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Regular Registration: 
March 1st - April 1st

MNFEA Members $160/person
Non-Members $200/person

Late/Onsite Registration: 
April 2nd - April 13th
MNFEA Members $180/person
Non-Members $220/person

All fees include sessions, workshops, networking, activities and most meals.

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2018 Conference Speaker Bios

(Listed in alphabetical order)

Kathleen Crandall, Know My Impact
Kathleen is a nationally-known expert in personal branding and the creator of the IMPACT Personal Brand Experience™, a powerful program and coaching curriculum that helps individuals and organizations achieve greater success through the power of people brands. Kathleen spent more than 20 years as a PR and advertising executive building corporate, product and service brands. She is a graduate of the University of Minnesota School of Journalism and Mass Communications.
Tory Kalousek, Social Media Strategist, Hubbard Interactive
With a background in Digital Marketing, Tory gets her kicks from figuring out how to take clients digital presence above and beyond. As a Google Analytics, Twitter Flight School and HubSpot Content Marketing certified professional, she sees the power that the digital world can have for a brand. With a double degree in Communications and Spanish from Iowa State University, Tory uses her “Iowa Nice” background to connect with people from all walks of life.

Wayne Kostroski, Founder, Taste of NFL; Co-Owner Cuisine Concepts
Wayne Kostroski, 2010 James Beard Humanitarian of the Year, is founder of the Taste of the NFL, a nonprofit organization that raises awareness and dollars for hunger relief. Now entering its 28th year, the Taste of the NFL through its programs and events has distributed more than $26 million to food banks across America. Kostroski founded the Taste of the NFL in 1992 while serving as chair of the Restaurant Committee for the Super Bowl XXVI Task Force. 
A well-known Twin Cities' restaurateur, Kostroski is co-owner of Cuisine Concepts, a full-service consulting and management company offering specialized services to the hospitality industry. Since 1980 he has played an instrumental role in creating and developing several of the Twin Cities' premier dining establishments, including Pronto Ristorante, Figlio, Tejas, Goodfellow's, and Bar Abilene. Kostroski is also currently a co-owner of Franklin Street Bakery (FSB), a national wholesale bakery founded in 1990. The breads of FSB can be found in restaurants and hotels in over twenty states.

Tracy Nielsen, Executive Director, HandsOn Twin Cities
Tracy is devoted to helping all people achieve their potential and believes that every person can play a role in the betterment of their community – especially through the power of volunteerism. Prior to her current role, Tracy worked with United Way serving as CEO for United Way of Kenosha County. She received her Bachelor’s degree from St. Cloud State University and her Masters in Business Administration from Alverno College in Milwaukee, WI.

Sara Soli, Director of Development, National Sports Center
Sara has nineteen years of media, marketing, event and sponsorship experience. Previous to the National Sports Center Foundation, Sara oversaw the marketing, events and digital teams at Greenspring Media, the producers of the Food & Wine Experience, Grillfest, Luxury Home Tour, Luxury Remodeling Tour and other consumer events. She has a strong background in working with partners to create highly effective and engaging packages that result in unique and memorable interactions with consumers.
  Ruth Tambornino, Digital Brand Strategist, Hubbard Interactive
Ruth has over 10 years of experience in digital marketing. Ruth has worked with 100’s of clients locally and nationally, impacting their business in a positive way. Over the course of her career, Ruth has received several awards for sales and training. She is certified in Google AdWords and is currently completing her business degree at Saint Mary’s University. She is also on the Board of Directors for Alliance of Women in Media.

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