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Dave Anderson, Senior Vice President at Frauenshuh Commercial Real Estate, co-leads the Corporate Services team and provides representation and consultation to corporate and commercial real estate users, investors and owners to support their firms’ strategy and create value in their real estate positions. David’s practice includes corporate real estate services, tenant and buyer representation, development, acquisition and disposition services and strategic advisory services on a local and national level. David’s professional experience spans over 25 years in the commercial real estate, development, construction and economic development industry. Dave’s broad ranging experience includes working with small businesses, corporations and institutional and public entities on an array of real estate projects from strategic analysis, site selection, acquisitions, dispositions, land and building development, project financing, government permitting and overall project and transaction coordination. Throughout his career, David has been directly involved in the advancement of real estate transactions and development projects totaling more than $750 million in value.

Tonya Bauer has been with Saint Paul Port Authority since 2008 and is the director of strategic development. She is responsible for the Port's business retention and expansion program where she conducts long-term strategic planning with companies looking to grow in the community, partnering to foster economic development in St. Paul and region. In addition to overseeing the Port's tenant relations and property management, Tonya provides significant project management support and plays a key role in the Port’s business development strategies. She participates in various boards and trade organizations to best engage and represent the business community. She sits on the Board of Directors for the Midway Area Chamber of Commerce and the East Side Area Business Association. She is also an active member of the City of Saint Paul’s Business Review Council.

Aaron Brossoit is CEO and a founder at Golden Shovel Agency, a firm specializing in communications for economic development. Aaron has over 12 years of experience working in the economic development industry and 20 years as a marketing professional. He has led the creation of communication tools and services currently supporting over 150 economic development organizations across North America. Aaron’s core competencies include web development, marketing strategy, branding, and communications. His work has been awarded through a variety of National, Regional and State award programs. He is a sought-after presenter and thought leader at industry conferences with a focus on new trends in business and workforce attraction. Aaron and his team pioneered the first virtual reality tools for the economic development industry and unveiled them at the 2017 IEDC Annual Conference in Toronto.

Jay Demma, AICP is a senior planner based in the Minneapolis office of Perkins+Will, a global planning and design firm. Jay has over 20 years of experience in land use planning and economic analysis and has worked on a wide variety of project types including transit-oriented development, redevelopment, brownfields, corridor studies, small area plans, campus plans, comprehensive plans, economic development studies, and real estate market studies. Jay regularly speaks about the complex relationships among demographics, economics, and land use change.

Pete DeSutter is Senior Program Manager at AAR MRO Services.

Daniel Fanning oversees communications, marketing, public and government relations for Lake Superior College and serves as Executive Director of LSC Foundation. Through community outreach and engagement, alumni relations, and public relations, he helps raise the profile of LSC/LSC Foundation and enhance the positive impact it has on students, alumni, regional employers and our overall community.

Donovan Hannu, PE is currently a Group Manager of Environmental Services at Bay West. He has helped clients (including the City of Duluth) buy, sell, and develop contaminated property for over 28 years. He has played key roles in area-wide assessments for various Minnesota communities throughout his career and has been at the forefront of tackling other emerging environmental issues in Minnesota such as vapor intrusion and PFAS.

Brian Hanson became APEX’s President and CEO in June of 2012. During the fifteen years prior to joining APEX, he was involved in business and community development in both the public and private sector, specializing in economic development finance, regional marketing, and executive-level prospect development. Brian has experience in industry research, strategic planning, and financial modeling in support of business expansion activities. His work has contributed to several significant regional business expansion, retention and attraction projects in industries including mining, engineering, manufacturing, heavy aircraft maintenance, aviation and data centers. Brian holds a bachelor’s degree in accounting from the University of Minnesota Duluth. He is a certified Economic Development Finance Professional through the National Development Council and has served on several regional development partnerships and nonprofit boards including the Minnesota Marketing Partners, Jobs for Minnesotans, Arrowhead Growth Alliance, Iron Range Economic Alliance, Northspan Group, and Junior Achievement of the Northland. Brian enjoys biking, hiking, live music, live sports – GO DOGS, cooking, gardening, hunting and fishing.

