PR community, helping executives and organizations navigate their visibility, brands and reputations within highly regulated industries such as health care, technology, and education. At RPR Joel has developed strategic PR and digital initiatives for such notable organizations as Allina Hospitals & Clinics, Baxter Healthcare, BioBusiness Alliance of Minnesota, Healthways, Mechdyne, Metro Dentalcare, Star Tribune, and more. Joel gained national media attention in 2011 for the launch of a convenience product, GoGirl, which was honored with a SABRE award, a Bronze Clio Healthcare Award and named Consumer Products Industry Campaign of the Year by Minnesota PRSA.


Rose McKinneyBrig. Gen. Al Dohrmann, Deputy Adjutant General of the North Dakota National Guard, is a respected leader with a thirty-year career in the United States Army. Dohrmann graduated from Minnesota State University before going on to law school at the University of North Dakota. Prior to serving as the Deputy Adjutant General for the North Dakota, Dohrmann served as an infantry officer for the 1/48th Infantry Regiment in Gelnhausen, Germany, as a signal officer for the 1st Special Forces Group in Okinawa, Japan and as the Commanding General for Task Force Falcon in support of NATO’s Kosovo Forces mission in Kosovo.


Rose McKinneyRose McKinney, Founder of Pineapple RM, is an expert in reputation management. Her influence and accomplishments – which range from establishing a national Millennium celebration to saving a Shriners Hospital from closure – are not only notable, they are also newsworthy.  A graduate of Drake University, McKinney has spent her career at agencies, serving as director of public relations at Foley Sackett, vice president client services at Karwoski & Courage, and president of Risdall McKinney Public Relations.


Dennis StaufferDennis Stauffer is co-founder and chief innovator at Innovator Mindset. An expert on innovation, Stauffer is a recognized face in Minnesota as a former reporter, anchor and business editor for KARE-11 News, and former communications director and spokesperson for the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. He is an Emmy award-winning journalist and author of the book Thinking Clockwise, A Field Guide for the Innovative Leader.


Brad RixmannBrad Rixmann is the founder, owner and CEO of the modern-day success story that is Pawn America. With business acumen and tons of passion, Rixmann has built an “I can do it better” epiphany into a thriving retail business. Today, Pawn America has 25 locations in four states and 500 full-time “Pawn Americans.” Hear him share his incredible story, complete with opportunity, struggle, humor, integrity and success in an oft-misunderstood industry.


Mark KrebsbachMark Krebsbach is managing partner at CliftonLarsonAllen. A graduate of St. John’s University, he has over thirty years of experience advising owners of privately owned family enterprises, with expertise in the areas of succession, management advisory, finance and tax and financial planning. Mark has served on the board of directors for a number of organizations, including CentraCare Health Foundation and the Anderson Center. Mark also serves in a leadership role for the Investment Committee of the Greater St. Cloud Development Corporation.


Diana LawsonDiana Lawson is the Dean of the Seidman College of Business at Grand Valley State University in Grand Rapids, Michigan. She was previously the Dean at the Herberger Business School at St. Cloud State University. The majority of Diana’s academic career has had an international focus, including developing an international business curriculum and teaching business in foreign countries. Prior to coming to the Herberger College of Business she held the position of Endowed Chair in International Business at Saginaw Valley State University in Michigan. Diana has taught in Turkey and Moldova, and she teaches international negotiation in France.


Brian SchoenbornBrian Schoenborn is managing partner of Stinson Leonard Street's St. Cloud, Minnesota, office, where he focuses his practice on family and closely held businesses. He is aslo co-chair of the firm’s Sports and Entertainment practice group.  Brian is a member of the U.S. Hockey League (USHL) Board of Directors and co-owner of the Sioux Falls Stampede of the USHL. Additionally, he is a member of the American Association of Professional Baseball (AAPB) Board of Directors and co-owner of the Sioux Falls Canaries of the AAPB.


Charles "Chuck" MootyCharles "Chuck" Mooty has more than 30 years of business and civic leadership experience. Currently, Chuck is President and CEO of Faribault Woolen Mill Company. He also is serving as interim CEO of Fairview Health Services—a large, integrated health system headquartered in Minneapolis. Chuck has volunteered at Fairview for more than 12 years in various governance capacities. He is the current Chair of the Board for the Fairview system.


