Ken Willcox, ’72 MBA, was re-elected to a second four-year term as mayor of Wayzata, Minn. He and a partner operate two manufacturing businesses located in Waseca, Minn.: Delta Waseca, Inc. and Tartan Transportation Systems, Inc. Both manufacture products for medium- and heavy-duty trucks. He is also a retired U.S. Navy Captain with 30 years’ service in the active and reserve forces.

Thomas R. Hanson, ’75 BSB, is a professor of law and management at Concordia University, St. Paul. He led a study abroad trip to Chile in January for graduate business students. They met with company executives at Ecolab and ACNielson in Santiago to study Chilean business practices for U.S. companies. The trip included stops in the Andes and at the Pacific coast, along with several cultural and culinary experiences.

Barbara Mowry, ’75 MBA, is now the Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Kansas City Federal Reserve Bank, which serves seven states in the Midwest and western part of the country. In addition, she will be joining the board of advisors for the Colorado Innovation Network set up by the state’s governor to help bring innovation to the state. She was also elected to the Kauffman Foundation Board.

Harald Borrmann, ’76 BSB, has been appointed president, CEO and chair of the board of Catholic United Financial, a 135-year old fraternal life insurance company headquartered in St. Paul.

Lincoln Duncanson, ’76 BSB, has recently published a business ethics book, Legacy—Principled Management.


Michael C. Bann, ’81 BSB, is the owner of Bann Business Solutions, which offers marketing services to a broad range of clientele. Bann has recently hired an intern from the Carlson School, and his daughter has also become a Gopher freshman.

Ronald E. Reimann, ’82 BSB, the 1982 Tomato Can Loving Cup award winner, owns two businesses and operates three websites: is a fast-growing social network connecting families around gift giving, recently covered by The Wall Street Journal; sells awareness items for health issues; and offers virtual international phone cards to college students.

Jack Sandahl, ’83 BSB, is an adjunct instructor in the Manufacturing Operations Management program at the University of Minnesota College of Continuing Education.

John Baker, ’82 BA, ’89 MBA, received a Book of the Year award from the American Association of Inside Sales Professionals for his work, The Asking Formula. Baker is the founder of READY Thinking, LLC, an organizational and leadership development firm based in Eden Prairie, Minn.

Leon Kraig, ’85 MBA, is now a partner and managing director at IGNIA Partners, LLC, the largest impact Venture Capital in Latin America, based in Mexico. In addition, he is a participant on the boards of several large Mexican companies.

John Herrera, ’86 MBA, operates a private law practice from his office within the Leech Lake Indian Reservation in northern Minnesota, near Bemidji. He is associated with Lommen Abdo in an “of counsel” position. His clients have included tribal governments, Fortune 1000 corporations, large non-profit organizations, and closely held businesses.

Peter Anderson, ’88 MBA, has joined Baker Tilly Search & Staffing, LLC as a financial recruiter in its Minneapolis office. In his new role, he will focus on assisting clients fill positions in accounting and finance at the executive, management, and associate levels.


Leonard Segal, ’90 BSB, formerly of Oberman Thompson Segal in Minneapolis (now Oberman Thompson), has joined the SeilerSchindel law firm in St. Louis Park, Minn. He works with for-profit and nonprofit employers in the areas of employment and labor law, as well as commercial litigation.

Josh Baltzell, ’93 MBA, has joined the Colorescience Board of Directors. He is also currently the managing director at Split Rock Partners in Menlo Park, Calif.

Paula Phillippe, ’86 BA, ’93 MBA, is senior vice president of human resources, communications, and community relations for Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota.

Susan Rani, ’82 BEng, ’94 MBA, was named to the Mayo expansion board by Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton. She is the president of Rani Engineering in Minneapolis.

Amy Hietapelto, ’97 PhD, is the dean of the Labovitz School of Business and Economics at the University of Minnesota, Duluth. She was previously the dean of Northeastern Illinois University in Chicago.

Jeff Larson, ’98 BSB, is the executive director of the Minnesota Fringe Festival.

Jason Paulnock, ’99 MBA, is senior vice president and managing director for the Minnesota offices of Wells Fargo Insurance.


Scott Aubitz, ’01 MBA, is chief marketing officer and vice president of product strategy for Quantum Retail Technology, Inc. based in Minneapolis.

Eric Wik, ’01 MBA, is the vice president of transportation solutions at Unispec Enterprises in Washington, D.C.

Gabrielle Cummings, ’02 MHA/MBA, was recently featured in a Becker’s Hospital Review article called “Rising Stars: 25 Healthcare Leaders Under 40.” It recognized administrative leaders under the age of 40 who have excelled in the healthcare field and made considerable accomplishments early in their professional lives. She is the senior vice president of Evanston Hospital in Illinois.