Dr. Patrick Johns was named president of Lake Superior College by The Minnesota State Board of Trustees in May 2010. Prior to LSC, he served as president of Anoka-Ramsey Community College in Coon Rapids for nearly 21 years. Johns has held various leadership positions in higher education. He served as dean of academic affairs at Minnesota West Community and Technical College; and dean at Riverland Community College. He also served as financial aid director, counselor, recruitment coordinator and adjunct instructor at Mesabi Range Community and Technical College. Johns also worked as an assistant men’s basketball coach at the University of Minnesota Duluth. He holds bachelor’s degrees in history and psychology from the University of Minnesota Duluth, a master’s degree in guidance and counseling from the University of Wisconsin-Superior, and a doctorate in educational administration and adult and higher education from the University of South Dakota. He is the third president to serve since the merger of Duluth Technical College and Duluth Community College Center established Lake Superior College in 1995. Johns is originally from Duluth. His great-grandfather was one of the original settlers on Isle Royale in the late 1800s.

Krissy Johnson, NORTHFORCE Twin Ports Strategy & Development Consultant, works to connect employers to talent and in the Twin Ports and Northwestern Wisconsin. Additionally, she is the Director of Mentor Connection, a program powered by NORTHFORCE that connects college students and local professionals in an effort to retain them regionally. Krissy is active on multiple workforce boards and committee’s where she brings experience with both Fortune 500 companies and small businesses alike.

Peter Klein is Vice President of Finance at the Saint Paul Port Authority and MinnPACE. He has issued over $1 billion in bonds to finance projects for the expansion of private businesses, not-for-profits and public infrastructure during his time at the Port Authority. These projects have created over 25,000 jobs, redeveloped hundreds of acres of polluted properties, and generate over $29 million a year in real estate taxes. Pete administers three state-wide energy-financing programs: Trillion BTU (TBTU), Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE), and Energy Savings Partnership (ESP). He also manages a large District Energy system.

Tom Lambrecht is the economic development director for Great River Energy. In this role, he is responsible for administration and implementation of economic development strategies for 28 member electric cooperatives across Minnesota and coordination of federal state and local financing programs to achieve successful project financing and development. Tom is directly responsible for more than $35 million of internal development financing, with complete project costs in excess of $700 million. He handles administration of Member CEO Economic Development Advisory Board and is also actively involved in multiple economic development organizations at local state and national level.

Daniela Lorenz is the Business Development Coordinator for the City of Brooklyn Park where she serves as the first point of contact with the business community and assists businesses in addressing their workforce needs. Previously she worked as a Project Facilitator for Brooklyn Park’s Economic Development and Housing team where she created marketing materials that show cased programs, projects, and broader community. Daniela has a Master’s Degree in Urban and Regional Planning from the University of Minnesota with an emphasis on housing and community development.

David Ollila had his first idea for a product as a seven-year-old worried about his mother cutting fruit. Though the idea never quite stuck, David hasn’t stopped tinkering to find solutions to problems he encounters. A serial entrepreneur, innovator and inventor, he now holds 12 patents on everything from sporting goods to wearable technology. While constantly thinking about new ideas, David provides his expertise and experience to help cultivate entrepreneurship and opportunity in Flint at Skypoint Ventures, 100K Ideas and the Ferris Wheel Innovation Center. Since joining Skypoint as its President and Chief Innovation Officer, David has helped develop an ecosystem to foster entrepreneurship in the community. He learned early on that tools, resources and support are not always available to people on the ground floor. Unsatisfied with this reality, David set out to change it. He led the charge to develop the Ferris Wheel building into an innovation hub that many local businesses now call home. He also co-founded 100K Ideas to help passionate innovators create products, services and startups of their own. In addition, his work is literally on display throughout the Ferris Wheel building. When he and Phil Hagerman set out to renovate the building to fit their vision, they quickly found there was no viable solution. So, David built one. He designed a flexible, inexpensive and quick-to-install prototype that was used to build out the seven-story building. Now that product is yet another Flint-based business: Divide by Design. Before joining Skypoint, David was the founding director of Invent@NMU, a nationally recognized innovation and commercialization center located at Northern Michigan University, which helps aspiring inventors get their ideas to market and spurs economic development in the Upper Peninsula. He also started a number of ventures, including Marquette Backcountry Ski, the first helmet camera, and U.P. Mountain Biking Magazine. David’s pivotal work improving and growing local economies has captured the attention of leaders at all levels and earned him multiple invites to the White House. .

