Operating as an Extension of Your Team

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.


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...

Matt Shermoen
Business Developer

Economic Development

Matt joined the APEX team in 2019 as Business Developer.  Matt is responsible for attracting, expanding and retaining key strategic employers within the region, and leverages his sales expertise to build relationships with management personnel, demonstrating how expanding in or relocating to the APEX region leads...

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...

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