Eldon Richards, ’03 MBA, is vice president of engineering and technology services for PatientPoint, based in Orlando, Fla.

Chris Hasling, ’04 BSB, a Northwestern Mutual Financial Advisor based in Eden Prairie, Minn., received the company’s Top Producer award based on an outstanding year of helping clients achieve financial security.

Hilary Peterson, ’06 BSB, is based in New York City as an international retail operations manager for the accessories company Coach, Inc., overseeing retail operations in the firm’s growing international luxury markets.

Kyle B. Flanagan, ’07 BSB, is an attorney in Reinhart’s Business Law practice. He advises clients on a variety of business transactional matters, including mergers and acquisitions, commercial contracting, and corporate finance. His goal is to find efficient solutions for client issues while keeping business objectives in mind.

Dominic Hand, ’07 MBA, is the director of product lifecycle management at Ingersoll Rand. He leads a team of 40 engineers and information technology professionals worldwide to develop and deliver technologies that help Ingersoll Rand accelerate the launch of products with higher quality and lower costs.

Greg Thompson, ’08 MBA, is a marketing director at the Andersen Corporation based in Bayport, Minn.

Michael Ramlet, ’09 BSB, founder of the healthcare news site The Morning Consult and principal at Purple Strategies, was named one of the “100 People to Watch This Fall” by The Hill, a Washington, D.C. newspaper.

Travis Swenson, ’09 MBA, has been appointed senior managing director at CBRE Group, Inc. and will lead the company’s real estate accounting services in the United States.


Rob Evert, ’10 MBA, is in his first year of a strategic management PhD program at Texas Tech University. He was recently promoted to Lieutenant Colonel in the U.S. Air Force, and he plans to study at the United States Air Force Academy after graduation.

Richard Mills, ’10 MBA, has been named chair for Vistage International’s Twin Cities group. Vistage is a peer advisory group for CEOs, business owners, and senior executives.

Kari Niedfeldt-Thomas, ’10 MBA, foundation manager for The Mosaic Company, was recently recognized as a 2013 Women of Distinction by the Girl Scouts of Minnesota and Wisconsin River Valleys. The award honors prominent and inspiring women for their leadership, professional accomplishments, and community contributions.

Wesley Strait, ’10 MBA, and his wife, Sara, welcomed a new Gopher to the family this year. Lydia Ruth Strait was born August 16, 2013.

Reva (Hynes) Witte, ’10 BSB, has been promoted to distribution center human resources manager at Ashley Furniture’s corporate headquarters in Arcadia, Wisc.

D. Tomme Beevas, ’11 MBA, was featured on the Food Network’s Food Court Wars with his business, Pimento Jamaican Grill; Pimento won a one-year, rent-free spot at the Burnsville Center food court.

Brian Hobbins, ’12 MBA, has joined Geraty Investments as an analyst. Geraty Investments, a leading advisory, investment banking, and asset management firm focused on emerging-growth leaders in the restaurant and specialty food industry.

Amy Palmer, ’12 BSB, is the author of the science fiction thriller Hidden Thirst, published in August 2012. She cowrote the novel with her father, Doug Palmer. She is currently a marketing associate at Cárdenas Marketing Network in Chicago.

Barry Sackett, ’12 MBA, is a newly elected board member of the Lakes Corridor Development Corporation. He also owns his own practice, Sackett Law Firm, in Milford, Iowa.

Douglas S. King, ’13 MBA, has been promoted to president and CEO of Cetera Advisor Networks, LLC in El Segundo, Calif. Cetera Advisor Networks, a part of the Cetera Financial Group, is a broker-dealer and registered investment adviser firm.

Adam Palmer, ’13 MBA, is an associate at Aethlon Capital, LLC in Minneapolis.

Jackie Shepherd, ’13 BSB, was named to the National Golf Coaches Association’s All-American Scholar Team in July. The four-year Gopher letterwinner finished her collegiate career with a stroke average of 77.49, the third-lowest in program history.

In Memoriam

Martin Clark, ’12 MA-HRIR, passed away in August 2013.

Thomas Hoffman, an Emeritus Professor of Information Systems at the Carlson School, passed away in June 2013.

Walter C. Johnson, ’48 BBA, passed away in May 2013.

Kenneth Edwin Broin, ’49 BBA, passed away in May 2013.

Larry Gale Jones, ’61 BSB, passed away in April 2013.

Ivan Ross, an Emeritus Professor of Marketing at the Carlson School, passed away in December 2012.

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