Business Notes for July 23
CAREER Ronnei joins Essentia Health board of directors Essentia Health announced the recent addition of Mark Ronnei to the board of directors, leading Essentia Health-St. Joseph's Medical Center in Brainerd and surrounding clinics. "We value our ...
Ronnei joins Essentia Health board of directors
Essentia Health announced the recent addition of Mark Ronnei to the board of directors, leading Essentia Health-St. Joseph's Medical Center in Brainerd and surrounding clinics.
"We value our board members throughout Essentia," said Adam Rees, president of Essentia Health-Central, in a news release. "To achieve our mission 'of making a healthy difference in people's lives,' we seek out community leaders to guide the decisions we make."
Mark Ronnei is a long-time community member bringing diverse perspectives and experiences with a combined 60 years of board-level experience in a number of community organizations and private companies. As both a civic and business leader, serving Grand View Lodge for the past 39 years, Ronnei and his wife Pat are connected to Essentia personally and professionally. Pat Ronnei is a registered nurse at St. Joseph's and is part of the intensive care unit team. Mark Ronnei sees firsthand the impacts health care has on the 250 year-round employees and their families at Grand View, the release stated.
"My cancer was discovered at St Joseph's 28 years ago, and I hope I can give back in some small way," Ronnei explained in the release. "I think that the health of our community is closely tied to the health care delivery systems in a community. Essentia has a great reputation and I want to first learn about the issues and then contribute where I can."
"When recruiting new board members, we look for candidates that complement our existing members' strengths to help us live up to our mission to make a healthy difference in people's lives in the Brainerd Lakes area," explained Chuck Albrecht, Essentia Health-Central Board chair, in the release. "Mark brings the perspective of being a large employer in the community and an understanding of the visitors to our community, both of whom are largely served by Essentia."
3 join EXIT Lakes Realty Premier
Brent Dahl, Chad Rasinski and Jenna Olson recently joined EXIT Lakes Realty Premier.
Dahl is second-generation Realtor and received a marketing degree at Monmouth College. He has been active for over 25 years in real estate and specializes in marketing and selling new and existing homes.
Rasinski is a native of the Brainerd lakes area, graduating from Brainerd High School and Central Lakes College. His experiences in tending to the needs and wants of his clients extends for 14 years in the automotive industry as a finance manager, including the largest dealership in North Dakota, a local dealership and most recently, the largest volume dealership in east central Minnesota. He and his family, consisting of his newlywed bride Sarah, eldest son Skylar, Ryan, daughter Teagan and youngest boy Blayne enjoy time on area lakes as well as the Paul Bunyan Trail and many hours participating in BAHA.
An avid outdoors enthusiast, Olson, of Crosby, grew up on a large hobby farm instilling a strong work ethic and appreciation for community. Olson has been working in the customer service industry for the past 10 years and actively seeks to ensure a superior level of customer satisfaction.
Schwendeman group named one of America's top 1,000 real estate professional teams
BAXTER-The Chad Schwendeman Real Estate Group of EXIT Lakes Realty Premier was named one of America's top real estate professional teams by REAL Trends, as advertised in The Wall Street Journal.
Schwendeman's team is now a member of "The Thousand Top Real Estate Professionals," a prestigious national awards ranking sponsored annually by REAL Trends and advertised in The Wall Street Journal. Schwendeman is now ranked in the top one-half of 1 percent of the more than 1.25 million Realtors nationwide.
"I am absolutely thrilled to be named to The Thousand," Schwendeman, who serves clients primarily in Brainerd lakes area, said in a news release. "It's incredibly gratifying to help customers find their dream homes as well as help them sell their properties quickly and for the highest price possible."
The Thousand real estate professionals was announced June 23 with four separate categories honoring the top 250 residential agents and agent teams for excellence in:
• Individual Sales Professionals-Sales volume.
• Individual Sales Professionals-Transaction sides (in each real estate transaction, there are two sides that can be represented by a real estate agent: a buyer's and a seller's).
• Team Professionals-Sales volume for the team.
• Team Professionals-Transaction sides (in each real estate transaction, there are two sides that can be represented by a real estate agent: a buyer's and a seller's).
• According to The Thousand, Schwendeman had 521 transaction sides, totaling $106,365,700, ranking their team 57th in transactions and 249th in volume in the nation.
"The best individual agents and teams-including Schwendeman's award-winning efforts-were nothing short of phenomenal considering the challenges in today's complex housing market," said Steve Murray, founder of REAL Trends, in a news release. REAL Trends is a Denver-based consulting, publishing and communications company that complies the yearly, third-party verified list.
Grand View Lodge wins at 2017 Minnesota Bride Magazine's Best of Awards
Minnesota Bride Magazine recognized Grand View Lodge at the 2017 Minnesota Bride Magazine's Best of Awards as the "Best Minnesota Destination Venue." Over 10,000 readers voted for the publication's Best of 2017 list, which featured the year's best wedding vendors, from dressmakers to custom cakes. Grand View Lodge, the only nominee from the Brainerd lakes area, also received a nomination for "Best Outdoor Venue."
"We are delighted to go home with another Best of Award," said Grand View Lodge's wedding planner Becky Bohnenstingl in a news release. "It is a pleasure to work with couples making all of their expectations come true in our beautiful Brainerd lakes area. Our iconic Grand Staircase, intimate vineyard setting, and our recent patio renovation of On The Rocks are just a few areas that make us such unique destination venue. It is wonderful to be recognized by so many people for our efforts.
This year the Minnesota Bride Magazine Best of Awards was June 12 at the Muse Event Center in Minneapolis.
Grand View Lodge is a family, golf and spa resort located on Gull Lake in the Brainerd lakes area. Founded in 1916, Grand View Lodge has provided guests vacation experiences with a wide variety of restaurants, seasonal activities and lodging options for over 100 years. It is owned and operated by the Cote family.
Boyer joins Mid-Minnesota as Pequot Lakes branch manager
Dianna Boyer recently joined Mid-Minnesota Federal Credit Union as Pequot Lakes branch manager. She will be working with Alex Hohlfeld, Brenda Peterson, Brittany Norman and Katie Montoya.
Boyer brings over 25 years of credit union experience to the community, having worked in a variety of positions in the financial industry including teller, mortgage supervisor and business development director.
"I look forward to serving Pequot Lakes and the surrounding community with their financial needs," Boyer said in a news release. "I especially look forward to working with a team of professionals that provide MMFCU members exceptional financial services in such a wonderful community."
Boyer resides with her husband, Shane, on a horse farm near Brainerd where she trains and boards horses as well as gives lessons. Her other passions include anything outdoors, especially hunting and fishing.
Mid-Minnesota Federal Credit Union is a member-owned financial cooperative serving central Minnesota.