Janet Ady is an experienced business strategist who works with expanding and relocating companies, and the communities that want to recruit these kinds of companies, with a focus on value-added agriculture. As president of Ady Voltedge, she has led growth initiatives for over 300 companies and for over 200 economic development organizations.
Ms. Ady's background is in market research and strategy development. In that capacity, she has conducted over 3,000 in-depth qualitative interviews with business and technical decision-makers across a broad swath of businesses. Her knowledge of multiple industries allows her to provide value to individual businesses as well as communities and regions targeting specific sectors.
She also brings an in-depth knowledge of the site selection process, especially in terms of understanding what factors are evaluated during each step along the decision-making process, how to optimally position places, and develop compelling, differentiating messages.
Doug Baker, 55, is chairman of the board and chief executive officer of Ecolab Inc. A trusted partner at more than one million customer locations, Ecolab is the global leader in water, hygiene and energy technologies and services that protect people and vital resources. With 2013 sales of $13 billion and 45,000 associates, Ecolab delivers comprehensive solutions and on-site service to promote safe food, maintain clean environments, optimize water and energy use and improve operational efficiencies for customers in the food, healthcare, energy, hospitality and industrial markets in more than 170 countries around the world. Ecolab has been named to Ethisphere’s list of the World's Most Ethical Companies for seven consecutive years, and included in Forbes’ ranking of the World’s Most Innovative Companies for three consecutive years. Ecolab also has been named to Chief Executive Magazine’s list of the Best Companies for Leaders (2013 and 2014), CDP Performance and Disclosure Leadership Indices (2013) and The Civic 50 (2013).
Baker began his career with Ecolab in 1989, following seven years in brand management at Procter & Gamble. At Ecolab, he has held key roles in marketing, sales and general management in both the U.S. and Europe, and leadership positions including vice president and general manager of Kay, a wholly owned subsidiary of Ecolab; senior vice president of the Institutional Sector; and president and chief operating officer of Ecolab. In July 2004, Baker was named president and chief executive officer and in May 2006, added chairman of the board to his duties. In 2011, Baker led Ecolab’s merger with Nalco, an $8 billion transaction which nearly doubled the size of the company. In 2013, he strengthened Ecolab’s energy services business through the $2.3 billion acquisition of Champion Technologies.
In 2012, Baker was inducted into the Minnesota Business Hall of Fame and in 2013, The Minneapolis St. Paul Business Journal named Baker the 2013 Executive of the Year.
In addition to his Ecolab responsibilities, Baker serves on the board of directors of Target Corporation and U.S. Bancorp. He also is trustee emeritus of the National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation and is a member of the Committee Encouraging Corporate Philanthropy (CECP).
Baker is active in the civic life of the Twin Cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul, Minn. He serves on the executive committee of the Greater MSP Partnership, a private-public partnership whose mission is to stimulate economic growth and prosperity in the region. Baker also serves on the board of overseers of the Carlson School of Management at the University of Minnesota as well as on the executive committee of the Minnesota Business Partnership, an organization comprised of CEOs from Minnesota’s top 100 companies focused on further enhancing the region’s quality of life. He is a board member of Parent Aware for School Readiness (PASR), a nonprofit organization to support the statewide expansion of Parent Aware, Minnesota’s Quality Rating and Improvement System.
Baker received a bachelor’s degree in English from Holy Cross College in Worcester, Mass.
Danielle Casey joined the City of Scottsdale in June of 2013. She is responsible for the oversight of the Economic Development Department, which includes executing the City's initiatives related to new business attraction, business retention and expansion, small business and entrepreneurial support, downtown development, and tourism.
Prior to joining the City of Scottsdale, Ms. Casey served in various executive roles at the City of Maricopa since June 2005, most recently as the Assistant City Manager. Departments under her oversight included economic development, community services, development services, and city-wide marketing and communications activities. Since the inception of the City of Maricopa, she managed a number of noteworthy tasks in the establishment of the City's economic development office, such as the creation of the Industrial Development Authority of the City of Maricopa, the authorship and Council approval of a Fast Track Development Program, the creation and implementation of the City's Business Retention and Expansion Program, and a city-wide branding initiative and 5-year Economic Development Strategic Plan. The creation of the City's Redevelopment District Area Plan was also developed under her purview and in its first year received two grant awards. Prior to joining the City of Maricopa, Ms. Casey attained significant experience in the nonprofit sector working in fundraising, marketing, and event and membership management.
