BLAEDC Board of Directors

The BLAEDC Board of Directors is comprised of business and community leaders who volunteer their time and expertise to improve the economic conditions of the area and create jobs for area residents. Their collective experiences and knowledge guide the organization.


Paul Means, Board President

  • Chairman and Director of RiverWood Bank
  • Served on the Brainerd Family YMCA

Karlo Goerges, Board Vice President

  • CEO of Pequot Tool and Mfg., Inc.
Charles (Chuck) D. Albrecht BoardSecretary/Treasurer
  • President/CEO at Mid-Minnesota Federal Credit Union
  • Secretary/Treasurer for the Minnesota Credit Union Network
  • Board Chair for Minnesota Christian Broadcasters, Inc.
  • Board Chair for St. Joseph’s Medical Center and Board Member of Brainerd Lakes Health

Bruce Buxton, Board Past President

  • Chairman of the Board for Widseth Smith Nolting
  • Board of Director for the Brainerd Lakes Chambers, Lakes Area Senior Center
  • Active with East Gull Lake Planning Commission and Susan B Komen for the Cure activities
  • Served on Boy Scouts of America Pine Tree District and Troop 43, the American Cancer Society's Relay for Life, City of Brainerd's zoning ordinance task force and Northland Arboretum


Tom Anderson,  Board Past President
  • CEO of Minnesota Thermal Science
  • Former COO at Hunt Technologies, President/COO for Universal Pensions and Executive VP for Bisys
  • Certified Public Accountant
  • Served on YMCA, Brainerd Lakes Chamber, and St. Joseph's Medical Center boards

Janelle Riley

  • Co-Owner and President, Syvantis Technologies, Inc.


 Mark Ronnei

  • General Manager, Grand View Lodge


William Potvin
  • Principle In Charge, CliftonLarsonAllen

Kevin Close

  • Owner/Broker of Close Converse Commercial & Preferred Properties
  • Member of Upper-Midwest CCIM organization (Certified Commercial Investment Member)
  • Served on the Brainerd Lakes Area Community Foundation and Kinship Partners



Directors Emeritus

Several individuals in the Brainerd Lakes Area have dedicated time and resources to BLAEDC. Some of these individuals have gone above and beyond and have been recognized as director emeritus members.


Ray Burnett
  • Retired President and Chief Executive Officer of Mid Minnesota Federal Credit Union
  • One of the original founders of BLAEDC and served on its board for 17 years
  • Served on a variety of community and economic development organizations in Central Minnesota
Conrad Bye
  • President of Communications Investments, Inc.
  • Served on Brainerd YMCA, North Central Economic Development, the American Cable Association and Rotary International, and the Nisswa Planning and Zoning Commission
Timothy Bergin
  • Principal at Larson Allen, Weishair and Co.
  • Served on Brainerd Lakes Sunrise Rotary Club, the Junior Rotarian Program, Round Lake Association, and Junior Achievement
Reggie Clow
  • President and part owner of Clow Stamping Company
  • Served on Brainerd Lakes Area Chambe
  • Program chair at Central Lakes College
Tom Green
  • Vice President of Finance for Mills Fleet Farm
  • Served on the BLADC Board of Directors at BLAEDC for 15 years
Jim Kraft
  • President of Frandsen Bank & Trust
  • Past president of BLADC and the co-founder of the Pequot Lakes Area Development Organization
Arnie Johnson
  • Owner of Johnson Enterprises LLC
  • Partner in Lake Country Synergic LLC
  • Founder and former CEO and chair of Universal Pensions
  • Founder of BLAEDC and served as President for two years and on its board for two years
  • Served on the Bremer Bank, College of St. Scholastica, and Central Lakes College Foundation
Kevin Larson
  • CEO/GM of Consolidated Telecommunications Co.
  • Board member, St. Joseph's Medical Center Foundation
  • Served on Brainerd Lakes Chamber Board of Directors
  • Former Chairman of the Board of Directors for the Minnesota Telecom Alliance

Paul Lindbloom
  • Retired President and CEO of Acrometal Companies
  • Served on St Joseph's Medical Center, Brainerd Lakes Area Chamber, City of Brainerd EDA. BLAEDC, Kids Voting of Minnesota, Minnesota Chamber of Commerce, Benedictine Health System, Brainerd AVTI Foundation and Bremer Bank Brainerd and the Brainerd Rotary Club.
Clint Nelson
  • Real Estate Broker and co-owner of Positive GMAC Real Estate
  • Past President of BLAEDC
John Newhouse
  • President of Lakeland Mold Company
  • Served on Brainerd/Baxter Business Council and Boy Scouts Pine Tree District
Terry McCollough

       •  Former Publisher of the Brainerd Dispatch
       •  Served on St. Joseph’s Medical Center
       •  Former chairman of Northwest Daily Press Association

Angella D. Roby

  • Controller for Oakridge Homes of Brainerd
  • Certified Public Accountant
  • Served on Sunrise Sertoma Club
  • Served on the Brainerd Lakes Chamber Board of Directors 
Terry Skone
  • Former Owner and President of the First National Bank of Deerwood (now Deerwood Bank)
  • Served on Cuyuna Range Economic Development Incorporated, Rotary, and Central Lakes College Foundation