Executive Committee

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

Brian Hanson
President & CEO

Economic Development

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....

Ian Vincent
Senior Business Developer

Economic Development

Vincent joined the APEX team as a Business Developer in May of 2014. His key responsibilities include support of the APEX mission and vision for private sector business development. Ian contributed significantly to the Heat Treating, Plating & Powder Coating business retention and expansion strategy...

Sandy Johnson
Manager, Member Relations & Administration

Economic Development

Sandy Johnson joined APEX in September of 2008. Her responsibilities include overseeing all administrative details required to support a dynamic, high-energy office environment, while further coordinating company events and assisting APEX investor-members in a variety of capacities. Sandy graduated from the University of Maryland in College...

Janet Windus
Operations Specialist

Economic Development

Janet Windus is a life-long Duluthian and in 2018 joined APEX in the newly created position of operations specialist.  She is responsible for general office administration, assisting with the hiring and training of interns and the coordination of APEX events and promotional activities to maximize...

Steve Burgess
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,...

Lisa Bodine
Vice Chair

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 Thun
Immediate Past Chair/Interim Treasurer

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...

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Brad Beard
Secretary

Board

Chancellor Lendley Black
At-Large Member

Board

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...

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Deb DeLuca
At-Large Member

Board

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Frank Frederickson
At-Large Member

Board

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...

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John Swanson
At-Large Member

Board

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