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.
Ms. Bohren was elected as a director of the Company in 2016. She 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 was elected as a director of the Company in 2009. Dr. Carlson is President of Carlson Consulting Group, a Minneapolis-based consulting firm that he founded in 2002 and that provides strategic development foresight to organizations with a concentration in technical products and services. Dr. Carlson held 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. Dr. Carlson received his Ph.D. in Physics in 1971 from the University of Wyoming and is retired from 3M Company where he served as Corporate Scientist. Dr. Carlson also serves on the Board of Directors of several private companies and non-profit organizations.
Jeffrey D. Engbrecht
Mr. Engbrecht was elected as a director of the Company in 2016. Mr. Engbrecht has been the President & CEO of Clearwater Composites, LLC, a manufacturer of advanced composite products for the industrial and commercial markets located in Duluth, Minnesota, since 2011. He has over 20 years of experience in the advanced composites market, working in various technical and sales roles at Toray Carbon Fibers America, Inc., Celanese Corporation, and Cirrus Aircraft. Mr. Engbrecht received a B.E. in Composite Materials Engineering from Winona State University in 1995.
Greg W. Jackson
Since January 2012, Mr. Jackson has served as Executive Vice President of Taylor Corporation, a privately-held diversified graphic communications provider with over 12,000 employees across the U.S. During a tenure of more than 27 years, Mr. Jackson has served as General Counsel, Secretary, Chief Administration Officer and Executive Vice President. He now leads the mergers and acquisitions function and has completed more than 140 acquisitions during his tenure. Mr. Jackson received his B.S in history and theology from Pillsbury College and his J.D. from the University of Minnesota Law School.
Ernest M. Harper
Mr. Harper was elected as a director of the Company in 2012. Mr. Harper was Chief Tax Officer for General Mills, Inc. from 1996 until July 2010, when he retired. He was responsible for the global income tax function, including tax compliance, planning, controversy and SEC financial reporting. Mr. Harper has extensive experience in structuring international business operations and joint ventures, domestic and cross border international acquisitions and divestitures and corporate governance. He held various positions in the tax counsel function for General Mills from 1989 until 1996. Prior to his employment at General Mills, Mr. Harper was a tax consultant in the Minneapolis office of Ernst & Young LLP. He received his J.D. and B.A. degrees from the University of Minnesota.
Darrell B. Lee
Mr. Lee was elected as a director of the Company in 2012. Mr. Lee, a Certified Public Accountant, was Vice President, Chief Financial Officer, Treasurer and Secretary of MOCON, Inc., a publicly held manufacturer of precision test and measurement instruments located in Minneapolis, Minnesota until his retirement in October 2014. Prior to his retirement, Mr. Lee held this position for more than five years. Mr. Lee received his M.B.A. and B.S. degrees from Mankato State University and his Masters in Business Taxation from the University of Minnesota.