Your Chamber

 

The Chamber's Mission

"The mission of the Hermantown Area Chamber of Commerce is to promote and energize the business community and enhance opportunities for success."

The Board of Directors of the Hermantown Area Chamber of Commerce is committed to energizing business.

Board of Directors

Nancy Kastelic, President

Cindy Nelson

Wells Fargo Bank Minnesota

Background
I am a Business Relationship Manager at Wells Fargo Bank and have more than 13 years of banking experience and am currently working toward completing a Masters of Arts in Management and Masters in Business Administration from the College of St. Scholastica.

I’m a member of the City of Duluth Building Appeals Board and a member of the BNI Twin Ports Chapter. I have two sons and a daughter, and I love to volunteer with organizations and groups that directly affect them.

What do you enjoy about Chamber membership?
Membership in the Chamber affords me another perfect venue to learn about Hermantown businesses. As a banker, I visit with business owners and learn about their industry as part of my job. I get caught up in the passion the owners feel for their business. I just love to learn about them. So membership increases that opportunity for me.

What do you hope to accomplish as a board member?
I am hoping that my board member position will provide me additional resources, which I can then utilize to help Hermantown businesses grow and succeed. I also hope to strengthen business relationships as well as forge new ones.

Amy Ugstad, Vice President

Cindy Nelson

OneUP Creative

Background
I have worked professionally in the field of graphic design and marketing management since 1996, and I launched my own graphic design business, OneUP Creative, in 2008. I am a life-long Hermantown resident, graduating from HHS in 1992 and the College of St. Scholastica in 1996.

What do you enjoy most about Chamber membership?
I enjoy networking with other business people in a friendly and supportive environment. I also appreciate the opportunities the Chamber has given me to grow both personally and professionally, while building my business.

What do you hope to accomplish as a board member?
I hope to contribute to the continuing success and growth of the Chamber by 1. Building and promoting the value of Chamber membership to both current and potential members and 2. Working to increase participation in Chamber activities.

Doug Ralston, Secretary/Treasurer

Hermantown Federal Credit Union

Background

What do you enjoy about Chamber membership?The opportunity to stay connected with area businesses, network with employees and owners and, when needed, be heard as a business person in the community.

What do you hope to accomplish as a board member? To follow through with the mission of the Chamber of promoting and energizing the business community and help enhance all opportunities for growth and success.

Shawn Crowser, President Ex-Officio

Republic Bank, Inc.Cindy Nelson

Background
I am married to Valerie and we have two children, Logan and Alayna. I attended college at Bemidji State University majoring in Business Administration with concentration in Finance. For Republic Bank, I am the Assistant Vice President and in-branch Manager at the Miller Hill Mall location.

What do you enjoy about Chamber membership?
What I enjoy most about Chamber membership is the wide variety of business personalities I encounter and the opportunities the Chamber has given me to grow my business.

What do you hope to accomplish as a board member?
What I hope to accomplish as a board member is to engage Chamber membership businesses with each other, resulting in building stronger businesses that will form long-lasting partnerships.

Matt Cartier, Director

Cartier Agency, Inc.

Background
I have worked with the Cartier Agency for 15 years and focus on business insurance.  I graduated from the College of St. Scholastica with a major in business communications.  I have always felt it is important to be a part of my community, doing my part to help move business forward.  My wife and I live in Hermantown and have three children.

What do you enjoy about Chamber membership?
I enjoy getting to know other business people in my neighborhood.  I like the strong sense of community I get from being involved in the Hermantown Chamber.

What do you hope to accomplish as a board member?
I know how important the Chamber can be when it comes to developing Hermantown's economy.  I want to help be the voice for the business community.

Natalie Peterson, Director

Duluth Airport Authority

Background 
I am the Director of Communications and Marketing at the Duluth Airport. I am responsible for the overall management, coordination, and execution of the Duluth Airport Authority's public relations, marketing, customer service, and advertising. Originally I am from International Falls and have lived in Hermantown for the last 14 years with my husband Erik, my daughter Emma and my son Elliott.

What do you enjoy about Chamber membership? 
I love what the Chamber has brought to me both professionally and personally. It has allowed me to expand my business and build supportive and social relationships that have helped me grow.

