Minneapolis/Saint Paul 2008 Host Committee
180 East 5th Street, Suite 1200 Saint Paul, MN 55101
Stan Hubbard - Chairman and CEO of Hubbard Broadcasting, Inc. (HBI) since 1983; president since 1967; joined the company in 1951 (his father started the company in the 1920s). HBI owns television and radio stations in Minnesota and several other states and is managing general partner of CONUS Communications. Formed the United States Satellite Broadcasting Co., Inc. (USSB) in 1981; that merged with DIRECTV in 1999. B.A. in sociology from the University of Minnesota.
Vance Opperman - Major Democratic fundraiser. President and CEO of Minneapolis-based Key Investment, Inc. (his father Dwight is chairman), which has interests in publishing (Mpls.St.Paul Magazine and Twin Cities Business), real estate, technology, and venture capital. Formerly president of Eagan-based West Publishing Inc. starting in Aug. 1993; company sold in 1996. Co-founded the law firm of McGovern, Opperman & Paquin. Worked for a St. Paul law firm. Elected chair of the Hennepin County DFL in summer 1968. J.D. from University of Minnesota Law School, 1969. [See also: Britt Robinson. "The Player." City Pages. March 4, 1998].
Jac Sperling - (initial chairman) Founder of Grit Rock Ventures LLC, an investment company focused on sports, media and entertainment businesses, and vice chairman of the Minnesota Wild Hockey Club and its parent company, Minnesota Sports & Entertainment (MSE). Prior to joining MSE, Sperling was a partner in the Denver office of the Washington D.C. law firm of Hogan & Hartson ("dealt extensively with the legal and marketing aspects of the acquisition, relocation and expansion of professional sports franchises, and the construction and financing of sports and entertainment venues). B.A. from the University of Virginia, 1971 and J.D. from the University of Virginia School of Law, 1975.
Doug Steenland - President and chief executive officer of Northwest Airlines. He was named CEO on October 1, 2004 and has served as the airline's president since April 2001. Joined Northwest in 1991 as vice president and deputy general counsel. Worked as a senior partner at the Washington, D.C. law firm of Verner, Liipfert, Bernhard, McPherson, and Hand. B.A. in history from Calvin College in Michigan; J.D. from the National Law Center at The George Washington University .
Jay Fishman - Executive and Artistic Directors of the Minnesota Sinfonia. Music Director for the Minneapolis Chamber Symphony (which he founded), 1978-89. Studied for two years with Sir Neville Marriner, conductor of the Academy of Saint Martins in the Fields Orchestra. Conducted the Louisville Chamber Orchestra for two years. Masters of Music in orchestral conducting from the Indiana University School of Music. B.S. and B.A. degrees from the University of Minnesota.
Marilyn Carlson Nelson - Chairman and chief excutive officer of Carlson Companies, a leader in the marketing, travel, and hospitality industries (includes Radisson Hotels & Resorts and TGIFriday restaurants); took the reins of the company from her father Curt Carlson in 1998 after working in the business for years. Worked at Paine Webber for several years. Degree in international economics from Smith College.
Dick Kelly - Chairman
of the board, president and chief executive officer of Xcel Energy,
serving in other executive positions. Served as New Century
(NCE) chief financial officer before it merged with Northern States
Company to form Xcel Energy in 2000. Held a variety of
positions at Public Service Company of Colorado before it merged with
Public Service Company to form NCE. M.B.A. and a bachelor's
in accounting from Regis University.
|Chief of Staff||Mike Vallante|
|Communications Director||Teresa McFarland|
|Community Liaison||Michele “Mich” Berthiaume|
|Director of Donor Relations and
Congresswoman Michele Bachmann
Doug Baker, Jr.
Sharon Sayles Belton
Emmett Carson, Ph.D.
Mayor Chris Coleman
Honorable Norm Coleman
Art Collins, Jr.
Honorable Mark Dayton
Kathleen Flynn Peterson
Archie Givens, Jr.
Joan Anderson Growe
Congressman John Kline
Bob Naegele, Jr.
Marilyn Carlson Nelson
Bruce J. Nicholson
Governor Tim Pawlenty
William J. “Bill” Popp
Congressman Jim Ramstad
|Paul Ridgeway, Sr.
Mayor R.T. Rybak
Mayor Gene Winstead
Ronald J. Zenk
|Honorary Co-Chairs||Rudy Boschwitz, Honorable Walter Mondale|
|Executive Director||Kara Ahern|
|Copyright © 2007, 2008 Eric M. Appleman/Democracy in Action||