Mr. Ulland is Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Company. He was named IKONICS' Chief Executive Officer in February of 2000 and President in December of 2000. He has been a member of the Company's Board of Directors since 1972 and has served as its Chairman since 1976. Mr. Ulland earned a degree in Geophysical Engineering from the Colorado School of Mines in 1963 and a Master of Science degree in Industrial Administration from Purdue University in 1965. Prior to becoming the Company's Chief Executive Officer, he was involved in mineral development and evaluation as Managing Partner of the American Shield Company and President of Geomines Inc.
Marianne Bohren joins the IKONICS board with expertise in strategic planning and organizational management, along with her background managing sales and customer service in the complex and competitive distribution space. Ms. Bohren is Executive Director of the Western Lake Superior Sanitary District, a regional utility which provides wastewater treatment and solid waste management for a 530-square mile area in Northeastern Minnesota. Ms. Bohren has been with WLSSD for over ten years, and was Director of Organizational Development and Business Service Manager before being appointed as Executive Director in 2008, making her responsible for the operational, environmental and financial performance of the organization. Prior to joining WLSSD, Ms. Bohren served for 17 years with Potlatch Paper Company in various positions of increasing responsibility, ultimately serving as Vice President of Marketing and Business Services. She received her M.B.A. and B.S. in Chemistry from the University of Minnesota – Duluth.
Dr. Carlson is President of Carlson Consulting Group, a Minneapolis-based consulting firm providing strategic development foresight to organizations with a concentration in technical products/services. Past and present clients include Fortune 500 companies in an array of markets, including medical devices, chemicals, advanced materials, instrumentation and systems design. Dr. Carlson also serves on several other corporate and non-profit boards. Dr. Carlson holds the James Renier Chair in Technological Leadership at the Center for the Development of Technological Leadership at the University of Minnesota, where he is on the faculty and teaches in the Management of Technology program.
Jeffrey D. Engbrecht is President and Chief Executive Officer of Clearwater Composites, LLC, a manufacturer of advanced composite products for the industrial and commercial markets located in Duluth, Minnesota, a company which he founded in 2008. Mr. Engbrecht brings more than 20 years of technological and business experience in the advanced composites market, working in various technical and sales roles at Toray Carbon Fibers, Ticona (Celanese), and Cirrus Aircraft. Mr. Engbrecht received a B.E. in Composite Materials Engineering from Winona State University in 1995.
Mr. Harris was elected a director of the Company in 1965. He has been President of David O. Harris, Inc., a manufacturer's representative firm in Minneapolis, Minnesota, for more than the past five years.
Mr. Harper joins the IKONCS board with international experience in tax management, compliance, and financial reporting. Harper worked at General Mills for over two decades where he served as Chief Tax Officer and concentrated in the structuring of international business operations, joint ventures, domestic and international acquisitions / divestitures and corporate governance. Prior to his tenure at General Mills, Harper served as a tax consultant for Ernst & Young. He received his J.D. and B.A. degrees from the University of Minnesota.
Mr. Lee serves as Vice President, Chief Financial Officer, Treasurer and Secretary at MOCON, Inc., a publicly held manufacturer of precision test and measurement instruments in Minneapolis. Mr. Lee has thusly served since 2005. Previously, Lee served as Vice President and CFO at Spinal Designs International, Inc., in the health care industry. Lee holds a Bachelor of Science in Accounting and an M.B.A from Minnesota State University, Mankato and a Masters of Business Taxation from the Carlson School of Business, University of Minnesota.
Mr. Severance was elected as a director of the Company in 2000. Mr. Severance has over forty years investment experience as a portfolio manager and security analyst with advisory organizations and a mutual fund, including his own firm, Severance Capital Management, which was founded in 1984 to specialize in micro and small capitalization companies and quantitative portfolio management strategies. He also co-founded Jefferson Capital Management, a large capitalization quantitative investment management company. Prior to 1984, Mr. Severance was a portfolio manager with Cambiar Investors, H.L.Severance,Inc., Founders Asset Management, and J.M. Hartwell & Company. Mr. Severance received a Masters in Business Administration from the University of Chicago in 1963. He also serves on the Board of Directors of Lifeline Therapeutics, Inc. and two private companies.
Mr. Simonson was elected as a director of the Company in 1978. He has been the President of Omnetics Connector Corporation, a manufacturer of microminiature connectors for the electronics industry located in Minneapolis, Minnesota, for more than the past five years.