2019 Savage Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors

 

Executive Board Members

 

 

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TRAVIS MARTINSON, Chairman of the Board
Travis’ Professional history includes, Business Development Manager at Classic Catering & The Picnic Pleasers, Volunteer Development – Prince of Peace Lutheran Church.  Formerly Executive Director – Woodbury Chamber of Commerce, Program & Event Manager – Burnsville Chamber of Commerce and Membership Associate – Minneapolis Chamber of Commerce.  Travis’ service background includes; Previous member of both Burnsville & Savage Rotary Clubs,  Director – Valley Athletic Association Board of Directors and Manager – VUSC (Apple Valley) Boys Soccer Team .  She is mother to her son Welly.

 

 

 

 

MSD_1196STACY SCHMIDT, Treasurer
Stacy is the Director of Liquor Operations for the City of Savage and manages the day to day operations of two municipal liquor stores.  Her focus is on building a knowledgeable staff and providing exceptional customer experiences.  Stacy will also be overseeing the opening of a new location in the Hy-Vee grocery store in 2017.  Even after being in the grocery and liquor field for over 30 years, she still feels the excitement and adrenaline rush of opening a new store.  If you have ever met Stacy, you know she is a people person.  She takes pride in being involved with both the community and local businesses, and was honored to be named Chamber Volunteer of the Year in 2015.  If there is an event in town, most likely Stacy will be there.  Whether it is the new princess party at Dan Patch Days or Doggie Palooza, Stacy is always looking for ways to connect with the community.  Stacy lives in Lakeville, is married and has raised two boys.  She stays plenty busy going to sporting events.

 

 

 

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ALYSHA RIEL, Vice Chair

Growing up, Alysha always wanted to work with animals one day. At the age of 7, her family adopted a special little Lhasa Apso named Mags. Although she had many other wonderful pets throughout the years, it was Alysha’s special inseparable bond with Mags that lead to her decision to pursue a degree in Veterinary Technology. Mags continued guiding Alysha’s journey until 2011 when she peacefully crossed the rainbow bridge.

After graduating in 2008 from Argosy University, she then spent some time volunteering with animal shelters and working with local veterinarians. Since 2012, she has used her veterinary training to assist international spay and neuter efforts in the Caribbean to locals in need. Alysha is currently a member of the Bloomington Obedience Training Club, Minnesota Association of Veterinary Technicians and the North American Flyball Association

Alysha lives with her husband Scott in Savage with Echo the sassy kitty, along with Olive and Rocky Horror their French Bulldogs that are Canine Good Citizens. Alysha enjoys competing with Olive and Rocky in the dog sports Agility, Barn Hunting, Obedience, Lure Coursing and Flyball with their team EZ-Goin. They enjoy traveling, backpacking, skiing, and camping… and most activities you can bring your dog too!

 

 

Board Members

MSD_9209DAVID FONG, Jr.
David is the owner of D. Fong’s Chinese Cuisine in Savage. D. Fong’s opened their doors to the community in 1996 which is also the year David joined the Chamber of Commerce. In addition to serving on the Board of Directors since 2007, David has also contributed his time and talents on the Golf Committee, Chaired the Dan Patch Days Taste of Savage and has served as the Chamber liaison to the Dan Patch Days Committee.

An avid golfer and cross-country skier, David and his wife enjoy raising their two small children together. When David is done writing fortune cookies for the day, he can sometimes be found shooting target practice at the local pistol range. Just kidding, he doesn’t really write the fortunes!

 

 

 

MSD_9215COLLEEN O’MALLEY
Colleen O’Malley owns and opened Minnesota’s first and only Eileen’s Colossal Cookies in November 2013.  Eileen’s is a family run franchise started by Eileen in her home in Nebraska in 1982.  They make all of their cookies from scratch with the same ingredients you would have in your home.  They have 12 flavors of cookies that are baked fresh daily.  They offer custom decorated cookies from an individual size of 16″ Colossal Cookie.  Colleen has been nominated Business of the Year Prior Lake Chamber 2014 and 2015, awarded Business Person of the Year Savage Chamber 2015, and Savage Chamber Volunteer of the Year 2018.  Colleen’s 3 keys to success are: Always deliver quality and you will create raving fans, Believe there is always a solution and you will find it, and Teach and respect your employees – they are the heart of your business.

 

 

 

 

MSD_9222ANITA WEILER 
Anita moved to Prior Lake just four years ago from Canada where she now lives with her husband, Rick.  She is an account executive with Colonial Life.  In this capacity she specializes in helping businesses of all sizes with supplemental benefits.  She became a member of the Savage Chamber of Commerce shortly after starting her business here.  She has become very active with the chamber and shortly after joining became an Ambassador.  Anita is progressive in networking and building new relationships within the business community.  She has a proven track record as a successful business and marketing professional.  Anita’s family provides her the most pleasure.  When not working, Anita loves to spend time with Rick and their adult children.  Whether driving back to Canada where her children still reside is a common weekend getaway or helping just having them all at their home with family and friends entertaining is a favorite.  Anita loves tropical vacations, and enjoying beautiful Minnesota outdoors are great past times.

 

 

 

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JENNY NAGY
Jenny has held the position of Community Involvement Coordinator for Prior Lake-Savage Area Schools since 2004. Prior to the she worked in the staffing industry for 12 years. Jenny is an active school and community volunteer and welcomes the opportunity to become even more involved in the Savage Chamber. Jenny has lived in Savage for 18 years with her husband and 2 sons.

 

 

 

 

Tanner

TANNER MOE
Tanner is an attorney at the McEllistrem (Mc – El – eh – strum) (Far – gee –oh – knee) law firm in Minneapolis.  He is a graduate of North Dakota State and William Mitchell College of Law.  He lives here in Savage with his wife and three children where is also a member of the Savage Chamber of Commerce and Rotary.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Alli

ALLI HEISE
I am a married mother of two children ages 21 and 22.  I have lived in Savage/Prior Lake area since 2000.  I have worked at Thoroughbred Carpets since 1994 and a few years ago my brother and I purchased the business from my parents. I feel fortunate to work in a family business. I enjoy volunteering with children, playing golf, vacationing with my husband, walking my dogs, reading, and spending time with my family.

 

 

 

 
Kevin Mendel

KEVIN MENDEL
Kevin owns the Big Frog Custom T-Shirts & More in Bloomington.   He opened in December of 2012 after spending most of his life with Best Buy.

Big Frog has been producing custom apparel for schools, churches, companies, non-profits, events, families, and anyone who needs a new favorite custom shirt.  They carry brands from American Apparel to Under Armour, and have all types of apparel from t-shirts to jackets. They are a Minnesota Keystone member, awarded to companies donating over 2% of their pre-tax profits to non-profit organizations.

Kevin won the Rally Frog of the year in 2014, which is awarded to the Big Frog store with the highest sales growth.

Kevin worked for 26 years at Best Buy prior to owning Big Frog, where he held positions in Retail Sales & Management, Marketing and Demand Planning, Domestic and International transportation, supply chain strategy, and home delivery.

Kevin and his wife Brenda have been married 30 years and have three children Carlene 25, Derek 21, and Grant 18, and one grandchild named Kaelene. They have lived in Bloomington since getting married.

Kevin enjoys watching football, listening to music, bike riding, going to concerts, hunting and fishing, and spending time with friends at home or at their cabin in Sandstone.

 

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RILEY KOEHN
Riley is new to the Savage Chamber Board this year. Stay tuned for an updated bio coming soon! 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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