Phone: 218-547-7262


Board of Directors & Staff


Board Officers

Laura J. Hansen - President
Breen & Person, Ltd.

"By serving on the CCEDC Board of Directors, I hope to help promote and grow the economic strength and assets of our communities in Cass County.  Cass County Economic Development Corporation is an integral part of that."

Jay Cline - Treasurer
First National Bank - Backus

"I believe in the growth and development of Cass County."

Darrel Thomas - Secretary
Anderson Brothers Construction

"Cass County is a great place to live and work; I desire to help people build quality companies for today and the future."

Board Members

Charles Black Lance
Director of TRIO Programs, Central Lakes College

"I love Central Minnesota and am committed to capacity building within our region of the State.  Over the past 10 years I have developed a heart and interest for economic development, especially within our region.  Economic growth in Cass County, as well as surrounding counties, is vital to the continued health of our communities.  It is also a value of mine to simply contribute to the community of Central Minnesota, and becoming a Board Member for CCEDC is an important step towards that goal."
Vicki Dufner

As a member of the Cass County Economic Development Board of Directors, I intend to serve the community by promoting employment opportunities and business growth to benefit current and future young adults.  Allowing the opportunity for young adults to stay in this area after high school graduation and providing opportunities to return and use their skills in Cass County after completing college education, is an integral piece of Cass County's future successes."
Dave Endicott
Superintendent, Pine River-Backus School District

"I believe any time we can enhance the school-business connection it is good for our communities.  It is my hope to bring another viewpoint to the table and enhance the good work already being done."
Geoff Gorvin
Paper Storm, and Gorvin Marketing & Public Relations

“Cass County is a great place to live and work, with tremendous potential for business growth.  I hope to use my position on the CCEDC Board of Directors to help guide that growth and create opportunities for new and existing businesses.”
Roger D. Hoplin
Bites Grill & Bar

"I am excited to work with the Cass County EDC to promote business expansion and create a draw for job seekers who will find our area one of the best in the state!"
Bill Palmer
Essentia Health 

“I believe that economic development – and the EDC – can greatly benefit the communities in Cass County.”
Jason Pederson
Fuller Wallner, Attorneys at Law

"I have a strong interest in commerce and continued economic growth
of our area."
Nathan Sauvageau
Outdoors Sports Systems

"Being able to help with the growth of Cass County economic development is something I have passion for and take great pride in.  Our communities here in this region are special and unique, and being able to contribute has been a great experience for me.  I would like to further my involvement in the business community of Cass County and create good paying jobs for its residents."


  Mike Paulus
Executive Director
Phone: 218-547-7262 Walker
               218-831-9147 Cell

Mike Paulus is the Executive Director for the Cass County Economic Development Corporation. Mike holds a Bachelor of Science in Physiology from the University of Arizona and an MBA from Arizona State University. He has been working in Business Development since 2008.

  Marina Lovell
Program Coordinator and SBDC Consultant
Phone: 218-547-7262 Walker

Marina handles grant reporting, financial management and assists with special projects. She is a business owner and SBDC consultant with a specialty in marketing and retail display effectiveness.


Becoming A Board Member

If you are interested in serving as a member of Cass County Economic Development Corporation Board of Directors, or have someone you would like to nominate, please contact us by March 31, via email to

Requirements for being a board member include:

         Being a paid member of Cass County EDC

         Commitment to a three-year term

         Attend at least 10 of the 12 monthly meetings held per year

 It is also desired that board members:

         Have business experience

         Are geographically dispersed throughout Cass County

         Have progressive ideas on county-wide economic development


“I am convinced that any economic improvement made by the Cass County EDC is good for Cass County, good for my town, and thus, good for the future of my business.”
Chris Hanneken,
Hanneken Insurance, Pine River
Ex-officio Members of the Board from Cass County include:
  • Bob Kangas
  • Scott Bruns


The Shante
Owner Anna Hunstad worked with the EDC ....“very helpful, prompt and efficient with any questions we had regarding the business plan."
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