Photos Courtesy of Lynn Laumann Photography
Paul Newton, Board Chair
Insurance Agent, Carver Insurance Group
Paul Newton is an insurance agent and partner with Carver Insurance Group. He got into the insurance industry in 2004 after moving back to Minnesota. Previously he worked at a trade association in Alexandria, VA for 10 years. He focuses on commercial insurance, but will do personal lines as well. The agency has been in Carver for over 80 years. Paul received his Bachelor’s degree from the University of Minnesota Duluth, lives in New Prague with his wife and 2 sons. He coaches soccer and lacrosse, is on various committees at his church, and likes to spend time with friends and family. He tries to get up to his cabin in Park Rapids when he can. He is excited to serve the SouthWest Metro Chamber of Commerce.
Tammy Shade, Vice Chair
Real Estate Advisor; Engel & Volkers, Lake Minnetonka
During Tammy’s 20 years of experience in property management and residential real estate, she has assisted a variety of individuals and families in meeting their real estate needs and goals, whether buying, selling, or investing in their future. She truly enjoys listening and getting to know you to understand your personal needs and wishes. She has lived in the west metro for over 20 years and has extensive market knowledge of Minnetonka and the surrounding areas. When you choose Tammy as your real estate advisor, you will receive excellent communication, someone you can trust, extensive market knowledge, and an experienced negotiator.
Sammie Engelmann, CPA; Treasurer
Smith, Schafer & Associates
Sammie is an Accounting Principal for Smith, Schafer & Associates. She is a member of AICPA and MNCPA with a Bachelor of Science in Accounting from Strayer University. She joined the Twin Cities practice in 2008, and her areas of expertise include: QuickBooks ProAdvisor, Business Consultation, Accounting services specialist, Payroll support services, and Business tax preparation & planning.
How she approaches her work: "I believe the keys to a long lasting client relationship are building trust, displaying consistency and producing a high quality product."
How she spends her time elsewhere: "I enjoy spending time with family, tractor pulling, gardening, anything outdoors, and community involvement."
Brent Romenesko, CFP® is a Partner and Wealth Manager at Legacy Wealth Advisors, serving families and business owners in their financial planning and investment strategy needs. Brent received his undergraduate degree in Materials and Metallurgical Engineering from Michigan Technological University. He completed his MBA - Finance from the University of St. Thomas, and obtained his Certified Financial Planner professional credentials.
Mike Gearman, Director
Sr. Loan Officer, Tradition Mortgage, LLC
Mike Gearman is a Sr. Loan Officer for Tradition Mortgage LLC., providing residential mortgage services throughout the Midwest. Prior to that, he worked for PrimeLending for 4 years as Sr. Loan Officer and prior to that at Charter Bank in Chaska and Chanhassen for 6.5 years as Vice President of Mortgage Lending. Mike has served on the SW Metro Chamber golf committee for eight years and as a Chamber Ambassador for two years, and was awarded the SW Metro Chamber Volunteer of the Year for 2015. He has been a MSHSL basketball official since 1990. He is active in the choir and IT ministry at Westwood Community Church, and has resided in the Chaska/Chanhassen community since 1993. Mike enjoys fishing, hunting, golf, and spending time with his family and friends. He is grateful for the opportunity to serve our great communities through the SW Metro Chamber!
Matthew McDougall, Director
Melchert Hubert Sjodin, PLLP
Regina Cannon Treml, Director
Owner & Designer, Belladonna Florist
“Enjoy what you do, be honest, and the word will spread about your business”….this is the motto Regina tells employees when they first join the Belladonna Florist team. We are very aware that we are not solving the world’s problems here, but we are hopefully spreading some joy, friendship, and peace with each order. Regina has been working directly with customers for more than 30 years in various positions in the Floral industry. Whether it was as an importer for growers out of Colombia or setting up grocery programs in the 5 state region to now running her own business the motto always comes back to being ourselves and enjoying our life. Our shop has programs tailored to fit the needs of corporate accounts – to make celebrating your employees an easy process. With daily delivery throughout the Twin Cities we can be your one stop shop!
David Winters, Director
Owner/Agent, D Winters Insurance Services
David Winters is a life long resident of the South West Metro. David started D Winters Insurance Services in 2014 to help people and businesses understand the simple, yet complex world of insurance. Before this, David held a variety of executive-level positions with a handful of affiliated companies for 30 years. It was here he gained the knowledge he uses today to assist businesses with their risk management. David is also an active volunteer helping many local charities and organizations. The central organization is the Civil Air Patrol, where is the Squadron Safety Officer.
Brent Wordelman, Director
Director of Finance, Ridgeview
Amanda Bloomer, Director
Owner, Thrive Physical Therapy
Amanda Bloomer owns Thrive Physical Therapy in Chanhassen that serves patients from all over Minnesota. Our mission is to improve the health and wellness in the community by providing comprehensive and personalized rehabilitation services. At our clinic we strive to help individuals reach their goals by delivering exceptional care, resources, education, and compassion to make a long-lasting change in our patients lives. Previously, Amanda was a Community Marketing Manager and an Executive Assistant to the CEO of a large company in Minnesota. Amanda received her Bachelor’s degree from Concordia University St. Paul, where she was part of their National Championship volleyball team. She lives in Carver with her husband and daughter. Amanda loves being involved in this community and is excited to serve the SouthWest Metro Chamber of Commerce.
