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SEGC Member Spotlights

Pete Steege

Pete Steege

Pete has over 30 years of marketing experience with a wide range of B2B technology and manufacturing businesses, from 50-person Silicon Valley startups to Fortune 100 firms. Coupled with extensive global experience in North America, Europe and Asia, Pete brings a breadth of perspective and fresh ideas to the B2B world. Pete is President of B2B Clarity, a fractional CMO services firm focused on helping CEOs without a marketing leader on their team succeed. Pete is a proven marketing strategist and industry-recognized content leader that can help CEOs untangle their marketing programs and get them working to grow revenue.

JoAnne Funch

JoAnne Funch

JoAnne is a marketing consultant, experienced social media and online marketing strategist. She has worked with hundreds of business clients helping them establish a marketing process, strategies and implementation of tactics since establishing her business in 1996.

JoAnne especially loves to teach and empower businesses to take control of their social & digital footprint by establishing their voice, implementing strategies and managing reputation. She was an early adopter of LinkedIn and has been teaching others how to use it effectively to meet their professional objectives.

She has been a LinkedIn workshop trainer for the University of Minnesota, Business & Economic Development Department, a guest presenter and speaker for organizations and conferences locally and nationally.

JoAnne works with both private companies and individuals on LinkedIn profile development, corporate training, social selling & digital marketing strategies. She stays at the forefront of the ever-changing digital marketing landscape to ensure her clients stand out in a noisy online world.

JoAnne has a deep passion for relationship marketing, transforming how professionals connect, engage & grow their business.

You can learn more about JoAnne at Marketing Dish and LinkedIn for Business

Tim Ellis

Tim Ellis

Tim helps small to mid-sized manufacturing companies Convert Chaos into Cash™, by streamlining their business and manufacturing processes to scale, improve profitability and quality. This is done by creating focus and accountability around what matters most to your organization. He can quickly assess your current situation to identify problems, risks, and opportunities to improve performance.

Tim brings years of experience working within manufacturing companies in all functional areas, in executive roles, and as a consultant in a variety of industries. He helps companies improve their performance by implementing and optimizing Lean, Continuous Improvement, Operational Excellence, and EOS® systems. Tim knows what a smooth-running operation looks like and how to get you there.

Tim works primarily with small to mid-size privately held manufacturers, who may not have all of expertise or bandwidth within the organization to tackle all the challenges they face. He provides the needed expertise and capacity as a Fractional Integrator or Contract COO, as well as consulting and advisory services.

Please contact Tim at; Phone – 763-350-4047

Dave Priddy

Dave Priddy

Picture increasing sales up to 300%! Dave gets excited guiding clients to dramatically accelerate sales by teaching them how to enhance communication in less than 90 seconds. Dave is the guide leading clients to assess each interaction to know what moved the sale forward( keep doing) and where to improve to have significant and consistent personal growth.

Dave brings over 20 years of award-winning sales leadership with a track record of dramatic improvement in individual and team performance. His clients learn to: Build long-term, authentic relationships faster; Determine what is most important to clients quickly; Rapidly identify “the problem” and how to address it; Quickly understand what to say and what NOT to say.

Dave has an incomparable ability to inspire professionals to understand and meet customers’ needs. He teaches how to know strengths and liabilities to lead to win-win scenarios that accelerate sales and profits.

Please direct inquiries to; Text – 612.308.3705; Website: DK Sales Consulting

Martin DeMarte

Martin DeMarte

Housing is one of the foundations to your quality of life. Real Estate is a complex and emotional business. It can be painful at times, but the process of buying and/or selling a home shouldn’t be. As a Realtor® at Edina Realty and a member of The Banken Real Estate Team, I have access to exceptional tools, technology, support and resources to help get the job done right so you can move up, move away or move on with your life.

Martin DeMarte spent over 30+ years in the relocation industry. He has counseled families during relocations and worked closely with Realtors throughout the United States before becoming one himself.

Janet Banken has over 20+ years of real estate experience; 10+ years as a commercial appraiser and 10 years as a residential Realtor. Her attention to details and insights on the valuation side adds value to clients throughout the buying or selling process.

Sharon Habeger has been a Realtor for 4+ years and has a background in interior design; a gift to sellers when preparing a home for sale. Her positive energy brings warmth and vitality when working with clients.

When you work with the 3 of us, you have access to our full list of resources from painters to plumbers and flooring specialists to roofers. The American dream of homeownership has become more challenging over the years as lending requirements tighten. For financially stable buyers that need an alternative to a traditional mortgage, we have a source that can make owning a home happen now.

When you partner with us, you’ll get honest and expert advice throughout the process of buying and /or selling a home and all of the benefits that Edina Realty has to offer. Our business depends upon referrals from friends, family and business associates. Please contact us if you or someone you know is in need of an expert real estate resource. We will do our best to honor the trust that you have in us to get the job done right.

Please direct inquiries to

Lisa Carpentier

Lisa Carpentier

Everyone, every business, has a story to tell. Who you are, what product or service you offer, why you do what you do. Fourty7th Parallel Print & Design Co. works with small business owners and solopreneurs to evaluate their environment and uncover creative solutions to spread that message.

Whether your business has permanent office space, utilizes temporary retail locations or you work mainly out of your house and car; it’s best to use that space to spread a clear and solid message. That may be in the form of logo design, print collateral, event signage, even waiting room décor.

Our team in the industry allows us to act as a hub for our clients; connecting them to the specific spot on the wheel that best fits their project’s unique goals. All while avoiding unnecessary markups, keeping the branding consistent and navigating the logistics of the printing industry.

At Fourty7th Parallel, we understand the creative elements are only one aspect of your branding strategy. We also know people do judge books by their covers, wines by their labels and companies by their marketing material and signage. Fourty7th Parallel strives to help businesses put their best foot forward in every first impression.

Website: 47thparallel Graphic Design and Marketing. Please direct inquiries to

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