Chamber Board Members
Rick Robbins – Chair
Rick is a marketing, sales and business professional and has experience with day-to-day business operations with newly formed companies, non-profits, and publicly traded corporations. Value driven, and focused on result, Rick is committed to the highest levels of efficiency, ethics, and collaboration. As a 20+ year Stillwater resident, Rick is a member of the Stillwater Sunrise Rotary Club and sits on the Stillwater Township Planning Commission. He is currently the Director of Sales at ESR, Inc.
John Holm – Vice Chair
John is a Real Estate professional with 15+ years of experience, including Mortgage Financing and business development in the Title Insurance industry. He has also owned and managed a restaurant for 12 years and understands the importance of customer service and working with the community. John enjoys boating, travelling, gardening, food and wine. He also serves with the Vadnais Heights Economic Development Corporation.
Chuck LeRoux – Secretary
Chuck is the Director of Safety and Disability Management for Andersen Corporation and has been with Andersen for 20 years. Chuck oversees the implementation of their safety program which minimizes work related injuries/illnesses and keeps people safe on the job. He has served on the Planning Commission for the City of Oak Park Heights, and as a Board Member for the St Croix Valley Baseball Association.
Kevin Johnson – Treasurer
Kevin Johnson is a Certified Public Accountant with Forward Accounting, a new full service accounting, audit and tax firm in Stillwater. He provides tax compliance, planning and accounting services to both businesses and individuals. Prior to launching Forward Accounting, he worked for Foley Kalseim team in Lake Elmo. Kevin practiced tax accounting with a large CPA firm in Minneapolis for over 5 years and also has over 10 years of small business management experience. Additionally, Kevin is an adjunct faculty member at Metropolitan State University, teaching accounting in the school’s College of Management. He lives in Stillwater with his wife and two children
Kevin Sandstrom – Past Chair
Kevin Sandstrom is an attorney at the law firm of Eckberg, Lammers, P.A. in Stillwater, a general practice law firm serving all of the legal needs of businesses, individuals, and municipalities. With more than 10 years of experience, Kevin’s law practice focuses on business lawsuits, real estate lawsuits, personal injury and workers’ compensation lawsuits, and municipal law. Kevin has been an active member in the Chamber since 2008, has served as an Ambassador, and later joined the Board of Directors in 2010. On the Board, he has served multiple terms as the Secretary, Vice Chairman, as well as Board Chairman. Kevin and his family live in Woodbury.
A lifelong resident of the St. Croix Valley Area, Ryan has been a community banker for 22 years. He is currently at Lake Elmo Bank as a commercial lender. He and his wife live in Stillwater with their two busy children. Ryan enjoys time with family at the cabin, hunting and fishing.
Lisa is co-owner of Home to Sweet Home, a personal move management company that specializes in helping older adults with all the details of downsizing and transitioning to a new home. With a 30+ year background in bank management, Lisa brings value in the areas of business development, financial analysis, and especially, customer service. A life-long resident of the St. Croix Valley, she enjoys giving back to her community in the form of active membership in multiple service organizations. Lisa also sings and plays fiddle for an acoustic band. In her spare time she and her husband Mike enjoy fishing and hiking.
Dr. Matt grew up on a ranch in South Dakota and now lives in Stillwater, MN with his amazing wife Nicole and daughter Bronwyn. Dr. Matt is active in his community and involved in Rotary Club, American legion, and with the Chamber of Commerce. Dr. Matt enjoys church, traveling, skiing, water skiing, boating, riding motorcycle and spending time with his family.
Tom and his graphic designer wife Debbie have been owners and operators of AdMail, llc since 1986, offering effective small business Direct Mail Marketing Services and publishing the St. Croix Shopping Guide, the largest circulation media serving the St. Croix Valley. Tom had previous experience in radio station sales and management before becoming self-employed. Tom has had several years of past Chamber involvement as well as time as president of the Stillwater Downtown Council group in the 1990’s. Tom and Debbie also own and operate Sol Foods Catering, specializing in outdoor event food service, offering authentic Southern style cuisine and Bar B Que. Tom resides in Stillwater, has three children and ten grandchildren.
Susan St. Ores
Susan St. Ores is a Senior Director at SAP Global Marketing. SAP is the world’s leader in application and analytics software and leading enterprise cloud company with more than 296,000 customers in over 190 countries. In addition to her professional responsibilities, Susan’s passion for civic leadership has been demonstrated as a three-term elected Mayor of Bayport, MN and holding board positions on non-profit and community boards.
Mike Polehna has been a Council Member for the City of Stillwater since 2005. His responsibilities in this role include making policy decisions for the City as well as developing short and long term plans for the operation and development of the City. Mike was a Parks Manager for Washington County Parks for 37 years before retiring in 2015. An avid fisherman and hunter, he and his wife Joni enjoy spending time with their two children and five grandchildren.
Sharon has been a resident of Stillwater for over 16 years, and a Chamber member for eight years. She is a Realtor with Edina Realty and has a background in fundraising, non profit development, sales, marketing, and event planning.
Gail Suddath and her husband David are the owners of Mallards on the St. Croix, Restaurant and Lounge. Mallards opened in the spring of 2013 in the beautiful Bayport Marina. In the summer of 2016 they opened Ziggy’s Street Food | Music & Cocktails in downtown Stillwater. Gail is also active in the Twin Cities representing Board of Directors and C-Suite executives, for profit and nonprofit with a focus on process implementation, marketing events and business development initiatives.