Gonzalo Petschen was named President of Cargill’s Dressings, Sauces and Oils business in August 2012 and is responsible for the Business Unit’s profitability and growth. He previously served as Business Unit Leader for Cargill’s Starches and Sweeteners South America from 2010 – 2012.
Gonzalo joined Cargill in 1996 with the Corn Milling Business Unit in Memphis, Tennessee as a Senior Merchant and later held various positions in merchandising and risk management. He served as the Worldwide Commercial Manager and General Manager for the Americas for the Malt Business Unit from 2001 – 2010. In his role as Commercial Manager, Gonzalo was responsible for Malt’s global sales, risk management and supply chain functions. As General Manager of the Americas, he was responsible for the Malt operations in Canada, the United States and Argentina.
Prior to joining Cargill, Gonzalo worked for the Archer Daniels Midland Company as General Manager for the Flour Milling Business in Mexico.
Gonzalo holds an MBA from The Ohio State University and an undergraduate degree from the University of Dayton.
Gonzalo was born in Chile and has lived in North America, South America and Europe. He is married to Mary and they have 3 children; Nicolas, Antonia, and Isabella.
Efrain Cardenas was named SVP of Manitoba Harvest in July 2017 where is responsible for global sales. Manitoba Harvest is a Certified BCorp which seeks to transform lives through the sustainable and healthy power of hemp.
Efrain has been in the food industry for over 20 years with a focus on business development and sales. He successfully led one of General Mill’s largest sales regions, was responsible for the creation and execution of the sales strategy for General Mill’s second biggest and fastest growing operating unit, and was a leader among General Mills’ Hispanic Leadership Team, a group focused on retaining, developing and advancing the company’s Hispanic employees. At General Mills Efrain also served as a Corporate Liaison/Advisory Board for 5 years at UnidosUS (formerly NCLR).
Efrain holds an MBA from Northwestern University – Kellogg School of Management and an undergraduate degree from the University of Texas at Austin. Originally from San Antonio, Texas, Efrain is married to Vanessa and they have 2 children; Aaron and Calista.
Jeff Savage is Senior Vice President and Controller of Xcel Energy Inc. and is responsible for the monthly, quarterly and year-end accounting close process as well as preparing and filing financial and statistical reports with the Securities and Exchange Commission, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission and numerous state regulatory agencies for Xcel Energy and its four utility subsidiaries.
He joined Xcel Energy in 2007 as the Director, Financial Reporting and Technical Accounting and in 2009 became the Senior Director, Financial Reporting, Corporate and Technical Accounting. In 2011, he took on the role of Vice President and Corporate Controller.
Prior to joining Xcel Energy in 2007, he held financial reporting, technical accounting, financial consolidation, Sarbanes-Oxley and internal audit positions at The Mosaic Company and Regis Corporation. He also spent six years as an audit manager at PricewaterhouseCoopers in Minneapolis, Minn.
He earned his undergraduate degree in accounting and finance from Colorado State University in Fort Collins, Colo. He is a certified public accountant.
Virginia (Ginny) Arthur began her appointment as president of Metropolitan State University in July 2016. She joined Metropolitan State in 2012 as provost, where she co-chaired the university's strategic planning process, forged new baccalaureate completion partnerships with metro area colleges and created the Center for Faculty Development.
Previously, she served the University of Northern Iowa as associate provost for faculty affairs from 2009 to 2012, and the College of Saint Benedict and Saint John's University from 1985 to 2009 where she served as chairperson of the Management Department for seven years, chair and vice chair of the joint faculty assembly, and faculty member for over 20 years.
She holds a bachelor's degree in economics and business administration from Syracuse University and a juris doctor (JD) degree from the Washington College of Law at American University. She has presented at numerous conferences and authored dozens of publications.
Erick García Luna is the Director of Community and Local Government Relations for the University of Minnesota. Prior to joining the University, Erick served as Economic Development Policy Aide for former Minneapolis Mayor Betsy Hodges and as Outreach Director for United States Senator Amy Klobuchar.
An immigrant from Mexico, Erick attended the Universidad Autónoma Metropolitana in Mexico City and obtained his bachelor’s degree in Economics from the University of Minnesota. After graduation, he briefly joined the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Minnesota and later served as the Director of Economic Development for the Northeast Community Development Corporation in Minneapolis.
Erick was appointed in 2019 by Minnesota Governor Tim Walz to serve on the Commission on Judicial Selection where he and other commissioners make recommendations so the Governor can fulfill his constitutional responsibility of appointing judges and justices when vacancies arise on the Supreme Court, Court of Appeals, and District Courts.
Erick lives in Roseville with his partner Rose and son Dante.
Hazzen Muñoz is Director, Global Talent – Contingent Workforce Solutions at Ecolab. Hazzen has been at Ecolab for nearly 13 years. He has been both a HR Business Partner and a COE leader supporting numerous Ecolab businesses. In his current role, he is responsible for Ecolab’s global contingent workforce program. Working in partnership with human resources and procurement, he is contributing to diversifying Ecolab’s talent sources and making Ecolab the premier destination for the world’s most capable talent. Leveraging his strong business acumen and collaborative approach, Hazzen has consistently gained the respect of business leaders and peers alike.
