Representative Mike Beard

Mike Beard

Mike Beard was elected to the Minnesota House of Representatives in 2002 and is now in his sixth term as the representative for District 55A (Shakopee, Jackson and Louisville in the southwest Metro). Representative Beard is currently the Ranking Minority Member of the Transportation Finance committee, and also serves on the Energy Policy, Transportation Policy and Ways and Means committees. Rep. Beard holds a B.A. in from the Bethany College of Missions.

Senator Scott Dibble

Scott Dibble

After one term in the House of Representatives, Scott Dibble was elected to the Minnesota Senate in 2002 and is now in his fourth term as the Senator for District 61(southwest Minneapolis). Senator Dibble is currently Chair of the Transportation and Public Safety and the Finance—Transportation and Public Safety Division committees. He also serves on the Environment and Energy, Finance, Environment, Economic Development and Agriculture—Finance Division and Finance—Subcommittee on Legacy committees. Senator Dibble studied German and Political Science at University of Minnesota and the University of St. Thomas. Dibble also has been a Policy Fellow at the Humphrey School of Public Affairs and a Fleming Fellow at the Center for Policy Alternatives.

Representative Ron Erhardt

Ron Erhardt

Ron Erhardt was first elected to the Minnesota House of Representatives in 1990 and is now in his tenth (non-consecutive) term as the representative for District 49A (Edina). Representative Erhardt is currently the Chair of the Transportation Policy committee, and also serves on the Capital Investment, Taxes, Transportation Finance, and Rules and Legislative Administration committees. Rep. Erhardt holds a B.A. in Psychology and a B.B.A. in General Business from the University of Minnesota.

Bill Goins, Worldwide Account Manager, FedEx Services

Bill Goins

Bill has served as Worldwide Account Manager for FedEx Services for the past 15+ years, providing strategic planning, account management and supply chain leadership to several major corporations that are headquartered in the State of Minnesota.  His most recent focus, for the past 10+ years, has been in the Healthcare Industry working with their transportation and supply chain requirements.  Bill and his family were located at the FedEx Headquarters in Memphis, TN, for 4 years where he was engaged in strategic logistics marketing, sales training in total logistics cost management and the creation of a Business Development program to support Supply Chain requirements globally between FedEx and major customers.  

His transportation and logistics experience includes 20+ years of active duty and reserve assignments in the US Navy Supply Corp where he has retired as a Navy Commander. Bill has also been an adjunct professor at the Carlson School of Management, (CSOM), at the University of Minnesota;  a 10+ year member and currently acting Chairman of the Minnesota Freight Advisory Committee, (MFAC);   on the Supply Chain Advisory Board at CSOM and on the Board of  Advisors for the Center for Transportation Studies at the U of M. Bill holds a bachelor's degree in Economics from the University of Minnesota, plus an MBA degree in Transportation and Logistics from Golden Gate University in San Francisco.

Brent Hales, Associate Dean, University of Minnesota Extension

Brent Hales

In addition to serving as Associate Dean, Dr. Hales also serves as the Director of the Economic Development Administration University Center located on the Crookston Campus.  Dr. Hales previously served as Interim Chair of the Department of Economic and Workforce Development, as Associate Professor of Economic Development and Workforce Development, as Director of the Center for Economic and Entrepreneurship Education, and as coordinator of the Masters of Science in Economic Development Program at the University of Southern Mississippi. He was director of the Center for Business and Entrepreneurial Research and of the Center for Community and Economic at Delta State University. His primary area of research is the adoption of innovation-based community and economic development and entrepreneurship. He is the founder of the Southern Entrepreneurship Program, which teaches entrepreneurship skills to high school and community college students, and to displaced workers throughout the U.S.

Tracy Hatch, Deputy Commissioner/CFO/COO, Minnesota Department of Transportation

Tracy Hatch

Tracy Hatch is the Deputy Commissioner as well as the Chief Financial and Operating Officer for the Minnesota Department of Transportation, since June 2013. She provides overall managerial leadership and direction for the department. Tracy serves as the agency spokesperson for key budget, control and financial matters and provides leadership to implement financial best practices. She provides high level leadership to achieve desired operational results and business-related transformations. She previously served the department as the Chief Financial Officer (CFO) for the preceding two years. Tracy has held a variety of finance and administrative positions over her 17 years of state service, including positions at the departments of Corrections, Education and Human Services.

Representative Frank Hornstein

Frank Hornstein

Frank Hornstein was elected to the Minnesota House of Representatives in 2002 and is now in his sixth term as the representative for District 61A (southwest Minneapolis). Representative Hornstein is currently the Chair of the Transportation Finance committee, and also serves on the Energy Policy, Transportation Policy and Ways and Means committees. Rep. Hornstein holds a B.A. in Environmental Studies from Macalester College and an M.A. in Urban and Environmental Policy from Tufts University.

Jim Hovland, Mayor, City of Edina, MN

Jim Hovland

James (Jim) Hovland, the Mayor of Edina. He is a partner in the Minneapolis law firm of Krause & Hovland, Chartered and a member of the I-494 Corridor Commission and the Regional Council of Mayors. He has also been the President of the Board of the Edina Community Foundation since 2001. He belongs to the Edina Morningside Rotary Club and was recognized by the Edina Chamber of Commerce as its Business Person of the Year in 2004. Jim lives with his wife LaRae, a French teacher, in West Edina.

