Board of Directors / Meet Our Mentors
Dan Stratton, Chair
Dan is the President of a private real estate investment company and serves as the Land Manager for the Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community (SMSC). Dan’s duties for the SMSC include conducting real estate negotiations and transactions, managing commercial and residential rental properties and other development initiatives. Dan’s experience has allowed him to build relationships in many industries, including health care brokerages, IT development, phone and voice services, etc. Dan is very excited to be involved in the formation and growth of new businesses in Prior Lake and watch that growth benefit the community.
Sarah Jones, Vice-Chair
Sarah has spent most her career in Healthcare technology, and participated in the successful sale of a healthcare technology startup. She currently serves as the Director of Client Success for GreatCall, the leader in connected health for active aging. Her previous experience offers an understanding of how startups work and the challenges they face every day. Sarah is passionate about making Prior Lake an even better place to live and brings a fresh, on-the-ground point of view to the Technology Village Board and pragmatic, strategic guidance to Technology Village program participants.
Adam is a partner at NordicClick Interactive, a cutting-edge Twin Cities Digital Marketing agency. Adam was instrumental in building this 18-person multi-million-dollar agency from the ground up and he understands what it takes to make a young company succeed. With a background in marketing and an established network of industry peers, executives, service providers and investors, Adam is an invaluable resource for the Technology Village program. Adam loves seeing individuals who put their soul into their business dream and working with them to grow their technology start-up companies. Adam has spoken at several industry conferences over the last few years including SES, Pubcon, OMS, B2B, eMetrics, and DMA. He is also an instructor at the Online Marketing Institute and the University of San Francisco.
Patrick is president of Mercury Business Advisors providing management advisory services in business strategy, innovation and risk management and is author of Business Strategy; Plan, Execute, Win! and Advancing Innovation; Galvanizing, Enabling and Measuring for Innovation Value! Patrick serves on three boards of directors including: global director for the Institute of Management Accountants who serve 80,000 finance professionals worldwide; Technology Village, a business incubator in Prior Lake, and Vail Place, a Minneapolis based agency supporting those with mental illness. Patrick was appointed in 2014 to serve on the COSO Advisory Board to review the update of the 2004 COSO Enterprise Risk Framework. Prior to consulting, he most recently held positions within UnitedHealth Group, including chief strategy & innovation officer, client experience officer, and president consumer health products. Patrick also writes a column entitled Innovation Elixir® for the American City Business Journals covering 43 metro markets across the U.S., is an active member of Rotary Club and is a classically trained chef having studied at Le Cordon Bleu in Minneapolis.
Zach is an entrepreneur, investor, and owner of numerous businesses within Prior Lake and the greater Twin Cities. Zach's business interests are in a variety of industries including; fitness, indoor air quality and environmental services, real estate investing, and franchising. Previously he served on the sales advisory committee at AT&T which is reserved for only the top 1% of sales representatives in the company. He has also been recognized at other Fortune 500 companies for sales achievement and contract negotiations. Zach is an advisor to businesses and startup companies and serves as a board member for serval companies including a non-profit. Zach was recently elected to Prior Lake's City Council in 2017 and serves as a commissioner on Prior Lake’s Economic Development Authority.
David Rech, Advisory Board Member
Dave has spent over 30 years as an executive in the technology sector focused on selling to the masses. He presently owns his own consulting firm and is actively involved in real estate development and sales. Previously he’s held global executive management positions with The Walt Disney Company, Twentieth Century Fox, Digital River and Globalware Solutions as well as multiple distribution companies. Dave was born and raised in New Prague, MN and his family has been residents of Prior Lake for over 13 years, they also spent 10 years in California. As a member of the board Dave brings sales, marketing, ecommerce, contract management, coaching and SaaS experience to the mix.
Gerry Hughes, Advisory Board Member
With more than 25 years of Healthcare experience, Gerry is a proven and successful professional services leader within the business software industry with such well-known companies Lawson Software, Oracle, and Healthland. Through direct efforts related to professional consulting service contracts, product sales support, project implementation leadership and oversight, Gerry is known for being a strategist and passionate leader who understands the importance of a goal driven organization to meet operational objectives and maximize organic growth. Gerry is an innovative thinker adept at identifying client and company business needs, making decisions, problem solving, mentoring and initiating company culture change.