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Jason Aarsvold has been a Municipal Advisor in Ehlers’ Roseville office since September 2013 assisting Minnesota cities to design and implement financial solutions.  Prior to joining Ehlers, he had 16 years of municipal development and finance experience.  Jason has analyzed and negotiated some of the most complicated municipal development and redevelopment projects in our region, navigating complex financial issues and creating new, innovative development and legislative strategies.  One of Jason’s greatest contributions to Ehlers and his clients is his depth of understanding of the development process, public finance, community building, public policy, and public-private partnership management.  His wide range of economic development experience includes everything from repositioning multi-family housing projects to working with multi-national corporations.

Abraham Algadi
has a B.A from University of Jordan, Classic Archaeology - Amman Jordan and a Masters in Urban Planning  from Texas State University, San Marcos Texas - LBJ’s Alma Mater.  He guided the largest annexation in Pine Island’s history increasing the city boundaries by 2 square miles and providing transportation and public infrastructure along U.S. Hi way 52. He helped direct $42,000,000 in transportation and private funding to build the first diverging diamond interchange in the State of Minnesota with less than $250,000 direct investment from local resources while leveraging over $6.8 million in private funding  host the annual Worthington Bio-science Conference in April of each year. The conference is an industry meeting place, and a chance to promote knowledge based business growth in rural Minnesota. He has served on many Boards of Directors, and enjoys model RC aircraft and other flying objects, design, construction, repair, and flying.

Patrick Brama
is the Assistant City Administrator/ Economic Development Manager for the City of Ramsey, located in the northwest metro of the Twin Cities.  Patrick is a graduate of St. Cloud State University, where he received his Master’s in Public Administration and Bachelors in Community Development with a minor in Business Finance.  During his time at Saint Could State, Patrick completed four internships at four different municipalities.  Internships ranged from city planning to economic development, and from event coordination to city administration.  His final internship, at the City of Ramsey, turned into a six-year career, including four separate positions.  Patrick carries with him a passion for public service, a calling to give back to the community, and a drive to get projects done.  Over his eight-year tenure in local government, he has specialized in project management and real estate development.

Brad Chapulis
currently serves as the Baxter Minnesota City Administrator since Spring 2017. A planner by training and practice, he also served as community development director for the city of Worthington.

Brent Cory has served as President and CEO of the Eagan Convention and Visitors Bureau since 2006 and is charged with promoting Eagan as a top destination of choice for business professionals, group tour operators, meeting planners and leisure travelers.  Cory’s career in marketing spans just over 20 years and encompasses the publishing, sports marketing, chamber of commerce and tourism industries.  A native of Wells, Minnesota, Cory earned his Bachelor of Arts degree from Winona State University and currently resides in Shakopee with his wife and two children.

 

Jason Dayton is the founder of the Minneapolis Cider Company, formerly known as Lionheart Cider. As the company continues to grow Jason is in charge of bringing the company's vision for an urban ciderhouse in NE Minneapolis to fruition. A former General Mills employee and University of Minnesota graduate, Jason is deeply rooted in the local food & beverage startup community.

Elise Durbin
is an Economic Development Project Coordinator with Hennepin County.  She has worked for the county for two years in their Community Works department, where she manages economic development and transit oriented development projects and programs.  Prior to Hennepin County, Elise worked for the City of Minnetonka on housing, redevelopment, transit, and economic development projects.  Elise holds a Master of Arts degree in Urban Studies from Minnesota State University-Mankato and a Bachelor of Science degree in Environmental Studies from Bemidji State University.   

Cris Gastner
joined the Community and Economic Development Associates (CEDA)  team in April 2005. His experience prior to joining CEDA was in the fields of sales and marketing. Having grown up in a small town, he is very passionate about helping them remain viable. Cris’ community involvement includes the Lake City Marina Board and the Athletic Boosters Board.

