Meet our discussion leaders
Anderson Center’s teaching team is comprised of both Discussion Leaders for the Harvard Business School case method and facilitators certified by FranklinCovey®. Our team of Discussion Leaders has significant expertise and brings their practical knowledge to each of the forums by facilitating discussions and drawing out the experiences of forum participants. Periodically, Anderson Center hosts the Discussion Leadership Forum to develop and certify new Discussion Leaders interested in joining our team, led by a case method expert from Harvard Business School.
Aaron is a Discussion Leader for the Supervisors Forum and Leading Negotiations Forum. He is currently Senior Vice President of Custom Partnerships. Aaron is a seasoned Human Resources executive and Strategic Business Partner with over 14 years of experience leading multi-state HR operations at the corporate level. He has developed Human Resources functions from the ground up and has created best practices to fit specific business cultures and needs. He is also a licensed attorney in the state of Minnesota with an MBA and current SPHR and SHRM-SCP certifications.
Amy is a Discussion Leader for the Executive Forum, the Finance Forum, the Strategy Forum and the Management Forum. She finds the case discussion format incredibly rewarding as she learns more about each individual and organization represented while helping the participants build their own skills. Amy is a Professor of Accounting at St. Cloud State University. A graduate of the College of St. Benedict, she also earned an MBA from St. Cloud State University and a Ph.D. from the University of Nebraska.
Bob is the Forum Leader for the Executive Forum. He opens each of the three weeks of the forum with a case study on leadership. Bob enjoys learning about the participants’ organizations and talking through the tools presented during the forum. He is currently the managing Area President, Great Lakes Region at Gallagher/Mahowald and was previously partner at Mahowald in St. Cloud, a fourth-generation family business. Bob received his undergraduate degree from West Point and served as an Infantry Officer with the US Army for seven years. He also received his MBA from the University of St. Thomas before joining Mahowald.
Brad serves as a Discussion Leader for the Marketing Forum and the Executive Forum. He values the learning and fun that comes from the case discussion format which draws out different perspectives from a group’s diverse set of experiences. Brad has had a variety of professional experiences having been a field artillery officer in the US Army, a management consultant at McKinsey & Company, Vice President of Sales and Marketing for Microbiologics and most previously as Vice President, Sales and Marketing at Lexington Manufacturing, Inc. He was recently appointed to the position of Chief Executive Officer of American Peat Technology, LLC. He graduated from the United States Military Academy and holds an MBA from The Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University.
Brandon Bubak has 20 years of experience in Sales, Marketing, Product Management, and Executive Leadership roles for companies that range from family owned to global conglomerate. He has created market strategies to match customer need with organizational capability across widely varying B2B end-markets including automotive, utility, consumer, industrial, and healthcare. Brandon is currently the Vice President of Global Sales and Marketing at GEOTEK in Southeast Minnesota, and holds a Bachelor’s degree in Marketing from Michigan State University. Brandon is a Discussion Leader for the Management Forum and Leading Negotiations Forum.
Brian is a Discussion Leader for the Governance Forum, Executive Forum, and Strategy Forum. As Owner and Advisor at Dayta, Brian believes that out of the box thinking is integral to success in today’s challenging business world. Teaching real world problem solving and critical thinking are essential to navigating change and adapting to the challenges of today and in the future. Brian retired in 2014 from a 36-year banking career, most recently as Managing Vice President of Sales for Capital One. Additionally, he was President of Citizens Savings Bank and ReliaStar Bank prior to joining ING DIRECT/Capital One. Brian is currently chair of the board of the St Cloud Airport Authority and the JA Wedum Foundation and also serves on the Greater St Cloud Public Safety Foundation, Dayta, Greater St Cloud Development Corporation and the Central Minnesota Boy Scout Council boards. His past board experience includes: Citizens Savings Bank, ReliaStar Bank, ING National Trust, St. Cloud Downtown Council, Central MN United Way, and the SCSU – Herberger College of Business Advisory Board.
