Business Notes - June 11

CAREER Cote Family Companies announces Juliano as CEO NISSWA--Cote Family Companies, a family-owned business with a collection of resorts, real estate holdings and traditional summer camps in Minnesota and Arizona, recently announced the appointm...

Thomas Juliano
Thomas Juliano


Cote Family Companies announces Juliano as CEO

NISSWA-Cote Family Companies, a family-owned business with a collection of resorts, real estate holdings and traditional summer camps in Minnesota and Arizona, recently announced the appointment of Thomas Juliano as CEO of the hospitality company.

Juliano brings over 30 years of hospitality and executive leadership experience to his new role, which will include overseeing the operation of Tanque Verde Ranch, Grand View Lodge, Grand View Real Estate and Camps - Camp Lincoln and Camp Lake Hubert.

Juliano started his career with Westin and Marriott, where he developed strong operational knowledge as food and beverage director, rooms director and general manager, before ultimately supervising multiple properties at the executive level. He continued along the executive path in the roles of assistant vice president of operations of Aston Hotels & Resorts, regional vice president of RockResorts, and vice president of lodging of Vail Resorts, where he was responsible for Keystone and Breckenridge Resorts. Additionally, Juliano spent nearly a decade supervising luxury hotels and resorts in Hawaii as vice president of the Kea Lani Hotel (now The


Fairmont Kea Lani). Most recently, he worked with SilverWest Hotel Partners as the owner representative and asset manager for their Hawaii and Texas properties.

"While I've been in the travel and real estate business for a long time, my new role as CEO of

Cote Family Companies is an exciting and special opportunity to oversee operations for both summer camps and resorts, while also driving new development opportunities for the brand,"

said Juliano in a news release.

Taylor joins Design Dentistry

BAXTER-Dr. Colin Taylor, a dental surgeon, is joining, Design Dentistry of Baxter.

Taylor graduated from Brainerd High School as an advance placement scholar with distinction in 2008. He attended the University of Minnesota School of Dentistry where he received the Henry B. Clark Jr. award for demonstrating exceptional ability in oral surgery.

Roettger joins BlackRidgeBank


Amanda Roettger joined BlackRidgeBank.

Roettger grew up in Nisswa and graduated from Brainerd High School. She studied at Central Lakes College, and has been working in the area doing lending and banking before coming to BlackRidgeBank.

Good Samaritan Society recognizes volunteers

The Good Samaritan Society Communities of Brainerd recently had its annual recognition banquet.

Kathy Martin received the Good Samaritan Society Way Volunteer Champion Award at GSS Woodland. Martin has volunteered at Woodland since 2014. David Doshan received the Good Samaritan Society Way Volunteer Champion award at GSS-Bethany. Doshan has been a volunteer at Bethany for over five years. Those eligible for the Volunteer Champion Award are non-employee volunteers. "A Volunteer Champion willingly and joyfully gives a significant amount of his or her time for the Good Samaritan Society. He or she lives out The GSS Way and fulfills the mission of sharing God's love in word and deed each day. A Volunteer Champion goes considerably above and beyond to care for those we serve and is a wonderful asset to employees and those they serve," Good Samaritan reported.

Outstanding young Minnesotans sought

JCI Minnesota is accepting nominations for 10 Outstanding Young Minnesotans Awards.

JCI Minnesota (formerly Minnesota Jaycees) recognizes a select group young leaders from across the state every year with the 10 Outstanding Young Minnesotans Awards. Nominations are being accepted through Sept. t.


Visit for more information, including the nomination form. Honorees will be recognized Dec. 9, 2017 at the Crowne Plaza Aire in Bloomington.

Past recipients include: Vice President Walter Mondale, Sen. Dave Durenberger, and Major League Baseball Hall of Famer Dave Winfield, just to name a few. In the past 10 years some

well-known recipients include Jason DeRusha, Sven Sundgaard, (Monster) Mike Schultz, Jason Matheson, Jacquie Berglund (Finnegan's), state representatives John Kriesel and Peggy Flanagan.

FSA county committee nomination period opens June 15

The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced the nomination period for local Farm Service Agency county committees begins Thursday.

Farmers, ranchers and other agricultural producers have until Aug. 1 to nominate eligible candidates to serve on local Farm Service Agency county committees, announced Trisha McMonagle, county executive director of the Crow Wing/Cass/Aitkin/Itasca USDA Farm Service Agency.

The Aitkin/Itasca County Committee is seeking additional nominees for the Local Administrative Area 3, which includes the townships of Aitkin, Farm Island, Glen, Hazelton, Kimberly, Malmo, Nordland, Spencer and Wealthwood.

The Crow Wing-Cass County Committee is also seeking additional nominees for the Local Administrative Area 2, which includes the townships of Bay Lake, Deerwood, Garrison, Irondale, Maple Grove, Nokay Lake, Platte Lake, Rabbit Lake, Roosevelt, Wolford.


"The FSA County committees play a vital role in the administration of federal farm programs and the positive effect they have on rural communities," said McMonagle in a news release.

