SECG Networking Minneapolis St Paul

Leadership in Action to Help Growing Businesses

For organizations to succeed and prosper over time, dedicated leadership is essential. SEGC has a talented and dedicated Board of Directors. Each Director shares the organization’s goals of helping individuals build success through Learning, Supporting, and Connecting.

Peter Beaumont – President of SEGC

Peter Beaumont

I was born in England so long ago I can’t remember where or when. On my circuitous journey to the state of Minnesota I have worked with Fortune 500 companies such as Coca-Cola, Philip Morris, McDonald’s, Intel and Wrigley across five continents and have travelled to over 80 countries.

During my global leapfrogging my primary roles included general management, strategic marketing and client services and I often cite that my diverse experiences is the number one reason I am able to help clients to quickly adapt to changing cultures, economies and situations.

In 2018, I partnered with The Resultants, a leading Twin Cities business advisory firm. As a Business Advisor, I strongly advocate for the best interest of my clients business, using a process that has proven time and time again to help companies build value and achieve personal and professional success.

I started attending Twin Cities SEGC (Small & Emerging Growth Companies) meetings in 2014. In 2016, Wyn Davies asked me to join his newly formed Steering Committee and in 2017 he asked me to take over the leadership. I am very passionate and committed to the mission of SEGC, which is to help small business owners and solopreuners learn, support and connect in ways that will help them grow and sustain their business and be happy in their personal life. We like to have fun!

As a lifelong sports nut, I follow practically all sports except ice fishing (is that even a sport?) but soccer is my passion. I’m very happily married and have 2 sons and a daughter.

Lisa Carpentier

Lisa Carpentier

After graduating with a degree in graphic design and falling into the print and signage industry, I found myself operating in several small, local companies. Starting in the bottom rung of production and working through various rolls, I learned the intricacies of the industry and ended up responsible for taking projects through the entire process. From design and proofing to print and production. As I grew more efficient, I became curious about sales, marketing, and business development.

As my curiosity turned into action, I enrolled to earn my Certificate in Entrepreneurship. In 2018, Fourty7th Parallel Print & Design Co. became a reality. Over 15 years invested in the industry grants me the ability to provide my clients honest and accurate support with their print and design projects.

I was introduced to SEGC in 2018 when an existing member went out of their way to encourage my attendance. New to the world of networking and stretching my comfort zone; the support, encouragement, and education I received turned me quickly into a dedicated member. When I was approached to assist with the rebrand in 2018 and join the board in 2019, I was honored to dedicate my time to such an important group in the Twin Cities entrepreneur community.

Robin Edgar

Robin Edgar

I am a Financial Advisor and owner of the Wealth Progression Group, a full-service brokerage office. I have been an independent financial advisor for nearly 30 years and specialize in helping individuals and companies with all of their financial goals and needs.

The Wealth Progression Group uses a wide variety of financial investments to help individuals, families and business owners to set goals and pursue financial security in every stage of their life.

My game-changing approach can help your team stay on target in terms of executing the programs and processes necessary to succeed.

I’m passionate about helping people to focus on the four phases of wealth: 1) Protection; 2) Accumulation; 3) Cash Flow; 4) Transfer.

I have held numerous volunteer and board positions throughout my career and welcome opportunities to engage with community members and to help those around me. I am married and have 2 grown daughters and 4 grandchildren.

I joined SEGC a couple years ago and found the organization is a place where small business owners can go and be very open, honest and vulnerable about what they need help with. SEGC focuses on helping the small emerging growth company leaders find a support system and education they need.

Securities offered through Concorde Investment Services, LLC (CIS), member FINRA/SIPC. Investment advisory services offered through Concorde Asset Management, LLC, (CAM), a registered investment advisor. Insurance through Concorde Insurance Agency, Inc. (CIA). Wealth Progression Group is independent of CIS, CAM and CIA.

