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Thank you to everyone who attended our 2020 Annual Meeting on March 10, 2020!

 

 

2019 Year in Review - Greater Mankato Growth, Inc.Greater Mankato Growth - Community Impact 2020

 

2020 Annual Meeting Photos

 

2020 Annual Meeting Keynote Speaker:
An Introduction to Future iQ (video) A Personal Interview with David Beurle (video)

David Beurle's Slides from the Annual Meeting

 

David Beurle

Founder & CEO of Future iQ

David Beurle is a world-renowned strategist, researcher and practitioner. He is CEO of Future iQ, a global foresight research and consulting firm, which he founded in 2003. Beurle helps clients “create future intelligence,” by anticipating the rapidly converging forces affecting their lives and livelihoods. He guides them to proactively define and shape their future with the goal of economic and community resilience and vitality. Clients include countries, regions, cities, tourism destinations, corporations, industries, nonprofits, universities and the U.S. Department of Defense, among others. One of his special interest is the future of regions, which he views as ecosystems for tackling defining issues, such as workforce gaps in supply and demand—a critical area for innovation and prosperity. 

Beurle has developed innovative methodologies, conducted original research and authored numerous papers that advance the field of foresight education and planning. He created The Future Game, a groundbreaking, widely used future simulation tool and pioneered the application of scenario planning to regions and rural industries around the world. He has led over 400 community visioning sessions and lectured at conferences in the U.S. and abroad. An engaging speaker, his strength is making future data relevant to clients’ needs and illuminating the “big picture.” He has designed Think-Tanks with experts, major universities and non-profits and authored benchmark foresight research papers on topics such as The Future of Manufacturing, Cities of the Future, The Future of Food, The Next Industrial Revolution and The Future of Urban Living. His original data research with communities has resulted in a significant growing database on the demand, needs and attitudes for future-based services and thinking. 

A native Australian, Beurle’s interest in the future began in his childhood growing up on his family’s farm. Prior to founding Future iQ, he honed his skills in research and systems-thinking as a Rangeland Scientist in the Outback for the Western Australian Department of Agriculture and for eight years as the Principal Advisor to the Minister of Primary Industries. His U.S. base is in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

This event brings together the business community along with Greater Mankato Growth, Visit Mankato, City Center Partnership and GreenSeam to share the accomplishments of the current year and celebrate the vision for the future. This is also a time where we raise a glass to the companies, organizations and volunteers who partner with us to help our community thrive. 

We recognize individuals or groups who have made outstanding contributions, demonstrated leadership through service and volunteerism and made a contribution to the betterment of quality of life, business environment and economic vitality.

 

Business Meeting

Greater Mankato Growth, Inc. Approved Board Slate

 

2019 Volunteers of the Year

Greater Mankato Growth's Volunteer of the Year

Jon Teeslink, Sales Manager at Snell Motors, has been a huge advocate and volunteer for many local nonprofits, including the Red Cross, the United Way, YWCA, YMCA and others, including Greater Mankato Growth. Jon’s dedication to promoting new and expanding businesses as a Greater Mankato Ambassador is just one way he gives back to help build a stronger community for all. He credits his employer of 24 years, Snell Motors, for encouraging participation to volunteer for many local organizations. 

Visit Mankato's Volunteer of the Year

Beth Rohrich grew up in the family business, alongside her dad, mom and two sisters and manages the day-to-day operations at Quality 1 Hr Foto/SPX. Contributing time and resources to help other people’s dreams become a reality is a value she and her employer feel strongly about. By serving on and advocating for the Mankato Sports Commission, and contributing her talents to the Mankato Marathon for all 10 years, Beth has made a clear impact on regional sports. She believes sports are more than just games, but rather an experience to be shared by families.  

City Center Partnership's Volunteer of the Year

Stacey Straka, of PresenceMaker, has lived and worked in City Center Mankato for the past 33 years. Besides serving on many boards in our community, most notably she is a founding board member and past chair of the City Center Partnership Board. As a prior small business owner/operator, Stacey understands the importance of a vibrant city center and feels a thriving downtown business district benefits all businesses, including families and the surrounding community.  

GreenSeam's Volunteer of the Year

Nathan Hanel is the Customer Service Supervisor at Capstone Publishing. Nathan has devoted countless hours to support GreenSeam. He was instrumental in organizing the inaugural Minnesota State of Ag Survey focus groups throughout five southern Minnesota communities. Serving on many other boards and committees, Nathan also dedicates his time and expertise to help students explore careers in agriculture. By serving as the President of the newly formed Mankato FFA Alumni and Supporters, he continues to exemplify the type of volunteer GreenSeam is grateful to have. 

 

2020 Annual Meeting Presenting Sponsors:

 

Speaker Sponsor:Reception Sponsor:
Venue Sponsor:Dinner Sponsor:

Table Sponsors:

 Bolton & Menk, Inc.
City of Mankato
Community Bank Mankato
Consolidated Communications
Eide Bailly
Fredrikson & Byron, PA
Gislason & Hunter, LLP
ISG
Mayo Clinic Health System
Pioneer Bank - North Mankato
PresenceMaker
Radio Mankato
Snell Motors
SPX Sports / Quality 1 Hr Foto
South Central College
United Prairie Bank
Wells Fargo Home Mortgage

 

 

Greater Mankato Growth Volunteer of the Year Award Recipients

2019

Jon Teeslink

2018

Nancy Zallek 

   

2017

John Hemstock

2016

David Wittenberg

2015

Nathan Hanel

2014

Yvonne Cariveau

2013

Jesse Schott

2012

Kay Wallerich

2011

Tami Reuter

2010

Joy Kelley

2009

John Daley

2008

Andrew Willaert

2006

William C. Rupp, M.D.

2005

Tami Paulsen

2004

Steve Hill

2003

Paul Wilke

2002

Tim Harder

2001

Dave Ewert

2000

Judy Arzdorf

1999

Fred Lutz

1998

Stephanie Stoffel

1997

JO Guck Bailey

1996

John Todtleben

1995

Don Shoults

1994

Elaine Peterson

 1993

Greg Bednar

 

Visit Mankato Volunteer of the Year Award Recipients

2019

Beth Rohrich

2018

Lori Benike 
   

2017

Maureen Waltman

2016

Sandra Oachs

2015

Jay Reasner

2014

Cindra Kamphoff

2013

Joe DeLory

2012

Peg Hayes

2011

JO Guck Bailey

2010 

Mankato Marathon Volunteers: DeeDra Vosburg, Chris Schull and Chris Dehning

2009

Shirley Piepho

2008

North American Fast Pitch Association Planning Committee 

City Center Partnership Volunteer of the Year Award Recipients

2019

Stacey Straka

2018

Heather Clark  
   

2017

Randy Zellmer

2016

Betty Ouren

2015

Jim Whitlock

2014

Ann Vetter, posthumously

2013

Maida Farnham

2012

Theresa Carlberg

2011

Tami Paulsen

   

GreenSeam Volunteer of the Year Award Recipients

2019

Nathen Hanel

2018

Gary Koch

2017

Jodie Hermer 

 

 

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