Two dozen business execs to join Dayton on European trade mission

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Thirty-five Minnesotans from businesses, government and higher education will join Gov. Mark Dayton on a 10-day trade mission to Germany, Sweden and Norway next week, according to a news release.

“Germany and Scandinavia are key export markets for Minnesota, generating over $1 billion in annual export sales for local companies,” Katie Clark Sieben, commissioner of the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development, said in a statement. “Our goal is to attract foreign direct investment and identify distributors and new business partners to increase exports.”

Minnesota companies already export more than $1 billion of goods to Scandinavia and Germany.

Minnesota Public Radio notes Gov. Dayton's sons, who co-own a Scandinavian restaurant in Minneapolis, are among this year's delegates.

"They're really on their own trip," Dayton told MPR. They're staying in Sweden longer. They're checking out the international competition, some of the other restaurants."

Dayton led 50 Minnesota leaders on a week-long trade mission to China last June.

The following people are participating in this year's trip:

James Allen, founding partner, Masters Alliance Consultancy LLC

Kjell Bergh, chairman and CEO, Borton Volvo Inc. and Borton Overseas LLC

Edward Black, president and CEO, Reimbursement Strategies LLC

Andrew Dayton, principal, The Daft Group

Eric Dayton, principal, The Daft Group

Ellen Ewald, partner, Tysvar LLC and mobileAxept Inc.

Kevin Hanson, president, International Creative Capital LLC

John Hasselberg, associate professor of global business leadership, College of St. Benedict and St. John’s University

Jeffery Hensley, vice president, The Wall Cos./Minnesota Innovation Park

Pat Hentges, city manager, Mankato

Ralf Keysser, managing principal, Hannover Ltd.

Michael Langley, CEO, Greater MSP

Julie Langley, representative, Lakselaget

Diana Lawson, dean, Herberger School of Business, St. Cloud State University

Annette Lund, vice president, Diversified Plastics Inc.

Terje Mikalsen, CEO and partner, Tysvar LLC and mobileAxept Inc.

Bhabani Misra, director of graduate programs in software, University of St. Thomas

Barbara Muller, attorney, Fredrikson & Byron

Thomas Newton, vice president of business development, KNOCK Inc.

Randy Pelletier, owner and president, Pellco Machine Inc.

Bruce Peterson, executive dean for academic initiatives, St. Cloud Technical and Community College

Earl Potter III, president, St. Cloud State University

Jeffrey Rageth, vice president of public affairs, 3M

Susan Rani, president, Rani Engineering

Maureen Reed, executive director, Nobel Peace Prize Forum

Devon Russell, owner and president, ViViR International LLC

Jon Scheve, president of grain trading, Superior Feed Ingredients LLC

Nick Scott, director of international transfer pricing, Grant Thornton LLP

Ken Smith, president and CEO, Ever-Green Energy LLC

Ivar Sorensen, managing partner, The M&A Group LLC

Clifford Steer, professor of medicine and genetics, cell biology and development, University of Minnesota

Lars Svensson, president, Klingborg Consulting LLC

John Wall, president, The Wall Cos./Minnesota Innovation Park

Pei Zhang, CEO and owner, Thin Film Sciences LLC

Jonathan Zierdt, president and CEO, Greater Mankato Growth Inc.

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