Craig Espelien

Craig Espelien

I believe there is untapped potential in almost every company. From startups that are trying to bring new products to market to mid-sized companies in need of better integration of teams, functions and go to market strategies, I use proven ways to unlock this potential to drive performance. From B2C to B2B to B2C. there is a need to achieve more with increasingly limited resources.

I bring broad and deep expertise in multiple facets of building a successful business, equipping your team to evolve to meet the changing needs of your customers, clients and end users. Whatever your needs (Marketing, Sales, Process/Project Management, Team Building, Brand and Packaging Development and Management, Supply Chain Analysis) I have led performance improvement in all areas leading to increased top line sales, enhanced bottom line profits and rigorous control of expenses – while adding a healthy dose of execution focus.

My game-changing approach can help your team stay on target in terms of executing the programs and processes necessary to succeed.

Shawn Gardner

Shawn Gardner

I have spent my career as a Business Banker working with Entrepreneurs to provide the tools and capital they need to grow their businesses. With over 20 years of commercial banking experience, I have worked with a wide variety of businesses to structure a deposit and loan relationship that fits their specific needs. I view my role as an advocate and consultant to my clients, building long-term relationships. I specialize in working with privately held businesses from start-up to revenues of $30+million, deposit relationships of all sizes and lending relationships from $250k to $5million.

As part of BNC National Bank I strive to create banking relationships that are as unique as the businesses and business owners that I work with. BNC offers a full range of financial services including checking, savings, consumer loans, business loans, 401k, Wealth Management, financial advice and many online and mobile services.

I became involved with SEGC when leadership of the group was transitioned to Peter Beaumont and eventually Peter invited me to participate on the board. The focus of SEGC to provide resources for small business owners has broadened my knowledge that I can use every day as I work with my customers. BNC Bank is proud to be a sponsor of the monthly meetings, it was an easy decision to support this great free resource to the twin cities business community.

Greg Pomerantz

Greg Pomerantz

I began my career in sales (building materials) but found that I wanted to be more involved in developing the strategy on how to go to market. So, I got my MBA and then worked at large, “blue chip” companies like PepsiCo and ConAgra, where I was trained and exposed to many different marketing strategies. From there, I then moved into fast-growth, entrepreneurial environments like NordicTrack and Miracle-Ear, with a distinct focus on driving revenue in multiple channels.

Over 15 years ago I formed Pomerantz & Associates ( where I have worked as a consultant with privately owned and emerging businesses with a focus on increasing profitable sales. We work with a broad range of industries to develop marketing and sales strategies, commercialize and launch new products, and establish new distribution channels for our clients. Beyond simply creating a marketing plan, we actively engage in business development, performing sales calls if desired for our clients to validate new products and uncover new customers.

I have been a member of SEGC for over ten years and was asked to join the board a couple of years ago. The mission, helping entrepreneurs learn, having a safe community to ask questions in and continually meeting high quality people keeps me involved.

Member Spotlight

Gayle Noakes

Gayle Noakes – Imagine how you will feel when your company is consistently retaining your qualified people and new hires. Your Supervisors and Managers are leading their people well and are ready for future leadership positions.

66% of manufacturing companies are highly concerned about one of these worker issues: Developing future leaders; Retaining qualified workers; Attracting qualified workers.

At Gayle Noakes Supervisor Success, we work with companies, focused in manufacturing, to develop their Supervisors, Leads and Managers into leaders now and into the future.

Gayle brings over 20 years of experience working in manufacturing companies, focused in Continuous Improvement, Quality and Learning & Development. She has spent many hours on the shop floor, working side by side with supervisors who are struggling to be successful in their role. She has a unique talent for bringing leadership skills to life in a way that supervisors relate to.

Our practical, hands-on training approach, together with gaining active support from company leadership, provides skills Supervisors and Leads will use every day, in an environment that encourages them to be leaders. This creates behavior change that “sticks”.

Website: Gayle Noakes Supervisor Leadership Development Series