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Board of Directors

Greater Mankato Growth, Inc. (GMG) is governed by stakeholders who represent the diverse mix of businesses within the regional marketplace. The GMG Board of Directors volunteer their time and talent to help grow Greater Mankato.


Charlie Whitaker
Taylor Corporation


David Krause
Vice Chair
Pioneer Bank

Ben Ellingson
Eide Bailly LLP

James Hebl, MD
Mayo Clinic Health System
David Kim
Gislason & Hunter LLP

Najwa Massad
Massad Group
Jennifer Spaude
Consolidated Communications

Susan Arntz
City of Mankato

JO Guck Bailey
SignPro/JGBailey Media & Communications

Lisa Cownie

KEYC News Now/Connect Business Magazine

Dr. Richard Davenport
Minnesota State University, Mankato

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

Brian Fowler
SPX Sports / Quality 1-Hr Foto

John Harrenstein
City of North Mankato
Dr. Cuong Huynh
Discover Chiropractic
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
Liz Ulman
Dotson Iron Castings
 Rob ElseAndy Wilke
Chair of Visit Mankato/River Hills Mall

Visit Mankato Board of Governors


Andy Wilke, ChairRiver Hills Mall
Trisha Duncan, Vice Chair, Xcel Energy
Alec Pfeffer, Secretary/Treasurer, ISG
Matt Atwood, At-Large,Atwood Companies
Nate Newhouse, At-Large, Pioneer Bank - Mankato
JO Guck Bailey, Ex-OfficioSignPro/JGBailey Media & Communications
David Anderson, Country Inn & Suites by Radisson, Mankato Hotel and Conference Center
Lori Benike, Scheels
Jason Ceminsky, PRO TRAIN Aviation
Dain FisherBent River Outfitter
Kaaren GrabianowskiMinnesota River Builders Association
John Nelson, Mount Kato Ski Area
Mitzi Roberts, Dance Express
Beth Rohrich, Quality 1 Hr. Foto/SPX Sports
Susan Arntz, Ex-Officio, City of Mankato
Eric Jones, Ex-Officio, Mayo Clinic Health System Event Center

City Center Partnership Board of Governors


Bryan Sowers, Chair, U.S. Bank
Dan White, Aesthetics & Vitality Chair and Vice Chair, iSpace Environments
Jessica Potter, Aesthetics & Vitality Vice Chair; Secretary/Treasurer, Blue Earth County Historical Society
Max DeMars, Livability & Development Vice Chair, DeMars Construction
Wes Gilbert, Livability & Development Chair, Mankato Computer Technology
JO Guck Bailey, SignPro/JGBailey Media & Communications
Cate DeBates, Coldwell Banker Commercial Fisher Group
Stephanie Drago, GMG Board, Taylor Corporation
Justin Ek, Belissimo Paint
Tom Frederick Jr.,Pub 500
Tony Friesen2 Pins Bakery
John HarrensteinCity of North Mankato
Christopher PersonMankato Independent Originals
Kent StanleyMinnesota State University, Mankato
Paul Vogel, City of Mankato
Jim Whitlock, Brick House Graphics

GreenSeam Board of Governors


Gary Koch, Chair, Christensen Farms
Chad Surprenant, Vice Chair, ISG
David Krause, Past Chair, Pioneer Bank
Marques Doppler, Secretary/Treasurer, Profinium
JO Guck Bailey
, Executive Committee, SignPro/JGBailey Media & Communications
Wesley Beck
Beck Farm
Brian BuhrUniversity of Minnesota
Ryan Dutton, SDN Communications
Ryan Erickson, AGCO Corporation
Brenda Flannery, Minnesota State University, Mankato
Brian Fowler, Quality 1 Hr. Foto/SPX Sports
Mark GreenwoodCompeer Financial
Jim Heilman, CLA
Terri JensenNational Land Realty
Wayne KahlerKahler Automation
Matt LessardMBU Technologies
Jim Marzolf, Pipestone Systems
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