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Our Team
Meet Northspan's experienced team of business, economic, and community development professionals.

Randy Lasky
Randy Lasky
President & CEO


Randy Lasky has led Northspan since 1989 and has more than 35 years of experience in regional economic and community development. His public and private sector experience includes economic strategic planning and organizational development, business financing and community project funding development, marketing, downtown and waterfront redevelopment, and economic adjustment crisis management.

Bob Palmquist
Bob Palmquist
Senior Business Developer


Bob Palmquist provides technical and financial assistance to large and small businesses, financial institutions, local units of government, and development organizations. His work includes local and regional revolving loan fund administration, technical loan reviews, grant and loan application packaging, business valuation and succession planning, and feasibility assessments. Palmquist spent 17 years in commercial lending prior to joining Northspan in 1991.

Bryan Hill
Bryan Hill
Business Developer/Analyst


Bryan Hill structures and packages loan applications for public and private development financing programs. He also assists in project development and grant writing for community development projects and supports organizational strategic development. Prior to joining Northspan, Hill worked at Cliffs Natural Resources for more than eight years as a sourcing analyst and in various supervisory positions.

Chris Maddy
Chris Maddy
Director, Marketing & Business Recruitment
Director, Northland Connection


Chris Maddy oversees Northland Connection, a partner-funded marketing and business attraction program for the seven counties of Northeast Minnesota and Douglas County, Wisconsin. Prior to joining Northspan in 2001, he spent a combined 24 years in broadcast journalism, public relations, and hospitality marketing; and as director of marketing and communications at Cirrus Aircraft in Duluth.

Riki McManus
Riki McManus
Director, Upper Minnesota Film Office


Riki McManus manages the Upper Minnesota Film Office (UMFO), which promotes the region to filmmakers. She brings to the office years of experience as a radio talk show host, actor, agent, and owner of a casting company. One of her early career successes was securing all of the Minnesota speaking roles and extras for the film Purple Rain. She has helped cast more than 17 feature films, and dozens of television movies, series, and commercials. McManus is past president of the Minnesota Film and TV Board.

Lisa Bonow
Lisa Bonow
Executive Assistant


Lisa Bonow oversees day-to-day office operations and provides major support to the board of directors, president, staff, and various programs. She supports the work of Northland Connection and maintains a database of commercial/industrial properties on NorthlandConnection.com. Prior to joining Northspan in September 2000, she worked in administrative and human resources positions with a local restaurant chain, management consulting firm, elder care, and nonprofits.
"Under Randy Lasky's leadership, Northspan is the expert in accessing government funding and has a track record of attracting tens of millions in federal and state grants to the region. The value of this contribution is multiplied by the capital these grants leveraged, the tax base generated, and the quality job opportunities created as a result of the projects."

Nancy Norr
Director
Regional Development
Minnesota Power

Nancy Norr