Jon Huseby, District Engineer, District 8, Minnesota Department of Transportation

Jon Huseby

 Currently serves as the District Engineer in MnDOT District 8 located in Willmar, MN. District 8 includes twelve counties in southwest and west-central Minnesota. Jon has been in this position since the Fall of 2009.  As District Engineer, Jon is responsible for providing leadership for one of MnDOT's eight districts, as well as being involved in many State-wide transportation initiatives.

Jon has over 30 years in the transportation business, including 25 years in public service and over 5 years in the private sector.  Prior to being appointed as District Engineer in Willmar, Jon's background included:

  • Road & Bridge Operations Division Manager for the Hennepin County Transportation Department
  • Transportation Department Manager at a private engineering firm
  • District Engineer with MnDOT District 7 in Mankato
  • Assistant District Engineer with MnDOT in both the Mankato and Willmar Districts

Jon also currently also serves as co-Chair of the South West MN Toward Zero Death Steering Committee. Jon has a B.S. in Civil Engineering from North Dakota State University in Fargo and is a licensed professional engineer.

Colleen Landkamer, Minnesota State Director, USDA Rural Development

Colleen Landkamer

Colleen Landkamer is the state director for USDA Rural Development in Minnesota.  Since her appointment by President Obama in 2009, Rural Development has invested over $4.1 billion throughout rural Minnesota. Landkamer is a former Blue Earth County Commissioner in Minnesota and served as the President of the National Association of Counties (NACo) in 2006-2007. Landkamer has worked passionately on issues of rural development with local, national and international organizations.  She is an active participant in many civic organizations, and dedicates time to regional boards and professional groups focused on rural Minnesota, including the Executive Committee for the Center for Transportation Studies (CTS) at the University of Minnesota.
USDA Rural Development has a $176 billion portfolio of loans and leveraged $30 billion in loans, loan guarantees and grants through their programs nationwide in fiscal year 2012. They achieve their mission by helping rural individuals, communities and businesses obtain the financial and technical assistance needed to address their diverse and unique needs.

Greg Lindsey, Professor, Humphrey School of Public Affairs, University of Minnesota

Greg Lindsey

Greg Lindsey joined the Humphrey School of Public Affairs in 2008 as Associate Dean, served as Interim Dean in 2011, and served as Executive Associate Dean until September 2012. As the School's principal academic officer, he led efforts to develop the School's Master of Development Practice degree program, its early admissions graduate programs, its Public Affairs Leadership certificate program, and its award-winning Humphrey by the Numbers information management system.

Lindsey specializes in environmental planning, policy, and management. His current research involves non-motorized transportation systems, including bicycle and pedestrian infrastructure, and studies of relationships between the built environment and active transportation and physical activity. Partners in his research include the Minnesota Department of Transportation, the Minneapolis Department of Public Works, Transit for Livable Communities, and the Minneapolis Parks and Recreation Board. Lindsey previously has directed research projects on water infrastructure finance, greenway use, annexation policy, and erosion and sediment control programs. He has served on commissions for neighborhood development, park land acquisition, comprehensive plan implementation, tree preservation, groundwater protection, and soil and water conservation.

Laurie McGinnis, Director, Center for Transportation Studies, University of Minnesota

Laurie McGinnis

Ms. McGinnis is the director at the University of Minnesota Center for Transportation Studies. She leads the Center in identifying program opportunities, securing funding, directing programs, and establishing future directions in transportation research, education, and outreach with involvement of over 150 faculty and research staff from 33 departments.

Nationally, McGinnis is active in the Transportation Research Board, where she currently serves as a member of the Policy and Organization Group and as chair of the Research and Education Section. She has also served as a member of several national TRB project oversight committees, most recently for the project "Framing Surface Transportation Research for the Nation's Future." In addition, she is a member of Women's Transportation Seminar (WTS), where has previously held positions on the National Board of Directors, the International Advisory Board, and the local WTS Minnesota Chapter Board.

McGinnis holds a B.S. degree in Civil and Environmental Engineering from the University of Wisconsin, along with master's degrees in Public Affairs and Business Administration from the University of Minnesota. She is a registered professional engineer. Prior to her work with the University, she was a project manager and bridge designer at HNTB where she participated in the design of several bridges for state and local agencies.

Richard Murphy, President/CEO, Murphy Logistics

Richard Murphy

Richard is the President / CEO of Murphy Logistics an asset based 3PL that provides distribution, transportation, warehousing and value-added services for domestic and international clients.  He is the 4th generation of Murphy to run the enterprises since its founding in 1904.  Richard is a past Chair of the global Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals (CSCMP), a member of the University Of Minnesota Carlson School Of Management's Supply Chain & Operations Advisory Board, the College of Design Board, and past Chair of the Center for Transportation Studies (CTS), and former Board Member of the International Warehouse Logistics Association. 

Richard is also a licensed Landscape Architect, Past President of the American Society of Landscape Architects - MN Chapter, and recently completed 25 years teaching graduate students in the College of Design at the University of Minnesota.  His MLA is from the Harvard Graduate School of Design and his BLA, BED and MBA are from the University of Minnesota. Richard's expertise ranges from logistics and transportation to design and real estate development.    

Senator John Pederson

John Pederson

John Pederson was elected to the Minnesota Senate in 2010 and is now in his second term as the Senator for District 14 (St. Cloud and surrounding areas). Senator Pederson is currently the Ranking Minority Member of the Transportation and Public Safety and the Finance—Transportation and Public Safety Division committees. He also serves on the Capital Investment and Finance committees. Senator Pederson holds a B.A. from Northwestern College and an M.B.A. from Cardinal Stritch University.