Bryan is a Discussion Leader for the Executive Forum and is a strong believer in participant-centered learning and the case method. When asked to elaborate, Bryan said, “My richest learning experiences have been via case studies. They combine the chance to tackle a real-world problem with the opportunity to see how a diverse group of professionals approaches the same challenge.” Bryan is currently the President/CEO for DeZURIK. Prior to DeZURIK, Bryan was employed by the Brunswick Corporation, where he was President of the Crestliner Division. Bryan is a graduate of Pennsylvania State University and he earned his MBA from Duke University.
Cori Power is a facilitator for Anderson Center’s Inclusive Leadership Forum. With 14 years of experience in Human Resources, Cori’s passion is focused on training, career planning and leadership development. Cori is currently the Education Director for BDO Alliance USA and is responsible for leading strategy, design and delivery of broad-based learning and development programs to drive career paths and professional growth, and connect team members to the resources that will propel them forward. Cori earned a degree in psychology from the University of Northern Iowa and is a Society of Human Resource Management (SHRM) certified professional and holds a Professional in Human Resources® certification from the HR Certification Institute®.
Dean is a Discussion Leader for the Executive Forum and Management Forum. When asked about his interest in being a Discussion Leader, he shared, “I find meeting the participants, exploring their ideas, and learning about their organizations inspiring. I also like the challenge of guiding the participants to look at situations from fresh perspectives.” Dean is currently the Director of Customer Experience at Winnebago Industries in Eden Prairie. Prior to that, he was the Vice President of Product Marketing for GEOTEK in Stewartville and has a wealth of marketing management experiences from such companies as Toro, General Mills, and General Electric. He holds an MBA from Harvard Business School.
Earl puts his experience in leadership and marketing to use as a Forum Leader for the Leading Change Forum and Management Forum, and as a Discussion Leader for the Executive Forum, Leading Negotiations Forum, and Marketing Forum. When speaking of his role as a Discussion Leader, Earl shared, “Many participants come into the forums believing that their circumstances are unique. They leave with valuable connections with industry peers and others in their community.” Earl has served in an executive leadership and partner role at BerganKDV, now with Creative Planning, for over 18 years. Prior to that, he was with Tarantella Software and Amdahl. He holds an MBA from the Carlson School of Management.
Eric is a Discussion Leader for the Executive Forum, the Management Forum, and the Leading Negotiations Forum. In Eric’s role as an investment banker, he works closely with owners and management teams and negotiations related to ownership and management succession planning. Eric is currently the Managing Director at Northborne Partners and an adjunct professor at the University of Minnesota Law School. A graduate of Carleton College, he earned a JD from the University of Minnesota Law School.
Greg is the Forum Leader for the Strategy Forum, and he enjoys helping organizations align their efforts to a common objective with a clear strategy – and then identifying the activities necessary to execute on that strategy. He is currently the President/Chief Operating Officer at Coldspring. As a CPA, Greg’s background also includes finance, and he serves as a board member for a variety of non-profit and for-profit organizations. He holds an AMP degree from Harvard.
Greg enjoys being a Discussion Leader for the Executive Forum because he feels “the participants are experienced and motivated to learn, making it a rich experience for all involved.” Greg is a Partner with Granite Partners, and was formerly the Principal and founder of Schumacher Executive Search in Minneapolis. He received an MBA from the University of Minnesota and a Bachelor of Science degree from St. John’s University.
Hudda Ibrahim is a FranklinCovey-certified facilitator and an inclusion strategist and cultural change catalyst at Filsan Talent Partners. Hudda has extensive expertise in training, teaching, and curriculum development. Hudda graduated from the College of Saint Benedict and Saint John’s University majoring in conflict resolution and English literature. She went on to earn a Master’s in conflict resolution from the University of Notre Dame, South Bend, Indiana. Now she is pursuing Doctor of Education and Leadership at Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota.
Jeff is the Forum Leader for the Marketing Forum. He enjoys helping others realize their full potential. During his career he has successfully championed and led dozens of initiatives to deliver improved organizational performance. Jeff’s background includes twelve years of sales and marketing experience. He is currently the General Manager at Wendell’s, Inc. out of Ramsey, Minn. Jeff has also been a board member for WACOSA since 2014 and was appointed Board President in 2016. He is a graduate of St. John’s University, and he earned his MBA at the Carlson School of Management.
