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HMEF 2024 BOARD OF DIRECTORS

CALENDAR YEAR 2024
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Tim Boldt

Sysco Minnesota
Director
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Joshua Brown

Bacio
Director

Rollie Carlson

Upper Midwest CMAA Chapter
Director

Managing Director of the Upper Midwest Chapter of the Club Management Association of America. (CMAA)

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Rick Casper

Casper's Cherokee of Eagan
Director
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Tim Devins

Upper Lakes Foods
Director
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Hoobie Eskuri

Zepole Restaurant Supply
Director
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Bill Godbe

Elliot Park Hotel
Director
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Deb Hallbeck

Madden's on Gull Lake
Director
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Julia Henderson

MN Dept of Education

Joyce Hwang

Southwest Minnesota State University Marshall
Director
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Martin Kappenman

Peters, Revnew, Kappenman & Anderson, P.A.
Director
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Doug Karle

LHR Hospitality
Past Chair/ Director
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Jordan Lenz

Anton's Restaurant Waite Park
Director

Mary Levinski

Sauk Rapids-Rice High School
Director

Ann Lovcik

CenterPoint Energy
Director

Ann is the Foodservice Energy Efficiency Consultant for CenterPoint Energy in Minnesota. She has been with CenterPoint Energy since 2003, working with commercial foodservice operators, dealers, distributors, consultants, and manufacturer’s representatives, promoting energy efficient, natural gas foodservice equipment. 

Ann also manages the Foodservice Learning Center in Minneapolis, conducting equipment training and overseeing demonstrations and seminars held by industry members.  In her spare time, Ann enjoys time with family, photography and the outdoors.

Ann currently serves on the national leadership team of the Energy Solutions Center, Blue Flame Alliance (BFA) consortium, active board member of the Hospitality MN Education Foundation, and longtime Toby Landgraf Memorial Foundation committee member.
Ann has a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Northwestern College; is a Certified Foodservice Professional (CFSP) and is current on her ServSafe Certification. 


Sheila Lukonen

DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel St. Paul Downtown
Director

Peter Mihajlov

Parasole Restaurant Holdings, Inc
Past Chair/ Director
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Tim Murray

Murray's Restaurant Minneapolis
Past Chair/ Director

Leopoldo "Polo" Navarro

Cargill Foods
Director
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Bill Niemer

That Cooking School
Director
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Michael Peterson

The Coca-Cola Company
Director
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Keith Reardon

Morrissey Hospitality
VICE-CHAIR

Hospitality management professional with 30+ years of experience leading food & beverage operations for hotels, restaurants, golf courses, and sports & entertainment facilities. Peers describe him as a high-capacity, intuitive, creative, thoughtful, and disciplined leader. With years of industry knowledge and experience in multifaceted hospitality environments, he routinely demonstrates strength in strategically building high-performance teams, resulting in stable revenues and profits. As Vice President of Operations, he oversees multiple venues.  Before joining Morrissey Hospitality, Keith held positions with Ritz Carlton Hotels in Palm Springs, before moving on to Centerplate, where he served as General Manager at the Colorado Convention Center and later opened Seattle’s T-Mobile Park. Keith has a passion for restaurant kitchen design and construction. He recently completed the design and construction of all the hospitality components at one of Morrissey’s newest locations, Tattersall Distillery in River Falls, Wisconsin. Keith is active in the Twin Cities community, serving as Secretary on the Executive Committee for the Hospitality Minnesota's Educational Foundations Board, and as an advisor to Visit Saint Paul.

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Branden Robinson

South Pier Inn Duluth
CHAIR

Monique Sabby

Elk River High School
Director
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Frank Soukup

Grand View Lodge
TREASURER
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Brandon Supernault

Normandale Community College
Director
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Kim Thompson

Doubletree Hotel Minneapolis Park Place St Louis Park
Director

Austin Thull

Millennium Hotel Minneapolis
SECRETARY

Austin Tyler-Thull is a seasoned hospitality professional with a passion for delivering exceptional guest experiences. As the General Manager of Millennium Minneapolis, managed by Aimbridge Hospitality, the world's largest management company, Austin brings a wealth of expertise and leadership to his role.


Austin is known for his meticulous attention to detail and innovative approach to hotel management. He possesses a deep understanding of the industry, having worked in various capacities throughout his career, ranging from front desk operations to executive-level positions.


Austin's commitment to excellence is evident in his ability to create a welcoming and luxurious environment for guests. He understands the importance of anticipating their needs and exceeding their expectations, ensuring that every stay is memorable and enjoyable. His dedication to providing personalized service has earned him recognition from both guests and colleagues alike.


Under Austin's guidance, Millennium Minneapolis has flourished as a premier destination for business and leisure travelers. His strategic vision and strong business acumen have resulted in increased revenue, improved operational efficiency, and enhanced guest satisfaction. Austin fosters a collaborative and inclusive work culture, empowering his team members to deliver outstanding service and achieve their full potential.


Beyond his role as General Manager, Austin is actively involved in the local hospitality community. He is a vocal advocate for sustainable practices and community engagement, spearheading initiatives that benefit both the hotel and the surrounding area.


Austin Tyler-Thull's dedication to excellence, combined with his extensive industry knowledge, has positioned him as a respected leader in the hospitality field. With his unwavering commitment to providing exceptional guest experiences. 


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