What do you hope to accomplish as a board member? 
I look forward to helping the Chamber grow its membership and encouraging current members to be involved. It is exciting to see members exceed in their business from their Chamber relationships.

Cindy NelsonBill Kimbler, Director

CW Technology

Background
I grew up in Ironton, MN, and graduated from the University of MN-Duluth in 1994 with a degree in Business Administration.  I moved to Duluth five years ago and am currently a Partner focusing in sales at CW Technology.  My wife is Teresa (she is a Duluth native) and I have two boys: Noah (9) and Jonah (6). We also have two dogs, a cat and a guinea pig named Winnie.

What do you enjoy most about Chamber membership?
As a local business partner, the Chamber gives me multiple opportunities to network and stay connected within the community. I enjoy the various professional networking opportunities as well as the advocacy the Chamber provides for the business community in Hermantown.

What do you hope to accomplish as a board member?
My goals include learning more about the unique attributes of the Hermantown business community. Not having been a lifelong resident of the area, I believe I will bring an “outsider” perspective with the challenges and opportunities presented to the board. I also plan on working to bring the Chamber on its “Buy Local” campaign to educate the local population on the value of buying from our local businesses whenever possible.

Chelsea Roy, Director

Residence Inn by Marriot

Background

I am the Client Account Manager for Wheeler Associates.  I studied at the University of Wisconsin-Superior and graduated with a degree in Mass Communications along with a minor in Health.  I entered into the hospitality world while going to college , and started my hotel career as a Meeting and Event Specialist with ZMC hotels.  I traveled to Ottawa, Canada to work at the Crowne Plaza Ottawa as a Sales Manager and then came back home to Duluth and worked at the Residence Inn by Marriott-Duluth as their Director of Sales for almost four years prior to starting my career with Wheeler Associates. Previously a Sawyer, MN native I now reside in Duluth. Currently, I am an active member with the Skyline Rotary. 

What do you enjoy about your Chamber membership?
I enjoy the opportunity to engage with other members during one of many networking events that the Hermantown Chamber has to offer.

What do you hope to accomplish as a board member?

I hope to help increase membership within the Hermantown Chamber and also increase participation and interest in all of the great events that the Hermantown Chamber organizes. 

Tim Sundstrom, Director

Sam's Club

Background

I have been the manager of the Hermantown Sam's Club for eight years.  My education includes a bachelors degree from the University of Wisconsin-Superior in Business Administration with a Mathematics minor.  I am married to Cynthia and we have four children, Haley, Hanna, Lindsey and Eric.  Coaching my son's PeeWee hockey team and Skyline Rotary are my current interests.

What do you enjoy about Chamber membership?

I enjoy the business opportunities that the Chamber provides such as marketing and networking events.  The golf outing is always a fun event where members can build and strengthen relationships.

What do you hope to accomplish as a board member?

I hope to grow the business opportunities here in Hermantown by becoming more involved in civic and community organizations.  By creating partnerships, the whole area can grow and attract new business.

Dee Munson, Director

The Woman Today

Background

I am the General Manager and Account Executive at The Woman Today Magazine. I have been with the magazine for 14 years and have 29 years of experience in marketing and publishing.  I am a Duluth native, and my husband and I live in the Hermantown area. I am a graduate of the University of MN-Duluth in 1983 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in English.

What do you enjoy about Chamber membership?

I love what the Chamber has brought to me on a personal and professional level. It has helped me build a good number of social relationships that have helped me to grow, and that has grown my professional relationships in my business.

What do you hope to accomplish as a board member?

I hope to learn more and be involved more in the development of Hermantown’s economy. I look forward to helping the Chamber grow its membership as well.

Andrew Horngren, Director

Outback Steakhouse

 

Background

I have two boys that are my world: Dominic (9) and Vincent (7). I am a current resident of Proctor, and I attended Central High School and Duluth Business University. I’m currently the Managing Partner at Outback Steakhouse. I’ve been in the restaurant business for 15 years. I play hockey goalie in a couple of rec leagues, and I enjoy snowboarding and golfing with my sons. 

What do you enjoy about the Chamber membership?

What I enjoy most about my Chamber membership is meeting new people and building lasting relationships with other business professionals. 

What do you hope to accomplish as a board member?

As a board member I’m looking forward to serving and giving back to my community and to grow personally.