07/18/2018 Harrison Todd Grodnick CFA, Senior Portfolio Manager, Minneapolis Portfolio management Group: "Turning bumpy Rides into Smooth Landings - How Creativity and Innovation Offer Investment Opportunities". Host: Herbert Schechter.
Harrison T Grodnick, Senior Portfolio Manager, Principal
Prior to establishing Minneapolis Portfolio Management Group , LLC in April of 2004, Mr. Grodnick served as Senior Portfolio Manager for Minneapolis Portfolio Management Group at Wachovia Securities. Previously, Mr. Grodnick was an Assistant Account Manager in the institutional trust department of Firstar Bank of Minnesota. He holds the designation of Chartered Financial Analyst(CFA®) and is a member of the Twin Cities Society of Security Analysts. Harrison has served on the Board of Directors for several organizations in the Twin Cities. As a current board member for the Minneapolis Jewish Community Center (JCC), he aids in their mission of bringing the community together in an inclusive Jewish environment. In 2005 Mr. Grodnick became a board member for The Center of the American Experiment, a free-market think tank, which focuses on improving education, strengthening the economy, and reducing poverty and crime in Minnesota. Mr. Grodnick is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin – Madison with a B.A. in International Relations / Global Economics and Political Science. Investment experience – since 1998.
07/25/2018 John Gordon, Executive Director of the Minnesota ACLU: "Civil Liberties and Civil Discourse: Friends or Enemies?". Host: Mark Stageberg.
John Gordon graduated from Princeton and Harvard Law School. His career was with Faegre and Benson as a civil trial lawyer, and involved in many bar association activities. He is in his first year as Executive Director of ACLU Minnesota.
Before becoming Executive Director of the ACLU of Minnesota, John tried to conclusion as first-chair or lead lawyer well in excess of 100 jury cases, and has also argued many appeals. John has been active in many law-related and community organizations, and has been an Adjunct Professor at the University of Minnesota Law School and the University of St. Thomas Law School. John and his wife Joanne live in Edina, where they raised their three children, now a lawyer, a nurse, and a digital-finance entrepreneur.
08/01/2018 Member Amy Koch, Manager for Karin Housley's Campaign for U.S. Senate: "An Insider's Look at a Nationally-Profiled Campaign". Host: Tom Horner.
Amy Koch served in the Minnesota Senate 2005-2013, and holds the special honor of being the first and only woman elected as Senate Majority Leader in MN . During her time in the Senate, she served on Transportation, K-12 Education and Higher Education, Energy and Jobs and Economic Development committees, and built a deep knowledge about these areas of public policy. She is a small business owner, an education reform activist and a regular commentator on Minnesota local media. She's frequently quoted by WCCO, the Star Tribune, the Pioneer Press and Politics in Minnesota. She is a regular guest on TPT’s Almanac and the podcast Wrong about Everything. She’s a former Russian linguist for the US Air Force and the National Security Agency, where she was awarded the Joint Service Commendation Medal for her contributions to the intelligence community. Amy currently serves as Chair for the MN Conservative Energy Forum, works as a political strategist at Hylden Advocacy and Law and is the Campaign Manager for Karin Housley for U.S. Senate. Amy is the mother of Rachel Koch, a student at UMD.
08/08/2018 Tim Penny, Co-Chair of the Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget: "Our Nation's Precarious Fiscal State". Host: Al Maxson.
Congressman Tim Penny represented Minnesota’s First Congressional District in the U.S. House of Representatives from 1982-1994. Throughout his congressional career, Penny placed an emphasis on budget issues. He chaired the Democratic Budget Group as well as the Porkbusters Coalition. Previously, he was a member of the Minnesota State Senate from 1976-82. In 2001, he was appointed to President Bush's bipartisan commission on Social Security. Most recently, Penny was a senior counselor at Himle Horner, a Twin Cities-based public relations and public affairs firm, and co-chair of the Humphrey Institute Forum at the University of Minnesota. Currently, Penny serves as Southern Minnesota Initiative Foundation’s (SMIF) president & CEO. He is the co-author of two books, Common Cents (1995) and The 15 Biggest Lies in Politics (1998).