DAVE JONAS - CHAIR
Dave Jonas has over 30 years of international business experience. He graduated from the University of Minnesota’s Carlson School of Management and began working for Polaris Industries Inc., a Fortune 500 company. After working there for over 10 years, Dave was hired by Rochester Medical Corporation. During his tenure, Dave served as Chief Financial Officer and was a member of the Board of Directors. Rochester Medical designed, manufactured, marketed, and sold medical devices worldwide, quickly becoming a market leader in both the US and Europe. In late 2013, Jonas helped with the acquisition and transition of Rochester Medical by CR Bard Inc. In 2015, Jonas purchased three Red Wing Shoe Stores in Louisville, Kentucky. As an active member of the Red Wing community, who has served on the local school board and the board of Southeast Minnesota American Red Cross.
ADAM GETTINGS - VICE CHAIR
Adam Gettings is an entrepreneur that has spent over 10 years with startups as an employee, founder and advisor. After attending St. Olaf College, Adam began his career by joining ProVation Medical, a Minnesota software startup that was acquired by Wolters Kluwer in 2006. Then Adam moved to Silicon Valley and began working closely with members of the PayPal mafia on RoboteX, which today is the leader in first-responder robots. Adam is a self-taught engineer and led the development of the Avatar product line. More recently Adam founded the smart home products company Leeo in Palo Alto and is currently advising a number of startups around the country. In his years as a startup operator Adam has raised over $100M for his own companies and for companies that he's advised, and he's been awarded over 40 patents.
PAUL KRAMP - TREASURER
Paul Kramp is the Senior Vice President of Alliance Bank. He has over 40 years of commercial and agricultural lending and management experience, including more than 30 years of senior level experience. Paul brings strong business development and relationship-building experience. Kramp previously was a Senior Vice President at Associated Bank. Paul received a BS degree from South Dakota State University, and is a graduate of the Graduate School and Banking at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Kramp has both ownership and board experience in agricultural and manufacturing businesses. Paul has and continues to be an active member in the community, who has served on the Red Wing School Board and is a board member of ProAct, a not-for-profit organization serving people with disabilities.
TOM WOLNER - SECRETARY
Tom Wolner comes to Red Wing Ignite from a 34-year career at Capital Safety, an industry leading provider of industrial fall protection and rescue equipment and worker training. Prior to retiring in 2015, Wolner served as Chief Innovation Officer. Before this position, Wolner lead the Capital Safety Engineering team as manager and VP for more than 30 years. Wolner’s primary responsibility was to generate growth through the development and introduction of new products. Wolner also represented Capital Safety on several National and International industry standards committees and supported development of related federal OSHA regulations affecting worker safety. Wolner remains committed to innovation through personal projects and community involvement.
Steve N. Betcher is the Goodhue County Attorney and has worked in the Goodhue County Attorney’s Office in Red Wing, Minnesota, for 32 years. Today he serves approximately 46,000 citizens of our rural Minnesota county as chief criminal prosecutor and lead civil attorney for county government. As an elected official, he regularly advocates with state and federal officials and departments for services and assistance for county and citizen priorities. As the Goodhue County representative on the Red Wing Ignite Board, he helps Red Wing Ignite coordinate its efforts with county policy makers, county priorities and county resources to regionalize the impact of Ignite’s technology leadership.
Mark is an expert in managing and exploiting the intersection of business and marketing strategy and technology-enabled products and services. He has a proven track record in business development, go-to-market, and operational excellence. As a serial innovator, Mark has led the development of a leading financial accounting software product, the development and introduction of two online print services businesses, and the development and introduction of the world’s first B2B internet payments network: PowerTracktm.
Mark’s e expertise includes building, revitalizing, and optimizing products, technologies, processes, and sales/marketing strategies. Mark is the founder and Managing Director of a specialized management consultancy, Marks & Crown LLC.
Gary W. Evans, former president and CEO of Hiawatha Broadband Communications, joined the company in 1998. One of two people who performed the study in 1992 that led to the creation of Luminet (HBC’s predecessor), Evans is a long-time Winona resident.
The Luminet project connected Winona schools and universities with advanced communications infrastructure, including fiber-optic cable. That not-for-profit initiative turned into HBC. Winona’s not-for-profit community owns more than 30 percent of the company, which is devoted to delivering voice, video and data products, in addition to applications that improve quality of life for residents within its rural Southeastern Minnesota serviceterritory. HBC this year is finishing six additional fiber-to-the-home communities: Dover, Eyota, Elgin, Plainview, Lake City and Red Wing.
Jacob Good is a freelance software developer and entrepreneur. With over ten years experience providing consulting and product services for various clients, he now focuses on startups and their products. Previously, he was a lead engineer for a fast growing ad-tech company and before that, a lead engineer for a startup called Drop.io, which eventually was acquired by Facebook.
Dan Pecarina, President and CEO for Hiawatha Broadband Communications, has over 33 years of experience in the technology and telecommunications industry.
Pecarina joined HBC in 1999 and has overseen the implementation of a wide range of data, video and voice systems and services. He lead the development of FTTP networks in seventeen communities over the past ten years and the implementation of several new services including IPTV, Video on Demand, Home Automation, TVE, and Virtual PBX. Pecarina has also guided the development of the HBC Sports Network, HBC Business Solutions and consulting service, and the HBC Wizards technical support and home consulting group.
Prior to joining HBC, Pecarina spent 12 years at Winona State University as Director for Technology. While at WSU, he led the development of a campus-wide fiber-optic network and started the Laptop University initiative that provided laptop computers to all students.
Pecarina is a graduate of the University of Minnesota, Crookston where he majored in Business Computer Systems.
Bill Sweasy is Chairman for Red Wing Shoe Company, Inc. The company markets the Red Wing, WORX, Vasque and Irish Setter brand footwear in the U.S. and internationally. The privately held company is based in Red Wing, Minnesota and also owns S.B. Foot Tanning Company and the St. James Hotel.
Sweasy received his business degree from the University of Minnesota in 1976, and has held various management positions within Red Wing Shoe Company since that time.
As a native of Red Wing, Sweasy is active within the community, serving on the Board of Trustees for the Red Wing Family YMCA and the Science Museum of Minnesota. He also serves as a board member for Red Wing Ignite, Red Wing Area Fund and the Red Wing Shoe Company Foundation; past BOD for Minnesota Business Partnership, Outdoor Industry Association and Outdoor Foundation.
Marc Kermisch is Chief Information Officer and Vice President – The Garage for the Red Wing Shoe Company, Inc. As CIO, Marc is responsible for all aspects of technology from the retail experience through to manufacturing. The Garage, is Red Wing Shoe’s Innovation Center, focused on developing products, manufacturing capabilities, consumer experiences and business models of the future.
Prior to joining Red Wing Shoe Company in 2014, Marc has built his experience over 20 years building technology products and services across Retail, Public Utilities, Financial Services, Manufacturing, Professional Services, and High-tech Startups. He has held roles from Support and IT Operations to Application Development and Program Management.
Marc graduated with a bachelor’s degree in English from the University of Wisconsin - Madison. He currently resides in Maple Grove, MN and his hobbies include competitive cycling, cross country skiing and traveling. Marc is married and has a daughter and two dogs.