Our Board of Directors

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Alysha Reil

Board Chair

952-212-1673

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!

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Mark Roberts

Treasurer

952-445-3030

Born and raised in Bloomington, Mark has been a Savage resident since 2010. Along with his parents and two brothers, he owns Anchor Iron Co and Eagle Creek Gallery, a business founded by his grandfather in 1953 and a part of the Savage community since 1958. He previously served on the Chamber board from 1997 to 2004, including two terms as President in 1998 and 1999. Mark also volunteers his time at St Luke’s Lutheran Church in Bloomington, the Dan Patch Days organizing committee, Delta Tau Delta Fraternity, and the Twin Cities Marathon planning committee. He is one of those crazy runners, having just completed his 24th marathon this past October.

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Kevin Mendel

Board Member

952-224-4940

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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Tim Roche

Board Member

Director of Membership & Marketing at Brackett’s Crossing Country Club for the past 3 years and Head Varsity Boys Lacrosse Coach at Lakeville North High School. Prior to Brackett’s, Tim was President of the Lakeville Area Chamber of Commerce for 5 years. Tim lives in Lakeville with his Wife Kelly (Principal at St. Joseph’s Catholic School in Rosemount) and Sons ~ Liam (15) & Aiden (12).

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Lori Anderson

Vice Chair

(612) 270-5480

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Brenda Visnovec

Secretary

952-567-2048

Liquor Operations Manager for the City of Savage

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Carter Sharp

Board Member

651-270-7577

I have been a resident of Savage for the last 4+ years and the Shakopee area the past 10+ years. I have been a Savage Chamber member the last two years and after a trying time the last year with Covid Challenges- I am excited for the future of the Savage Chamber. I work with Gator Garb Promotions and sell branded merchandise and promotional solutions to help companies stand out with their logo and their message. I have been in the SWAG (Stuff We All Get) world over 20 years and enjoy working with a variety of businesses to figure out the best way to present their message to their clients and prospects with quality and useful products.

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Jon Kerkow

Board Member

(952) 746-6656

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David Fong, Jr.

Past Chair

952-894-0800

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!

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Bryan Peterson

Board Member

612-369-0481

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

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Nick Atkinson

Board Member

952-226-6999

Nick has been a member of the Chamber for 16 years. During this time he served on the Board for 9 years and as President for a year. He enjoys meeting new people, networking, and supporting the businesses in our community. Nick is the owner of American Family Insurance - Nick Atkinson and Associates, Inc. He leads a team of 6 employees at his offices in Prior Lake/Savage and Shakopee. Nick also volunteers on the Savage Rotary, on the Board for Dan Patch Days, and as a youth soccer coach in Shakopee. When he’s not busy working or volunteering, Nick enjoys traveling, watching the MN Wild, working in his yard, and spending time with his family.