Staff & Board

Bill Rubin / Executive Director

Bill Rubin / Executive Director


With more than 30 years of experience in economic development, Bill brings an extensive network of partners, unmatched insight and deep business knowledge to every deal.

Nita Dusek / Admin Asst.

Nita Dusek / Admin Asst.


Nita provides the day-to-day business office leadership and is the point of contact for the organization’s members. Also owns and operates Nita Dusek Photography.

Rob O’Keefe / President

Rob O’Keefe / President

OEM Fabricators


Rob O’Keefe is the Director of Information Technology for OEM Fabricators. He has been active in many local organizations, including local Chambers of Commerce, Family Resource Center of St. Croix Valley, and ADORAY Home Health & Hospice.

Jill Gores / Vice President

Jill Gores / Vice President

JA Counter


Jill Gorres, REBC, RHU, of JA Counter & Associates, brings expertise in areas of benefits consulting, regulatory compliance, benefits administration and insurance product design to clients in Western Wisconsin and Eastern Minnesota. She works with businesses to find solutions with valued plan designs and budget considerations.

Brian Elwood / 2nd Vice President

Brian Elwood / 2nd Vice President

Xcel Energy


Brian Elwood is manager of Community Relations and Economic Development for Xcel Energy in Polk, Pierce and St. Croix counties. He has held various positions in Corporate Communications, Marketing, Advertising and Public Affairs working on issues such as environmental management, crisis communications, business planning, legislative outreach and political grassroots.

David Tyvoll / Sec. Treasurer

David Tyvoll / Sec. Treasurer

First State Bank and Trust


David is the Vice President of Commercial Lending at First State Bank and Trust. He has worked and lived in St Croix County for 15 years and currently resides in New Richmond, WI with his wife and three children.

 Agnes Ring / Past President

Agnes Ring / Past President

Family Resource Center


 

Brett Anderson

Brett Anderson

St. Croix Advisors


Brett Anderson is President of St. Croix Advisors, LLC – a financial and planning & investment management firm in Hudson. Brett is active in several non-profit organizations including the Woodbury Economic Development Commission, St. Croix Valley Foundation, Store To Door and Woodbury Lion’s Club.

Eric Biltonen

Eric Biltonen

UW Extension


Eric Biltonen is the Community, Natural Resource and Economic Development Educator for UW-Extension in St. Croix County. Prior to joining UW Extension, he worked as an International Development Consultant, working primarily in Southeast Asia.

Dr. Michael Fronmueller

Dr. Michael Fronmueller

UWRF


Michael Fronmueller is the Dean of the College of Business and Economics at the University of Wisconsin-River Falls. Over the past thirty years, he has served on boards for economic development, business advocacy and other non-profits in Wisconsin, Colorado and California.

Chuck Jerrick

Chuck Jerrick

First National Community Bank


Chuck Jerrick is currently  Vice President – Commercial Lender at First National Community Bank in Hudson.  He has knowledge in all aspects of the financial industry and brings over 16 years of Banking experience to the board.   Chuck is very active in the community and where he serves on several other boards.  He lives in Hudson with his wife and 4 children.

Scott Jones

Scott Jones

Royal Credit Union


Scott Jones is a business lender for Royal Credit Union in Hudson. He is active in the community and volunteers on many organizations including the Hudson Daybreak Rotary.

Larry Knegendorf

Larry Knegendorf

Retired


A 43-year veteran of the telecommunications industry, now retired after 34 years with Baldwin Telecom (Baldwin Lightstream). He is active in the community and had served on the board of many organizations during his time in St. Croix County.

Rob Kreibich

New Richmond Chamber


 

Steve Peterson

Steve Peterson

Retired


Steve Peterson is now retired after long career as an IT manager for the Loparex Corp. in Hammond. He served for over 20 years on the Hammond Village Board and served on many other local community organizations over the years.

Angela Popenhagen

Angela Popenhagen

Stevens Engineers


Angela Popenhagen is President of Stevens Engineers, Inc. – a civil engineering firm in Hudson with a substantial portfolio of local and nationally recognized projects in public and private infrastructure, planning and ice rinks. Angela has served on several community and professional organization boards.

Kim Rock

Kim Rock

Ross & Associates


Kim Rock is the Sales Manager of Ross & Associates Construction Services in River Falls and resides in Hudson.  He has worked in management, sales and consulting roles with high tech and industrial firms for over 40 years.  He previously served as a consultant for Enterprise Minnesota, a non-profit organization that is part of the US Dept. of Commerce Manufacturing Extension Partnership program, assisting manufacturing firms with business practice improvements.

Matt Sparks

Matt Sparks

Baldwin Lightstream


Baldwin Lightstream………Baldwin Lightstream

Scott Nelson

St. Croix County Supervisor


 

Ryan Sicard

Ryan Sicard

St. Croix County Supervisor


Ryan S. Sicard represents District 1 on the St Croix County Board, a position he has held twice before (2008, 2010).  He has also served on the Village Board of Somerset for the past 18 years, and on the St Croix EDC  board from 2007-2013. He was President of the EDC  2011-12.  He has worked for the past 20 years as an Information Technology Management professional.

Dan Hansen

Dan Hansen

St. Croix County Supervisor


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