Liz Mclay is the Founder and Chief Development Officer of McLay Consulting. Liz is a nationally recognized leader in the field of retail real estate and place-making. Her mission is to create connections, putting brands-in-hands, promoting experiential learning and building holistic environments known for their contribution to communities. As an advisor she supports entrepreneurial, women-led ventures and high-growth brands through mentoring and strategic advising. Liz received a Bachelor and Masters of Science from Cornell University, School of Hotel Administration.
Curt Brown is an engineer, NASA astronaut and retired United States Air Force Colonel. Curt served on six Space Shuttle missions, logging over 1,383 hours in space as well as over 6,000 hours of flight time in jet aircraft. Curt is a member of the U.S. Astronaut Hall of Fame and was awarded the Defense Superior Service Medal, the Defense Meritorious Service Medal twice, the Meritorious Service Medal, the Air Force Commendation Medal, the Air Force Achievement Medal, and NASA Space Flight Medal six times. Curt currently flies as a commercial airline pilot.
Terry Flower, Ph.D., is emeritus professor of mathematics and physics at St. Catherine University, where he served as chair of the department and held the Endowed Chair of Science for the university. He was selected as a distinguished visiting professor of physics at the U.S. Air Force Academy, and has been inducted into the Aerospace Educators Hall of Fame. He was elected to three terms on the Hastings, MN School Board and represented District 16 on the Metropolitan Council.
Scott Larson is an Associate Vice President with Morgan Stanley where he enjoys generating creative business and growth strategies in helping clients reach for their financial goals. Scott focuses on Wealth Management, Portfolio Management, Lending and Private Business services. Prior to entering the financial services industry in 2001, Scott was an airline pilot for over 10 years. He graduated from Minnesota State University - Mankato with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Management/Finance.
Charlie Nelson is an attorney at Lindquist and Vennum, assisting clients with issues related to bankruptcy, receiverships and debtor-creditor issues. Charlie received an undergraduate degree from the U.S. Air Force Academy, an M.B.A from the University of South Dakota and a Law Degree from the University of St. Thomas School of Law. Prior to his legal career, Charlie was a leader and maintenance professional, serving 6 years in the U.S. Air Force as an aircraft maintenance officer and working for Target Corporation as a Facilities Operations Manager. Charlie is currently a member of the Minneapolis Downtown Council and on the Board of Directors of the Twin Cities Area U.S. Air Force Academy Association of Graduates.
Captain Duane Edelman, retired Northwest Airlines, served in the U.S. Air Force and is Founder and President of the local aerospace company Aircraft Data Fusion. Duane has been an active contributor to the evolution of standards for operations and safety through his association with organizations such as the FAA, ATA, SAE and NASA. Duane is a 2022 Minnesota Aviation Hall of Fame inductee and brings extensive business and financial knowledge.
Kasey Herzberg brings over 15 years of experience in the STEM fields as a manager and leader in product strategy and development, software programming and project management. Kasey holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Aerospace Engineering and Mechanics from the University of Minnesota as well as a double Masters from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in both Operations and Management. She was recently named as a member of the FAA's Youth in Aviation Task Force. She is currently the Director of Engineering for Aircraft Data Fusion, Inc., a wife and mother of three young children, as well as being actively involved in community and youth programs in the south metro area.
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Michelle Benson is a member of the Minnesota Senate, representing Senate District 31 in the northern Twin Cities. She is a Certified Public Accountant, receiving a Bachelor of Arts degree from St. Catherine’s University and a MBA from the University of St. Thomas. Senator Benson was first elected in 2010 and is currently serving as Deputy Majority Leader. She is an active school, church, Cub Scouts, and sports team volunteer. Together, Michelle and her husband Craig have three children and own a small business near their home of Ham Lake.