Ms. Casey received her Bachelor's Degree from Arizona State University and Masters of Administration from Northern Arizona University, and is a Certified Economic Developer (CEcD) as well as a certified Economic Development Finance Professional (EDFP). She is a member of the International Economic Development Council, the Arizona Association of Economic Development (where she serves as President-Elect), and the Greater Phoenix Economic Council's Ambassador Steering Committee. In May of 2010, Ms. Casey was the proud recipient of the ‘Economic Developer of the Year–Small Community' award from the Arizona Association for Economic Development.
She is currently a proud resident of the City of Scottsdale.
JoAnn Crary is the President of Saginaw Future, a non-profit economic development organization. She has held that position since 1993 and has been in economic development since the mid 1980's. Crary completed her undergraduate degree from Ferris State University and has a Masters degree from Central Michigan University. She is a Certified Economic Developer (CEcD), a graduate of the University of Oklahoma's Economic Development Institute and is a certified Economic Development Finance Professional.
Crary is a member of the MEDC Collaborative Development Council and the Business Attraction Committee. She is currently on the International Economic Development Council's Board of Directors and serves as Secretary/Treasurer, is a member of the Governance Committee and the Economic Development Research Partners. IEDC is the foremost international economic development organization with nearly 4300 members. She has served on the IEDC Board since 2006.
Crary is also on the Saginaw County Revolving Loan Fund Board, Saginaw Brownfield Redevelopment Authority, Citizens Bank Market Area Board and the Saginaw Hospital Finance Authority. Crary also serves on the Board of Fellows at Saginaw Valley State University, Mobile Medical Response Finance Committee and is an ex officio member of the Saginaw County Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors.
Crary was recognized in 2013 as one of the Great Women of the Great Lakes Bay, was given the Wally Bronner Community Spirit Award from the Saginaw County Chapter of American Red Cross in 2010. She was also honored with the inaugural Economic Leadership Award from Junior Achievement of Northeast Michigan in 2010. The Saginaw County Chamber of Commerce gave Crary its inaugural Athena Award in 2005 and in 2001, the Michigan Economic Developers Association named Crary as the MEDA Medalist Award winner. In 1996, she was honored by Governor Engler as the Economic Developer of the Year for outstanding contributions in economic development.
JoAnn and her two children, KaLynn and Michael reside in Frankenmuth.
Mr. Richard K. Davis has been the Chairman of US BanCorp. (DE) at U.S. BanCorp. Equipment Finance, Inc. since December 11, 2007 and has been its Chief Executive Officer since December 2006 and President since October 19, 2004. Mr. Davis serves as the Chairman, Chief Executive Officer and President of U.S. Bank, the nation's fifth-largest bank. He serves as an Assistant Vice President of Claims at Maiden Re. He served as the Chief Operating Officer of US Bancorp, the holding company of Elavon Inc. from October 19, 2004 to December 2006. Mr. Davis has more than 30 years of experience in banking industry and was a key leader in the successful mergers of Firstar Corporation with U.S. BanCorp. in 2001, Firstar with Mercantile Bancorporation in 1999, and Star Banc Corporation with Firstar in 1998. Mr. Davis was responsible for Consumer Banking, including Retail Payment Solutions (card services), and he assumed additional responsibility for Commercial Banking from 2003 to 2004. He joined U.S. BanCorp. in November 1993.
Mr. Davis served as an Executive Vice President for Consumer Banking of Star Banc Corporation since 1993 to 2003. During this time, he also served as an Executive Vice President of Bank of America and of Security Pacific. Currently, he serves as the Chairman of Financial Services Roundtable. Previously, he was also Vice Chairman for Consumer Banking and Payment Services of US BanCorp. (DE) from February 2001 to October 2004. He served as Vice Chairman for Consumer Banking of Firstar Corporation from 1998 to 2001 and has also serves as Unit Vice Chairman of Xcel Energy Inc.