Lynne Osterman serves as Executive Director of Community Exchange, bringing over 25 years of experience working with groups, organizations, companies, and not-for-profit entities to achieve common goals. Lynne’s role is focused on community engagement, particularly outside the Twin Cities metro area, helping to set the table for eventual community-led opportunity zones projects to attract opportunity zone funding. Community Exchange is a founding partner of the Minnesota Opportunity Collaborative (MNOppCo) and Lynne serves as co-leader of this new statewide initiative with Elissa Hansen and Karl Schuettler of The Northspan Group, Inc. MNOppCo is a joint effort to market Minnesota’s opportunity zones to investors and educate stakeholders about the federal incentive. When not working to advance Minnesota's 128 opportunity zones, Lynne is a grandmother, wife, and mother residing in New Hope with her husband, Ron. A 'recovering legislator' (MN House, 2003-2004), Lynne still dabbles in politics and maintains governmental relationships at the local, regional, and state levels.

Melissa Poehlman, AICP is the Assistant Director of Community Development for the City of Richfield. In this role she focuses on redevelopment projects and manages the City's Planning and Housing Inspections staff. Ms. Poehlman received her undergraduate degree in Geography from UW - Madison, and a Master's Degree in Urban and Regional Planning from the University of MN.

Lonnie Provencher, Principal at Interstate Development, is responsible for the company’s growth and expansion. Lonnie graduated from St. John’s University. He enjoys water sports, snow sports, camping and fishing. Lonnie resides in Apple Valley with his wife Katie and their three children.

Leslie Roering began her career with Aeon in July 2011 as an Assistant Site Manager. After nearly eight years there, Leslie has gained robust experience with the intricacies of affordable housing. As a Senior Project Manager, Leslie manages various projects from rehabilitation to new construction. She oversees acquisition, design, financial feasibility analysis, city and community engagement. Additionally, Leslie volunteers with the Urban Land Institute’s UrbanPlan educational program and with The ALS Association of Minnesota/North Dakota/ South Dakota. Leslie holds a Bachelor of Design in Architecture from the University of Minnesota – Twin Cities.

Chad Ronchetti has been an Economic Developer with the City of Duluth for the past year. He prepares grant applications, provides technical assistance for development projects, and promotes business and industrial projects.

Breanne Rothstein, AICP is the Economic Development and Housing Director for the City of Brooklyn Park. She serves as program manager for Brooklynk and supports the Brooklynk staff. She has almost 15 years of experience in community development in the public and private sectors, working in communities primarily in the north and western suburbs of the Twin Cities and received her master’s of urban and regional planning in 2005 from the Humphrey School of Public Affairs.

Karl Schuettler is the Director of Research & Marketing at The Northspan Group, Inc., a nonprofit consulting firm based in Duluth. He manages regional economic development partnerships, provides support services to local communities, and researches and analyzes economic trends. He has worked with opportunity zones since the creation of the incentive to help communities identify tracts for investment, collect project information to market opportunities, and lay the foundations for the Minnesota Opportunity Collaborative (MNOppCo). He has previous experience in local economic development, organizational planning and analysis, and freelance public relations and journalism. A Duluth native, he holds a bachelor's degree from Georgetown University and a master's degree in urban and regional planning from the University of Minnesota.

