Biz Buzz for Dec. 4, 2017
• The Natural Resources Research Institute hired Tim White to fill a new position, business development and intellectual property management, to be a liaison with the University of Minnesota's Office of Technology Commercialization. White will work with researchers and scientists at NRRI and on the UMD campus to identify intellectual property and develop pathways to commercialization. He earned a master's degree in engineering management from the Milwaukee School of Engineering in Milwaukee, where he also earned a bachelor of science degree in mechanical engineering. His most recent position was as business development manager, water technologies, at Kohler Companies in Kohler, Wis.
• Louise Toscano Seeba has been named the interim executive director for Superior Housing Authority. She works as general counsel for the Public Housing Agency of St. Paul. She has been an attorney for 20 years, representing local governments in Wisconsin and Minnesota. She specialized in fair housing and has been with St. Paul public housing for more than five years. She will continue that role while assisting the Superior Housing Authority with general operations, and leading the search for a full-time executive director.
• Alyssa Schwanke has been hired as the education-industry partnership coordinator for Lake Superior College's Customized Training and Community Education department. She will manage external communications and outreach within the department. She was previously employed at PureDriven, LLC, in Two Harbors as the office and facilities manager and Driven to Learn coordinator. Schwanke earned a master's degree in educational leadership from St. Mary's University of Minnesota and a bachelor's degree in organizational management with a minor in deaf studies from the University of Minnesota Duluth. She completed the Kirby leadership Institute training at UMD. She served on the Executive Board of UMD's Bulldogs of the last Decade, Young Alumni Association and is a member of the Minnesota College Professionals Association.
• LHB's Jeremy Clarke, PE, received the Patriot Award from the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve at an awards ceremony on Nov. 21. Clarke was honored for supporting his employee, Sgt. James Lundequam, a standardization instructor for Alpha Company 2-147th Assault Helicopter Battalion in the Minnesota Army National Guard. Lundequam works under Clarke as a structural designer in LHB's industrial group. Clarke has more than 20 years of experience in civil engineering. The award reflects the efforts made to support citizen service members through measures such as flexible schedules, time off before and after deployment, caring for families and granting leaves of absence if needed.
• Edward Jones reached $1 trillion in assets under care. This milestone demonstrates the firm's size and scale while emphasizing its ability to impact the financial services industry, with top-ranked financial advisers and a comprehensive investment philosophy.
• Hermantown Area Chamber of Commerce announces three newly elected board members: Shawn Crowser of Centricity Credit Union; Todd Mell of LHB; and Kevin Peterson of the Duluth Area Family YMCA. The chamber is also partnering with Hermantown High School and adding senior Parthe Misswa to the 2018 board as an associate director. The chamber also announced the following members will serve on the 2018 Executive Committee: Board President Topher Davis, attorney, Maki & Overom; Vice President Corey Kolquist, general manager, Skyline Lanes; treasurer Jennifer Ryan, senior vice president, National Bank of Commerce; secretary William Humes, general manager, Grandma's Saloon & Grill Miller Hill; and Ex-Officio President Terri Kragseth, principal consultant, Talent Farm.
• Lake Superior Brewing celebrated 23 years of brewing Dec. 1-2. Lake Superior Brewing is the oldest microbrewery in Minnesota.