Jim LukaszewskiJim Lukaszewski (loo-ka-SHEV-skee) advises, coaches, and counsels leaders who run very large corporations and organizations through extraordinary problems and critical, often high-profile circumstances.  His name was listed in Corporate Legal Times as one of “28 Experts to Call When All Hell Breaks Loose,” and in PR Week as one of 22 “crunch-time counselors who should be on the speed dial in a crisis.”


Bill PoppBill Popp is founder and President of Golden Valley, Minn.-based voice, Internet and data communications company POPP Communications.  Bill and his wife, Teri Popp, are part owners of the Minnesota Timberwolves and active in the Timberwolves FastBreak Foundation. Bill is Founder, Chair and President of the Minnesota Military Family Foundation, Founder and Chair of the Military Family Tribute and serves on the WCCO Radio Good Neighbor Award™.


Dave MonaDave Mona is has been a leader in the public relations arena for over 40 years. He co-founded Weber Shandwick’s Minneapolis-St. Paul office and helped build it into the largest public relations office between Chicago and the West Coast.  Dave has co-hosted the region’s top-rated sports talk show with Sid Hartman on WCCO Radio for more than 30 years and did radio color analysis of football games for his alma mater, the University of Minnesota, for 14 years.


Steven M. RothschildSteven M. Rothschild is the Founder and Chairman of the Board of Twin Cities RISE! (TCR!), an organization that provides employers with skilled workers by training under- and unemployed adults for skilled jobs that pay a living wage. Formerly, he was CEO of TCR! during its first nine years. He was also Executive Vice President of General Mills, Inc., where his responsibilities included International Food Operations, various domestic divisions, and new business activities of the company. Earlier in his career at General Mills, he started Yoplait, USA, a yogurt company, and was its first president.


Lloyd SigelLloyd Sigel is perhaps best known for his namesake, “Lloyd’s Barbeque Sauce.” He has over forty years of ownership, sales management, marketing management, and senior management experience in specialty food and value added perishable food product businesses. He is currently the principal and chairman of Golden Walnut Specialty Foods (Minnetonka), a specialty cookie/bakery business, and Quaker Bakery Brands (Appleton, WI), and is past chair of the Wisconsin Cheese Group and the Steak ummm Company.


Al HornerAl Horner has successfully restructured many business and non-profit organizations. Currently the CEO of Aaron Carlson Corporation, Al tripled the size of the company in five years, eliminated debt, and improved profitability. His approach to business turnarounds was born during his time as a Navy SEAL officer, and refined during his business experiences in successfully saving or significantly improving six different companies. He has an MBA from the University of Minnesota, is a past member of the prestigious Young Presidents' Organization, and is currently a member of the World Presidents' Organization.


Dr. Dileep RaoDr. Dileep Rao is an MBA Professor at the Carlson School of Management, and a Clinical Professor of Entrepreneurship at Florida International University. As a columnist for Forbes.com, the Minneapolis Star Tribune, BusinessWeek, and The New York Times, Dr. Rao offers lessons distilled from his success profiles of entrepreneurs who built great companies from scratch. He has led five turnaround businesses in manufacturing, food processing, fast food, agribusiness and natural resources as managing director.


Paul DouglasPaul Douglas is a nationally respected meteorologist, with 29 years of broadcast television and 33 years of radio experience. He has also written for the Star Tribune, and has authored two books, Prairie Skies: the Minnesota Weather Book, and Restless Skies: the Ultimate Weather Book. He founded a software venture called EarthWatch Communications and Digital Cyclone, Inc (DCI), which is personalizing the weather forecasting experience for individuals on the web, e-mail and cell phones. He is also Founder and CEO of WeatherNation, which produces and disseminates daily weather feeds.


Gary SternGary Stern has been President and CEO of the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis since 1985. Before joining the Minneapolis Fed, he was a partner in a New York-based economic consulting firm and worked seven years at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York. Stern serves on the board of trustees of Hamline University and the Minneapolis College of Art and Design, and the board of directors of the Council on Economic Education. He is co-author of Too Big to Fail: The Hazards of Bank Bailouts.


