Melvin Tennant MA, CAE
PRESIDENT / CEO, MEET MINNEAPOLIS
Melvin Tennant, CAE, is president and chief executive officer of Meet Minneapolis, Convention and Visitors Association. He became the organization’s second CEO in 2008. He previously served in similar capacities in Charlotte, N.C., San Antonio, Texas and Oakland, Calif. Since joining Meet Minneapolis, Tennant has overseen convention sales and marketing programs that bring a direct economic impact of $900 million to the area. With an annual budget of $10 million and a staff of 55, his team played an integral role in laying the groundwork and implementing logistics for Minneapolis Saint Paul’s successful hosting of the 2008 Republican National Convention. Tennant and his team worked closely with the Minnesota Vikings and other organizations as a member of the Minnesota Super Bowl LII Bid Committee to secure the National Football League’s Super Bowl for Minnesota in February 2018. The Meet Minneapolis team also worked alongside the Minnesota Twins to secure the 2014 Major League Baseball All-Star Game. Read Melvin’s Full Biography
Dana Badgerow MBA, JD
PRESIDENT/CEO BETTER BUSINESS BUREAU OF MINNESOTA AND NORTH DAKOTA
Dana is a proven operations leader with over thirty-seven years of leadership experience. Dana has the ability to build effective teams within organizations, driving major cost, quality and responsiveness improvements. As President and CEO, Dana provides leadership and direction to the very first Better Business Bureau (BBB) in the nation, today an organization of 50 people with annual revenues of $3.4M. Read Dana’s Full Biography.
FOUNDER AND RAINMAKER, DIRECT BENEFITS INC.
Tom Mayer is an energetic and resourceful professional with more than 25 years’ business experience, predominantly with entrepreneurial growth firms. He has founded five companies including a “Kid for Rent” lawn service he started at age 11. His second endeavor was “White Wolf Maintenance,” a cleaning restoration company. In 1991, after graduating from Hamline University, Tom sold the business to his brother, Pat, who still owns White Wolf even today. Tom then co-founded and grew “Five Star Gourmet Meat Company” into a $4 million home delivery business with 90 employees. Five Star was featured in publications including Forbes, Success, and Twin Cities Business Monthly. Tom founded Direct Benefits, Inc. in June of 2001. Direct Benefits is a managing general agency that specializes in distributing dental, disability, life and vision benefits to over 3,500 agents, brokers, consultants and general agents nationwide. Tom and his staff have helped agents write over 6,000 employer groups and thousands of individual clients. Read Tom’s Full Biography
EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, NOKOMIS EAST NEIGHBORHOOD ASSOCIATION
Becky is an experienced executive director specializing in sustainable organizational development through an asset-based approach. She is the Executive Director of the Nokomis East Neighborhood Association. Most recently, she was the director at the Powderhorn Park Neighborhood Association. During her time, she helped reestablish a struggling neighborhood association into a sector leading nonprofit with a methodical plan connecting mission, governance, finances, fundraising, programs and organizational leaders and staff. Her prior work experiences include serving as a Community Builder for the East Side Neighborhood Development Company; Peace Corps Volunteer for three years, including serving as a Small Business Development and NGO Advisor in Togo, West Africa and the Philippines; and also worked as a Government Affairs Specialist at ACA International, a national trade association.
FOUNDER AND CEO, PRAXIS MARKETPLACE
A skilled executive, Glenn has been successful in a number of positions and roles. He brings experience with the strategic and operational requirements of very large companies as well as new venture development. Prior to founding Praxis Marketplace, Glenn has held a variety of leadership positions at companies including Voyager Software, EDS, and PepsiCo, among others. He has had the opportunity to explore entrepreneurship within large companies where he created and led their development efforts. Glenn brings to the MHQ board deep experience and understanding in the areas of Marketing, Finance and Business Development. Read Glenn’s full biography.