Mr. Davis has been an Executive Director of US BanCorp. since July 18, 2006. He serves as a Director of BITS Financial Services Roundtable. He has been a Director of The American Red Cross since January 26, 2011. He serves as a Director of U.S. BanCorp. Equipment Finance, Inc. and The Clearing House LLC. He has been a Director of Xcel Energy Inc. since 2006 and serves as its Lead Independent Director. He serves as a Director of the American Bankers Association, and Visa International, the Minnesota Orchestra, the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center, the Guthrie Theatre and the Minneapolis YMCA. Mr. Davis served as a Director of VISA U.S.A. Inc.
Mr. Davis holds a Bachelors Degree in Economics from California State University. He completed Banking School Programs at University of Washington and Cornell University.
Steve joined DCI in 2004 and has managed more than 20 economic development accounts, ranging from rural communities like the State of Wyoming to major metropolises like San Diego and Houston. He is currently working with several communities to promote their entrepreneurial environments nationally, including Albuquerque, Birmingham and Northwest Ohio. As a part of that outreach, he has placed dozens of client stories in Inc., Entrepreneur, Fast Company, TechCrunch, The Wall Street Journal and Wired. He is a graduate of Pennsylvania State University with a focus in broadcast journalism. He lives in Denver, CO with his wife, Michelle, and puppy, Sonoma.
Janyce Fadden's experience in both the private sector and leading a nonprofit have established her as a sought after leader and consultant. Currently she is Executive in Residence at the University of North Alabama assisting the College of Business with engagement strategies and President at Jbfadden Enterprises LLC, a management consulting firm.
In her previous role as President of the Rockford Area Economic Development Council, Fadden was responsible for managing all the organization's efforts, including business retention and expansion, new business recruitment, business startup and entrepreneurship, and improving the business climate of our region. Under Fadden's leadership, the RAEDC created and implemented innovative approaches to strategic planning for economic development and sustaining funding to support the organization. Fadden facilitated a collaborative approach to regional economic development work. In eight years, the results of this collaborative work resulted in the retention or creation of 18,700 jobs, $1,300M of capital investment and occupation of 13M square feet of development. During that time she served on the boards of the Rockford Area Convention and Visitors Bureau, Rockford Chamber of Commerce, Rockford Local Development Corporation, Alignment Rockford, Rockford Area Strategic Initiatives, and Stateline Angels. Janyce also served as Executive Director of the I-39 Logistics Corridor Association.
Prior to joining the RAEDC, Fadden served in various capacities as President, Vice President, and General Manager for major multinational corporations including Honeywell, General Signal, Applied Power, Pacific Scientific, and Danaher.
Fadden earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering and Management from Clarkson University in Potsdam, New York, and she earned her Master of Business Administration degree from Northern Illinois University.
Ms. Fish has over 20 years of direct experience leading the business development efforts of a small municipality, and working in both media and manufacturing sectors. As the Business Development Director for the City she managed the land sale and development in the City of Wausau's 400+ acre industrial park, including a $30 million private corporate headquarters/ manufacturing development. She took a leading role in planning, design, construction and programming for a new 42,900 square foot business incubator including successful grant writing/administration and other funding acquisition.
She has managed Industrial Revenue Bond deals, and wrote and administered three Tax Increment Financing Districts for the City of Wausau. She participated in deal structuring for several large development deals, utilizing multiple sources of funding and leveraging millions of dollars from the private sector.
Ms. Fish was President of the Wisconsin Economic Development Association in 2008. She is a Board Member of the International Economic Development Council (IEDC) from 2006-2008, and again currently. She is a Certified Economic Developer (CEcD) through the International Economic Development Association. She has her Masters of Business Administration from the University of Wisconsin, Oshkosh, and Bachelors of Business Administration in Marketing from the University of North Dakota.
Peter Frosch is the Director of Strategic Partnerships at GREATER MSP. In this role, he works with external stakeholders to develop and implement regional economic development strategy, and leads the organization’s 56 member Partner Advisory Council. Prior to joining the organization he served as Legislative Director for Congresswoman Betty McCollum in Washington D.C . and as Policy Director at the Minnesota Environmental Initiative in Minneapolis. Peter earned a bachelor’s degree from Northwestern University and master’s degree in International Relations from Ireland’s Dublin City University where he studied as a George Mitchell Scholar.
