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APEX names 2017 executive committee

Duluth-based business recruiter APEX named its 2017 executive committee and received a dose of economic optimism during its annual board and investor-member meeting Jan. 26 at the Kitchi Gammi Club.

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Duluth-based business recruiter APEX named its 2017 executive committee and received a dose of economic optimism during its annual board and investor-member meeting Jan. 26 at the Kitchi Gammi Club.

"After nearly 10 years of subpar economic growth, we've seen significant movement in the marketplace," said John R. Elmore, vice chair of Community Banking and Branch Delivery at U.S. Bank. "Consumer confidence is nearly at an all-time high, so we are seeing incredible opportunities for business growth in Minnesota."

Elmore said Minnesota ranks third out of the 25 most optimistic states in U.S. Bank's territory.

"As a community -philanthropic, public and private stakeholders - we have the capability to drive investment and smart development," APEX president and CEO Brian Hanson said in a press release last week. "Although there has been uncertainty following the election, reading the indicators, understanding key market segments and acting on opportunities will lead to the continued success of our region."

The 2017 executive committee for APEX - the Area Partnership for Economic Expansion - consists of:

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  • Chair: Brian Thun, Maurices and Dressbarn
  • Vice Chair: Steve Burgess, National Bank of Commerce
  • Immediate Past Chair: Nancy Norr, Minnesota Power
  • Secretary: Bill Bennett, LHB, Inc.
  • Treasurer: John Strange, St. Luke's
  • At-Large: Lisa Bodine, Giant Voices
  • At-Large: Brian Maki, Lakehead Constructors, Inc.
  • At-Large: Julianne Motis, Foth Infrastructure & Environment
  • At-Large: Dr. Daniel Nikcevich, Essentia Health
  • At-Large: Rolf Weberg, UMD's Natural Resources Research Institute
Brooks Johnson was an enterprise/investigative reporter and business columnist at the Duluth News Tribune from 2016 to 2019.
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