Donna Avery

Donna Avery

As a journalism major at the University of Minnesota, Donna Avery honed an interest in publications and advertising while working all four years at the Minnesota Daily. She helped found the award-winning Metropolis, one of the first alternative newspapers in the Midwest. In 1976, Minnesota Public Radio hired her to develop their membership publication Minnesota Monthly into a more broadly appealing regional magazine. While there, in 1980, she proposed and launched a mail-order catalog based initially on the popularity of the radio show, A Prairie Home Companion. The catalog’s rapid growth ultimately led in 1987 to formation of Rivertown Trading Company as a for-profit subsidiary. Avery was named president and led RTC’s successful diversification and growth to more than $190 million in sales. For several years after the company was acquired by Target Corporation in 1998, she remained president and served as a corporate officer of Target. Today, Avery sits on the boards of a number of private companies, including Western Bank, Coolibar and David Heide Design. She is president of Star Development, a commercial real estate investment company.

Leadership

Ken Smith

Ken Smith

President and CEO
Anders Rydaker

Anders Rydaker

Executive Vice President of Sustainable Energy Solutions
Andrew Kasid

Andrew Kasid

Executive Vice President, CFO
Michael Ahern

Michael Ahern

Senior Vice President – Project Development
Michael Burns

Michael Burns

Senior Vice President – Operations
Cathy Hart

Cathy Hart

Chief Administrative Officer
Nina Axelson

Nina Axelson

Vice President – Public Relations
Pam Sarne

Pam Sarne

Vice President – Accounting
Michael Auger

Michael Auger

Vice President, General Counsel, and Corporate Secretary

Board of Directors

Tom Kingston

Thomas Kingston

Chairperson
Donna Avery

Donna Avery

Bonnie Holub

Bonnie Holub

Channon Lemon

Channon Lemon

Harry Melander

Harry Melander

Mark Rancone

Mark Rancone

Anders Rydaker

Anders Rydaker

John Taylor

John Taylor

Ken Smith

Ken Smith

Ex Officio
Susan Sands

Susan Sands

Director Emerita
Barbara Lukermann

Barbara Lukermann

Director Emerita
Robert Lowe

Robert Lowe

Director Emeritus

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