Spring Conference

MLBA Spring Conference held Sunday May 6th

The 18th Annual Spring Conference was again held at Cragun’s Lodge on Gull Lake. On a bright an sunny 80 degree Spring day, over 150 attendees gathered for another fun and informative event.  The day began with a SALES Server Training Course by certified trainer Robert Foster with special guest Howard Beck from MLBA Platinum Allied Member, Illinois Casualty Company. Then folks attended a seminar on A.D.A. violations and lawsuits as well as other employment issues by Aaron Hartman of Allied Member, Monroe, Moxness, Berg PA.  Then attendees sampled beverages and services from over 30 vendors at the Industry Trade Show in Cragun’s large pool area. See below for a complete list of vendors and their contact information.


Jeff Quale, 763-688-3192

ATM Source
Kevin Starcevich, Mick Sletten
612-325-7006, kevin@atm-source.com

August Schell Brewing
Mike Lewis, 507-354-5528

Breakthru Beverage
Sam Brandstad, Justin Turek
651-646-7821, www.breakthrubev.com

Central McGowan
Dean Boese, Wayne Philippi
651-600-2354, deanb@centralmcgowan.com

Ross Erickson, 612-965-4176

Core Commercial Real Estate
George Novak, Bill Alexander, John Haselbeck

Corporate Four Insurance
Steven Meyer, 952-893-9218

April Haugen, Sarah Brooks, Chris Gotziamann
612-353-7918, ahaugen@mktg.com

D P M - Dynamic Products Midwest
Vern Swedin, Darcy Swedin,
Jonathan Arjes, Scott Overson

612-861-5277, sales@dmppos.com

Electronic Game Solutions
Shelly Borowicz, LaurelLee Loftsgard
314-692-2600, sborowicz@egsol.com

Ferndale Realty
Shawn Murphy, 651-246-6383
shawn.r.murphy@gmail.com, www.shawnrmurphy.com

Forestedge Winery
Steve Twait, 218-224-3535

Heartland Payment Systems
Karen & James Lamb
763-607-0286, karen1.Lamb@e-hps.com

Illinois Casualty Company
(Dinner & Presenting Sponsor!)
Howard Beck, 309.793.1700

KLB Insurance Services
(Presenting Sponsor!)
Kim Brown, Jackie Brown
651.730.9803 • kim@klbins.com

John Glenn

Monroe Moxness Berg P.A.
Aaron Hartman, 952.885.5999

Polar Beverages
Mike Wurst, Rachel Aufdembrink
651-272-6345, mwurst@polarbev.com

Prestige Beverage Group
Chad Pobuda
651-637-3354, cpobuda@prestigebevgroup.com

RITE - Retail Information Technology Enterprises
Rick Feuling, Gary Nobel
320.230.2282 • garyn@rite.us

Round Lake Vineyards & Winery
Jenny Ellenbecker
507-945-0100, jenny@ellcom.us

Roundhouse Brewing
Patrick Wussow
218-454-2739, roundhousebrew.com

Scenic Sign Corporation
Daryl Kirt
320-252-9400 • daryl@scenicsign.com

Shamrock Group
(Ice Sponsor!)

Wayne Reinert, Dan Rogge
612.824.9600, wayner@shamrockgroup.net

Southern Glazers Wine & Spirits
Nick Paul, Ken Hansen
612-217-5197, npahl@sgws.com

Three Diamond Corp.
Glen Kuhlman, Tim Schuller

Vinocopia (Dinner Wine Sponsor!)
Jason Ospina, Marion Dauner, Clark Schmidt
612.455.4005, marion@vinocopia.com

Kyle Schreier, Katie Schreier
763-218-6099, WebScanID@gmail.com

World Wide Expense Reduction Advisors
Kamee Cole, 612-584-0364

“Hitchville” Performed Their Acoustic Show

After dinner Hitchville entertained with the group’s trademark harmonies, down home personalities, and kinetic stage energy. Check them out here.

ADA Lawsuits and Employment Issues Seminar

Aaron Hartman of Allied Member Monroe Moxness Berg PA spoke about proactive steps to avoid becoming a target of an ADA lawsuit and employment-related claims.

  • Americans with Disabilities Act. By the time a lawyer visits your property with a tape measure, it is already too late. Learn the steps you can take to avoid becoming the next target of an ADA lawsuit, and what to do if it happens.
  • Sexual Harassment. The #MeToo movement is not limited to Washington D.C. and Hollywood. Learn the best ways to protect your employees and your business from the kinds of unseemly problems we hear about on the news.
  • $15/hour Minimum Wage. Few topics have caused more sleepless nights to operators in Minnesota’s largest cities than the $15/hour minimum wage. Learn what is required of your business and the steps necessary to comply with the new and expected regulations in Minneapolis and St. Paul.


Live Comedy Show

MLBA ‘s longtime friends at Comedy Gallery Talent, Tom and Scott Hansen have brought some really big names to the Spring Conference over the years and this year is expected to be no exception. Nationally known comedians like Jeff Gerbino, “Fancy” Ray McCloney, Jimmy Wiggins, Jeff Cesario, Dwight York and Scott Hansen have made the MLBA Spring Conference attendees delight with laughter over the past 17 years.

Comedian Mark Poolos was the headliner for the Spring Conference. Check him out here: https://www.markpoolos.com

Comedian Pete Borchers also performed. Check him out here: www.peteborchers.com