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Kate Mortenson is a civic-engaged, community impact leader, experienced in strategy and implementation for complex initiatives. She is president and CEO of the 2019 Minneapolis Final Four™ Local Organizing Committee, responsible to execute all aspects of the NCAA™ Men’s Basketball Championship in 2019.
Previously a United States Peace Corps volunteer and journalism professional at Hubbard Broadcasting, she combines experience in diverse sectors with a global mindset to create positive change in the community. Her projects generate significant financial resources, leadership engagement across sectors, and volunteers from the “grass roots” to the “grass tops.”
She serves on the boards of Minnesota Public Radio, Mortenson Family Foundation, and The Greater Twin Cities United Way, where she co-chaired the 2015 centennial year “100,000 Volunteers for Good” initiative.
Among other honors, she's been recognized by Social Venture Partners and Minnesota Philanthropy Partners for her innovative and engaged approach to philanthropy.
Michael Happe leads Winnebago Industries, a leading manufacturer of outdoor lifestyle products, which are used primarily in leisure travel and outdoor recreation. As president and CEO, Happe oversees the overall vision and strategic direction of the company, as well as nurturing and strengthening a culture that cares for its employees and customers. He also sits on the company’s board of directors.
Previously, Happe served as an executive officer and group vice president at The Toro Company. During his 19 years at Toro, he held a series of senior leadership positions across a variety of the company’s domestic and international divisions.
Happe received a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Kansas and an MBA from the Carlson School of Management. An active member in the community, he is part of several community, academic, and industry initiatives and boards.