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Brian Thun


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


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,...

Chancellor Lendley Black
At-Large Member


Chancellor of the University of Minnesota Duluth. Lendley C. Black began his tenure as Chancellor of UMD on August 1, 2010.  Dr. Black came to UMD from Kennesaw State University in Kennesaw, Georgia, where he served as Vice President for Academic Affairs from 2002 until he...

Ravi Dharnidharka
At-Large Member


Senior Vice President, Business Development of Cirrus Aircraft. Ravi relocated from San Diego, CA to Duluth in 2016 to join the Cirrus Aircraft leadership team as Senior Vice President, Business Development.  Ravi leads Cirrus Aircraft in developing strategy and creating new business opportunities.  He has served...

Brian Maki
At-Large Member


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...

John Strange


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


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...

Bill Bennett


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...

Dr. Daniel Nikcevich
At-Large Member


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,...

Nancy Aronson Norr
Immediate Past Chair


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...

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