FSA county committees make decisions on commodity price support loans, conservation programs, disaster programs, employing county executive directors and other significant agricultural issues. A person must participate or cooperate in a program administered by FSA, be eligible to vote in a county committee election and reside in the local administrative area in which the person is a candidate. Individuals may nominate themselves or others as candidates. Additionally, organizations representing minorities and women may nominate candidates. All nominees must sign nomination form FSA-669A, which includes a statement that the nominee agrees to serve if elected. Form FSA-669A is available at USDA Service Centers and online at and all nomination forms for the 2017 election must be postmarked or received in the local USDA Service Center by close of business on Aug. 1.

Voting for the committee positions will take place in the fall. Ballots will be mailed to eligible voters in November. The final day to return voted ballots to the local USDA Service Center is Dec. 4. Newly elected county committee members take office Jan. 1, 2018.

For more information, visit the USDA or FSA at 7118 Clearwater Road in Baxter, or call 218-829-5965.


BusinessNOW set at The Woods

The Brainerd Lakes Chamber networking event BusinessNOW is 4:30-6 p.m. Monday at The Woods, 19624 County Highway 3, north of Brainerd.

The Woods will be serving mini pot roast, their signature tots, wine and beer.


Chamber members and non-members are invited to register and attend this free event to network with other business representatives in the area. As a courtesy to the host, advanced registration is appreciated.

Members are also encouraged to bring a door prize. The Woods will be giving away a weekend stay at its two-bedroom, one-bath A frame. Additional prizes will be three $25 gift cards and apparel.

Business After Hours set Thursday

Join K&M Signs, AJ Metalworks Inc., and Superior Balancing as they co-host the Cuyuna Lakes Chamber's networking event Business After Hours from 5-7 p.m. Thursday at K&M Signs, 802 Fourth St., Ironton Industrial Park.

Chamber members and nonmembers are invited to register and attend this event, which includes hors d'oeuvres, complimentary wine and beer and raffle prizes. As a courtesy to the host, advanced registration is recommended. For more information, call the chamber office at 218-546-8131.

Chamber hosts class on ransomware protection

Ransomware training is offered as part of the Blue Ox Success Series by the Brainerd Lakes Chamber of Commerce from 8-10 a.m. Tuesday at the chamber 224 W. Washington St., Brainerd. This class is provided free by a sponsorship from Consolidated Telecommunications Co..

CLC to host C3 coding course and hackathon


The event is for anyone age 12 and older and is an introduction to mobile application development. Participants will use a variety of programming languages and tools to create simple programs, starting with HTML, CSS and JavaScript. Afternoon camp participants will explore additional programming languages such as JQuery and Java.

The class is 9-11 a.m. or 1-3 p.m. starting Monday through June 15. Cost is $50.

For more information contact: Central Lakes College, Brainerd Campus, 218-855-8118 or 800-933-0346, ext. 8118.

Cosmetology CEUs offered at CLC

This course provides information on Minnesota laws and rules governing the practice of cosmetology, safety and sanitation consistent with the U.S. Department of Labor's, Occupational Safety and Health Administration Standards, applicable to the practice of cosmetology.

Prerequisites are: Minnesota Cosmetology, Esthetics, Nail Technician Operator or Manager's License.

This course meets the Continuing Education requirements for the Minnesota Board of Cosmetology. The course is 6-10 p.m. June 14. Cost is $50. Instructor is Mary Finnegan.

In addition there is an online course which gives students a week to complete the class from Monday through June 19.

For more information contact: Central Lakes College, Brainerd Campus, 218-855-8118 or 800-933-0346, ext. 8118.

Nitro X Summer camp debuts

The Business and Industry Center at Central Lakes College is introducing the Nitro-X Summer Camp.

This camp is sponsored by the Minnesota Transportation Center of Excellence, the Minnesota Automobile Dealers Association Collision and Service Council, and Central Lakes Community & Technical College. The design team also includes many local and regional transportation related businesses.

During the week-long camp students will work in pairs to build and modify a 4x4 remote-controlled vehicle. They will learn about electronics, engines, suspension, paint, and diagnostics. they will be introduced to the auto technician, auto body, heavy equipment technicians, and diesel technicians programs, will enjoy field trips, and viewing the latest car and truck models. The camp culminates with a 4x4 remote-controlled vehicle race demonstration/competition.

The camp is open to students entering grades 6, 7, 8, in the spring of 2017.

The camp is 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. June 19-23 at the CLC Brainerd campus. Registration closes June 14.

For more information contact: Central Lakes College, Brainerd Campus, 218-855-8118 or 800-933-0346, ext. 8118.

The Dispatch welcomes business notes submissions via email to , or fax to 218-829-0211, mail to Brainerd Dispatch, P.O. Box 974, Brainerd, MN 56401 or use the drop-off box in the alley next to the Dispatch building on James Street. Questions are welcome to Renee Richardson at 218-855-5852.

More business notes may be part of the Business Extra section in Monday's edition.

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