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January 2013

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PRESIDENT’S PERSPECTIVE

President’s Perspective

Rethinking My New Year's Resolutions

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While normally I like to make resolutions that I can easily break (exercise more, eat right, reduce stress) this year I’m going to try something new. Let me know if you like these because these aren’t about me, they are about you.

- Cajole, coerce, and everything in between to get members to attend a Chamber event. Once you experience our events, you’ll come back on your own!

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FEATURE STORY

Member Success Story: Minnesota Conway Fire & Safety

By Ryan Bierwerth, President, Minnesota Conway Fire & safety

As President, I define Minnesota Conway Fire & Safety’s identity with three major tenets: professionalism, quality, and focus on relationships. I have become more and more active with SPACC over the last few years—in particular, through Leadership Saint Paul. (You may have heard of my LSP class, the Class of 2011, a.k.a. the Best Class Ever—we have Mike Schwartz's trophy to prove it, which we have earned two years in a row). Anyway, in becoming more and more active with SPACC, I have learned about many other member companies that I think share MN Conway’s identity. One of those companies is Morrissey Hospitality Companies, Inc. As recently as a few months ago, MN Conway had done virtually no work with Morrissey. I wanted to change that, and, knowing

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It started with a couple of e-mails with Director of Member HUMANIST 521 BT Services Mindee Kastelic. Then I attended a meeting at SPACC with Mindee and Jonathan Weinhagen—and they gave SECONDARY me Michael Caslon Meyer’s contact info. I e-mailed Michael. Michael andITC I met for 224 Book/Ita coffee. Michael suggested I contact David Soos (another LSP’er), Director of Restaurants for Morrissey. I then e-mailed PC/WEB David. FONTS I, Helvetica along with one of MN Conway’s salesmen, met with David at Neue Thin Helvetica Light Hillcrest Golf Club (a Morrissey property) for a simple meet and greet. We met again for a walk-through of Hillcrest’s clubhouse, and to discuss how and when we would provide our fire life safety testing and inspection services—including fire extinguishers, fire sprinklers, fire alarms, kitchen hood fire suppression, and kitchen hood cleaning. We submitted a proposal to David for these services. David then had to chase down the right people on his end at Hillcrest to present the proposal to them (and hopefully advocate its approval). This whole process took nearly five months.


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Parallel to all of this, I had been talking to Jennie Schader, Membership & Marketing Director at Hillcrest, about potentially becoming a member of Hillcrest. I grew up around the East Side and Hillcrest, having been a caddie in grade school and member of the grounds crew in high school. From my perspective, it was serendipitous that the SPACC golf event was at Hillcrest this year. My roots are there. So, I had been corresponding with Jennie during this whole time while we were talking with David Soos.

at Morrissey are asking about MN Conway’s services—forSPACC different FONTS locations. We will hit a home run at Hillcrest, and then, with that PRIMARY testimonial in our hands, we plan on getting involved at other Morrissey properties. My goal is that, a year from now, youHUMANIST can have 521 BT dinner at The St. Paul Grill knowing that you are dining in the safest SECONDARY building in town because its fire protection systems are inspected and ITC Caslon 224 Book/Ita tested by the best—MN Conway.

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Chamber 101

Wednesday, January 9 2:45 - 4 p.m.

Saint Paul Area Chamber of Commerce 401 N Robert St. Ste. 150 St. Paul, MN 55101

Are you a new member of the Saint Paul Area Chamber of Commerce or just interested in discovering how to get the most out of your membership investment? Attend Chamber 101 and learn about a variety of opportunities available to you as a Chamber member.

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The presentation includes an overview of services, events, advertising, marketing, sponsorships, and additional value-added programs available to Chamber members.

Warm-Up Reception for Moon Glow - A Winter Carnival Partnership

Thursday, January 24 4:45 - 5:30 p.m.

Membership Meeting Featuring Liz Logelin Foundation Founder, Matt Logelin

Tuesday, January 29 11:30 a.m. 1 p.m.

Saint Paul Area Chamber of Commerce 401 N Robert St. Ste. 150 St. Paul, MN 55101

Once the procession arrives in the park, a lighting ceremony, live performances and a short program will take place. Better yet, the Ice Bar will be open, including beverages from Summit Brewing! Please check the Winter Carnival website for complete details on the St. Paul Winter Carnival Moon Glow Pedestrian Parade.

