Greater Mankato Growth, Inc. Annual Meeting

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Annual Meeting

Tuesday, March 12, 2019



Register by March 5


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. Join us as we raise a glass to the companies, organizations and volunteers who partner with us to help our community thrive and hear from a high-profile keynote speaker. 


When & Where

Tuesday, March 12, 2019

4:30 - 8:30 pm

Verizon Center
1 Civic Center Plaza
Mankato, MN 56001


2019 Greater Mankato Growth, Inc. Annual Meeting Cost: 

Individual Ticket - $75.00

Table Sponsorship - $750.00

Reception Sponsorship - $1,500.00

Dinner Sponsorship - $1,750.00

Speaker Sponsorship - $2,250.00

Presenting Sponsorship- $3,000.00

Note: There is a registration fee for the dinner and keynote speaker, and registration is requested for both the free reception and the paid dinner with the keynote.



Annual Meeting:

4:30 pm – Registration opens

4:30-6:00 pm - Reception/Presentations/Annual Meeting/Awards (open to all)

Dinner & Keynote Speaker:

6:00 pm – Transition to Dinner Event

6:00-8:00 pm – Dinner with Keynote, Jonathan Zierdt, "The Journey...a 15 Year Retrospective"

Note: There is a registration fee for the dinner and keynote speaker, and registration is requested for both the free reception and the paid dinner with the keynote.

Proposed Slate

The Nominating Committee has prepared, for election by the membership, a single slate of candidates for election to the Board of Directors. The minutes, agenda and slate will be available in print at the annual meeting on March 12, 2019. Please find the slate below:


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.



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Table Sponsors:

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