Since Oct 2006, Bob Guirl has been responsible for Strategy and Business Development for UTC Aerospace Systems' Electric Systems business unit. He is responsible for establishing strategies to pursue and win new business, and leads the competitive assessment activities and evaluation of merger and acquisition candidates.
Guirl is also a volunteer member of the Alignment Rockford Operating Board, a non-profit public school support organization for Rockford, Illinois public schools, and is the vice chair of its High School Pathways Committee.
From 2001 through 2006, Guirl led the company's activities for the Boeing 787 Dreamliner program, coordinating marketing, product development and systems integration efforts for the complete 787 UTC Aerospace Systems work package.
He has spent his more than 30-year professional career entirely with UTC Aerospace Systems, joining the company then known as Sundstrand Corporation in 1982. As program manager for Airbus systems, Guirl led the development team that redesigned the electrical power generating systems for the Airbus A320, A330 and A340 aircraft. As resident manager in Cheltenham England, Guirl led the acquisition of UK-based Dowty Aerospace's ram air turbine emergency power business.
Upon graduation in 1984 from the University of Illinois, with a Bachelor of Science degree in mechanical engineering, Mr. Guirl joined the company as project engineer for the NASA Space Shuttle program, and supported the Space Shuttle team in various roles for more than 11 years.
Mr. Guirl was born, and resides, in Illinois with his wife and two grown children.
Mr. Imboden is a place expert with eight years of private commercial real estate experience in brokerage, development, and finance. He manages Hennepin County's Transit-Oriented Development program. Mr. Imboden managed real estate development projects and finance for The Ackerberg Group, a Minneapolis-based boutique commercial real estate firm. Passionate about how and why places change, he has been an active community leader with experience as the President of a business association, neighborhood association board member, a policy advocate, and has published two local history books. B.S. University of Minnesota (Urban Studies).
Jim Kumon is the Executive Director of the Minnesota based non-profit, Strong Towns, which is focused on helping America's towns achieve financial strength and resiliency. Born and raised in rural southeastern Michigan, he is a graduate of the College of Architecture and Urban Planning at the University of Michigan. Jim started his professional career in architectural and urban design in Los Angeles and later practiced and lived in Denver.
He has worked as a designer and project manager across a range of land development, civic buildings and transportation infrastructure projects, working mostly with clients in governmental agencies. His professional and community organizing activities over the last ten years have focused on improving life and the built environment at the neighborhood scale. Now based in Minneapolis, Jim currently serves on the board of directors of his neighborhood association, chairs its redevelopment committee and is a liaison to the business association serving southwest part of the city.
Paul Krutko is Ann Arbor SPARK's president and CEO. Ann Arbor SPARK is a public-private partnership of business, government and academic institutions working to create economic prosperity in the Ann Arbor region.In his role as CEO, he leads the organization's efforts to expand the regional economy through initiatives to support entrepreneurs and early stage companies accelerating their growth to full potential. SPARK also supports the retention, expansion and attraction of mature companies that will grow the region's GDP. SPARK convenes the Ann Arbor region's public-private leaders and other stakeholders to implement a strategic framework designed to maintain and to enhance the region's global competitiveness.
Paul has 35 years of economic and community expertise. Before joining Ann Arbor SPARK, he led San Jose, California's economic development efforts, where he served as chief development officer. He has also worked in economic development for the cities of Cleveland OH and Jacksonville FL. In addition to his economic development leadership for San Jose and other cities, Paul founded Peloton Development, a consultancy devoted to advising businesses and municipal, regional, state and national governments on economic development and climate prosperity strategies and on creating high performing economic development leaders and teams.
He earned a Bachelor of Urban Planning and Design degree from the University of Cincinnati, College of Design, Architecture and Art. In addition to his responsibilities as SPARK CEO, Paul Krutko is honored to serve as chair of the preeminent professional economic development organization in the world, the International Economic Development Council (IEDC). He was designated a Fellow Member of IEDC in 2009.
Michael Langley is the founding CEO of GREATER MSP, the Minneapolis Saint Paul Regional Economic Development Partnership. GREATER MSP leads global promotion, regional strategy, and project management for economic growth and job creation in the Minneapolis Saint Paul region, with over three million residents and a Gross Metropolitan Product of over $200 Billion. He brings years of experience to the role as a widely recognized economic development strategist who has also led successful regional economic development organizations in Florida and Pennsylvania.