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Join us as we host a warm-up event to the official kick-off of the St. Paul Winter Carnival! On Thursday, January 24, enjoy camaraderie and a cup of hot cocoa beginning at 4:45 p.m. before we take our cups on the road and embark on the Moon Glow Pedestrian Parade to Rice Park at 5:30 p.m.!

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Town & Country Club 300 Mississippi River Boulevard North Saint Paul, MN 55104

Matt and Liz Logelin were high school sweethearts. After years of long-distance dating, the pair finally settled together in Los Angeles, and they had it all: a perfect marriage, a gorgeous new home, and a baby girl on the way. Liz's pregnancy was rocky, but they welcomed Madeline, beautiful and healthy, into the world on March 24, 2008. Just twenty-seven hours later, Liz suffered a pulmonary embolism and died instantly, without ever holding the daughter whose arrival she had so eagerly awaited. Though confronted with devastating grief and the responsibilities of a new and single father, Matt did not surrender to devastation; he chose to keep moving forward-- to make a life for Maddy. The Liz Logelin Foundation was established to assist widows and widowers with young families who find themselves in the heartbreaking, catastrophic situation of having lost a spouse, life-partner, and parent. The Foundation’s goal is to financially assist these families as they deal with the loss of their loved ones, and struggle to move forward.

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Public Affairs Series: Saint Paul Mayor Chris Coleman

Wednesday, January 30 11:30 a.m. 1 p.m.

University of St. Thomas Anderson Student Center 2115 Summit Avenue Saint Paul, MN 55105

Join the Chamber for lunch with Saint Paul Mayor, Chris Coleman, to kick off an exciting new year of Public Affairs Series events. Enjoy lunch and great discussion at the University of St. Thomas’ Anderson Student Center. Don’t miss this opportunity to hear directly from the Mayor on key issue for Saint Paul like the budget, economic development priorities, and many other great opportunities facing the City in 2013.

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CONTRIBUTING: Securian Financial Group, Inc. & Owl Bookkeeping and CFO Services

SocialLights in the Park - A Winter Carnival Partnership

Thursday, January 31 4:30 6 p.m.

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Rice Park 109 West 4th Street Saint Paul, MN

Does your social network need an icebreaker? Come join the Chamber, YPro (the young professionals group of SPACC), and the St. Paul Winter Carnival for a unique networking opportunity in Rice Park! Yes, that's right, we'll be networking in Rice Park...in January! The Ice Bar will be open and include beverages from Summit Brewing!


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NEWS + AWARDS

Ribbon Cuttings -

Congratulations members on your continued success!

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Connolly Kuhl Group 235 East 6th Street, Suite 200, Saint Paul 55102

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AmBASSADOR OF THE MONTH

Ambassador of the Month

Meet Meg Chiodo, Royal Credit Union

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Q. Fun tidbit?

A. Coming up on 2 ½ years and I love our Ambassador Group and being an Ambassador!

A. I grew up in Madison, WI and am a HUGE Badgers fan!!! GO BUCKY! Sorry Gopher Fans! SPACC FONTS

Q. What do you enjoy most about being a Chamber member?

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A. Every time I go to an event, I meet another great person. I also run into members that I already know, but SPACC continues to expand my center of influence which makes membership fun and engaging and it also helps me develop more business. Not a bad gig!

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A. Find one monthly event that you really enjoy and attend it religiously. You will be amazed at how quickly you start seeing the same people and start making some great connections.

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Q. How long have you been an ambassador?

Q. What is one piece of advice you would offer fellow members?

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NEWS + AWARDS

CBS Award In 2005, your Chamber created a tradition called Celebrate Business Success.

This award honors those who provide leading examples of how members of the business community contribute to a shared vision of economic success throughout the Saint Paul/East Metro area.

At the Chamber’s December Membership

Meeting, Ken Ginkel accepted a Celebrate National Dizzy & Balance Center. National Dizzy & Balance Center was incorporated

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Dizzy & Balance Center is now one of the few facilities in the U.S. that combines physician

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People, Awards and Company Notes

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Children’s Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota, Minneapolis, hired Carol Koenecke-Grant as its chief strategy officer. Minneapolis-based Fredrikson & Byron hired Ashley Roth as an attorney in the firm’s immigration group and Anni Simons as a government relations specialist.

