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 board 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 south of the Twin Cities.

Council Members

Debora Almirall
President/CEO
Minnesota Power Credit Union

Karen Andresen
President/Owner
Human Resources Consulting

Steve Burgess
CEO
National Bank of Commerce

Tom Conrad
Vice President & CFO
BendTec

William Drazkowski
Regional Vice President
Fastenal Company

Joseph Dusek
Senior VP & Regional Brokerage Mgr.
Wells Fargo Private Client Svc.

Dave Goldberg
President
Easy Housing of Duluth, Inc.

Bob Heimbach
Account Executive
Otis-Magie Insurance, Inc.

Rick Hollander
VP Manufacturing & Supply Chain
Cirrus Aircraft

Michael Howe
President/CEO
Howe Associates

Mark Labovitz
President & CEO
Labovitz Enterprises

Tiffany G. Lauria
IT Project Manager
Target Corporation

Rob Link
President
A&L Properties

Dennis Maki
Herff Jones Executive (Retired)

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

Dan Peterson
V. P. Technical Development
AMSOIL

Mark Phillips
Director of Business Development
Kraus-Anderson Companies

Tom Renier
President
Northland Foundation

Phil Rolle
Owner
PDR Consulting

Susan Ross
Executive V. P. Human Resources
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Brendon J. Schrader
President/CEO
Antenna

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
Interim Associate Dean
Labovitz School of Business and Economics

Lawrence P. Johnson
Senior Director of Development
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