Aaron is a Discussion Leader for the Supervisors Forum. He
is currently Vice President of Human Resources at
Microbiologics. Aaron is a seasoned Human Resources
executive and Strategic Business Partner with over 11 years
of experience leading multi-state HR operations at the
corporate level. He has developed Human Resources functions
from the ground up and has created best practices to fit
specific business cultures and needs. He is also a licensed
attorney in the state of Minnesota with an MBA and current
SPHR and SHRM-SCP certifications.
Amy is a Discussion Leader for the Executive Forum, the Finance Forum,
the Strategy Forum and the Management Forum. She finds the case discussion format
incredibly rewarding as she learns more about each individual and
organization represented while helping the participants build their own
skills. Amy is an Associate Professor of Accounting at St. Cloud State
University. A graduate of the College of St. Benedict, she also earned
an MBA from St. Cloud State University and a Ph.D. from the University
Barry brings over thirty years of operations and management experience
to the classroom as a Discussion Leader for the Management Forum, he
and also teaches a class in Business Consulting for St. Cloud State
University. He feels that the greatest benefit of being a Discussion
Leader is the opportunity to engage with individuals from a variety of
businesses. He is the Director of the Small Business Development
Center. Barry earned a Master of Science Degree in Human Resources
Training and Development from St. Cloud State University, he and is a
Certified Economic Development Professional.
Bob is a Discussion Leader for the Executive Forum. He opens each of
the three weeks of the Forum with a case study on leadership. Bob
enjoys learning about the participants' organizations and talking
through the tools presented during the Forum. He is currently the
managing partner at Mahowald Insurance Agency in St. Cloud, a
fourth-generation family business. Bob received his undergraduate
degree from West Point and served as an Infantry Officer with the US
Army for seven years. He also received his MBA from the University of
St. Thomas before joining the Mahowald Agency.
Brad serves as a Discussion Leader for the Marketing Forum and the Executive
Forum. He values
the learning and fun that comes from the case discussion format which
draws out different perspectives from a group's diverse set of
experiences. Brad has had a variety of professional experiences having
been a Field Artillery officer in the US Army, a management consultant
at McKinsey & Company, and most previously as the Vice President of Sales and
Marketing for Microbiologics. He was recently appointed the position of President at Eurofins. He graduated from the United States
Military Academy and holds an MBA from The Kellogg School of Management
at Northwestern University.
Brian is a Discussion Leader for the Governance Forum. He retired in
March 2014 from a 36-year banking career, most recently as Managing
Vice President of Sales for Capital One, and is currently the CEO of
Myres Consulting and the COO of DAYTA Marketing. He is on the Governance Committee of the Central
Minnesota Community Foundation and he serves on the SCSU –
Herberger College of Business Advisory Board. Brian is a graduate of
St. Cloud State University.
Brian is the Forum Leader for the Leading Negotiations Forum and is
also a Discussion Leader for the Executive Forum. Having served as an
adjunct professor at St. Cloud State University, Brian feels the case
method is a great technique to learn from the experiences of other
participants. As Managing Partner at Stinson Leonard Street's St. Cloud
office, he focuses on family and closely-held businesses. Brian is a
graduate of St. Cloud State University and he earned a JD from the
University of Minnesota Law School.
||Bruce "Harv" Busta
Harv serves as the Forum Leader for the Finance Forum and as a
Discussion Leader for the Strategy Forum. When asked about his area of
interest, Harv said, "As strange as it sounds, I really love
accounting. It is central to the success of a business. It can be
surprisingly subjective and fun!" He is a professor for the Instituto
de Empresa in Madrid, Spain, and was formerly a Professor of Accounting
at St. Cloud State University. He holds a Ph.D in Accountancy from the
University of Nebraska, and has been the recipient of several awards
for his teaching and as published cases in business journals.
