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Biz Buzz for Dec. 7


* Odyssey Development announced Chuck Paton was promoted to president and chief operating officer of Odyssey Resorts. Previously, Paton served as a regional general manager and general manager of Larsmont Cottages in Two Harbors for the past three years. He now oversees operations at Beacon Pointe Resort in Duluth; Larsmont Cottages on Lake Superior/Ledge Rock Grille, Breezy Point Cabins and Grand Superior Lodge/Splashing Rock Restaurant, all in Two Harbors; Caribou Highlands Lodge/Moguls Grill and Tap Room in Lutsen; East Bay Suites in Grand Marais; and Trappers Landing Lodge on Leech Lake in Walker.

* Bolen Chiropractic hired Dr. Robert McVean as a chiropractor. A Hermantown native, McVean graduated from the College of St. Scholastica and earned his doctor of chiropractic degree from Northwestern Health Sciences University in Bloomington, Minn. He also owned North Country Chiropractic in Hermantown for 20 years.

* LBC Construction, Garage Doors and Foundation Supportworks hired Steven Johnston as a general manager. Johnston will begin his duties on Jan. 1.

* ELogger of Cloquet hired Jane Fitzpatrick as director of sales operations and Anna Tennis as senior account manager.

Fitzpatrick has more than 18 years of experience managing business development, marketing and account management operations in the energy industry. She served as director of business strategy and development for CLEAResult, where she was responsible for managing energy outreach and support campaigns for large investor-owned utilities. She will be responsible for departmental oversight of ELogger’s sales, account management and client engagement activity.

Tennis is responsible for client and prospect outreach and introduction, relationship management and product representation. She has more than 16 years of experience in business development and project management. Tennis served 13 years as an account and project manager CustomerLink, managing more than 30 national utility accounts and supporting the product sales campaigns of many diverse energy programs.

* LHB announced Aaron Kelly, Sara Phillips and Philip Waugh are new shareholders.

Kelly joined LHB in 2013 with a diverse portfolio of architecture and planning project experience across 14 states, Canada and the United Arab Emirates. He leads LHB’s government focus with a background in public projects serving clients in transit, community and public agencies. Kelly’s practice centers on civic improvement and sustainable design including the Duluth Transit Authority Multimodal Facility, Metro Transit Master Contract for Construction Support, Essentia Health Regional Wellness Center and Giants Ridge Event Center. He graduated from North Dakota State University in Fargo with a bachelor’s degree in architecture and also holds a bachelor’s degree in environmental design.

Phillips has been an architect with LHB for nine years and her recent projects include the Ridgewater College Technical Instruction and Student Services renovation, Seward Community Co-op friendship store and Chatfield Center for the Arts. Phillips graduated from Iowa State University in Ames with a bachelor’s degree in architecture and became a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Accredited Professional in 2006.

Waugh joined LHB in 2013 with an extensive portfolio of historic preservation project experience. His recent projects include the Historic Duluth Armory restoration, Split Rock Lighthouse humidity study and the H. Alden Smith House reuse study. Waugh holds a master’s degree in historic preservation from the University of Oregon in Eugene and a bachelor’s degree from Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs, N.Y. He is also an adjunct instructor at the University of Minnesota School of Architecture, College of Design, and an associate member of the American Institute of Architects Minnesota.

* Oneida Realty Co. promoted Patricia McGaffey to vice president. She will be responsible for managing all aspects of Oneida’s more than 40 Duluth commercial properties and 75 cleaning contracts, as well as assisting in several of the company’s 15 condominium associations.

* HTK Marketing Communications hired Mark Huebsch as a digital designer. Huebsch’s knowledge includes website design, digital strategy, social campaigns and content management. He graduated from the University of Minnesota Duluth with a degree in graphic design.

* Pioneer National Bank hired Bryan Lent as a commercial lender. A Duluth native, Lent graduated from Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College in Superior with a degree in finance. He has 12 years of finance and eight years of lending experience.


Danielle Perich and Bonnie Jorgenson received awards from EdisonLearning.

Perich is principal of Raleigh Academy and received an academic achievement award recognizing the school as the first Tier I EdisonLearning school. EdisonLearning modified its ranking system from a star to a tier-ranking system. The tier system takes into consideration student performance on state exams; student growth on state exams; participation rates of students on state exams and Edison interim exams; attendance; and student persistence among other areas.

Jorgenson received a CEO special recognition award for outstanding leadership shown over the past 18 years.

Tycoon’s Alehouse and Fitger’s Brewhouse in Duluth have been awarded Kind of a Big Deal Awards by the Growler magazine based in St. Paul. The award is voted on by Growler readers and indicates restaurants are innovators and revolutionaries of food and drink in Minnesota.

The Rathskeller at Tycoons was awarded Best Craft Beer Bar in Greater Minnesota for the second consecutive year. The award also noted historic atmosphere and live music added to the readers’ decisions.

Fitger’s Brewhouse was awarded Best Brewpub in the state of Minnesota for the second consecutive year and was considered a “non-negotiable stop” when visiting Duluth by the magazine.

* St. Luke’s was recognized as a 2014 Top Performer on Key Quality Measures for influenza immunizations by the Joint Commission. St. Luke’s was recognized as part of the commission’s annual report “America’s Hospitals: Improving Quality and Safety” for attaining and sustaining excellence in accountability measure performance for influenza immunizations. St. Luke’s is one of 1,043 hospitals out of 3,300 eligible hospitals in the U.S. to achieve the 2014 Top Performer distinction. The Top Performer program recognizes hospitals for improving performance on evidence-based interventions that increase the chances of healthy outcomes for patients.

Tony Sertich was featured in the December issue of Twin Cities Business as one of the state’s 100 People to Know in 2016. Sertich is president of Northland Foundation and leads a staff team of 14 serving Northeastern Minnesota counties Aitkin, Carlton, Cook, Itasca, Koochiching, Lake and St. Louis. He represented District 5B in the Minnesota House of Representatives from 2001-11 and spent four years as House Majority Leader. He also has been an instructor in the University of Minnesota Duluth’s Master of Advocacy and Political Leadership program and has a lengthy list of board service including the Duluth Seaway Port Authority, University of Minnesota Duluth’s Natural Resources Research Institute and the Center for Rural Policy and Development.


Arrowhead Builders Association announced its 2016 board members: David Hyopponen, St. Germain’s Cabinet, president; and Gloria Allan, US Bank, vice president. Other board members include: Jody Keppers, Keppers Design, Paul Solberg, Edina Realty; and Ryan Ostrofsky, Rymel Construction.

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