Michael's award winning work as a practitioner includes his leadership as CEO of the Allegheny Conference on Community Development in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, often regarded as a globally leading organizational model for regional economic development, regional advocacy, and public policy research. It also includes the founding of Langley Group, a national economic development consulting firm focused on regional best practices and economic growth strategies, where Michael served as President.
Prior to becoming an economic development practitioner, Michael led a successful corporate career, spent primarily in the technology sector working in leadership positions for a number of Westinghouse/CBS divisions, including serving as President and CEO of Westinghouse Audio Intelligence Devices, Inc., a world leader in wireless surveillance technology.
A graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy, Mike also earned a MS in information systems from the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, California. He served as a Navy pilot with more than 5,000 hours of flight and crew time on surveillance and intelligence missions worldwide and as a technology analyst on the staff of the Chief of Naval Operations. He has also been awarded an honorary doctorate in Humanities by American Intercontinental University for his work in community improvement.
Ken Meter is one of the most experienced food system analysts in the U.S., integrating market analysis, business development, systems thinking, and social concerns. As president of Crossroads Resource Center in Minneapolis, Meter holds 41 years experience in inner-city and rural community capacity building. His “Finding Food in Farm Country” studies have promoted local food networks in 85 regions in 30 states and one Canadian province. As coordinator of public process for the City of Minneapolis Sustainability Initiative, he guided over 85 residents in creating a 50-year vision for the city including sustainability measures. He served as an advisor for the USDA Community Food Projects including managing the proposal review panel, and serves as a contributing editor to the Journal of Agriculture, Food Systems, and Community Development. He is convenor and co-chair of the Community Economic Development Committee for the former Community Food Security Coalition. Meter taught economics at the University of Minnesota, and at the Harvard Kennedy School.
Max Musicant is the Founder and Principal of The Musicant Group – a leading edge placemaking firm dedicated to assisting property owners, developers, businesses, communities and governments create new value and solve complex problems by transforming underutilized public spaces and common areas into great places where people want to be.
Max began his career at the Greater Jamaica Development Corporation (GJDC) in Queens, NY. While there, he worked with an early leader of the Bryant Park Corporation to devise and implement placemaking and activation strategies for GJDC, one of the oldest and largest community development corporations in New York City. This included planning and implementing one of the New York City's largest outdoor jazz concerts series , opening the neighborhood's first art gallery/studio, and leading community mediation efforts to revitalize the largest area park.
Since founding The Musicant Group in the Twin Cities he has worked with a wide array of clients to create destination places. In Downtown Minneapolis he worked with the owners of the largest park on Nicollet Mall to more than triple its usage and dramatically increase tenant satisfaction. He also led the transformation of a vacant two-block parking lot into a one of a kind European-style marketplace, resulting in the Lyndale Gardens Winter Night Market —a signature community event for Richfield, MN. He is currently managing the creation and programming of the Twin Cities' first piazza, located on Nicollet Mall in the heart of Downtown Minneapolis, which was named one of the six Great Places of 2013 by the Sensible Land Use Coalition.
He currently sits on the boards of the Minneapolis St. Paul Film Society, the Urban Land Institute of MN's Young Leaders Group, the Yale Alumni Association of the Northwest and the Meisel Scholarship Fund of Westminster Presbyterian Church. He received an M.B.A. from the Yale School of Management and a B.A. in Political Science from the University of Wisconsin – Madison.
Mr. Peterson joined the company in December 2008 as executive vice president and chief human resources officer. He is responsible for the company's human resources efforts and provides direction for the company's strategies concerning Best People.
Mr. Peterson has 25 years of experience in human resources. Prior to joining the company, he served as the senior vice president and head of human resources for Select Comfort, Inc., a specialty retailer with 450 store locations, two manufacturing facilities and several distribution hubs staffed by homedelivery personnel. He has also held HR leadership roles with Lifetime Fitness, Inc., Simon Delivers.Com, Diageo/Pillsbury and the Quaker Oats Company.
Mr. Peterson earned his bachelor's degree in liberal arts from Marquette University of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and a master's degree in industrial relations from the University of Minnesota.
