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Our Board of Directors
The Northspan Group is governed by an active board of directors committed to improving the economic vitality of communities in our region. They come from diverse industries and organizational backgrounds, representing leaders in business, finance, government, economic development, and regional planning.

Jeff Borling (Chair)
Economic Development Lead
Great River Energy

Dick Brenner
Commissioner
Carlton County

Steve Burgraff
Co-Owner
Burggraf's Ace Hardware & Paint

Arik Forsman
Regional Development Representative
Minnesota Power

Frank Jewell
Commissioner
St. Louis County

Mike Larson (Vice-Chair)
Partner
Cascade Vacation Rentals

Bill Maki
President
Northeast Higher Education District

Wade Pavleck
Commissioner
Koochiching County

Jennifer Pontinen (Secretary/Treasurer)
Business Banker
American Bank of the North

Tony Sertich
President
Northland Foundation

Matt Sjoberg (Immediate Past Chair)
Director, Business Development
Iron Range Resources and Rehabilitation Board

Anna Tanski
President and CEO
Visit Duluth

"I have nothing but the utmost respect for Northspan and its Board of Directors. Iím amazed every time we meet the level of professionalism and depth of critical thinking at the table. We work hand in hand with the staff to advance Northspanís mission."

Wade Pavleck
Commissioner
Koochiching County

Wade Pavleck