Hazzen holds an MBA from the University of Virginia Darden School of Business and an undergraduate degree from Cornell University. Hazzen is Guatemalan and was born is Miami, FL. He is married to Amanda and they have 2 kids; Marco and Liliana.
Miguel Rocha is the Global Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) Segment Lead for the African American, Asian and Hispanic segments for U.S. Bank, where his responsibilities are to lead implementation of programs and events to promote DEI efforts across the organization. He also serves as a knowledgeable consultant in DEI, identifying, building and managing solutions to support change in supplier diversity, community and marketplace pillars and key priorities.
Miguel’s involvement includes ALPFA (Association of Latino Professionals For America), NABA (National Association of Black Accountants), Ascend (Pan-Asian Leaders), NAAAP (National Association of Asian American Professionals), Breakthrough Twin Cities, Ideation for the Minnesota Orchestra (Musica Juntos), Juvenile Justice Advocates International (judicial support for youth in Mexico) and Alzheimer’s Association, Minnesota-North Dakota.
Miguel and his wife, Mindy, have one child and reside in Apple Valley, Minnesota
Marco Ortiz is a first generation American, born in Costa Rica. He is a professional with more than 30 years of experience primarily in the area of Information Technology. He is a senior Information Technology (IT) leader at 3M, responsible for IT activities in Latin America and the Automotive Aftermarket Division globally. He is a true believer of the importance of promoting education among minorities as a way to create political, social and economic development and reduce educational disparities. He has been actively involved in the support of the Latino community in the Twin Cities and served as president of the 3M Latino Resource Network in 2011, 2012 and 2020. He also served as 3M Latino Community champion in 2018 and participated in the Global 3M Impact program in 2019, specifically in projects supporting STEM education in US and Latin America.
Dr. Ruiz currently practices as an internal medicine hospitalist and as a member of the palliative care team at Regions Hospital, where he was Chief of Staff and member of the BOD in 2014-15. He is an associate medical director for HealthPartners Hospice. He has been involved in several equitable and palliative care efforts and projects through the years. He currently co-chairs Regions’ Health Equity Committee. In the past he was a staff internist at the West Side Community Health Services/La Clínica and there he founded the HIV Primary Care program. He is an expert in the area of Advanced Care Planning in minority communities and a member of the Minnesota Honoring Choices Advisory Council.
Manny San Miguel has a background in Financial Analysis and Strategy. He started his career in Accounting and has held several Finance and General Manager roles with Fortune 100 companies such as Pepsi and CHS. He is currently the Chief Operating Office for QualiTech, an innovative food, animal and plant nutrition company located in Chaska, Minnesota. Manny was born and raised in San Juan, Puerto Rico and has called the Twin Cities home for the past 15 years. Manny has also worked with other nonprofit boards, including the Whole Learning Academy and Hill Murray. He is passionate about bringing his insight from corporate America to the board rooms of nonprofit organizations.
Gerardo Guerrero is the 4th Consul of Mexico in St. Paul. He has worked at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs since 1987 and joined the Diplomatic Corps in 1997.
Consul Guerrero has served as attorney in different legal offices within the Ministry, as well as at the Consulate in New York. Most recently, he served as Deputy Legal Advisor in charge of the negotiation and final approval of all international treaties and agreements signed by Mexico. He served also as Deputy General Director for Legal Affairs.
He has participated in many international negotiations in the Atomic Energy International Organization, in the World Intellectual Property Organization and in the International Civil Aviation Organization.
He studied Law at the National Autonomous University of Mexico, received a Master's degree on international trade legal aspects at ITAM and an LLM on US Law from the University of Houston. He has taught at the Universidad Autonóma de México, at the Universidad Iberoamericana and at the Escuela Libre de Derecho in Mexico City.
David Garcia, Senior Director of Home and Services Operations is focused on the development and execution of strategies that support services fulfillment for its core, complex, and commercial customers. This includes building customer loyalty through supporting retail, dotcom, and home sales. His continued development and leadership provide direction to strategic operational enablement and execution teams that support Best Buy’s delivery, install and repair programs through a network of internal and external labor forces.
As a senior leader for Best Buy’s Latinx employee resource group, David is a valuable resource for sounding ideas and exploring possibilities to strengthen the diverse Latinx relationship between corporate and field employees, as well as, consumers.
As a member of the Twin Cities fund board, David works with local community leaders to support funding for their projects and charities. His work here helps to strengthen communities in need by leveraging Best Buys talent and resources. David’s specific focus has been teen development though technology, leveraging Geek Squad Academies and Teen Tech Centers.
David began his career with Best Buy in 2002 and has held roles in both field and corporate leadership positions, currently leading all US large product In-home fulfillment and Services.
David enjoys spending time with his family often seeking out activities in which his immediate family, as well as, extended family can participate. He grew up on the lower West Side of St. Paul in the Torre De San Miguel projects. David continues to visit his old neighborhood regularly participating in community activities.