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Brian Hanson

President & CEO Economic Development
  • 218-740-3667 Primary Number

Brian Hanson became APEX’s President and CEO in June of 2012. During the 15 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 comprehensive industry research, strategic planning, and financial modeling in support of business expansion activities. His work has contributed to several significant regional business expansions, 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 Iron Range Economic Alliance, the Arrowhead Growth Alliance, the Northspan Group, Minnesota Marketing Partners, Jobs for Minnesotans and Junior Achievement of the Northland. Brian and his wife Brenda have two adult children, Alex and Samantha. Brian enjoys biking, live music, live sports – GO DOGS, cooking, gardening, hunting and fishing.

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