Bryan is a Discussion Leader for the Executive Forum and is a strong
believer in participant-centered learning and the case method. When
asked to elaborate, Bryan said, "My richest learning experiences have
been via case studies. They combine the chance to tackle a real-world
problem with the opportunity to see how a diverse group of
professionals approaches the same challenge."' Bryan is currently the
President/CEO for DeZURIK. Prior to DeZURIK, Bryan was employed by the
Brunswick Corporation, where he was President of the Crestliner
Division. Bryan is a graduate of Pennsylvania State University and he
earned his MBA from Duke University.
Cary is a Discussion Leader for the Supervisors Forum. He
thoroughly enjoys interactive discussions with participants
and encouraging supervisors to stretch themselves by working
outside of their comfort zone. Cary is currently the Vice
President of Human Resources at DeZURIK, Inc. He is grateful
to share his 25 years of Human Resources experiences in
manufacturing, construction and retail businesses. Cary has
been the President of the local Society for Human Resource
Management and is certified as a Professional in Human
Resources (inactive). He holds a Bachelorís Degree from St.
Cloud State University.
Dean is a Discussion
Leader for the Executive Forum and Management Forum. When asked about his interest in being
a Discussion Leader, he shared, "I find meeting the participants,
exploring their ideas, and learning about their organizations
inspiring. I also like the challenge of guiding the participants to
look at situations from fresh perspectives." Dean is currently the Director of
Customer Experience at Winnebago Industries in Eden Prairie.
Prior to that, he was the Vice
President of Product Marketing for GEOTEK in Stewartville, and has a
wealth of marketing management experiences from such companies as Toro,
General Mills, and General Electric. He holds an MBA from Harvard
Earl puts his experience in marketing and training to use as a
Discussion Leader for the Leading Negotiations Forum and the Marketing
Forum, and as the Forum Leader for the Leading Change Forum. When
speaking of his role as a Discussion Leader, Earl shared, "Many
participants come into the Forums believing that their circumstances
are unique. They leave with valuable connections with industry peers
and others in their community." He is currently a Partner with BerganKDV
Technology and Consulting and was formerly with Tarantella Software. He
holds an MBA from the Carlson School of Management.
Eric is a Discussion Leader for the Executive Forum, the Management Forum, and the Leading
Negotiations Forum. In Eric's role as an investment
banker, he works closely with owners and management teams and
negotiations related to ownership and management succession planning.
Eric is currently the Managing Director at BMO Capital Markets
and an adjunct professor at the University of Minnesota Law School. A
graduate of Carleton College, he earned a JD from the University of
Minnesota Law School.
Gayle serves as the Forum Leader for the Management Forum
and a Discussion Leader for the Leading Change Forum, 7
Habits for Managers Forum and Supervisors Forum. She is the Owner of Gayle Noakes
Consulting LLC. Gayle has worked in various industries and
roles over her 35 year career, facilitating and instructing
individuals and groups in leadership development, change
processes, visioning and improvement efforts. She spent 14
years as the Chief Learning Officer and a Principal for
CliftonLarsonAllen, a national accounting and consulting
firm. Gayle worked 18 years in several manufacturing
companies. Gayle holds a Master of Arts degree in HR
Development and a Certificate in Organization Development
from the University of St. Thomas.
Greg is the Forum Leader for the Strategy Forum, and he enjoys helping
organizations align their efforts to a common objective with a clear
strategy and then identify the activities necessary to execute on that
strategy. He is currently the President/Chief Operating Officer
at Coldspring. As a CPA, Greg's background also includes finance, and
he serves as a board member for a variety of non-profit and for-profit
organizations. He holds an AMP degree from Harvard.
Greg enjoys being a Discussion Leader for the Executive Forum because
he feels "the participants are experienced and motivated to learn,
making it a rich experience for all involved." Greg is a Partner with
Granite Equity Partners, and was formerly the Principal and founder of
Schumacher Executive Search in Minneapolis. He received an MBA from the
University of Minnesota and a Bachelor of Science degree from St.
Jeff is the Forum Leader for the Marketing Forum. He enjoys
helping others realize their full potential. During his
career he has successfully championed and led dozens of
initiatives to deliver improved organizational performance.
Jeff's background includes twelve years of sales and
marketing experience. He is currently the General Manager at
Wendell's, Inc. out of Ramsey, Minn. Jeff has also been a
board member for WACOSA since 2014 and was appointed Board
President in 2016. He is a graduate of St.