Dick EnricoDick Enrico is the quintessential entrepreneur and one of the great pitchmen of our day. He will be sharing his many unique experiences, the good, the bad and the ugly, and offering insights to the challenges and opportunities for today’s entrepreneur. A native of Chisholm, Dick is now the CEO of 2nd Wind Exercise Equipment, a retail fitness company he founded in 1992. Today, with over 85 retail stores and an "award winning" commercial division, 2nd Wind has become one of the most successful and respected fitness dealers in the country.


Marilyn Carlson NelsonMarilyn Carlson Nelson is Chairman of Carlson Companies, Inc., one of the largest privately held companies in the U.S. Based in Minneapolis, Carlson Cos.' brands and services operate in more than 150 companies. Marilyn is a national leader and a frequent designee on Forbes' 100 Most Powerful Women list. She has written a book on leadership, How We Lead Matters, which was released in September of 2008.


Chris HeimChris Heim is CEO of both 2ndWave Software and Amcom Software. Chris and his partner created 2ndWave Software as an entity to purchase and optimize small to medium sized software companies. 2ndWave helped Amcom triple in size to $35 million in revenue over a 12-month period. He was formerly CEO and President of HighJump Software – an $8 million company in 1997 that increased to $80 million in 2006, making it the fastest growing company in their market.


Larry WilsonLarry Wilson is widely considered one of the foremost thinkers, speakers, and doers in the business world today. He founded two premier companies: Wilson Learning Corporation (1965) a $50 million training and research organization, and Pecos River Learning (1985), a change-management and leadership development organization. As one of the leading national speakers on leadership and performance, Larry will share his forty years of fulfilling his life and leadership purpose: “Helping others become as much as they can be."


Erik SaltvoldErik Saltvold is the owner of Erik's Bike Shop. 2008 is Erik's 30th Year in Business! That's right, he was only 13 when he started ERIK'S BIKE SHOP. His first bike, a hand-me-down from an older family member, sparked his interest in bikes. With entrepreneurial spirit, and the money he saved from his job (the only other job he's ever had) as a paperboy – Erik began his business. He bought 150 used bikes, fixed them up, and sold them. Now in his 40's, Erik employs up to 140 people and has 13 store locations, 11 in Minnesota and 2 in Madison, Wisconsin.


Tony JacobsonTony Jacobson is the Founder and CEO of AllOver Media, a National Media Franchising Company. He is a pioneer in developing strategic alternative media products and concepts known as “non-traditional out-of-home media.”

Tony shared his exciting journey and lessons he learned in bootstrapping AJ indoor from a concept with little or no money, and developing it into a new national media company, then taking it to the next level through All Over Media.


Jill Blashack StrahanJill Blashack Strahan grew up on her family’s farm in rural Minnesota during the 1960s where she was inspired by her father’s work ethic and entrepreneurial spirit. After graduating from the Alexandria Technical College in 1979, Jill managed her father’s local restaurant and in 1989 opened her first entrepreneurial effort: a retail gift basket shop which evolved into Tastefully Simple. Today, Tastefully Simple is a multiple award-winning $120 million company with over 300 employees and more than 22,000 independent consultants nationwide. Jill has won numerous awards for her achievements and unique philosophies of positivity and abundance.


Dr. Daniel CohenDr. Daniel Cohen co-founded CNS, Inc. in 1982 and served as CEO and then Chairman of the Board until it was acquired by GlaxoSmithKline in 2006. CNS developed innovative technology to monitor brain function during high-risk surgeries and to diagnose sleep disorders. The company was best known for its consumer products, the Breathe Right nasal strip and FiberChoice chewable fiber supplement. Dr. Cohen took Breathe Right from an idea with a limited budget and built it into a $566 million national success story. He is also a co-author of the book Claim Your Basic Rights, Create a Practical Partnership with Your Soul.


Robert Naegele Jr.Robert Naegele Jr. has an extensive history of entrepreneurial success. He is best known for establishing Rollerblade, Inc. and as Chairman of the Minnesota Wild. In 1985, Robert and a partner purchased a small company called Ole’s Innovative Sports, which assembled and sold in-line roller skates to ice hockey players as a counter seasonal training product. The company was repositioned to become a sporting goods company and renamed Rollerblade, Inc. Also a long-time Minnesota hockey fan, Robert Naegele is majority owner and chairman of Minnesota Sports and Entertainment (MSE), overseeing the strategy and success of the Minnesota Wild. He serves as a member of the NHL Board of Governors.

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