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Greater Mankato Growth, Inc. Invites Everyone to Attend Annual Meeting with Keynote Speaker, Jonathan G. Zierdt





MANKATO, MINN. (February 14, 2019)  -  The public is invited to Greater Mankato Growth, Inc.’s Annual Meeting, the pinnacle event of the year, with Keynote Speaker, Jonathan G. Zierdt, President & CEO. Mr. Zierdt will share about his journey of leadership in our vibrant community, his life lessons, and how he continues to live fully alive. His speech, “The Journey...a 15 Year Retrospective” will appeal to all ages and inspire everyone no matter what role you play in our community or region.  

The Greater Mankato Growth, Inc. Annual Meeting is also a time for us to honor our generous volunteers. Greater Mankato Growth, Visit Mankato, City Center Partnership and GreenSeam announce their 2018 Volunteer of the Year award recipients: Nancy Zallek, Lori Benike, Heather Clark and Gary Koch.They have all made outstanding contributions to our organizations by demonstrating leadership through service and volunteerism as well as making contributions to the betterment of the community’s quality of life, business environment and overall economic vitality.

Join us at the annual meeting on March 12, 2019 at the Verizon Center, Mankato, where we will honor our volunteers of the year award recipients and review our accomplishments of 2018 and share our 2019 goals. Register to attend the ticketed evening dinner and keynote speaker portion of the event.

More details can be found here: greatermankato.com/annual-meeting.

·         Annual Meeting Reception & Awards:

·         4:30 – 6:00 pm

·         FREE, Open to the Public, Registration Required

·         Dinner & Keynote Speaker: The Journey...a 15 Year Retrospective by Jonathan G. Zierdt

·         6:00 – 8:00 pm

·         Paid Ticket Event, Open to the Public, Purchase Tickets


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

We would like to extend a special thank you to our presenting sponsors: Taylor Corporation and Vetter Stone. Additional thanks to our dinner, reception and speaker sponsors; Consolidated Communications, Knutson Construction and Alpha Media, respectively.

About Greater Mankato Growth, Inc.

Greater Mankato Growth, Inc. (GMG) is comprised of four business units; Greater Mankato Growth, the regional chamber of commerce and economic development organization serving the regional marketplace; Visit Mankato, the local convention and visitor's bureau; City Center Partnership, a downtown development organization; and GreenSeam, which utilizes agriculture to build on the region's extensive agribusiness assets to develop the ag economy.




contact:    Liz Sharp, 507.385.6640





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