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Trontvet will lead Minnesota Chamber of Commerce Board

ST. PAUL -- Rick Trontvet will lead the Minnesota Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors as its 2015-16 chair. Trontvet lives in Thief River Falls and is vice president of administration and human resources at Digi-Key Electronics. New officers a...

ST. PAUL - Rick Trontvet will lead the Minnesota Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors as its 2015-16 chair.

Trontvet lives in Thief River Falls and is vice president of administration and human resources at Digi-Key Electronics.

New officers and board members will formally begin their terms at the Minnesota Chamber's Business Conference on Oct. 22 at the Minneapolis Marriott Northwest.

The volunteer board represents businesses of all types and sizes across Minnesota. These business leaders set public policy priorities for the business community, carry the message for the statewide business community to the State Capitol, and develop resources and strategies to ensure businesses in Minnesota can grow and succeed.

Other Minnesota Chamber officers are: chair-elect - Jill Renslow, Mall of America, Bloomington, elected to a second term on board; secretary-treasurer - Todd Paulson, RTP Co., Winona; immediate past chair - Jan Kruchoski, CliftonLarsonAllen, Minneapolis.

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"Minnesota's economic performance continues to rank favorably among its peers. Much of the credit for this goes to Minnesota's great employers and employees," Trontvet said. "Their hard work and ingenuity drives change and growth. The Minnesota Chamber contributes by helping state leaders understand and adopt policies that make our cost of doing business more competitive. Minnesota isn't nearly as competitive for attracting new businesses and supporting current businesses as it needs to be, and yet the global economy makes this more urgent than ever. Making Minnesota competitive always drives the Chamber's agenda, and the agenda for 2016 will be no exception."

Directors elected to their first three-year terms were:

Jarod Allerheiligen, Grant Thornton, Minneapolis; Scott Brener, SFM, Bloomington; Janine Brown-Wiese, Target Corp., Minneapolis; Ingrid Christensen, INGCO International, St. Paul; Christopher Clark, Northern States Power Co.-Minnesota, Xcel Energy Co.; Minneapolis; Diane Cooke, The Schwan Food Co., Bloomington; Eric Gibson, UMC Inc., Monticello; Blake Hastings, CBRE Inc., Minneapolis; Kelly Larson, Summit Brewing Co., St. Paul; Dan Marvin, Marvin Windows and Doors, Warroad; Mike McMahan, St. Francis Regional Hospital, Allina Health, Shakopee; Doug Parks, Mayo Clinic Health System, Rochester; Brent Roering, Rapid Process Equipment Inc., Cohasset; Ameet Shah, Shah Corp., Burnsville.

Directors elected to their second three-year terms were:

Steve Rush, Holiday Companies, Minneapolis; Ken Sorensen, Mortenson Construction, Minneapolis; Kris Taylor, Ecolab, St. Paul; Tom Tierney, Tierney Brothers Inc., Minneapolis.

Lisa Workman, president of the Fergus Falls Area Chamber of Commerce, will represent the Minnesota Chamber of Commerce Executives.

The Minnesota Chamber is the state's largest business advocacy organization, representing about 2,300 businesses and more than a half-million employees.

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