Cathy Polasky leads the City of Minneapolis Economic Development Division which includes Business Finance, Business Development and the Employment and Training Program.
Before joining the City in January, 2008, Ms. Polasky launched a nationwide mortgage division, as Senior Vice President for the Bank of America, leading 1000 employees, practiced law with the Popham Haik law firm, Prudential, and Norwest Mortgage, and worked on land use legislation at the Metropolitan Council.
Ms. Polasky presently serves as board president of The Family Partnership, and has previously served on the boards of the Center for Energy and the Environment, WCA Foundation, and Lake Country School.
Ms. Polasky lives in Minneapolis and has a law degree from the University of Minnesota, an MA in Urban Planning from the University of North Carolina and a BA in Geography and Urban Studies from Macalester College.
Laurie R. Preece serves as the Executive Director of Alignment Rockford, an innovative 501(c)(3) collective impact organization established in 2009 to improve public education in Rockford, Illinois.
Alignment Rockford's mission is to coordinate community resources aimed at raising student achievement, improving the health and happiness of children, and advancing the economic and social well-being of the community. The organization designs and pilots tactical solutions to strategic challenges facing Rockford Public Schools.
In fulfilling this important mission, Alignment Rockford engages a diverse array of community organizations and individuals from post-secondary education, government, business, churches and social agencies in a proprietary planning and implementation process. Alignment Rockford's working committees have designed, piloted and expanded initiatives ranging from College & Career Academies in Rockford's high schools to a community information campaign targeted at improving secure infant attachments with their caregivers.
As Alignment Rockford's director, Laurie works with a Governing Board of Directors to lead the implementation of the organization's vision: ensuring that all students graduate from high school with marketable employment skills, enroll in post-secondary education, and are eager to live, work, learn, create, and play in the Rockford region as contributing adults. This charge involves strategic planning, operational oversight, development and fundraising, public communications, and effectively managing relationships with a broad network of stakeholders.
Laurie speaks at regional and national events as an evangelist to communities seeking productive educator-employer partnerships. Prior to leading Alignment Rockford, Laurie served as the volunteer executive director of the Rockford Charter Schools Initiative whose mission was to support the development and authorization of high-quality charter public schools as innovative learning laboratories and academic options for families. The Rockford Public Schools Board of Education authorized three charters in 2009.
As vice president of marketing & business development with Mall of America, Jill Renslow is responsible for working with new and existing tenants to create unique experiences and drive sales and traffic. Bringing over 16 valuable years of development experience with Mall of America, Jill oversees retail marketing, advertising, digital media, group sales, events, amusement park and theater marketing. She also is responsible for forming strategic partnerships and technology advances. Working with various innovative partners, the goal is to develop and integrate emerging technologies into both Mall of America retail and entertainment environments.
Previously, Renslow was director of business development at Mall of America. During her tenure, Renslow oversaw a $25 million rebranding effort of the nation’s largest indoor amusement park, Nickelodeon Universe, as well as annual enhancements including new rides, attractions and partnerships. She also managed a $2 million renovation of Theatres at Mall of America, adding 3D technology, DBOX, StarBar and a V.I.P. theater. Improvements to the theater contributed to a 35 percent increase in gross revenue and a 26 percent decrease in expenses.
Renslow holds a B.A. in marketing communications from St. Cloud State University and an M.B.C. from the University of St. Thomas.
Steven Rosenstone has had a distinguished career in higher education beginning with his summa cum laude bachelor's degree from Washington University and his master's degree and Ph.D. degrees from the University of California, Berkeley. He was professor of political science at Yale University until 1986 when he joined the University of Michigan to serve as professor of political science and program director in the Center for Political Studies. He is the author of Who Votes?; Mobilization, Participation, and Democracy in America; Third Parties in America: Citizen Response to Major Party Failure; Hispanic Political Participation; Forecasting Presidential Elections; and numerous scholarly articles on elections, political participation, and higher education. He is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.
Recruited to the University of Minnesota in 1996 to serve as dean of the College of Liberal Arts, Rosenstone earned a reputation as a visionary and effective leader. In recognition of his service to the University of Minnesota, he was awarded the McKnight Presidential Leadership Chair in 2004 and was promoted to Vice President for Scholarly and Cultural Affairs in 2007.