Saint Paul-based Springboard for the Arts and the Minnesota Theater Alliance started SpacemARTmn. org, a statewide database for space that can be rented for auditions, rehearsals, and cultural events. Saint Paul-based McClung Communications & Public Relations was hired by the Branson/ Lakes Area Chamber of Commerce and Convention and Visitors Bureau

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of Branson, Mo., to promote the city in Minnesota.

Baker Tilly Virchow Krause hired Dianne Hickok as a tax manager and John Middleton as an international tax manager in its Minneapolis office. The National Association of Women Business Owners-Minnesota gave Susan Rani, Minneapolisbased Rani Engineering Inc., a Woman Pioneer award and Heidi Olson, Eagan-based All in One Accounting, an Innovation in Finance award. AppleValley-based Wings Financial Credit Union hired Jenny Huschka as digital marketing manager. The O’Shaughnessy at St. Catherine University in Saint Paul, received an NEA Art Works grant from the

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Welcome New Members! Anchor Bank Saint Paul Park Ms. Kim Bundich 1030 Hastings Avenue Saint Paul Park, MN 55071 Banks www.anchorlink.com Bauch Enterprises, Inc. Ms. Julie Bauch 9845 Brookside Avenue West Bloomington, MN 55431 Real Estate Commercial & Investment www.bauchenterprises.com Certus Mr. Tim Murray 2240 Edgewood Avenue Saint Louis Park, MN 55426 Consultants Business www.certusadvice.com

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Community Neighborhood Housing Services Mr. Jason Peterson 35 Water Street West Saint Paul, MN 55107 Nonprofit Organizations www.communitynhs.org

Johnson & Condon, P.A. Mr. Shamus O'Meara 7401 Metro Boulevard, Suite 600 Minneapolis, MN 55439 Attorneys www.johnson condon.com

Gilsdorf, Askvig & Johnson Ms. Jill Johnson 101 East Fifth Street, Suite 1712 Saint Paul, MN 55101 Attorneys www.gajlawoffice.com

Nilan Johnson Lewis Ms. Susan G. Kratz 400 One Financial Plaza 120 South Sixth Street Minneapolis, MN 55402 Attorneys www.nilanjohnson.com

Herman Miller Ms. Anna Olson 845 Berkshire Lane North Plymouth, MN 55441 Furniture www.hermanmiller.com

Peoples Bank of Commerce Ms. Della Neuharth 43 East Kellogg Boulevard Saint Paul, MN 55101 Banks www.e peoplesbank.com

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Soullections Management LLC Mr. Tsimbini (Tsitsy) Andrianaivo 1998 Brewster Street Saint Paul, MN 55108 Musicians www.soullections.com

Urban Village Salon Ms. Melanie Stephenson 134 Western Avenue North Saint Paul, MN 55102 Hair Stylists www.urbanvillagesalon.com


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Nexus is a monthly publication for the members of the Saint Paul Area Chamber of Commerce. The objective of Nexus is to inform and educate members of news and events in the Chamber and the Saint Paul/East Metro area. For more information about the Saint Paul Area Chamber of Commerce or to comment on Nexus, please call 651.223.5000 or visit our website at saintpaulchamber.com. We value your input, feedback and questions. Produced/Edited by: Kelsey Siqveland

2013 Executive Committee

2013 Board of Directors

Matt Kramer Secretary/Treasurer Saint Paul Area Chamber of Commerce

Andrew Ahrendt PCL Construction Services Inc.

Kimberly Foster Price 3M Community Affairs and 3M Foundation

SPACC GRAPHIC STANDARDS GUIDE Kris Taylor

Neal Buethe Briggs and Morgan, Professional Association

Chris Georgacas Goff Public

Susan Wenz KSTC, Channel 45

Kari Canfield Midway Chamber of Commerce

Scott Burns GovDelivery, Inc.

Sara Criger Mercy Hospital, Allina Health

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Morris Goodwin Amherst H. Wilder Foundation Cushmeer Haines KCS Doug Hennes University of St. Thomas

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Kelly Larson Summit Brewing

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Scott Rynda Travelers

Brian McClung McClung Communications & Public Relations, LLC

Stuart Simek Meridian Management

Tammy Mencel Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal Geoff Michel Securian Financial Group David Miller The Saint Paul Hotel Susan Rani Rani Engineering Lenny Russo Heartland Restaurant & Farm Direct Market Ryan Rutzick All, Inc.

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