Joan is a Discussion Leader for the Executive Forum. She has over 25 years of leadership experience in businesses ranging from manufacturing to financial services to web-based software as a service. Currently, Joan is CEO of Park Industries, an award-winning manufacturer of capital equipment recognized for its innovation and community philanthropy. Joan is passionate about turning obstacles into opportunities, enabling individuals and teams to emerge from such experiences stronger, wiser, and more capable than ever before. In addition to her work at Park, she sits on the U.S. Bank Mid-Minnesota Advisory Board, the Board of Governors of Steffes LLC, the Greater St. Cloud Development Corporation Board, the St. Cloud Technical & Community College Foundation Board, and the Board of the Central Minnesota Boy Scouts.
Joanne is a Discussion Leader for the Executive Forum, Management Forum and Strategy Forum. As the Operating Partner for Granite Partners, Joanne has been exposed to organizations undergoing significant change. She enjoys working with groups who are refining their strategies, and she is particularly interested in giving people the tools to implement change well. Prior to her Granite and consulting work, Joanne spent eight years working in the manufacturing industry, six of them with Honeywell, a large global technology and manufacturing leader. Joanne has an MBA from the Harvard Business School.
Jolene puts her experience in “consultative facilitation” to use as a Discussion Leader for the Marketing Forum. Alternating between consulting and client side assignments, Jolene has worked with a variety of businesses across a number of industries. She is currently a principal with Astrion Partners, a business and brand strategy consulting group. Previously she was CMO for Bellisio Foods and has held a variety of assignments during her tenures with The Pillsbury Company and Best Buy. She holds an MBA from the Carlson School of Management.
Jon Tufte is a facilitator for Anderson Center’s Inclusive Leadership Forum. Jon has lived in the St. Cloud area for over 50 years. He received his BS in Business Management (Human Resources emphasis) and a minor in music in 1976. He received his MS in Human Resources Training and Development in 1994 from St. Cloud State University. Jon served as the Facilitator of Organizational Development for CentraCare Health for over 25 years. He is certified to facilitate numerous FranklinCovey leadership offerings, as well as VitalSmarts – Crucial Conversations, Crucial Accountability and Influencer. He is also certified in DISC, Gallup Strengths Finder, and CultureWorks – What Motivates Me – all assessments helping the leader better understand their gifts, and possible biases, they bring to their daily work and their personal life. His passion and purpose in life is to help individuals discover their authentic self in everything they do through 1:1 coaching and facilitating learning opportunities – such as the forums offered through Anderson Center!
Josh is a Discussion Leader for the Operations Forum and facilitates a case on Lean Initiatives. He is currently the Director of Stone Operations at Coldspring. Josh began his career at Coldspring as an intern and has held positions in Production Management, Continuous Improvement, and Corporate Purchasing. He holds a Bachelor’s degree from St. Cloud State University in Operations Management.
June is FranklinCovey®-certified and a facilitator for the Leadership Forum and the 7 Habits for Managers Forum as well as the Supervisors Forum. She is currently a consultant with Granite Partners. Prior to joining Granite, she served as Leadership Development Manager for a large corporation serving a family of companies. She holds many certifications focused on leadership and coaching, including The Hudson Institute of Santa Barbara, and she is an Achieve Global master trainer. June graduated from the University of Minnesota-Duluth with a degree in English and she earned a Master’s degree in Education from St. Cloud State University.
Kathy serves as a Discussion Leader for the Marketing Forum and Executive Forum. Kathy enjoys meeting and interacting with the participants and discussing marketing concepts. Kathy served as Coldspring’s Director of Marketing for 15 years before retiring in 2020. Prior to joining Coldspring, Kathy was employed by Wolters Kluwer (aka Bankers Systems) and Webber Advertising. She holds a Bachelor’s degree from St. Cloud State University in Marketing.
