Entrepreneur Forum is March 11

The Center for Innovation is featuring Rick Lowenberg, president of Minnesota Elevator, Inc., accompanied by John Romnes, CEO of Minnesota Elevator, Inc., as the March speakers for the Entrepreneur Forum series to be held at 9 a.m. Wednesday, March 11, in the James Ray Idea Lab in the Center for Innovation. The forum features "Changing Your Business for Changing Times." Free visitor parking is available.

A Certified Turnaround Professional, Lowenberg will share his realignment approach to business and take questions from the audience. He won the Turnaround of the Year award from the Minneapolis-based Upper Midwest chapter of the Turn-Around Management Association with Minnesota Elevator, Inc., in 2007, with Mereen-Johnson Machine Company in 2005 and has been nominated for Turnaround of the Year with three other clients.

Lowenberg worked with Alliance Management, Inc. from 1999-2007 where he worked with over 100 companies in 11 states as a management consultant. From 1995-1999 he was with General Pump, Inc., out of Mendota Heights, Minn., a $40 million manufacturer and distributor of pumps imported from Italy. He also worked with Graco, Inc., in Minneapolis from 1991-1995, a $500 million manufacturer of pumps and paint equipment. Lastly, he was with World Aerospace Corp. in Maple Grove, Minn., from 1988-1991, a $20 million job shop for aerospace and commercial aviation as a manufacturing engineer.

Lowenberg received his B.S. degree in industrial technology from UND in 1988 and an M.B.A. with a marketing concentration from the University of St. Thomas in 1994. He currently serves on the board of the Minnesota Elevator Inc. as a trustee from 2008 to present. He is the education committee chair of the Turnaround Management Association since 2006, and has been on the Department of Technology advisory board since 2002.

The Entrepreneur Forum is a periodic gathering of entrepreneurs and business people who share experiences, strategies, and success stories. The event is sponsored by the Center for Innovation and is open to the public.

For more information, contact Jordan Schuetzle or John Plesuk at the Center for Innovation, 777-3132.