Executive Committee

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

Steve Burgess
Chair

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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...

Lisa Bodine
Vice Chair

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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 Minnesot...

Brian Thun
Immediate Past Chair

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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 th...

Kevin Nokels
Treasurer

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President & CEO St. Luke’s Kevin Nokels became President & CEO of St. Luke’s on August 12, 2019. A native of Long Prairie, MN, and a graduate of Saint John's University with a Master of Business Administration from St. Cloud State, Nokels got his start in health car...

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Brad Beard
Secretary

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Chancellor Lendley Black
At-Large Member

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Chancellor 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 was promoted i...

Deb DeLuca
At-Large Member

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Executive Director Duluth Seaway Port Authority President of Minnesota Ports Association Executive Committee Member of APEX Board Member of the Iron Mining Association Board Member of the Chamber of Marine Commerce Alternate Minnesota Commissioner to the Great Lakes Commission Deborah DeLuca is the Executive Director of the Duluth Seaway Port Authority an...

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Frank Frederickson
At-Large Member

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Brian Maki
At-Large Member

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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 worke...

Lorraine Little
At-Large Member

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Director, Community Engagement, U.S. PAC Enbridge   Lorraine Little, M.B.A., is the Director of Community Engagement (Midwest) at Enbridge. Lorraine and her team are responsible for building and maintaining relationships in the communities near Enbridge’s pipelines and facilities. Prior to joining the company in 2008, Lorraine worked i...

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