Kevin Ennis is a FranklinCovey®-certified facilitator, was a full-time consultant for FranklinCovey for three years, and serves as a Discussion Leader for the Leadership Forum, 7 Habits for Managers Forum, Supervisors Forum, and Speed of Trust Forum. Today, Kevin is an independent HRD/OE Consultant with over 20 years of US-based and international experience as a leader and consultant. Throughout his career, Kevin has served in a variety of positions including the Director of Strategic Learning & Development at UnitedHealth Group, Director of Organizational Effectiveness at Carlson Hotels Worldwide, and Director of People Development for Radisson Edwardian Hotels, London UK. Kevin is a retired US Navy officer with 20-years of service. He graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a degree in Political Science/History and went on to study International HR and Management at the University of St. Thomas.
Mardi Noyes is a Discussion Leader for the Supervisors Forum. Currently the Vice President of Human Resources for Microbiologics, Mardi has over 20 years of experience in Human Resources. She shares HR knowledge with several St. Cloud-area boards and advisory groups, is a former adjunct instructor at St. Cloud State University, and is a member of the Society for Human Resources Management. She holds a Master of Public Administration degree from the University of Illinois, and she is professionally certified as a Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) and as a Society for Human Resources Management-Senior Certified Professional (SHRM-SCP).
Matt Kilian is FranklinCovey®-certified and a facilitator for the Leadership Forum. He is currently the President of the Brainerd Lakes Chamber of Commerce, one of the largest chambers in Minnesota at more than 900 business members. Prior to that, Matt served as Vice President for External Relations at the Initiative Foundation for 15 years. He began his career at an advertising agency and has also taught college courses in both advertising and public relations. Matt gets his energy from brainstorming big new ideas, facilitating meaningful discussions, and building bridges between business and community leaders. He graduated from St. Cloud State University with Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees in Mass Communications.
Meg Hickey McGuire
Meg serves as a Discussion Leader for the Executive Forum where she enjoys exploring strategy and strategic planning with participants. Meg has experience working with management teams on developing new strategies, facilitating strategic planning, and pursuing new investments or partnerships. Meg is currently Investment Director at Granite Partners and prior to Granite had roles in both private investing and strategy consulting. She is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin – Madison and earned her MBA from the Harvard Business School.
Melissa serves as a Discussion Leader for the Anderson Center’s Leading Change Forum. She enjoys being a Discussion Leader as it provides an opportunity for her to impact participants’ professional growth and development as well as her own. Melissa has a Master’s degree in Human Resources and Industrial Relations from the University of Minnesota and over 10 years of experience in Human Resources. Today she is a business consultant as well as a family and marriage counselor. She was previously the Director of Human Resources at NativeX, where she partnered with business leaders to align human resources with the strategic goals of the organization.
Mike is Vice President and General Manager at Massman Companies. Mike has broad experience in manufacturing of consumer, industrial and commercial products. He has a passion for marrying systems, tools, and process with organizational structure and employee talent to generate exceptional results. An engineer at heart, Mike loves using data-based models to help solve complex business problems. He has a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Stanford University, and an M.B.A. in Sustainable Business. Mike is a Discussion Leader for the Executive Forum.
Pam serves as a Discussion Leader for the 7 Habits for Mangers Forum and Leading Change Forum. She is currently the Vice President of Economic Development at the Southern Minnesota Initiative Foundation in Owatonna. Pam has worked in community and economic development for 20 years, convening conversations that further business efforts and community collaborations to foster economic prosperity in southern Minnesota. Pam’s passion to guide conversations often result in creative processes, collaborative partnerships, and pioneering results. This same passion is a key reason she chose to serve as a Discussion Leader.
Pat is a Discussion Leader for the Governance Forum. Pat believes that the case method is one of the most powerful learning tools he’s ever experienced, sharing, “It allows us to engage with real-world, practical solutions analogous to those that we face in business every day.” His work as a Partner at Granite Partners has given him insight into strategic planning and management succession. Prior to Granite, Pat worked for nine years in several positions with Medtronic. Pat currently serves on the Boards of Microbiologics and the United Way of Central Minnesota. Pat earned his MBA at Harvard Business School and his BA at Carleton College.
