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APEX works well with business because we understand business. Our leadership and staff are comprised of seasoned professionals and executives with extensive experience leading private sector organizations.


 

Staff Listings

Rachel Johnson

President & CEO

Economic Development

Rachel joined APEX in September 2022 and leads the organization as President and CEO. Throughout her career, she’s cultivated strong community relationships and advocated for industrial projects that support job growth, career development and economic investment throughout the region. At APEX, she works to drive...

Mickey Pearson

Business Recruiter

Economic Development

With nearly a decade of experience in talent acquisition and recruiting operations, Mickey Pearson joined APEX as the Business Recruiter in March of 2024. In this role, he leverages his expertise in strategic outreach, relationship building, and market analysis to attract new businesses across the...

Laurie Kramka

Project Manager

Economic Development

Laurie Kramka joined APEX in January of 2024.  Her responsibilities include tracking and managing the implementation of APEX projects.  To effectively fulfill these requirements, Laurie is responsible for defining project scope and objectives, managing schedules and work plans, identifying resources, networking with stakeholders and organizations,...

Frank Frederickson

Chair

Board

Vice President – Customer Experience & Engineering Services Minnesota Power, an ALLETE Company

Ken Johnson

Vice Chair

Board

President & CEO North Shore Bank - Duluth, Minnesota

Brad Beard

Secretary

Board

Chief Operating Officer Essentia Health

Mike Boeselager

Treasurer

Board

Vice President of Support Services St. Luke's Hospital

Deb DeLuca

At-Large Member

Board

Executive Director Duluth Seaway Port Authority

Paul Eberth

At-Large Member

Board

Director, Midwest Region Operations Enbridge

Craig Fellman

At-Large Member

Board

Senior Vice President APi Group

David McMillian

At-Large Member

Board

Interim Chancellor of the University of Minnesota Duluth

Brian Thun

At-Large Member

Board

Senior Vice President/CFO maurices

Lisa Bodine

Immediate Past Chair

Board

Co-Owner & President Giant Voices, Inc.

Steve Burgess

Immediate Past Chair

CEO National Bank of Commerce

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