Charles Liedtke, Ph.D., Director
President, Strategic Improvement Systems, LLC
Charles A. Liedtke, Ph.D. is the President of Strategic Improvement Systems, LLC, a management consulting company designed to assist leaders in improving the performance of their organization from a strategic perspective. Charles conducts research, consults, and provides customized training on Strategy, Quality, Analytics, Improvement, and Innovation. He has worked with organizations worldwide on strategic improvement initiatives including Fortune 500 companies, privately-held companies, non-profit organizations, and government entities. His most recent research projects were on Quality, Analytics, Big Data; Big Data in Hoshin Kanri; Information-Based Customer Value Creation; Advances in Strategic Planning and Shaping Organizational Culture.
Charles earned a Ph.D. in Business – Operations and Information Management from the University of Wisconsin-Madison specializing in strategy; strategic improvement; and quantitative analysis. His Ph.D. dissertation is titled, "Horizontal Interaction During Strategic Improvement Initiatives: A Study Involving Six Quality-Oriented Organizations." Charles has conducted research on Six Sigma, Lean, Process Management, Knowledge Management, Visioning, Hoshin Kanri, Long-Term Planning, Organizational Culture, Preserving Quality Superiority, Product and Service Design, Discovery, Process Improvement, Analytics, and Big Data. Charles also earned an M.B.A. and a Ph.D. minor in Statistics from UW-Madison; an M.S. degree in Statistics from Iowa State University; and a B.S. degree in Economics from South Dakota State University.
Lisa Sayles-Adams, Director
Superintendent, Eastern Carver County Schools
Lisa Sayles-Adams began her role as superintendent of Eastern Carver County Schools on July
1, 2020. A student-centered leader, Lisa is committed to ensuring educational equity and
excellence for every learner. With more than 24 years of experience spanning a multitude of
roles, her passion for education and data-driven decision-making has resulted in school
performance turnarounds, new strategic planning practices, innovative approaches to teaching,
expanding programming, and more. She understands that work to support student success
doesn’t end at the classroom door, and her leadership has made a difference in schools,
communities, and cultures in both urban and suburban districts.
A proud graduate of the Saint Paul Public School system, Lisa served most recently as
Assistant Superintendent of North St. Paul-Maplewood-Oakdale Public Schools, a position she
also held with Saint Paul Public Schools. She has also been a principal at all levels and a
middle school teacher. Lisa has been a frequent guest panelist offering her expertise and
insight on academic inequities, building effective leadership teams and strategies, and a
practitioner’s perspective on education. She is currently pursuing her Doctorate in Educational
Leadership at Minnesota State University Mankato.
Steve Curtis, Director
Business Development Manager, Express Employment Professionals
As business development manager with Express Employment Professionals, Steve Curtis helps businesses find the people they need to grow their businesses. He is passionate about building and maintaining client relationships and loves to meet new people. He also enjoys presenting at conferences and events to share expertise on developing a strong company culture, managing a multi-generational workforce, and creating strategies for attracting and retaining employees. In addition to staffing and recruiting, his background includes consultative sales and restaurant management. Steve grew up in western Wisconsin (Go Pack Go!) and now resides in Chaska with his wife and three boys. Outside of work, you’ll find him coaching a little league, camping with the Boy Scouts, or visiting a local craft brewery.
Melissa Carlson, Director
AVP/Business Services and Branch Manager, Charter Bank
Melissa Carlson has been in banking since 1992 when she started as a teller and over the years has advanced into lending and management positions. Recognizing that she would be a great fit and wanting to work in her community, Mel joined Charter Bank in 2007. As the Asst. VP/Branch Manager for the MN locations, she manages customer relationships for business and consumer clients, provides business development, and manages the MN Retail Banking team. Mel enjoys building relationships with others making sure everyone feels welcome & valued.
Mel has enjoyed being involved in several organizations over the years including the Southwest Metro Education Foundation (fmr Board Member), Downtown Chaska Business Alliance (current Board Member), Launch Ministry (Volunteer), each of them bringing a different perspective to the local community.
Keith Payne, Director
Business Broker, Sunbelt Business Advisors
As a licensed Business Broker with Sunbelt Business Advisors, Keith looks forward to working with individuals who are looking to sell their existing business or acquire a business of their own.
As a business owner himself, he understands the rewards, challenges and responsibilities that come with business ownership. This firsthand experience enables Keith to share the trials and tribulations that come with owning your own business and pass along sound advice to his clients. Keith has over 30 years of corporate and small business experience and has provided services and guidance to a variety of business owners.
Keith has a BS from Washington State University, where he met his wife, and they moved to Minnesota from the Pacific Northwest in 1990. In addition to spending time with his wife and two adult children, Keith enjoys running, mountain biking and BBQing in his backyard.
As a member of both the Minnesota Independent Insurance Agents & Brokers Association (MIIAB) and the Professional Insurance Agents of Minnesota (PIA of Minnesota), Keith’s primary focus is working with independent insurance agencies.
Keith is proud to have been chosen as Rookie of the Year with Sunbelt and looks forward to the opportunity to share his knowledge with other business owners. With the support, expertise and experience of working with the world’s largest seller of companies, Keith is here to help!