Board of Directors

Advance Thief River is a regional economic development initiative, seeking to grow the economy of Thief River Falls and the surrounding communities.

We Value Business and Business Owners

We work hard to create opportunities for new businesses to start operations here, as well as creating opportunities for existing businesses to grow.

Advance Thief River Board of Directors

The Advance Thief River Board of Directors is comprised of business and community leaders who volunteer their time and expertise to grow the area’s economy and create jobs for area residents. Their collective experience and knowledge guide the organization.

PRESIDENT

Mike Barry

Serial Entrepreneur
Community Volunteer
218-686-8461

VICE-PRESIDENT

Brian Carlson

Executive Director
Sanford Medical Center Thief River Falls
218-683-4400

Secretary

Beth Nelson

Real Estate Officer
Northern State Bank
218-681-4020

Treasurer

Jessica Muller

Certified Public Accountant
Brady, Martz & Associates, P.C.
218-681-6265

Director

Kermit Genereux

President/Broker
Genereux Realty
218-681-4663

Director

Nate Haase

Attorney
Ihle Sparby & Haase PA
218-681-7373

Director

Craig Kennedy

VP of Snowmobiles and International Consumer Sales Corporation
Textron Specialized Vehicles

Director

Tony McLean

President
Border State Bank
218-689-4319

Director

Diedre Nordin

Broker/Owner
Nordin Realty
218-681-7789

Director

Lisa Pittman

Senior Director, Finance and Accounting Operations
Digi-Key
800-338-4105

Ex-Officio

Brad Bergstrom

Superintendent
Thief River Falls Public Schools
218-681-8711

Ex-Officio

Antonio Franklin

Executive Director
Thief River Falls Chamber of Commerce
218-681-3720

Ex-Officio

Joe Hedrick

Manager
Thief River Falls Regional Airport

Ex-Officio

Cody Hempel

Pennington County Commissioner
218-688-2380

Ex-Officio

Steve Narverud

City of Thief River Falls
Alderman at Large
218-689-4244

Ex-Officio

Angie Philipp

City Administrator
City of Thief River Falls
218-681-2943

Ex-Officio

Jim Retka

Dean of Workforce & Economic Development
Minnesota State Northland Community and Technical College
218-683-8643

Advance Thief River Staff

Michelle Landsverk

President
Landsverk and Associates, Inc
218-280-1755

Director

Michelle Landsverk, President of Landsverk and Associates, Inc., is an economic development consultant and serves as Director for Advance Thief River.

Michelle’s business knowledge and economic development experience have been an asset to several northwest Minnesota communities.

Michelle grew up on a farm 14 miles northeast of Mahnomen and now makes her home near Fosston, MN. She loves small towns, small businesses and rural life. Her passion is to build a thriving economy which provides opportunity for people to live and work in small towns and rural areas.

Work Worth Doing

“Theodore Roosevelt said that ‘Far and away the best prize that life offers is the chance to work hard at work worth doing.’

“I find great satisfaction in ‘work worth doing.’ My work with Advance Thief River is a great example of work worth doing. The Board of Directors is 100 percent committed to this community and its success. I consider it a privilege and honor to work with them and their partners to support area businesses and grow the economy.”

Michelle Landsverk

Our Partners

218-280-1755

Michelle Landsverk
Economic DevelopmentĀ 

TRF Jobs, Inc.
PO Box 773

Thief River Falls, MN 56701

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