Named chancellor of Minnesota State Colleges and Universities in February 2011 by the Board of Trustees, Rosenstone began his term in August 2011. As chancellor, Rosenstone is responsible for leading the seven state universities and 24 community and technical colleges that serve more than 420,000 students in 47 communities across the state.
Chancellor Rosenstone has led the development and implementation of MnSCU's new strategic framework to enhance the role that Minnesota State Colleges and Universities play in growing Minnesota' s economy by:
1. Ensuring access to an extraordinary education for all Minnesotans
Rosenstone serves on the Governor's Workforce Development Council, the Minnesota P-20 Education Partnership, the Midwestern Higher Education Compact, the Itasca Project, the Business Partnership, and the governing boards for Minnesota Compass and Generation Next.
Della Rucker is the author of The Local Economy Revolution: What's Changed and How You Can Help. She is Principal of the Wise Economy Workshop, a consulting firm that focuses on economic revitalization planning and public engagement. She is also the Managing Editor of Engaging Cities, an online magazine focused on the intersection of internet technologies and public involvement in community and government life.
Della has spent over 20 years providing economic development planning, downtown revitalization strategies, fiscal impact analysis, public engagement and other services throughout the United States. She is one of less than 20 people in the United States who carry industry-standard certifications in both planning (AICP) and economic development (CEcD).
A native of Cleveland, Ohio, Della holds a Masters in Community Planning with a concentration in economic development from the University of Cincinnati and a Bachelor of Science in Education from Northwestern University. She lives in Cincinnati, Ohio.
Myles Shaver is Professor of Strategic Management and Entrepreneurship at the Carlson School of Management, University of Minnesota. He has received numerous teaching awards for MBA and executive education classes on Corporate Strategy, Multinational Business Management, and Corporate Responsibility; and Ph.D. classes on strategy and international business research. Myles' research interests revolve around corporate strategy choices and their impact on performance. In particular, his research focuses on the management and economics of international expansion as well as corporate expansion through diversification and mergers and acquisitions. Myles' work has been published in several leading academic publications and he has presented his research at numerous universities and conferences around the world. Myles is an Associate Editor of the Global Strategy Journal and Management Science and is on the Editorial Boards of the Strategic Management Journal, Organization Science, Strategic Organization, and the Journal of International Business Education.
Myles makes frequent media appearances to discuss topical business issues and was awarded the Ross School of Business (University of Michigan) Distinguished PhD Alumni Award in 2010. Poets and Quants included Myles in their profile of the "World's 50 Best Business School Professors."
Katie Clark Sieben was appointed DEED Commissioner in October 2012. Prior to that, she served as executive director of the Minnesota Trade Office (MTO). MTO promotes the creation and retention of jobs and economic prosperity of the State by assisting Minnesota companies to export manufactured goods and services and attract foreign direct investment. As executive director, Katie was responsible for managing the overall strategic direction of the MTO which includes promoting the State of Minnesota and its companies in the global marketplace, introducing Minnesota companies to foreign buyers and investors, building diplomatic relationships with international delegations and managing a staff of international trade representatives.
Katie brings years of experience in business development and recruitment in the private sector, including with one of Minnesota's largest corporations, Target Corporation. She has managed large-scale, multi-million dollar operations; built strategic partnerships at the highest levels of business and philanthropy; and created and implemented nationwide marketing campaigns. In addition to working for Target Corporation, Katie served as the director of community relations for a startup wind energy developer, National Wind, and as finance director for Mark Dayton for a Better Minnesota.
She serves on the board of SIDO, the State International Development Organization. She also serves on the advisory boards for the University of Minnesota's Center for International Business Education and Research (CIBER), the University of Minnesota Carlson School Global Institute, and the Minnesota Department of Education Global Competencies Advisory Board.
Katie graduated from the University of Minnesota and was a recipient of the 2012 MSP Business Journal's "Forty Under 40" Award.
William Sproull is President and CEO of the Richardson Chamber of Commerce (RCC), Metroplex Technology Business Council (MTBC) and the Richardson Economic Development Partnership (REDP). This unique and complex set of organizations he runs has two separate Board of Directors and a City Council to whom he reports.