John's University, and he earned his MBA at the Carlson School of
Joanne is a Discussion Leader for the Strategy Forum and the Executive
Forum. As the Director of Strategy Services for Granite Equity Partners, Joanne
exposed to organizations undergoing significant change. She enjoys
working with groups who are refining their strategies, and she is
particularly interested in giving people the tools to implement change
well. Prior to her Granite and consulting work, Joanne spent eight years working in
the manufacturing industry, six of them with Honeywell, a large global
technology and manufacturing leader. Joanne has an MBA from the Harvard
Jolene puts her experience in "consultative facilitation" to
use as a Discussion Leader for the Marketing Forum.
Alternating between consulting and client side assignments,
Jolene has worked with a variety of businesses across a
number of industries. She is currently a principal with
Astrion Partners, a business and brand strategy consulting
group. Previously she was CMO for Bellisio Foods and has
held a variety of assignments during her tenures with The
Pillsbury Company and Best Buy. She holds an MBA from the
Carlson school of Management.
Josh is a Discussion Leader for the Operations Forum and facilitates a
case on Lean Initiatives. He is currently the Director of Sales for the
Diamond Products Division of Coldspring. Josh began his career at
Coldspring as an intern and has held positions in Production
Management, Continuous Improvement, and Corporate Purchasing. He holds
a Bachelor's degree from St. Cloud State University in Operations
June is FranklinCovey®-certified and a facilitator for the
Leadership Forum and the 7 Habits for Managers Forum as well as the Supervisors
Forum. She is currently
a consultant with Granite Equity Partners. Prior to joining Granite
Equity, she served as Leadership Development Manager for a large
corporation serving a family of companies. She holds many
certifications focused on leadership and coaching, including The Hudson
Institute of Santa Barbara, and she is an Achieve Global master
trainer. June graduated from the University of Minnesota-Duluth with a
degree in English and she earned a Master's degree in Education from
St. Cloud State University.
Kathy serves as the Forum Leader for the Marketing Forum. Kathy
enjoys meeting and interacting with the participants and discussing
marketing concepts. She is currently the Marketing Director at Coldspring, a company highly supportive of case study methodology.
Prior to joining Coldspring, Kathy was employed by Wolters Kluwer (aka
Bankers Systems) and Webber Advertising. She holds a Bachelor's degree
from St. Cloud State University in Marketing.
Mardi Noyes is a Discussion Leader for the Supervisors Forum. Currently the Director of Human Resources for Catholic Charities of the Diocese of St. Cloud, Mardi has over 20 years of experience in Human Resources. She shares HR knowledge with several St. Cloud-area boards and advisory groups, is a former adjunct instructor at St. Cloud State University, and is a member of the Society for Human Resources Management. She holds a Master of Public Administration degree from the University of Illinois, and she is professionally certified as a Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) and as a Society for Human Resources Management-Senior Certified Professional (SHRM-SCP).
||Mary Jo Wimmer
Mary Jo is FranklinCovey®-certified and a facilitator for the
Leadership Forum and the 7 Habits for Managers Forum. She has a passion
for rural communities, organizations, and the way of life they offer.
She has lived this passion for the past 25 years through the design and
delivery of educational and organizational development programs in
rural Minnesota. As principal of her own consulting firm, Trillium Leadership
Development, she has
worked as a Senior Trainer and design team member for the Blandin
Foundation's Community Leadership program for 23 years. Mary Jo has a
Master's degree from Michigan State University in Adult and Extension
Matt Kilian is FranklinCovey®-certified and a facilitator for
the Leadership Forum. He is currently the President of the Brainerd
Lakes Chamber of Commerce, one of the largest chambers in Minnesota at
more than 900 business members. Prior to that, Matt served as Vice
President for External Relations at the Initiative Foundation for 15
years. He began his career at an advertising agency and has also taught
college courses in both advertising and public relations. Matt gets his
energy from brainstorming big new ideas, facilitating meaningful
discussions, and building bridges between business and community
leaders. He graduated from St. Cloud State University with Bachelor's
and Master's Degrees in Mass Communications.
