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Welcome 22-23 Board Members, Executive Committee

The Duluth Area Chamber of Commerce gathered this week with our board members and staff at Minnesuing Acres to discuss the year ahead. Much of our agenda was in conversation surrounding the Chamber’s strategic plan, which will be capstoned at the end of this year. Inspiring discussion, actionable goals, and new friendships were built. We can’t wait to share our 2023 goals with you as the conversation continues these next few months.

Join us in welcoming our 11 new members to the Chamber board of directors.

The Chamber welcomes new members to the 2022-2023 Board of Directors:

AJ Axtell
AJ Axtell
Western Lake Superior Sanitary District
Daniel Berg
Daniel Berg
National Bank of Commerce
Sue Bosell
Sue Bosell
University of Minnesota Duluth
Dan Collison
Dan Collison
Sherman Associates
Christie Erickson
Christie Erickson
Vitta Pizza
Ben Fagerlie
Ben Fagerlie
Arrowhead Surgery Center
Briana Johnson
Briana Johnson
American Heart Association
Lindsay Kern
Lindsay Kern
Kern & Kompany Marketing and Special Events
Ben Norton
Ben Norton
Encompass Real Estate Investment Services
Chris Sorenson
Chris Sorenson
St. Luke’s
Brianna Vander Heyden
Brianna Vander Heyden
Marshall School

The Board of Directors perform an oversight function to the Chamber, making policy decisions and planning goals to support the Chamber’s mission and members. The transition of board members, effective immediately, represent a diversified group of professions from various business sectors.

In addition to the new board members, a new executive committee has been appointed under the leadership of Board Chair, Aaron Kelly.

Within the Board of Directors, an Executive Committee is appointed to act for and on behalf of the Board of Directors when the Board is not in session. This group is accountable to the Board for its actions.

The Chamber welcomes its newly appointed 2022-2023 Executive Committee:

Aaron Kelly
Aaron KellyChair
LHB, Inc.
Jennifer Cady
Jennifer CadyChair Elect
Minnesota Power – An ALLETE Company
Daniel Fanning
Daniel FanningVice President + Past Chair
Duluth Area Chamber of Commerce
Matt Baumgartner
Matt BaumgartnerPresident
Duluth Area Chamber of Commerce
Jon Birkeland
Jon BirkelandTreasurer
Bell Bank
Dr. Chiamaka Enemuoh
Dr. Chiamaka EnemuohVice Chair
Lifestone Health Care, Inc.
Sara Cole
Sara ColeVice Chair
Duluth Area Family YMCA
Renee Appel Mattson
Renee Appel MattsonVice Chair
Trinity Creek Consulting

We thank our full board of directors for leading the Chamber into a productive year in 2023 and launching a strategic planning process that will drive the Chamber forward into the future.

Follow the link to view the full Board of Directors serving our Chamber in 2022-2023.

Board of Directors

The Duluth Area Chamber of Commerce serves as the premier advocate for commerce and industry by facilitating interaction among business, government, education, labor, and the greater community by actively creating innovative opportunities for business to advance within local and global economies and encourages fairness in the political process by serving to help educate our members rather than endorsing or supporting political parties or affiliations.

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