Jim Gromberg
has over 25 years of experience in economic development and currently serves as WSB’s Economic Development Coordinator assisting municipalities with both strategic planning, funding analysis, redevelopment, and greenfield projects. Prior to WSB, Jim was the State of Minnesota’s Business Development Representative for the Twin Cities metro area, focusing on the attraction of new businesses to the state and assisting businesses in expanding their current locations. Jim has also served as the Vice President for Business Banking for Landmark Bank focusing primarily on SBA lending, the Business and Community Relations Manager for Connexus Energy, City Administrator for Isanti, and Economic Development Coordinator for the City of Ramsey. Jim has also served as the President of the Economic Development Association of Minnesota, President of the Anoka Area Chamber of Commerce, President of the Anoka-Ramsey Community College Foundation, and Mid-America Economic Development Council Board of Directors. Jim also holds the Certified Economic Development Financial Professional designation.

John Guenveur 
is co-Founder of WOODCHUCK USA and currently oversees the functional areas of treasury and banking, taxes and accounting, AP/AR, budgeting, financial reporting, inventory management, process improvement, purchasing, production management, and administrative organization. Additionally, John provides leadership regarding marketing and sales strategy, as well as talent acquisition and development.

Jill Hutmacher
is the Community Development Director for the City of Eagan which is currently experiencing a surge of development activity including Viking Lakes, Prime Therapeutics, and Quarry Road, as well as several medical office building, apartment, and hotel projects.  Previously Jill was the Community Development Director for the City of Arden Hills where she worked to complete a master development plan, draft a form-based code, and secure a master developer for the Twin Cities Army Ammunition Plant.  As a Development Manager and Acting Port Authority Administrator for the City of Bloomington, Jill worked on Mall of America Phase II and other redevelopment projects.  Jill has a Master’s Degree in Urban Planning from Minnesota State University – Mankato and 20 years of experience in community and economic development.    


Kylle Jordan
is a Regional Business Development Manager for the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED).  In her role she works closely with companies of all types to help them locate and expand in communities throughout Minnesota.  She manages DEED’s Shovel Ready program and is also the state’s industry specialist in Data Centers.  Through the Shovel Ready program she works with over 30 site managers to help them market their locations, as well as communities interested in becoming Shovel Ready.  As a non-engineer, Kylle worked closely with the team at WSB to jointly develop a training program for economic developers looking to better understand engineering studies for land development.  

James Lehnhoff
joined Ehlers’ Roseville office in October 2016 as a Municipal Advisor. James has nearly 14 years of local government and real estate development experience, including extensive work in land use planning, economic development, housing development, Pro Forma analysis, community engagement, and project management. He has successfully implemented complex and nationally recognized development projects to advance community goals. Prior to joining Ehlers, James led the real estate development team at Aeon, a non-profit housing developer, and previously served as the Community Development Director for the City of Arden Hills.

Marcus Owens
is a fourth-generation North Minneapolis resident who is deeply invested in the health of his community. A corporate-turned-nonprofit leader, he employs research, data and anecdotal information to understand the root causes of problems.  Marcus became the President of the Northside Economic Opportunity Network (NEON) in 2014. As president, Marcus is devoted to managing and developing the organization by being a fiscal leader, strategic thinker, and dedicated community partner.  Marcus has over 15 years managerial experience as an expert in financial management, human resource management, diversity and inclusion, sales and marketing. Marcus has worked within a variety of roles and industries as Target Corporation, TCF National Bank as well as his own entrepreneurial endeavors. He obtained a degree in Business Administration from Metropolitan State University and has a MBA from the University of St. Thomas.  Marcus was named a 2017 Bush Fellow and seeks to further his leadership to seek training with national and international experts in the field of innovative community development; while increasing his knowledge of wealth-building strategies for low- to moderate-income communities and develop the skills to be a leader who drives sustainable change.


Nick Roseth is Chief Operations Officer of SWAT Solutions, a technology solutions group focused on helping clients evolve their technology and quality ecosystems. Nick works best at the intersections of creative, technology, and business. As an evangelist for Minnesota, Nick is passionate about the Minnesota Tech Community, is a connector of people and ideas, and is also the producer of DocuMNtary, a film about the story of technology in Minnesota.

