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The 2019 Greater Mankato Growth, Inc. Annual Meeting was one to remember. Thank you to all those who joined us in celebrating our collective accomplishments from the past year, sharing our organization’s goals for the future, congratulating our 2018 volunteers and honoring Jonathan Zierdt on his 15 years at Greater Mankato Growth.  We want to give a special thanks to our 2019 sponsors as well as our outgoing board members. To our incoming board members, we welcome you! 

 

 

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.   

Congratulations to the 2018 Volunteers of the Years!

 

Greater Mankato Growth:  Nancy Zallek
Visit Mankato: Lori Benike
City Center Partnership: Heather Clark
GreenSeam: Gary Koch

 

Business Meeting

 Greater Mankato Growth, Inc. Approved Board Slate 

2018 Volunteers of the Year

 

Greater Mankato Growth’s Volunteer of the Year, Nancy Zallek:

Nancy Zallek, Mankato Area Foundation’s President & CEO, has been a key voice representing the philanthropic and non-profit community in Greater Mankato. She has been a champion while serving on the Greater Mankato Growth Executive Talent Council and the InterCity Leadership Visit Steering & Planning Committee. Nancy was a strong voice in the creation of the Talent Resources Liaison position, as well as the discussions revolving around the need to launch a Community Engagement Specialist (a.k.a. “community concierge”) position. She has played an important role in serving our regional non-profits and interacting in conversations related to potential activities focused on community diversity and inclusion.

 

 

Visit Mankato’s Volunteer of the Year, Lori Benike:

Lori Benike is the Assistant Store Leader/Event Coordinator for Scheels and has been very passionate and an involved volunteer with Visit Mankato for several years. She has been involved on the Mankato Marathon Task Force, the Regional Sports Banquet Planning Committee, various biking committees and as a Commissioner with the Mankato Sports Commission. Her experience in event management and the hospitality industry has been invaluable. 

 

 

City Center Partnership’s Volunteer of the Year, Heather Clark:

Heather Clark, of Salvage Sisters, has served on the Marketing & Promotions Committee for several years. Most notably, she founded and ran the Alive After 5 Artisan Market, an exciting addition to the Alive After 5 Summer Concert Series. Heather has been a key figure in the Shop Small in the City Center promotion and in 2018, she took on additional leadership in the Old Town Association. As a small business owner, she understands the importance of a vibrant City Center and believes that a successful downtown benefits all businesses.

 

 GreenSeam’s Volunteer of the Year, Gary Koch: 

Gary Koch is the Vice President and General Counsel at Christensen Farms and is the GreenSeam Board of Governors Vice Chair. Gary has devoted countless hours and energy beyond expectations to support and promote GreenSeam. He began the extensive GreenSeam™ trademark registration process and most recently served a key role in the success of the annual Rural Legislative Forum by identifying and securing the keynote speaker, a world-renowned agricultural icon, Harry Stine.

 

 

Greater Mankato Growth Volunteer of the Year Award Recipients

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 Schoults

1994

Elaine Peterson

 1993

Greg Bednar

 

Visit Mankato Volunteer of the Year Award Recipients

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

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

2017

Jodie Hermer

 

 

 

 

2019 Annual Meeting Presenting Sponsors:

Dinner Sponsor:

Consolidated Communications

 

Reception Sponsor:

 Knutson Construction

 

Speaker Sponsor:

Alpha Media

 

Table Sponsors:

Abdo Eick & Meyers

Blethen Berens

Bolton & Menk, Inc.

CCFBank

Christensen Farms

City of Mankato

City of North Mankato

Coldwell Banker Commercial Fisher Group

Community Bank Mankato

Connect Real Estate Group

EI Microcircuits

Eide Bailly

First National Bank Minnesota

ISG

KEYC News 12 and FOX 12 Mankato

Mankato Area Foundation

Mayo Clinic Health System

Minnesota State University, Mankato

Oleson + Hobbie Architects LLC

Pioneer Bank

Profinium, Inc.

South Central College

Taylor Corporation

The Landline Company

The Social Butterfly

U.S. Bank - City Center

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