Steve Schwanke is a Partner with Inland Development Partners. In this role, Steve provides land development, redevelopment and site selection for clients. With more than 30 years of experience, Steve adds particular value in advising on large-scale development and redevelopment opportunities and in assisting with commercial real estate and land decisions. In addition, he specializes in land planning, entitlements, zoning and master planning projects for commercial and mixed-use projects. Steve is active in a number of professional associations and frequently speaks on land development, redevelopment and economic development topics.

Jeff Shopek is Principal Civil Engineer and President of Loucks, a premier multidisciplinary consulting firm that inspires clients to make the best use of their land. Loucks combines unmatched understanding and foresight with analytical, creative thinking to help clients develop remarkable project sites. In addition to civil engineering, the firm offers land surveying, landscape architecture, land planning, and environmental services. Since 2000, much of Shopek’s work has focused on brownfield redevelopments and related demolition work, including Beacon Bluff, Total Tool, Globe Asphalt Shingle Plant, and the new Allianz Field, home of Minnesota United FC. His specific areas of expertise include grading plans, soil analysis, earthwork, site development, agency permitting approvals, stormwater treatment and conveyance systems, deconstruction, condemnations, and construction management. The Saint Paul Port Authority hired Shopek as the lead designer of the “Next Generation” underground infiltration and monitoring systems for the Beacon Bluff site in Saint Paul. He designed one of the largest underground infiltration systems in the State of Minnesota to treat stormwater on the 163-acre site. Shopek and AET were instrumental in creating a physical collection system which allowed for testing quality and quantity measurements specific to the stormwater influent and effluent, within and underneath the infiltration system. Shopek is well-recognized by his clients and peers for his extensive knowledge, experience, and contributions to the industry. In 2012, he received the Charles W. Britzius Distinguished Engineer Award from the Minnesota Federation of Engineering, Science and Technology Societies for “outstanding lifetime achievements in the practice of engineering.” In 2011, MSPE recognized his collaborative efforts with the Port Authority on the Beacon Bluff project with the 2011 Seven Wonders of Engineering Award and 2011 Peoples’ Choice Award. In 2010, Shopek was named one of 16 designated Fellow Members of the National Society of Professional Engineers for “exemplary service to the profession, NSPE, and the community.”

Stephanie Skraba,Greater NE MN Development Consultant for NORTHFORCE, is based on the Iron Range and works to strengthen connections between businesses and job seekers in the northern reaches of the 10-county NORTHFORCE area. Stephanie has a background in higher education and holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Community Development and a Master’s of Business Administration.

Jamie Stolpestad is a founder and managing partner of Minnesota Opportunity Zone Advisors (MN-OZA) and recently launched the DREAM Fund, a Minnesota-centric opportunity zone investment fund. The DREAM Fund (‘Developing Real Estate in Emerging Areas of Minnesota’) is a triple bottom line fund, focused on achieving social, environmental and economic impact in addition to financial returns for its investors. Jamie is a real estate-focused entrepreneur, advisor (NoVo Foundation, PVN Design Works, Knight Foundation Community Advisory Committee) and educator (NYU Stern School of Business). Past CEO Allianz Real Estate (first employee, grew to 16 FTE’s, $8.6B national debt & equity portfolio), other investment firms +$13B investment track record. Jamie is a Saint Paul native and graduate of Northwestern (B.A.) and Kellogg School M.B.A.

Ian Vincent , APEX Senior Business Developer, joined the team in May of 2014. His key responsibilities include support of the APEX mission and vision for private sector business development. He also played a managing role with NORTHFORCE.org for four of the past five years. He was also the team lead for the Talent Forecast workforce research project, which launched in fall of 2018. With deep ties to regional higher education and private industry, Ian continues to maintain a thought-leading role in the region’s workforce development community as well as acting vice president of AMFA, the Arrowhead Manufacturers and Fabricators Association.

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