Executive Committee

The Executive Committee is APEX’s governing body who serve as the officers on our Board of Directors.

Brian Thun
Chair

Board

Senior Vice President/CFO maurices Brian Thun is the senior vice president and chief financial officer at maurices and has been with the company for more than 20 years.  Brian has been in his current role since 2012 after holding the position of vice president, controller for the...

Steve Burgess
Vice Chair

Board

CEO National Bank of Commerce National Bank of Commerce CEO, Steve Burgess, has over 30 years of banking experience, joining NBC almost two years ago (June 2012 started at NBC), from State Bank Financial in La Crosse, Wisconsin, there he was president and CEO for 11 years. Steve,...

Nancy Aronson Norr
Immediate Past Chair

Board

Director of Regional Development Minnesota Power Nancy Aronson Norr of Duluth, Minn. is Director, Regional Development at Minnesota Power, an ALLETE company. She has extensive experience in board governance, loan fund portfolio management, issues advocacy and community relations. Her leaderhsip responsibilities cover a broad array of economic development activities and...

Bill Bennett
Secretary

Board

CEO, LHB LBH Corp. Bill is a registered Professional Engineer and serves as the CEO for LHB, a 265 person Engineering, Architectural, and Planning firm with three offices in Minnesota and one in Wisconsin. He has been actively engaged in economic development activities in Northern Minnesota and...

John Strange
Treasurer

Board

President & CEO St. Luke's Since 1996, John Strange has provided leadership at St. Luke’s in the role of President/CEO. He came to St. Luke’s in 1992 as Chief Financial Officer and Vice President of Finance. Prior to joining St. Luke’s, Mr. Strange moved his way up the...

Lisa Bodine
At-Large Member

Board

Co-Owner & President Giant Voices, Inc. Lisa Bodine is Co-Owner and President of Giant Voices, Inc., a Duluth-based strategic marketing and communication firm. Bodine spearheads business growth and dissects business issues with incisive strategic insight honed by 20 years of experience with Fortune 500 companies, the Minnesota...

Brian Maki
At-Large Member

Board

Chairman President & CEO Lakehead Constructors Past Chairman Minnesota Association of General Contractors Board of Directors Iron Mining Association Past President Engineer’s Club of Northern Minnesota Born in Aurora, Minnesota and graduated High School in 1979. Brian worked construction his entire life starting at the age of 15.  He worked...

Julianne Motis
At-Large Member

Board

Principal Environmental Engineer and Duluth Office Leader Foth Julianne Hanson, PE is a Principal Environmental Engineer and the Duluth Office Leader for Foth Infrastructure and Environment, LLC.  She helps clients navigate the environmental review and permitting process. Her specialty is providing this service for clients who have projects...

Dr. Daniel Nikcevich
At-Large Member

Board

East Region President & Chief Medical Officer Essentia Health Dr. Nikcevich is a board-certified hematologist/oncologist who also continues a busy clinical practice. Dr. Nikcevich joined Essentia Health in 2002, after he completed his hematology/oncology fellowship and internal medicine residency at Duke University Medical Center.  A Chicago native,...

Rolf Weberg
At-Large Member

Board

Executive Director Natural Resources Research Institute Dr. Weberg assumed leadership of the University of Minnesota Duluth’s Natural Resources Research Institute (NRRI) after a 25-year industrial career.  As Executive Director, he is responsible for the operation, integration and performance of the Institute and its 130 full time and...

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