Miles Seppelt
is originally from Osakis, Minnesota (near Alexandria) and graduated from the University of Minnesota, Morris where he completed majors in business administration and economics.  Later Miles obtained a Masters Degree in Economic Development from St. Cloud State University.   Along the way he served 21 years in the U.S. Army and Minnesota National Guard, with one tour of peacekeeping duty in Bosnia shortly after their civil war.  Miles is certified as an Economic Development Finance Professional by the National Development Council, is a Certified Master Consultant through Business Retention & Expansion International and just earned his Business Incubation Management Certificate from the International Business Innovation Association.  Miles has been serving as the Economic Development Director for the City of Hutchinson for 12.5 years during which time they won the 2010 Business Recruitment Award and the 2013 Marketing Award from the Economic Development Association of Minnesota and, most recently, the 2017 City of Excellence Award from the League of Minnesota Cities for the TigerPath Skilled Workforce Development Initiative.  In his spare time Miles operates a small hobby farm and volunteers with a college campus ministry called InterVarsity Christian Fellowship.

Joya Stetson
has worked in economic development for the City of Stewartville through her work with Community and Economic Development Associates (CEDA) since 2014. She holds a Master of Public Administration degree from the University of South Dakota and a Bachelor of Arts in English and Spanish from the University of Minnesota- Twin Cities.  Joya’s area of interest in research had an emphasis on leadership theory.  Joya was previously employed with the State of Nebraska where she conducted compliance investigations and oversaw the licensing process for the Nebraska Real Property Appraiser Board. This experience has provided familiarity with the real estate industry and state agency legislation.  Joya has been consistently involved in communities where she resided as an advocate of youth empowerment and education.  Additionally, Joya continues to develop her knowledge of and passion for the Spanish language and Hispanic cultures.

Marcq Sung
has a varied background from social responsible investing to sustainability to public relations and marketing. Sung has an MBA from Presidio focused on sustainability and graduate studies in journalism and mass communication from the University of Minnesota - Twin Cities. Sung currently serves as treasurer on the Coalition of Asian American Leaders, an organization that strives to make all Minnesotans, regardless of background, actively engaged and able to achieve prosperity.

Anna Thill
has served as President for Visit Mankato for over 10 years. She is a Certified Destination Management Executive (CDME) with a master’s degree from MSU, Mankato in Urban Planning. Her professional service in the industry includes a governor appointed position on the Explore Minnesota Tourism Council, a Board member of the MN Association of CVB”s, member on the Super Bowl Advisory Committee and several other industry related committees and Boards. Locally she has built Visit Mankato into a well recognized destination management organization and has personally been involved in the development of numerous “tourism products” that are legacy pieces for the community including the Mankato Marathon, trail enhancements and arts and cultural assets. Currently a significant focus of Anna’s work is on building the Mankato Sports Commission as well as the assets it has to sell and coordinating with Greater Mankato Growth on long-term economic development through talent attraction and retention.


Wesley  Uthus
has been featured in Finance & Commerce, the Minneapolis St. Paul Business Journal, and numerous other publications.  She is an owner and co-founder of Primp. Wesley graduated from the University of Minnesota in 2008 with a degree in apparel design.  Two years later she opened her own apparel store with her friend and business partner.  Primp now has nine stores in Minnesota and South Dakota and employs more than 50 people.

Kevin Walli has been working in the legislative process in St. Paul or Washington, D.C. for 40 years. Kevin started his career as a City Planner at the Department of Planning and Development in the City of Duluth. He served as Legislative Assistant and Federal Projects Coordinator for Congressman James L. Oberstar from 1977 to 1980. From 1981 to 1983, he served as the Committee Administrator for the Minnesota House Regulated Industries Committee. He became St. Louis County’s lobbyist in 1984 and served for two Sessions. He was then hired by the Minnesota Association of Homes for the Aging to work on the long-term care matters until 1987 when he became the Executive Director of the Arrowhead Regional Development Commission – dealing with business development, transportation infrastructure and land use issues. He joined the Fryberger law firm in 1991 and has represented a variety of business and municipal clients at the State Capitol.  


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