He has led the revitalization of Richardson's telecom based economy through a focus on industry and technology diversification. He built the MTBC into the state of Texas's largest trade association for technology companies. He led the RCC in 2010 through the rigorous US Chamber Accreditation program successfully, earning the highest 5 Star rating conferred by the US Chamber for accreditation. Sproull and his REDP team are credited with bringing two catalyst economic development projects to Richardson: a 3,000 employee Bank of America operation in 2004, and a $3 billion Texas Instruments semiconductor factory in 2003.
In 2005, he helped lead a statewide coalition that got legislation passed in Texas to create the Texas Emerging Technology Fund, a half-billion investment fund. Governor Rick Perry of Texas has appointed him to three consecutive two-year terms on the Fund's Advisory Committee, and appointed him as Chairman in 2010.
Previously he held senior economic development positions at the Greater Dallas Chamber, the McKinney Economic Development Corporation and at the EDC of Kansas City, Missouri. Sproull is a graduate of Baylor University, where he received a BA degree with a double major in Economics and Political Science.
Sproull is the Vice Chair of the Board of Directors of the International Economic Development Council, and serves on the Board of Directors of the University of Texas at Dallas, the North Texas Regional Center for Innovation & Commercialization, the North Texas Commission, and the Technology Councils of North America.
Sproull's economic development accomplishments were recognized by the editors of Site Selection magazine when they selected the $3 billion Texas Instruments project as the Top Development Deal nationally of 2003; his economic development teams have been selected three times by Site Selection as one of the top 10 development groups in the U.S. in 1994, 1997 and 2004. He is a two-time recipient of the American Economic Development Council's “Best of Class” marketing award. In 2010, the International Economic Development Council designated him with the distinction of being a Fellow Member.
The Metroplex Technology Business Council inducted Sproull as the inaugural member of their Hall of Fame in 2010 by declaring him a Tech Titan.
Marty Vanags became Executive Director of the Indy Partnership in February 2013. Vanags leads a group of professional economic development staff whose mission is to market and promote the nine-county Indianapolis region as a place to invest and grow business. The Indy Partnership is a business unit of the Indy Chamber.
Vanags is a graduate of Illinois State University and Northern Illinois University (MPA) and has over 25 years of experience in community and economic development, private commercial real estate development and business management. He currently serves on the Board of Directors of the International Economic Development Council (IEDC). He has served as Chairman of the Illinois Development Council, Chair of International Economic Development Council Public Policy Advisory Committee, and member of the same organization’s Economic Development Research Partners (EDRP). He is an active alumnus of Illinois State University serving on their Alumni Board, and the Board of Advisors for the Means Center for Entrepreneurship at ISU’s College of Business. Vanags also is a co-founder and creator of the Center for Emerging Entrepreneurs, a business incubation and development program at Illinois State University.
He is a co-founder and on the Board of the @Midwest Social Media Conference, and speaks and provides seminars on social media and its impact on economic development and non-profits. Vanags has spoken at various venues and conferences on topics ranging from communication, leadership, change management, and data-use in economic development and community development. Under Vanags’ leadership, the Bloomington Normal EDC received numerous accolades and awards for marketing, communication and economic development best practices.
Gene Winstead was elected to his first term as Mayor of Bloomington, Minnesota on November 2, 1999, and is now serving in his fourth term as Mayor. He’s been a member of the Bloomington City Council since his appointment in 1995. In addition to his work on the City Council, Mayor Winstead is currently serving on Bloomington’s Port Authority, Bloomington United for Youth, and the Bloomington Convention and Visitors Bureau. He is also a board member of the American Red Cross Blood Services Division and is on the Senior Community Services Board. He is a past member of the City’s Planning Commission, serving as its Chairperson through the development of the Mall of America, and has served on several other community boards and foundations including the Bloomington Crime Prevention Association (BCPA), Bloomington Housing and Redevelopment Authority, and the Bloomington Chamber of Commerce.
Mayor Winstead has been a resident of Bloomington since 1975 and is married with three grown daughters and seven grandchildren. He retired as Vice President of Operations from Lieberman Companies in Bloomington in August 2004 after 34 years and now keeps busy as a partner of Ike’s Food & Cocktails in downtown Minneapolis and at their newest location at the Minneapolis/St. Paul International Airport.