The Minnesota Economy in 2018: 

Are the Good Times Still Rolling?

Understanding local, national and international influences affecting your manufacturing business.


Monday, February 12, 2018 from 3:30 PM to 6:30 PM CST
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Minneapolis Marriott Northwest
7025 Northland Drive N.
Arbor Lakes Room
Brooklyn Park, MN 55428

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Marni Hockenberg                                                952-500-9542

Minneapolis Marriott Northwest

Arbor Lakes Room

Monday Feb. 12, 2018 

3:30 pm - 4:00 pm: Registration/Networking
4:00 pm - 5:00 pm: Program, Audience Q & A
5:00 pm - 6:30 pm: Networking Reception - Hot appetizers and cash bar 


Back by popular demand, King Banaian, Dean of the School of Public Affairs at St. Cloud State University and longtime economic forecaster is our speaker at the Gears & Gadgets 2018 kick-off program. Manufacturing business owners and your Executive team – you’ll need to hear Dr. Baniain’s economic forecast while you develop strategies, build budgets, launch new products, hire talent and identify market trends. As you make company-wide critical decisions, he’ll help you understand the local, national and international influences that matter to your plans. Mark your calendars for February 12th, 2018!

Click nere now to view our Photo Gallery from Feb 2017 Gears and Gadgets with King Banaian.

To qualify for attendance at Gears & Gadgets, one must be a manufacturing business owner or currently employed manufacturing Executive. This focused approach will enable Gears & Gadgets attendees to engage in conversations that directly pertain to industry issues within their respective manufacturing companies. 

Registration ends Friday, February 9th!

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 Thank you to our Platinum Sponsors for making this Gears & Gadgets possible!


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Every business has obstacles, and the journey never goes exactly as planned. But one thing is certain: What separates the successful CEOs from the unsuccessful CEOs is whether or not they adopt a comprehensive process of execution. That’s where we come in.  Resultants For Business (RFB) works with owners and their leadership teams to turn vision into executable strategy and complex problems into simple solutions.  The result is accelerated growth and value. 

Contact Steve Wilcox, President; Email:

Phone 715-386-2800, Address: 1228 10th Street, Hudson, WI 54016


Fidelity is an independent, privately-owned business bank.  What makes us different from the rest is the Intellectual Capital that enables us to meet customer needs more quickly, provide more creative financial solutions, and anticipate issues before they arise. 

Contact Jeff Campbell, Vice President, Email: 
Phone:  952-830-7221 Address: 7600 Parklawn Avenue, Edina, MN 55435


More than 5,600 professionals at Lockton provide more than 48,000 clients around the world risk management, insurance and employee benefit consulting services. For over 40 years we’ve been able to tailor our services to meet the specific needs of clients within the manufacturing industry. Although Lockton is the world’s largest privately held insurance brokerage firm, clients most frequently describe us as team members who make their business better.

Contact:Ole Hovde, Client Advocate Email: 
Phone: 763-512-8607  Address: 5500 Wayzata Blvd #510, Minneapolis, MN  55416

DS+B provides a connected, proactive and accessible team to streamline your outsourced accounting, tax and business advisory needs – so you can spend more time focused on growing your business. With 60+ years actively involved in the Minneapolis / St. Paul business community, DS+B CPAs and specialists work with small to midsized manufacturing firms, their management teams and shareholders across Minnesota.

Contact: Clint Seehusen, Principal,  Email: 
Phone:  612.630.5084  Address:  222 South Ninth Street, Suite 3000, Minneapolis, MN 55402

SUCCESS Computer Consulting is a managed services provider based out of Golden Valley that provides managed network support, advanced network engineering, outsourced helpdesk and database and reporting services; all designed to help you achieve business success.

Contact: Scott Wiyninger, Account Executive  Email:
Phone: 763-593-3000 Address: 6130 Golden Hills Drive, Golden Valley, MN 55416

Published by Tiger Oak Media and based in Minneapolis, Minnesota Business magazine covers small and midsize companies throughout the state, revealing the successes, challenges and lessons to be drawn from their experiences. This fall, Minnesota Business will be hosting its Manufacturing Awards, recognizing the hard work and success of the Minnesota manufacturing industry. Our magazine maintains a steady focus on industries that make up the state's economy, providing a fascinating mix of companies and personalities in every issue. Readers turn to our magazine for not only useful information, but also inspiration as they pursue success.

Contact: Matt Kuusilek, Publisher Email: 
Phone:612-730-5940  Address: 900 South Third Street, Minneapolis, MN 55415







CorTalent is a provider of recruitment and retention services in the Minneapolis area. We serve clients across a broad range of industries with talent management and project staffing including but not limited to: Manufacturing/engineering, distribution, service, sales, and technology recruiting. As your company grows or changes, we help develop a People Plan to achieve desired results.

Contact: Mary Nutting, Owner  Email
Phone (952) 388-6120  Address: 7801 E Bush Lake Road Suite 100, Bloomington, MN 55439


Balius Marketing & Web Design serves sophisticated business-to-business companies primarily in the manufacturing area, helping to project their story, in one clear voice. We offer decades of industry experience and absolute dedication to service, product, and results. Companies count on us for straight talk, down-to-earth work ethic, and a full range of marketing services—from websites, management, creative and production of all brand assets.

Contact: Adam Johnston. Principal,  Email  

Phone 952.346.9258, Address: 7900 International Drive - Suite 300, Bloomington, MN 55425


Hockenberg Search is an Executive Outplacement and Executive Career Transition Coaching company. We specialize in delivering comprehensive, HIGHLY INDIVIDUALIZED Executive job search services that help our clients land the RIGHT JOB, FASTER.  As ‘recovering recruiters’, we have an insider’s understanding of how Executive HIRING DECISIONS are really made. That knowledge – along with our track record for SUCCESSFUL PLACEMENTS of hundreds of Executives and deep NETWORK CONNECTIONS – make us uniquely qualified to lobby on behalf of manufacturing Executive job seekers. In 2012, Marni Hockenberg founded the Minnesota Manufacturing Executives and Gears & Gadgets to create synergies within the Minnesota manufacturing community. She also co-founded the MN Women Leading Manufacturing Collaborative as a networking and support forum for women Executives who work in the manufacturing industry. Hockenberg Search is passionate about the sustained growth of our manufacturing industry.

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Contact Marni Hockenberg, Principal and Executive Career Transition Coach  Email:  Phone: 952-500-9542
Address 10201 Wayzata Boulevard, Suite 220, Minnetonka, MN

About Minnesota Manufacturing Executive & Gears & Gadgets 

Minnesota Manufacturing Executives

Founded in 2012, Gears & Gadgets is an exclusive quarterly event for Minnesota Manufacturing Executives to discuss industry trends and develop synergistic connections. A typical event showcases a manufacturing industry speaker followed by a networking reception with hot appetizers and cash bar. Manufacturing business owners and executives are eligible to attend.

This program is 'by invitation only'. To receive invitations, contact the founder, Marni Hockenberg at or 952-500-9542.