Melissa serves as a Discussion Leader for the Anderson Center’s Leading Change Forum. She enjoys being a Discussion Leader as it provides an opportunity for her to impact participants’ professional growth and development, as well as her own. Melissa has a Master’s degree in Human Resources and Industrial Relations from the University of Minnesota and over 10 years of experience in Human Resources. Today she is a business consultant as well as a family and marriage counselor. She was previously the Director of Human Resources at NativeX, where she partnered with business leaders to align human resources with the strategic goals of the organization.
Pam serves as a Discussion Leader for the Leading Change Forum. She is
currently the Vice President of Economic Development at the Southern
Minnesota Initiative Foundation in Owatonna. Pam has worked in
community and economic development for 20 years, convening
conversations that further business efforts and community
collaborations to foster economic prosperity in southern Minnesota.
Pam's passion to guide conversations often result in creative
processes, collaborative partnerships, and pioneering results. This
same passion is a key reason she chose to serve as a Discussion Leader
for this Forum.
Pat is a Discussion Leader for the Governance Forum. Pat believes that the case method is one of the most powerful
learning tools he's ever experienced, sharing, "It allows us to engage
with real-world, practical solutions analogous to those that we face in
business every day." His work as a Partner at Granite Equity Partners
has given him insight into strategic planning and management
succession. Prior to Granite, Pat worked for nine years in several
positions with Medtronic. Pat currently serves on the Boards of Microbiologics and the United Way of Central Minnesota. Pat earned his
MBA at Harvard Business School and his BA at Carleton College.
Rick serves as the Forum Leader for the Governance Forum. His direct
experience with governance includes planning for and developing
advisory boards and full boards of directors – either from
scratch or as a reorganization. He brings valuable board experience to
the Forum, having served on multiple for-profit and non-profit boards
over the past ten years. Rick is a graduate of Saint John's University,
and he went on to earn an MBA from Harvard Business School and a
Master's in Public Administration from Harvard's Kennedy School of
||Shelly Bauerly Kopel
Shelly serves as a Discussion Leader for the Governance Forum and as Forum
Leader for the Supervisors Forum. When
asked about the role of the Anderson Center, Shelly said, "I believe in
human capital and that people can make all the difference. I am
particularly interested in the role of leadership development and
management education in shaping and growing organizations." Shelly is a
Partner with Granite Equity, leading its governing activities, and she
brings a variety of board governance experience to this Forum. She
serves on the boards of Vector Windows and the College of Saint
Benedict and has served on several other boards in the past. Shelly
holds a Master's in Education degree from Harvard, an MBA from the
Carlson School of Management, and a PhD in Educational Administration
from the University of Minnesota.
Steve is the Forum Leader for the Operations Forum, where he
facilitates a case on Operations Culture and a Supply Chain Simulation.
He is currently the Quarry Materials Director at Coldspring,
responsible for the advancement and expansion of the Quarry Products
Division. Steve has held prior positions with the organization in the
areas of Continuous Improvement and Purchasing and Logistics. Prior to
joining Coldspring, he was a Consultant for Brian P. Little and
Associates. Steve holds degrees in Business Management from Mankato
State University and Industrial Engineering from the University of
Tim is a Discussion Leader for the Operations Forum, where he
facilitates a case on Quality Control and Process Flow. Tim is currently the Vice
President of Operations for DeZURIK and is responsible for
manufacturing, supply chain, quality, and engineering. Prior to joining
DeZURIK, Tim was the President of a small contract manufacturing firm
in Central Minnesota and spent 10 years in the appliance industry with
Electrolux. He holds a degree in Mechanical Engineering from North
Dakota State University and an MBA from St. Cloud State University.
Tracy is a Discussion Leader for the Management Forum, where she enjoys
working with the participants and sharing her experiences with systems
improvements. Tracy is currently the Technology Director for Granite
Equity Partners, working with clients on business system improvement
with a focus on sales force automation, marketing, and channel
management. She holds an MBA from St. Cloud State University.