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Board of Directors

Greater Mankato Growth, Inc. (GMG) is governed by a 25 member board made up of a precise composition of stakeholders representing the diverse mix of businesses within the marketplace. Thank you to the GMG Board of Directors for giving their time, talent and dedication to help grow Greater Mankato!


Charlie Whitaker
Taylor Corporation

James Hebl, MD.
Vice Chair
Mayo Clinic Health System

David Krause
Pioneer Bank

Ben Ellingson
Eide Bailly LLP
David Kim
Gislason & Hunter LLP

Najwa Massad
Massad Group
Jennifer Spaude
Consolidated Communications

JO Guck Bailey
SignPro/JGBailey Media & Communications

Susan Arntz
City of Mankato

Lisa Cownie

KEYC News Now/Connect Business Magazine

Richard Davenport
Minnesota State University, Mankato

Mark Dehen
Chair of Regional Economic Development Alliance
City of North Mankato,
Back To Wellness Clinic
Stephanie BottnerStephanie Drago
Taylor Corporation

Joe Duncan
Bolton & Menk, Inc.
Brian Fowler
Quality 1 Hr. Foto/Sports Pix

Gary Koch
Chair of GreenSeam
Christensen Farms

Jack Kolars
Vice Chair of Regional Economic Development AllianceNicollet County
Wesley Otto
OMG – Otto Media Group

Dr. Annette Parker
South Central College

Paul Peterson 
Mankato Area Public Schools

Geoff Roise

Lindsay Windows
Bryan Sowers
Chair of City Center Partnership
U.S. Bank

Chad Surprenant

Rob Else
Jay Weir
Arthur J. Gallagher & Co.
Rob ElseAndy Wilke
Chair of Visit MankatoRiver Hills Mall
Laura Drager
2020 Young Professionals Chair and YP Representative

Visit Mankato Board of Governors


Andy Wilke, ChairRiver Hills Mall
Kevin Buisman
, Vice Chair, Minnesota State University, Mankato Athletics
Trisha Duncan, Secretary/TreasurerXcel Energy
David AndersonCountry Inn & Suites by Radisson, Mankato Hotel and Conference Center
Matt AtwoodAtwood Companies
Jason Ceminsky, PRO TRAIN Aviation
Dain FisherBent River Outfitter
Carrie Flanagan
Kaaren GrabianowskiMinnesota River Builders Association
Eric JonesMankato Civic Center
Bruce McKirdyRadio Mankato
John Nelson, Mount Kato Ski Area
Nate Newhouse, 
Pioneer Bank - Mankato
Alec PfefferISG
Mitzi Roberts, Dance Express
Alison ZelmsDeputy City Manager

City Center Partnership Board of Governors


Bryan SowersChairU.S. Bank
Randy Zellmer
, Past Chair, Fredrikson & Byron, P.A.
David Jones, Secretary/Treasurer, Minnesota State University, Mankato
Dan White,
At-Large, iSpace Environments
Tom Frederick Jr.At-Large, Pub 500
Jonathan KempAt-Large, Ardent Mills, LLC
Vickie Apel, SMILES Center for Independent Living
Cate DeBates, Coldwell Banker Commercial Fisher Group
Max DeMars, DeMars Construction
Tony Friesen2 Pins Bakery
Wes GilbertMankato Computer Technology
John HarrensteinCity of North Mankato
Christopher PersonMankato Independent Originals
Jessica Potter, Blue Earth County Historical Society
Paul Vogal, City of Mankato
Jim Whitlock, Brickhouse Graphics/Business on Belgrade

GreenSeam Board of Governors


Gary Koch, Chair, Christensen Farms
Chad Surprenant
, Vice Chair, ISG
Marques Doppler, Secretary/Treasurer, Profinium
David Krause, Past Chair, Pioneer Bank
JO Guck Bailey
, At-Large, SignPro/JGBailey Media & Communications
Wesley Beck
Beck Farm
Brian BuhrUniversity of Minnesota
Marsha Danielson, South Central College
Ryan Erickson, AGCO Corporation
Brenda Flannery
Minnesota State University, Mankato
Brian Fowler, Quality 1 Hr. Foto/Sports Pix
Mark Greenwood
Compeer Financial
Terri JensenNational Land Realty
Wayne KahlerKahler Automation
Matt LessardMBU Technologies
Jim Marzolf,
Pipestone Systems
Colleen VanBlarcom
Tim Penny, Ex-Officio Non-voting, Southern MN Initiative Foundation
Andrea Vaubel, Ex-Officio Non-voting, Minnesota Department of Agriculture


The Greater Mankato Growth, Inc. Family: Visit Mankato City Center Partnership