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
Kevin Starcevich, Mick Sletten
August Schell Brewing
Mike Lewis, 507-354-5528
Sam Brandstad, Justin Turek
Dean Boese, Wayne Philippi
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
D P M - Dynamic Products Midwest
Vern Swedin, Darcy Swedin,
Jonathan Arjes, Scott Overson
Electronic Game Solutions
Shelly Borowicz, LaurelLee Loftsgard
Shawn Murphy, 651-246-6383
Steve Twait, 218-224-3535
Heartland Payment Systems
Karen & James Lamb
Illinois Casualty Company
(Dinner & Presenting Sponsor!)
Howard Beck, 309.793.1700
KLB Insurance Services
Kim Brown, Jackie Brown
651.730.9803 • email@example.com
Monroe Moxness Berg P.A.
Aaron Hartman, 952.885.5999
Mike Wurst, Rachel Aufdembrink
Prestige Beverage Group
RITE - Retail Information Technology Enterprises
Rick Feuling, Gary Nobel
320.230.2282 • firstname.lastname@example.org
Round Lake Vineyards & Winery
Scenic Sign Corporation
320-252-9400 • email@example.com
Wayne Reinert, Dan Rogge
Southern Glazers Wine & Spirits
Nick Paul, Ken Hansen
Three Diamond Corp.
Glen Kuhlman, Tim Schuller
Vinocopia (Dinner Wine Sponsor!)
Jason Ospina, Marion Dauner, Clark Schmidt
Kyle Schreier, Katie Schreier
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