Rick serves as the Forum Leader for the Governance Forum and is Managing Partner at Granite Partners. His direct experience with governance includes planning for and developing advisory boards and full boards of directors – either from scratch or as a reorganization. He brings valuable board experience to the forum, having served on multiple for-profit and non-profit boards over the past ten years. Rick is a graduate of Saint John’s University, and he went on to earn an MBA from Harvard Business School and a Master’s in Public Administration from Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government.
Sandy is a Discussion Leader for the Management Forum. Sandy is currently the Chief Financial Officer for Massman Companies. He has 20 years of experience and has held executive leadership roles in industries from transportation, technology, and distribution, to engineering, and manufacturing, and in venture capital funded companies to large publicly held global enterprises. He is energized being an executive partner to the CEO and leadership team using his financial and business acumen to evaluate strategy, assess opportunities, and in leading teams in business transformation. Sandy is a graduate of St. Mary’s College of California where he earned his BS in Accounting and an MBA.
Shelly Bauerly Kopel
Shelly serves as a Discussion Leader for the Governance Forum and as Forum Leader for the Supervisors Forum. When asked about the role of the Anderson Center, Shelly said, “I believe in human capital and that people can make all the difference. I am particularly interested in the role of leadership development and management education in shaping and growing organizations.” Shelly is a Partner with Granite Partners, leading its governing activities, and she brings a variety of board governance experience to this forum. She serves on the boards of Vector Windows and the College of Saint Benedict and has served on several other boards in the past. Shelly holds a Master’s in Education degree from Harvard, an MBA from the Carlson School of Management, and a PhD in Educational Administration from the University of Minnesota.
Steve is the Forum Leader for the Operations Forum, where he facilitates a case on Operations Culture and a Supply Chain Simulation. He is currently the Quarry Materials Director at Coldspring, responsible for the advancement and expansion of the Quarry Products Division. Steve has held prior positions with the organization in the areas of Continuous Improvement and Purchasing and Logistics. Prior to joining Coldspring, he was a Consultant for Brian P. Little and Associates. Steve holds degrees in Business Management from Mankato State University and Industrial Engineering from the University of Minnesota.
Steve is the Executive Vice President of Preferred Credit, Inc. and serves as a Discussion Leader for Strategy Development. Steve has a passion for leadership, culture, and strategy. He serves on several committees and boards in the local community, including the Boys and Girls Club and United Way of Central Minnesota. He graduated from Colgate University in New York and went on to earn his MBA with a focus on strategy from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University.
Thomas is a Discussion Leader for the Data Analytics Foundations Forum. As Advisory Service Director at Granite Partners, Thomas focuses on the integration of new platform and add-on acquisitions as well as developing strategic partnerships with Granite’s key suppliers and advisors. Prior to Granite, Thomas spent several years at McKinsey & Company, where he had the opportunity to lead teams leveraging data to solve problems, generate insights, make better decisions, and create value for many Fortune 500 clients. Early in his career, Thomas spent time at Target in a mix of Merchandising and Operations roles. Thomas currently serves on the board of All Flex Solutions. Thomas holds an MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business, and BA in Economics from the University of Chicago.
Tim is a Discussion Leader for the Operations Forum, where he facilitates a case on Quality Control and Process Flow. Tim is currently the Executive Vice President of Municipal for DeZURIK. Prior to joining DeZURIK, Tim was the President of a small contract manufacturing firm in Central Minnesota and spent 10 years in the appliance industry with Electrolux. He holds a degree in Mechanical Engineering from North Dakota State University and an MBA from St. Cloud State University.
Tracy is a Discussion Leader for the Management Forum, where she enjoys working with the participants and sharing her experiences with systems improvements. Tracy is currently the Technology Director for Granite Partners. She has experience working with clients on business system improvement with a focus on sales force automation, marketing, and channel management. She holds an MBA from St. Cloud State University.