Dean's Business Advisory Council


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The role of the Dean's Business Advisory Council is to be supportive of the Dean and the administrative staff and just as importantly, to be the eyes and ears of the University throughout the city and region.

This connection to the community is vital, and council members are an active link between the school and area businesses. They also play an essential role in strategic planning, fund raising, and program development.

The Dean's Business Advisory Council is diverse, dynamic, and involved, and it represents business leaders from the Iron Range to southern Minnesota and nationally.

Council Members

Debora Almirall
President/CEO
Minnesota Power Employees Credit Union

Karen Andresen
President/Owner
Human Resources Consulting

Steve Burgess
CEO
National Bank of Commerce

Tom Conrad
Vice President & CFO
BendTec

James Dahline
Director of Marketing
SportsEngine

William Drazkowski
Executive Vice President, National Accounts Sales
Fastenal Company

Joseph Dusek
Senior Vice President & Regional Brokerage Manager 
Wells Fargo Private Client Svc.

David Gartzke
CEO - ALLETE, Inc. (Retired)
Chairman & CEO - ADESA (Retired)

Dave Goldberg
President
Dave Goldberg Investments

Bob Heimbach
Account Executive
Otis-Magie Insurance, Inc.

Rick Hollander
Vice President Manufacturing & Supply Chain
Cirrus Aircraft

Michael Howe
President/CEO
Howe Associates

Nicole Johnson
Director, Compensation Benefits
ALLETE, Inc.

Mark Labovitz
President & CEO
Labovitz Enterprises

Dennis Maki
Herff Jones Executive (Retired)

Susan Meyer
Global Supply Chain Manager (Retired)
3M Advanced Materials Divsion

Tania A. New
Former Director of Sales
Kraft Foods North America

Dan Peterson
Vice President Technical Development
AMSOIL

Mark Phillips
Commissioner
Iron Range Resources and Rehabilitation Board (IRRRB)

Phil Rolle
Owner
PDR Consulting

Susan Ross
Executive Vice President, Human Resources
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Brendon J. Schrader
President/CEO
Antenna

Fred Shusterich
Consultant - Krech Ojard & Associates
President, Midwest Energy Resources - DTE Energy (Retired)

William (Bill) Spang
Regional Business Manager
Northern State Bank

Judy Weber
CEO
Inter City Oil Co, Inc.

Ex Officio Members

Amy B. Hietapelto
Dean
Labovitz School of Business and Economics

Praveen Aggarwal
Associate Dean
Labovitz School of Business and Economics

Suzanne Anderson
Development Officer 
Labovitz School of Business and Economics

Joel Labovitz
Chairman
Labovitz Enterprises
Senior Fellow, LSBE

Richard S. Brown
CEO
JNBA Financial Advisors Inc.
Senior Fellow, LSBE

Lendley C. Black
Chancellor
University of Minnesota Duluth

Fernando P. Delgado
Executive Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs
University of Minnesota Duluth

Elaine Hansen
Director, Center for Economic Development 
University of Minnesota Duluth

Stephen W. Keto
Vice Chancellor of Finance and Operations
University of Minnesota Duluth

Rolf Weberg
Director, National Resources Research Institute 
University of Minnesota Duluth